Thursday - January 18, 2018
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News releases, reports, statements and associated documents covering state government, cities and counties.

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Wolf Administration Celebrates Investments to Expand River Access at Bartram's Garden
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Jan. 16 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources issued the following news release:

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today joined other state officials and City of Philadelphia representatives at an event celebrating the commonwealth's recent investments in improvements at Bartram's Garden, along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

The oldest surviving botanic garden in North America, Bartram's Garden in southwest Philadelphia covers 46 acres, providing visitors a historic botanical garden, arboretum, ... Show Full Article

North Carolina Utilities Commission Issues Order Involving 29SC Seven Oaks
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Jan. 16 -- The North Carolina Utilities Commission issued the following Order (DOCKET NO. WR-2478, SUB 0) granting for hot water capture, cold water allocation a certificate of authority and approving rates by 29SC Seven Oaks, 200 Seven Oaks Road, Durham, NC 27704, for water or sewer service in Seven Oaks Apartment Homes in Durham County, North Carolina:

BY THE COMMISSION: On January 4, 2018, 29SC Seven Oaks, LP (Applicant) filed an application with the Commission seeking a certificate of authority to charge for water and/or sewer utility service utilizing the hot water ... Show Full Article

Nelson: Spellman Protected Environment, 'Cared Deeply for Our State'
OLYMPIA, Washington, Jan. 16 -- The Washington Senate Democrats issued the following news:

Senate Majority Leader Sharon Nelson released the following statement after the death of former Gov. John Spellman.

"Gov. Spellman cared deeply for our state and devoted a large part of his life to serving the people, first in King County and then in the governor's office.

"He led our state during a difficult financial time in the early 1980s and left his mark by working to strengthen local governments. He also recognized early on that the state had an important role to play in protecting the environment ... Show Full Article

Gov. Ricketts Proclaims 'Religious Freedom Day'
LINCOLN, Nebraska, Jan. 16 -- Gov. Pete Ricketts, R-Nebraska, issued the following news release:

Today, Governor Ricketts signed a proclamation declaring January 16, 2018 as "Religious Freedom Day" in recognition of America's tradition of religious freedom. Governor Ricketts was joined at the ceremony by representatives from the Nebraska Family Alliance, Nebraska Catholic Conference, Nebraska Chapter of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, and Nebraska religious leaders. Religious Freedom Day is observed nationwide on January 16th, which is the anniversary of the 1786 passage of the Virginia Statute ... Show Full Article

A.G. Stein Takes Action to Stop Illegal Net Neutrality Rollback
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Jan. 16 -- North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein issued the following news release:

Attorney General Josh Stein today took action to block the Federal Communication Commission's illegal rollback of net neutrality.

"North Carolinians must have access to reliable internet to educate their children, run their businesses, engage with the world, and connect with family and friends," said Attorney General Josh Stein. "The internet is the core infrastructure of the 21st century -- it must be open to all. That's why I oppose the FCC's effort to abolish net neutrality and ... Show Full Article

A.G. Brnovich Urges California Court to Reject Imbalanced Class Action Softball Bats Settlement
PHOENIX, Arizona, Jan. 16 -- Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued the following news release:

Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a letter brief urging a federal court in California to reject an imbalanced class action settlement relating to Wilson & DeMarini softball bats that would give the class action lawyers in the case the majority of the settlement and leave consumers taking home only coupons of questionable value.

Hiroyuki Oda, et al. v. Wilson Sporting Goods Co. alleged that Wilson Sporting Goods Co. sold certain 2013 and 2014 model softball bats called the "White Steel" that ... Show Full Article

A.G. Becerra Urges Congress to Incorporate $6.7 Billion Cannabis Industry Into Banking System
SACRAMENTO, California, Jan. 16 -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following news release:

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra today joined a bipartisan group of 18 state attorneys general in urging Congress to advance legislation that will enable the cannabis industry to participate in the banking system in states that have legalized medicinal or adult use of cannabis. The recent decision by the Trump Department of Justice to rescind prior federal guidance rolled back critical protections for the legal cannabis industry.

"California voters have made it clear: when ... Show Full Article