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Pa. Gov. Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians That We Must Protect the ACA Amid COVID
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Sept. 30 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on Sept. 29:

Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Bucks County state legislators Rep. Wendy Ullman and Sen. Steven Santarsiero today to discuss the importance of preserving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) so it can continue to protect the health and safety of Pennsylvanians.

"COVID-19 has demonstrated that when one person is unable to access necessary health care, that puts all of us at risk," Gov. Wolf said. "During a pandemic when our nation is facing a highly contagious, airborne virus that spreads ... Show Full Article

Ohio A.G. Dave Yost Announces Settlements in Groundbreaking Lawsuit Against Illegal Robocall Service
COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 30 -- Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost issued the following news release on Sept. 29:

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost today announced settlements in a lawsuit against ten defendants - six companies and four individuals - that deceived Ohio consumers with illegal robocalls offering bogus credit card interest rate reduction services.

"Not only were these fraudsters bombarding Ohioans with illegal robocalls, they were also peddling a bogus pitch and demanding upfront fees," Yost said. "After identifying the fraudulent scheme, we went after every link of this corrupt chain to ... Show Full Article

N.Y. Environmental Conservation Department Announces Southern Tier Added to State Drought Watch List
ALBANY, New York, Sept. 30 -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued the following news release on Sept. 29:

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today announced that the State has expanded its Drought Watch to the Southern Tier drought region, which includes Cattaraugus, Alleghany, Steuben, and Chemung counties. A drought watch remains in effect for Long Island, Upper Hudson/Mohawk, Adirondacks, and Great Lakes/St. Lawrence since Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed DEC to issue the watch in July after consulting with experts from the State ... Show Full Article

Michigan Education Department Issues Memo on Water Quality Resources
LANSING, Michigan, Sept. 30 -- Michael F. Rice, superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education, issued the following memo:

TO: Local and Intermediate School District Superintendents Public School Academy Directors

FROM: Kyle L. Guerrant, Deputy Superintendent Finance and Operations

SUBJECT: Water Quality Resources - MEMO #COVID-19-118

Good water quality is an important component of a safe, healthy, and productive school environment for students, teachers, and school staff. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is sharing the information below as a resource for school districts.

The ... Show Full Article

Maine Agriculture Dept.: Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Egg Masses Found in Maine
AUGUSTA, Maine, Sept. 30 -- The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry issued the following news on Sept. 29:

The Maine Department of Agricultural, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) today announced finding egg masses of the invasive spotted lanternfly (SLF) on trees in Maine communities and is urging residents to report any sign of the invasive pest. The egg masses were found on trees from Pennsylvania, where SLF is established and planted in Boothbay, Freeport, Northeast Harbor, and Yarmouth.

DACF urges anyone who received goods or materials, such as plants, landscaping materials, ... Show Full Article

Kansas Corporation Commission Announces Dockets for Sept. 29
TOPEKA, Kansas, Sept. 30 -- The Kansas Corporation Commission announced the following dockets:

21-TRAM-127-PEN

Docket Type: PEN - Penalty Orders

Docket Description: In the Matter of the Investigation of Keep On Trucking, LLC

Date Filed: 09/29/2020

Calif. Gov. Newsom Signs Legislation to Protect Mountain Lions and Other Wildlife From Toxic Rodenticides
SACRAMENTO, California, Sept. 30 -- Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-California, issued the following news release on Sept. 29:

Governor Gavin Newsom today signed AB 1788 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) prohibiting the use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides which are known to poison mountain lions and other wildlife. Recent studies have found that 96 percent of necropsied mountain lions and more than 80 percent of the raptors studied showed exposure to anticoagulant rodenticides, which can cause chronic growth and reproduction issues.

"Rodenticides are deadly for California's ... Show Full Article