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State Rep. Gina McCabe Sponsors Bill to Help Combat Opioid Addiction
OLYMPIA, Washington, Jan. 12 -- The Washington state House Republicans issued the following news release:

In an effort to reduce opioid addiction and drug overdoses in Washington state, Rep. Gina McCabe has sponsored a bill that would require doctors to warn patients about the risks of opioid use.

House Bill 2447 would require health care practitioners to discuss dependency and overdose risks as well as provide pain management alternatives to opioids when prescribing opioids for the first time during the course of a patient's treatment. The Washington State Department of Health would also be ... Show Full Article

NHRS Employer Notification: Legislation With Potential Cost Impact
CONCORD, New Hampshire, Jan. 12 -- The New Hampshire Retirement System issued the following news release:

Pursuant to RSA 100-A:14, XII, the New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS, the retirement system) is issuing this notice to inform NHRS participating employers about legislation that may have a cost impact on political subdivision employers. The following 2018 legislation has been introduced as of January 12, 2018. NHRS will send further notifications if additional legislation with a financial impact is introduced.

House Bill (HB) 1427: This bill allows a school district governing body to ... Show Full Article

Governor McAuliffe Breaks Ground on High Rise Bridge Expansion
CHESAPEAKE, Virginia, Jan. 12 -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Virginia, issued the following news release:

Governor Terry McAuliffe today broke ground on the I-64 Southside Widening and High Rise Bridge Project, the largest design-build project to date for the Virginia Department of Transportation with a contract worth nearly $410 million.

"I am pleased to be here today to break ground on a project that has so long been on the wish list of regional planners and leaders," said Governor McAuliffe. "It is exactly the kind of the success I envisioned when I signed into law the legislation in 2014 that ... Show Full Article

Georgia State Rep. Thomas Issues Statement on President Trump's Comment on Immigration
ATLANTA, Georgia, Jan. 12 -- The Georgia House of Representatives issued the following statement by State Rep. Erica Thomas, D-Austell, in response to comments made by President Trump on immigration:

"We have come too far as country to allow the president's words to set us back. We will not stand for these comments or allow them to divide us.

"We must treat all immigrants and all people with dignity and respect. I stand with and support the Haitians, Africans and all immigrants that work, live and thrive in District 39 and the entire state of Georgia."

Representative Erica Thomas represents ... Show Full Article

DEC Announces First Year of Croton River Hydrilla Control Project Has Reduced Infestations of Invasive Pest by 80 Percent
ALBANY, New York, Jan. 12 -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued the following news release:

New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos today announced that the first year of DEC's five-year Croton River Hydrilla Control Project to combat hydrilla in the Croton River has reduced infestations of the aquatic invasive plant by 80 percent. Surveys of inlets and bays along the Hudson River indicated that hydrilla did not spread beyond the Croton River system in 2017.

"The Croton River Hydrilla Control Project is the latest example ... Show Full Article

DEC Announces $3.5 Million in Grants Awarded in 2017 to Increase Donation of Wholesome Food and Divert Food Scraps From Landfills
ALBANY, New York, Jan. 12 -- The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued the following news release:

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today that in 2017 DEC awarded $3.5 million to support the donation of wholesome food and municipal organics recycling projects across the state through the Environmental Protection Fund's Municipal Recycling and Climate Smart Communities grant programs. Directed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York is making significant investments to encourage donation of food and recycling ... Show Full Article

AG Ferguson Issues Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Accepting Review of Culverts Case
OLYMPIA, Washington, Jan. 12 -- Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear U.S. et al. v. State of Washington:

"Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear our appeal of the Ninth Circuit's decision in the culverts case.

"We have worked hard to reach a resolution in this case outside of court. To that end, I have personally met with tribal leaders three times in an effort to reach agreement. While we made progress, we have not reached a mutually acceptable resolution.

"Now that the Supreme Court ... Show Full Article