Tuesday - March 20, 2018
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Rep. Miller: 5th Annual Disability Summit Set for Thursday, Friday
MT. LEBANON, Pennsylvania, March 19 -- The Pennsylvania House Democrats issued the following news release:

State Rep. Dan Miller, D-Mt. Lebanon, will host his 5th annual Disability Summit on Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23 at Beth El Congregation, 1900 Cochran Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.

The one-of-a-kind western Pennsylvania event kicks off at 9 a.m. Thursday with keynote speaker Teresa Miller, secretary of the state Department of Education, and includes a Support Services Resources Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., before the day-long slate of sessions concludes at 8:30 p.m.

Friday's agenda ... Show Full Article

Rep. Dawkins: CubeSmart Receives State Grant for Converting to Solar Energy
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 19 -- The Pennsylvania House Democrats issued the following news release:

State Rep. Jason Dawkins, D-Phila., said he is proud to announce that CubeSmart will receive a $91,711 grant for the construction of a roof-mounted solar array at its Mayfair Street location.

"I'm glad to see the state encouraging development in the clean energy sector," Dawkins said. "By harnessing energy from natural renewable sources, we will not only create good-paying jobs, but also cutback our dependence on more environmentally harmful sources such as oil and coal."

CubeSmart is ... Show Full Article

PFA Approves $544,369 for Bird Island Project
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, March 19 -- Gov. Mark Dayton, D-Minnesota, issued the following news release:

The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority PFA) approved $544,369 for water infrastructure improvements in Bird Island.

The PFA awarded the project a $355,200 grant from the Water Infrastructure Fund and a $189,169 loan from the Drinking Water Revolving Fund. The 20-year, 1 percent loan will save the city $33,394 compared with what it would have paid for a conventional loan.

Bird Island will use the funding for the southeast looping project, including installation of new water main, hydrants and ... Show Full Article

Jasinski Votes for MNLARS First-Phase Solution
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, March 19 -- Minnesota Senate Republicans issued the following news:

Senator John Jasinski (R-Faribault) today supported a first-phase solution to get Minnesota's failed new MNLARS system turned around.

Senate File 3133 appropriates $9.65 million for MNLARS technical staff and technical repairs using an existing special revenue fund. This funding cannot be used for new FTEs or an internal audit. No new general funding spending will be used for the repairs. The bill also includes strict oversight measures, including a quarterly report from the Office of the Legislative Auditor, ... Show Full Article

Hunter Education Shotgun Shooting Basics Workshop
HONOLULU, March 19 -- The Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources issued the following news release:

The Department of Land and Natural Resources' Hunter Education Program in partnership with the Honolulu Trap Club will be holding a shotgun shooting basics workshop on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. The workshop will take place at the Koko Head Shooting Complex, Trap Range, located at: 8102 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96825.

This workshop is designed to introduce Hawaii Hunter Education graduates to basic shotgun shooting through hands-on experiences while reinforcing ... Show Full Article

House Passes Lee Bill to Ease Penalties for Truancy
DENVER, Colorado, March 19 -- The Colorado House Democrats issued the following news:

Rep. Pete Lee's bipartisan bill to limit the use of incarceration for juveniles for truancy from school passed the House today on a voice vote.

It's the 21st century, but some Colorado courts are still jailing students solely for truancy. The major drivers of truancy are poverty, homelessness, teen pregnancy, foster care issues and mental health struggles, not intent to commit a crime.

HB18-1156, sponsored by Rep. Lee, D-Colorado Springs, reduces the maximum jail time for truancy from five days to two days ... Show Full Article

Calif. Insurance Commissioner Comments on GOP Federal Health Insurance Proposal
SACRAMENTO, California, March 19 -- The California Department of Insurance issued the following statement by Commissioner Dave Jones regarding the federal health insurance proposal from Republicans:

"This federal health insurance proposal would deny women access to abortion coverage and it conflicts with California law which requires coverage for all essential health benefits.

"The Affordable Care Act does not, nor should any law, deny women with health insurance access to abortion coverage. The Congress should act to restore the cost-sharing reduction payments and provide reinsurance funding, ... Show Full Article