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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday May 12, 2024 ( 36 items )  

ABS and Seatrium Sign Multi-Year Agreement to Collaborate on Accelerating Decarbonization and the Energy Transition
HOUSTON, Texas, May 9 -- The American Bureau of Shipping issued the following news release: ABS and Seatrium have enhanced their long running partnership on cutting-edge marine and technology projects with the signing of a three-year Technology Collaboration Agreement (TCA) at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). Entitled "Accelerating Decarbonization and Energy Transition," the agreement is the foundation for further collaboration on a succession of state-of-the-art projects under four b  more

ABS Approves Two Innovative Autonomous Technologies for Offshore Platforms From HD Hyundai Group
HOUSTON, Texas, May 7 -- The American Bureau of Shipping issued the following news release: ABS awarded approval in principle (AIP) to two critical autonomous functions on a proposed offshore platform in the latest phase of its pioneering collaboration with HD Hyundai Group. The artificial intelligence-based Autonomous Machinery Health Management Function (HiCBM) and the Autonomous Safety Management Function (HiCAMS) both received AIP from ABS at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.   more

ABS Awards World's First REMOTE-CON Notation for FPSO Liza Unity
HOUSTON, Texas, May 8 -- The American Bureau of Shipping issued the following news release: The ABS-classed Liza Unity continues to collect industry firsts by receiving the first REMOTE-CON notation for an FPSO from ABS. The REMOTE-CON notation demonstrates the vessel's alignment with remote-control functions and signifies that the design and construction of the offshore asset are assessed against and adhere to the ABS Requirements for Autonomous and Remote Control Functions. The Liza Unity i  more

ACEP, NAEMT Celebrate 50 Years of Life-Saving Commitment With EMS Week Kick-Off
DALLAS, Texas, May 10 -- The American College of Emergency Physicians issued the following news release: The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) will celebrate EMS Week May 19-25 to honor the dedication, commitment, and sacrifice of emergency medical service professionals around the country. This year marks the 50th anniversary of National EMS Week and the 2024 theme is "Honoring Our Past, Forging Our Future." "E  more

ACLU ISSUES TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR OKLAHOMA AFTER PASSAGE OF EXTREME ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, May 9 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico issued the following news release: The American Civil Liberties Unions (ACLUs) of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, San Diego and Imperial Counties, Colorado, Missouri, Arkansas, and Kansas issued an advisory warning their residents about the threat of civil and constitutional rights violations when traveling in the state of Oklahoma after the passage of an extreme anti-immigrant law. Oklahoma's new law, HB  more

ACSM, NATA Team Up to Support Collegiate Athletic Trainer Workforce
DALLAS, Texas, May 9 -- The American College of Sports Medicine issued the following joint statement on May 8, 2024, with National Athletic Trainers' Association: * * * During a national virtual media briefing today, The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) issued a joint statement in support of the collegiate athletic trainer workforce. "College Athletics is struggling with a labor crisis due to the post-pandemic "Great Resignatio  more

American Ceramic Society: Volunteer Spotlight - Steven Tidrow
WESTERVILLE, Ohio, May 9 -- The American Ceramic Society issued the following agency statement on May 8, 2024: * * * ACerS is pleased to announce Steven Tidrow has been selected for Volunteer Spotlight, a program that recognizes a member who demonstrates outstanding service to The American Ceramic Society through volunteerism. Tidrow is as an Inamori professor of materials science and engineering within the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He earned a Bachelor of Scie  more

ASRM FILES AMICUS BRIEF IN TEXAS EMBRYO CASE
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- The American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued the following news release: The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the case of Antoun v Antoun, which is pending before the Texas Supreme Court. The case involves a now-divorced couple who had two children using in vitro fertilization (IVF) while married. At the time of their divorce, the couple had three additional embryos that were frozen and st  more

CAIR Says 12 Senators 'Blatantly Violating International Law' By Threatening ICC Over Possible Israel Warrants
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release on May 6, 2024: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today said several U.S. senators are "blatantly violating international law" by sending a letter to International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Karim Khan threatening to take action against him and his staff if the ICCA issues international arrest warrants aga  more

Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington: Rep. Henry Cuellar Must Resign
WASHINGTON, May 8 -- Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington issued the following statement on May 7, 2024: * * * Following the federal indictment of Texas Representative Henry Cuellar for participating in two schemes involving allegedly accepting nearly $600,000 in bribes from a company controlled by a foreign government and a foreign bank, unlawful foreign influence and money laundering, CREW President Noah Bookbinder, a former federal corruption prosecutor, released the followi  more

