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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving South Dakota Newsletter for Sunday January 19, 2020 ( 10 items )  

American Coalition for Ethanol Appoints Fosheim as Director of Member and Industry Relations
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, Jan. 14 -- The American Coalition for Ethanol issued the following news: The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) has appointed Nick Fosheim, former executive director of South Dakota's Lincoln and Minnehaha County Economic Development Associations, to serve as Director of Member and Industry Relations at the organization's office based out of Sioux Falls. ACE CEO Brian Jennings says Fosheim's experience coordinating business attraction and retention efforts and conn  more

American Coalition for Ethanol Issues Statement on Mexico Supreme Court Rules Against E10 Implementation
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, Jan. 18 -- The American Coalition for Ethanol issued the statement by Ron Lamberty, senior vice president and market development director: This week, the Mexico Supreme Court ruled against the regulation allowing for higher ethanol content in gasoline, based on the way in which the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) implemented the change in 2017. In July of that year, the CRE decided to increase the maximum content of ethanol in gasoline as an oxygenate to 10 percent  more

American Coalition for Ethanol Issues Statement on Phase One Trade Deal With China
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, Jan. 17 -- The American Coalition for Ethanol issued the following statement on Jan. 15: A "phase one" trade agreement between the U.S. and China was signed and is set to go into effect within 30 days. Among other provisions, the partial agreement includes a commitment by China to purchase agricultural products over the next two years, including U.S. ethanol and distillers grains. American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) CEO Brian Jennings issued the following statement  more

American Coalition for Ethanol Issues Statement on Senate Passage of U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, Jan. 17 -- The American Coalition for Ethanol issued the following statement on Jan. 16: The U.S. Senate passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), ratifying the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) replacement after it was advanced by the U.S. House of Representatives in December. The new agreement solidifies a multi-billion-dollar export market while providing more stable market access to farmers and instilling confidence in other nations that the U.S.   more

American Jewish Committee Applauds South Dakota Executive Order Banning Boycotts of Israel
PIERRE, South Dakota, Jan. 15 -- The American Jewish Committee issued the following news release: AJC commends South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem for signing an executive order prohibiting state offices from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. The executive order requires vendors seeking contracts with state agencies, authorities, commissions, departments, or institutions of the State of South Dakota to not engage with companies that participate in boycotts of Israel. This order   more

Cancer Action Network: Comprehensive Action Needed to Put Kids Over Tobacco Interests
PIERRE, South Dakota, Jan. 14 -- The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network issued the following news release: * * * - ACS CAN eager to work with legislators to reduce big tobacco's toll on south dakotans * * * Data from the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey show youth use of e-cigarettes in high schools has skyrocketed, with a 135% increase over the past two years. Survey results also show that 27.5% of high school students used e-cigarettes in the last 30 days. Nearly 64% used mint  more

Missouri River Energy Services: Farm-in-a-Box Means Fresh Local Greens Year-Round
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota, Jan. 14 -- Missouri River Energy Services issued the following news release: Missouri River Energy Services (MRES), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), South Dakota State University (SDSU), and Children's Museum of South Dakota are collaborating on a high-tech "farm-in-a-box" built entirely inside a specialized 40-foot container. The container was delivered and installed Jan. 10 on the campus of SDSU in Brookings, S.D. It will be operated by graduate studen  more

National Center for Transgender Equality: South Dakota Bill Threatens Doctors With Prison for Helping Transgender Youth
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 -- The National Center for Transgender Equality issued the following news release: The South Dakota Legislature is moving quickly to consider one of the most extreme and dangerous bills in the country targeting transgender youth. HB 1057, which is scheduled for a hearing on Friday, Jan. 17, would make it a felony to provide necessary medical treatment to transgender minors. The bill ignores accepted medical standards and guidelines endorsed by the American Academy of Pediat  more

New Center for Responsible Lending Report: Capping Payday Loan Interest Rates at 36% a Game Changer for South Dakota
DURHAM, North Carolina, Jan. 14 -- The Center for Responsible Lending issued the following news release: The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) released a report analyzing the impact of a 36% interest rate cap on South Dakota following its 2016 passage by ballot measure. The Sky Doesn't Fall: Life After Payday Lending in South Dakota finds that some South Dakotans are still suffering the harmful consequences of predatory payday lending from before the rate cap was enacted in the form of aggre  more

OCA Decries Local Government Attempts to Stop Refugees From Settling in Their States
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 -- OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates issued the following news release: Asian Pacific American Advocates strongly condemns the increasing exclusion of and discrimination against refugees. Recently, Texas Governor Greg Abbott and South Dakota's Minnehaha County Commission have openly considered whether they will continue to allow refugees to settle in their local areas. This is open discrimination against what should be a protected class - and runs contrary to OCA and Am  more