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Rep. Sheats' Measure to Honor Gold Star Families Receives Unanimous Approval From Legislative Committee
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 16 -- The Maine House Democrats issued the following news release:

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- Rep. Bettyann Sheats, D-Auburn, presents her bill to honor Gold Star Families to the Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.

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A bill to honor Gold Star Families, sponsored by Rep. Bettyann Sheats, D-Auburn, received unanimous approval Thursday from the Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee.

"We in Maine, especially in recent years, have done a noble job of honoring and rewarding our veterans for their service and our Gold Star Families for their ... Show Full Article

U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature: 2nd Annual Stenographer's Day
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands, Feb. 15 -- The U.S. Virgin Islands legislature issued the following news release:

The Office of Sen. Janelle Sarauw and the Legislature of the Virgin Islands Division of Reporters collaborated to host the 2nd Annual Stenographer's Day held at the Capitol Building on Friday. The event showcases the tasks, duties and career opportunities of stenographers to a group of high school students.

"The purpose of today is to expose the youths to the profession of stenography as they begin to explore career possibilities," said Sen. Janelle Sarauw. "Young people will have an ... Show Full Article

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Noah Valenstein as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Feb. 15 -- Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Florida, issued the following news release:

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Noah Valenstein to serve as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

"I'm pleased to announce that I have appointed Noah Valenstein to continue to lead the Department of Environmental Protection," said Governor DeSantis. "Noah has led DEP with distinction and has played an integral role in implementing my vision to protect and restore Florida's environment. I'm confident his continued leadership will bolster ... Show Full Article

Governor Cuomo Announces Closure of Additional Prisons Following Record Declines in Incarceration and Crime Rates
ALBANY, New York, Feb. 15 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following news release:

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- Closures Advance Governor's Landmark Criminal Justice, Correction, and Re-Entry Reforms

- Governor Cuomo's Action Builds on Legacy of Closing the Most Prisons in State History

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced plans to close up to three correctional facilities following record reductions in the State's incarcerated population and reported crime. Specifically, under legislation introduced as a budget amendment, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will select ... Show Full Article

Governor Abbott Delivers State of the State Remarks at North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 15 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release:

Governor Greg Abbott today delivered remarks at the North San Antonio Chamber Of Commerce Luncheon in San Antonio as part of his State of the State tour. The Governor discussed his commitment to reining in property tax growth and fostering a friendly business climate in Texas. He also spoke on the need to prioritize school finance reform and implement strategies to improve student outcomes throughout the state.

"What I have discussed today just scratches the surface of what we will accomplish this session," ... Show Full Article

Gov. Polis Announces Boards and Commissions Appointments
DENVER, Colorado, Feb. 15 -- Gov. Jared Polis, D-Colorado, issued the following news:

Gov. Jared Polis today announced appointments to the following boards and commissions:

State Board of Stock Inspectors

Underground Damage Prevention Safety Commission

Wine Industry Development Board

Uninsured Employer Board

Special Funds Board for Workers' Compensation Self Insurers

Workers' Compensation Cost Containment Board

Rocky Mountain Low Level Radioactive Waste Compact

Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission

Water Quality Control Commission

Colorado Banking Board

State Electrical Board

Board ... Show Full Article

Florida Attorney General Issues Weekly Briefing on Feb. 15
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Feb. 15 -- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody issued the following weekly briefing:

Tax season is here, and this week, our office issued a Consumer Alert to warn Floridians of a new phishing tactic that could wreak havoc on people preparing their taxes.

The tactic, called conversation hijacking, involves scammers accessing an ongoing email conversation and sending a new message containing a malicious link or attachment--giving the appearance that the message is from a trusted source. Victims clicking on the link or opening the attachment are then prompted to provide personal ... Show Full Article