Club for Growth Action: ICYMI - 2 New TX Runoff Ads - 'Potentially Powerful Blow' on Phelan & VanDeaver 'Riding the Gravy Train'
WASHINGTON, May 11 -- Club for Growth Action, an arm of the Club for Growth, issued the following news release: Club for Growth Action released two new ads, Alicia and Gravy Train, targeting Speaker Dade Phelan and State Representative Gary VanDeaver in the Texas runoffs. The Dallas Express covered the latest ad on Speaker Phelan featuring Alicia Davis, a former primary candidate in TX-HD-21, and Texas Scorecard featured the new VanDeaver ad in an exclusive report. Club for Growth Action and i  more

Club for Growth Action: New TV Ad - Former TX HD-21 Candidate Alicia Davis Says Phelan 'Sold Us Out'
WASHINGTON, May 10 -- Club for Growth Action, an arm of the Club for Growth, issued the following news release on May 9, 2024: Club for Growth Action is launching a new TV ad in the Texas HD-21 runoff today featuring Alicia Davis, the former primary opponent of Speaker Dade Phelan. In the ad Davis says, "The legislation that he is passing is benefitting his personal interests and his corporate donors' personal interests." Davis also said, "When he sold his soul to become Speaker, he sold us ou  more

Consumer Reports Decries Texas District Court's Decision Preventing New Limits on Excessive Credit Card Late Fees From Going Into Effect Next Week
YONKERS, New York, May 11 -- Consumer Reports issued the following news release on May 10, 2024: The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted a motion today sought by the banking industry in Chamber of Commerce vs. CFPB that temporarily blocks new rules limiting how much credit card companies can charge consumers when payments are made late. The CFPB estimates that the new limits, which were set to go into effect on May 14, would save $10 billion per year for consumers, or  more

Exercise, New Drug Class Recommended for Management of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
DALLAS, Texas, May 8 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: WASHINGTON and DALLAS (May 8, 2024) -- The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) today released a new clinical guideline for effectively managing individuals diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). The guideline reiterates the importance of collaborative decision-making with patients who have HCM and provides updated recommendations   more

Expansion of Hybrid Battery Conversion for ABS-Classed SEACOR Marine PSVs
HOUSTON, Texas, May 7 -- The American Bureau of Shipping issued the following news release: The ABS-classed SEACOR Yangtze is now the tenth vessel in the SEACOR Marine Holdings Inc. (SEACOR Marine) fleet with hybrid battery power. ABS provided survey and engineering review services for the integration of a lithium-ion based energy storage system into the SEACOR Yangtze platform support vessel (PSV). The upgrade to more sustainable operations was completed in Norway. In addition to the energy   more

HACU and Google partner on Latinx Student Leadership Summit in Chicago, IL
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 7 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: * * * The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities partnered with Google who hosted the 8th Annual Goolge Latinx Student Leadership Summit (LSLS) at the Google offices in Chicago, Illinois on April 19-21, 2024. Fifty undergraduate Latinx student leaders from across the nation with a passion for technology participated in leadership development act  more

HACU recognized in San Antonio City Council session
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 9 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: * * * The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities was recognized by the City of San Antonio, Texas, during a City Council session on May 9, 2024. HACU was formally recognized by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and District 7 Councilwoman Marina Alderete Gavito for its work representing Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The Association has headquartered in San A  more

HACU urges Congress to prioritize passing the Dream Act
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 8 [Category: Education] -- The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities issued the following news release: * * * May 8, 2024SAN ANTONIO - The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has released a statement following a written testimony submitted on May 08, 2024, to the Senate Judiciary Committee. In the testimony, HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores urged Congress to pass the Dream Act as a permanent, lasting immigration reform. "HACU calls on   more

Houston's Sea Scout Ship Invincible Named 2024-25 BoatUS National Sea Scout Flagship
HOUSTON, Texas, May 8 -- Boat Owners Association of the U.S. issued the following news release: The Sea Scout Ship Invincible (Ship 502) is exemplar of the best traditions of Sea Scouts BSA with more than 15 youth participating in a range of on-water adventures and community service activities. Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is proud to honor the S.S.S. Invincible for its incredible program as the 2024-25 BoatUS National Sea Scout Flagship. The honor was created by the Bo  more

