Tuesday - June 25, 2019
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Texas State Rep. Zwiener's First Bill Now Law
AUSTIN, Texas, June 25 -- The Texas House of Representatives issued the following news release on the behalf of Texas State Rep. Erin Zwiener, dated June 21:

Dark Sky cities in the Texas Hill Country can now use their hotel occupancy tax dollars to protect the night sky. Representative Erin Zwiener's (Driftwood) HB 4158 is now law and effective immediately.

HB 4158, the Hill Country Night Sky Tourism bill, gives small cities in Hays and Blanco Counties another important tool to invest in local tourism efforts. This legislation recognizes the importance of dark skies to visitors and residents ... Show Full Article

North Carolina Department of Public Safety: Emergency Management's Deputy Risk Management Chief Named to National Boards
RALEIGH, North Carolina, June 25 -- The North Carolina Department of Public Safety issued the following news release, dated June 21:

Gary Thompson's name has been showing up in some very high-profile places: In fact, on some of the most prestigious lists for a professional with expertise in the Global Positioning System (GPS), the satellite technology that supports everything from mapping apps on your smartphone to weather forecasts and military operations.

Thompson serves as North Carolina Emergency Management's assistant director for risk management, as well as chief of the North Carolina ... Show Full Article

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Announces Progress in Efforts to Eradicate Dangerous and Invasive Giant Hogweed
ALBANY, New York, June 25 -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued the following news release:

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- Public Reminded to Report Giant Hogweed Locations, Especially as Plants Begin Blooming

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that statewide efforts to control giant hogweed are making substantial headway in eradicating this large, invasive, and dangerous plant. The Giant Hogweed Program, managed by DEC's Division of Lands and Forests, is in its twelfth year and has eradicated the plants from ... Show Full Article

Illinois Senate Republicans: Texting While Driving Law Goes Into Effect on July 1
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, June 25 -- The Illinois Senate Republicans issued the following news, dated June 21:

On July 1, stiffer penalties will be implemented as Illinois' law regarding the use of hand-held devices behind the wheel takes effect. Passed by the General Assembly last year, House Bill 4846 will count first-time incidences of driving while operating a handheld mobile device as a "moving violation."

Prior to HB 4846, first offenses of distracted driving would be considered a "non-moving violation."

An operator using a hand-held device while the car is in drive could face a $75 fine. ... Show Full Article

Illinois Senate Republicans: Bipartisan Panel Helps Create New Census Office for Accurate Count in All Communities
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, June 25 -- The Illinois Senate Republicans issued the following news, dated June 21:

With the decennial census just around the corner, action was taken during the week to prepare for the task of counting Illinois' citizens. On June 20, an Executive Order was signed dedicating $29 million for the 2020 Census and making other preparations for the count.

This investment will primarily go to out-reach and education, providing proportional grants to communities, especially hard-to-count populations.

A new Census Office will also be established in the Illinois Department of ... Show Full Article

Illinois Senate Republicans: Beware of Flood Damage Scams
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, June 25 -- The Illinois Senate Republicans issued the following news, dated June 21:

Record floods have led to disaster proclamations being issued in 34 Illinois counties this Spring. On June 18, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul warned residents not to fall for flood- damage scams and asked them to contact the Attorney General's office to report fraudulent activities. Those worried about these scams could also contact the Better Business Bureau to find out if complaints have been made against a specific contractor, and should be wary of any individual who solicits home ... Show Full Article

Gov. Walz Announces Appointment to Fill Seventh Judicial District Vacancy
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, June 25 -- Gov. Tim Walz, D-Minnesota, issued the following news release:

Today, Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan announced the appointment of Matthew Engelking as District Court Judge in Minnesota's Seventh Judicial District. Mr. Engelking will be replacing the Honorable Frederick L. Grunke and will be chambered at St. Cloud in Stearns County.

"I am honored to appoint Matthew Engelking as a District Court Judge in the Seventh Judicial District," said Governor Walz. "His professional experience demonstrates his ability to see a case from every angle, ... Show Full Article