Local health equity and social impact entrepreneurs invited to apply for grants, training
DALLAS, Texas, May 9 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: A recent study revealed that, in the United States, local Black and Latino entrepreneurs receive just 2.6% of all venture capital investment.[1] To help bridge that gap and while addressing health inequities in these local communities, the American Heart Association, celebrating 100 years of lifesaving service, is offering financial grants and expert business consulting to local so  more

NAACP Legal Defense Fund: Concerned Parents and Students Urge Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas to Enter Good-Faith Negotiations With Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights to Resolve Finding of Civil Rights Violations
NEW YORK, May 10 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news on May 9, 2024: Yesterday, Cultural & Racial Equity for Every Dragon (CREED) and the Southlake Anti-Racism Coalition (SARC) submitted an open letter to the Carroll Independent School District (CISD), in Southlake, Texas, urging it to negotiate in good faith with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to remedy serious civil rights violations. Earlier this week, OCR informed our cl  more

NetSuite Awarded Frost & Sullivan's 2024 Global Company of the Year Award for Leading Innovation in Cloud Business Management Solutions
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 8 -- Frost and Sullivan, a provider of market research and analysis, growth strategy consulting and corporate training services across multiple industries, issued the following news release: Frost & Sullivan recently researched the cloud ERP market and, based on its findings, recognizes Oracle NetSuite with the Global Company of the Year Award. NetSuite is an integrated cloud business system that helps businesses simplify core processes, improve productivity, expand insi  more

New Leadership Elected by ICCFA During 2024 Annual Convention & Exposition
STERLING, Virginia, May 7 -- The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association issued the following news release: The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) proudly announces the election of new leadership during its 2024 Annual Convention & Exposition held from April 10th-13th in Tampa, Florida. The following esteemed individuals have been elected as ICCFA officers for the term 20232024: * President: Lee Longino, Service Corporation International, Houst  more

Personalized screening early in pregnancy may improve preeclampsia detection
DALLAS, Texas, May 6 [Category: Health Care] -- The American Heart Association issued the following news release: Research Highlights: A personalized screening algorithm for preeclampsia in the first trimester of pregnancy may help clinicians better predict who is at risk for developing the condition and who may benefit from treatment with a daily, low-dose aspirin. In this study of more than 7,000 women, the new screening method, which combined maternal history, biomarker tests and ultrasoun  more

POST MALONE, PARKER MCCOLLUM, KELSEA BALLERINI AND NOAH KAHAN, BLAKE SHELTON AND GWEN STEFANI, AND NATE SMITH FEAT. AVRIL LAVIGNE TO PERFORM AT THE 59TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, May 8 -- The Academy of Country Music issued the following news release on May 7, 2024: Today, the Academy of Country Music (ACM), Prime Video, and Dick Clark Productions (DCP) revealed the latest lineup of superstar performances and exclusive collaborations set to take the stage at the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards. Hosted by 16-time ACM Award-winning entertainment icon, Reba McEntire, the ACM Awards will be free to stream live exclusively for a global audience acr  more

Right On Crime Supports S565: A Conservative Approach to Strengthening North Carolina's Economy and Workforce
AUSTIN, Texas, May 7 -- Right on Crime, a national campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation that supports conservative solutions for reducing crime, restoring victims, reforming offenders and lowering taxpayer costs, issued the following news release: Right On Crime supports the policies of North Carolina S565, a bill that restarts the automatic expunction of criminal records for thousands of North Carolinians who were found not guilty or whose charges were dismissed. Currently, these cr  more

Right On Crime Supports The VICTIM Act to Improve Clearance Rates, Support Law Enforcement, and Restore Crime Victims
AUSTIN, Texas, May 8 -- Right on Crime, a national campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation that supports conservative solutions for reducing crime, restoring victims, reforming offenders and lowering taxpayer costs, issued the following news release: Right On Crime supports the sound policies of S. 3763, the Violent Incident Clearance and Technological Investigative Methods Act, also known as the VICTIM Act. This legislation would authorize funding to state, local, and tribal law enforce  more

State-of-the-Art Ammonia Reforming Technology From Amogy Verified by ABS
HOUSTON, Texas, May 10 -- The American Bureau of Shipping issued the following news release: ABS has issued New Technology Qualification (NTQ) for an innovative ammonia-to-electrical power system from Amogy. The Amogy ammonia-to-electrical power system splits, or "cracks," liquid ammonia into its base elements of hydrogen and nitrogen, funneling the hydrogen into a fuel cell generating high-performance power. The technology represents a sustainable, clean energy solution tailored for industrie  more

Susan Briner Reelected Bishop of ELCA Southwestern Texas Synod
CHICAGO, Illinois, May 8 -- The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America issued the following news release: The Rev. Susan J. Briner, Seguin, Texas, was reelected May 5 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Southwestern Texas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election was held during the synod assembly, May 3-5, at the Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas. Briner was reelected on the fifth ballot, with 146 votes. The Rev. Michael C. Coffey, lead interim pastor of  more

SwRI EVALUATES RELIABILITY OF PRESSURE RELIEF VALVES FOR LIQUID NATURAL GAS TANKS IN TRAIN DERAILMENT SCENARIOS
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 8 -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release: Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has helped determine the viability of pressure relief valves for liquid natural gas tanks in the event of a train derailment for the Federal Rail Administration (FRA). The report from the FRA shows that a study conducted by SwRI demonstrates that the pressure relief valves work as designed to prevent overpressurization and explosion if a derailment occurs. "The press  more

SwRI WORKBENCH FOR OFFLINE ROBOTICS DEVELOPMENT LAUNCHED AT AUTOMATE 2024
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 7 -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release: Southwest Research Institute is simplifying robotics programming with a new toolkit that embeds computer-aided design (CAD) into robotics motion planning, modeling and execution. The SwRI Workbench for Offline Robotics Development (SWORD) features a user-friendly graphical interface to demystify the fundamental coding required in robot operating system (ROS) application development. Informed by the Ins  more

SwRI'S HERRON NAMED 2024 ASSP SAFETY PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 7 -- Southwest Research Institute issued the following news release: The American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has named Southwest Research Institute's Matthew Herron, M.S., P.E., CSP, CPE, its 2024 Safety Professional of the Year. The award is presented annually to an ASSP member who demonstrates outstanding achievement in the occupational safety and health (OSH) field while also advancing the OSH profession overall. "It's a great honor to be recognized by th  more

TAB Joins Binational Organizations in Urging Biden, Obrador Administrations to Address Border Security Crisis Impacting Cross-Border Commerce
AUSTIN, Texas, May 9 (TNScapv) -- The Texas Association of Business issued the following news release on May 8, 2024: Today, the Texas Association of Business (TAB) joined a coalition of binational organizations led by the Border Trade Alliance (BTA) in writing a joint letter to U.S. President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador urging their respective administrations to work together immediately to address the ongoing security crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, which is   more

Teleperformance Applauded by Frost & Sullivan for Delivering Competitive Customer Service and Experiences and for Its Market-Leading Position
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 7 -- Frost and Sullivan, a provider of market research and analysis, growth strategy consulting and corporate training services across multiple industries, issued the following news release: Frost & Sullivan recently researched the customer experience (CX) outsourcing services industry and, based on its analysis results, recognizes Teleperformance in Mexico with the 2024 Mexican Company of the Year Award. The company is a leader in the US nearshore, Mexican, and LATAM CX  more

U.S. Chamber Wins Preliminary Injunction in Lawsuit Against Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Credit Card Late Fees Rule
WASHINGTON, May 11 -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement on May 10, 2024: * * * The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Litigation Center Counsel Maria Monaghan issued the following statement after the Northern District of Texas granted the Chamber's motion for a preliminary injunction in its challenge to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) credit card late fees rule. "This ruling is a major win for responsible consumers who pay their credit card bills on time and   more

UnidosUS: State Lawmakers Advance Ballot Measure Likely to Result in Widespread Discrimination and Harm Against Latinos in Arizona
PHOENIX, Arizona, May 10 -- UnidosUS issued the following news release: Last night, lawmakers in the Arizona Senate Military Affairs, Public Safety and Border Security Committee voted 4 to 3 to advance a ballot measure on immigration through the "Secure the Border Act," a modified version of the House Concurrent Resolution 2060 (HCR 2060), which includes a set of harsh anti-immigrant proposals previously vetoed by Governor Katie Hobbs. HCR 2060 goes further than the Texas law it was modeled aft  more