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Ballots, Bills and Laws News – including assembly bills, senate bills, initiatives, new laws, and related state and Federal news, as issued by the Send2Press Newswire service.


Keep Our Seniors Safe Act Signed by Governor Newsom

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Oct. 18, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) announces that California Governor Newsom signed the Keep Our Seniors Safe Act, a part of SB 172 (Portantino) which was signed into law on 12 October, 2019.

‘California Vaccine Fascism is Complete,’ says Dr. Harte

CORTE MADERA, Calif., Sept. 12, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Dr. Don Harte, noted chiropractic activist and former Libertarian State Senate candidate, is disgusted, but not surprised, by the passage of SB266 and SB714, effectively ending medical exemptions for forced vaccination.

Florida Distillers Go to Capitol Hill to Urge Support for Spirits Tax Cut Bill

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla., July 31, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The St. Augustine Distillery joined two Florida distillers along with more than 150 craft distillers from around the country who gathered in Washington, D.C. from July 22 through July 24 for the distilled spirits industry’s 10th Annual Public Policy Conference, co-hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA).

Energy Jobs Will Be Easier to Find for Virginians After Enactment of HB2008/SB1348

RICHMOND, Va., May 16, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Energy sector jobs will be easier to find following Governor Northam’s approval of HB2008 / SB1348 earlier this year. The legislation creates a 17th Energy Career Cluster in the state’s education system, says the Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium. An Energy Career Cluster will introduce students to career opportunities in energy and focus their education on the jobs needed to meet the industry’s growing workforce needs.

The Florida Legislature Takes Ground-Breaking Steps Towards Solving the Opioid Crisis in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 14, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In an effort to combat the opioid epidemic, which just seems to be getting worse, the Florida legislature took proactive steps in fighting this deadly problem during this year’s 2019 legislative session, The Florida Society for Doctors of Oriental Medicine announced today.

New Bill Targets Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans

ATLANTA, Ga., April 18, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Independent, full-service employee benefits consulting firm Strategic Benefits Advisors (SBA) issued a statement today informing employers that bipartisan legislation currently pending could significantly revise the rules for employer-sponsored retirement plans.

SUDC Foundation Applauds Reintroduction of Federal Bill to Address Unexpected Child, Infant Deaths

ROSELAND, N.J., April 12, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The SUDC Foundation is pleased to support Scarlett’s Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act, legislation reintroduced by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Doug Jones (D-AL) and U.S. Representatives Gwen Moore (WI-04), Tom Cole (OK-04) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) to combat sudden, unexpected infant and child deaths.

SB 276: California doesn’t trust its own Medical Doctors

CORTE MADERA, Calif., April 8, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Dr. Don Harte, noted chiropractic activist, former Libertarian State Senate candidate, issues a dire warning against SB 276, which will eliminate the medical exemption for vaccination. “This is political-medical terrorism of parents and children.”

Keep Our Seniors Safe Act Passes Senate Committee – Portantino’s SB 172

SAN DIEGO, Calif., April 3, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) announces its collaboration and partnership with California State Senator Anthony Portantino (D, SD 25) in the drafting of Senate Bill 172 Firearms, enhancing safe storage protections for the two most vulnerable populations in our society: the elderly and children.

SUDC Foundation Applauds Introduction of Federal Bill to Address Unexpected Child, Infant Deaths

CEDAR GROVE, N.J., Oct. 1, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The SUDC Foundation is pleased to support Scarlett’s Sunshine on Sudden Unexpected Death Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and U.S. Representatives Gwen Moore (WI-04), Tom Cole (OK-04) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) to combat Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC) and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID).

The Punjabi American Heritage Society announces the passing of resolution ACR 267 to declare month of November as Sikh Appreciation and Awareness month in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 24, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — California Assembly members gave a standing ovation and warm welcome to Sikh American guests at the California State Assembly (August 21, 2018), says The Punjabi American Heritage Society. The Assembly unanimously passed resolution ACR 267 declaring the month of November as Sikh Appreciation and Awareness Month.

California Moves to Kill Free Speech and Health, says Wellness Activist Dr. Harte

CORTE MADERA, Calif., April 18, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Dr. Don Harte, noted chiropractic activist and former Libertarian State Senate candidate, is issuing a dire warning against SB 1424, designed to create a medical thought police in California.

In Michigan, a Battle between Veteran Asbestos Cancer Victims and the Asbestos Industry

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 23, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Two weeks ago a bill HB 5456 titled Asbestos Claim Transparency, drafted by the National Chamber of Commerce and Asbestos companies was pushed into Michigan with promises of campaign donations, says Goldberg, Persky & White P.C. Today, Michigan’s Commanders Group (Congressionally Chartered Veterans Organizations) filed their resolution in opposition to the bill.

Michigan Veterans File Opposition to Asbestos Bill

LANSING, Mich., Feb. 8, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Michigan’s top Mesothelioma legal expert on behalf of hundreds of Michigan Veterans with asbestos disease, Goldberg, Persky & White P.C., today issued the following statement and alert in response to passage of HB 5456, the so-called “Asbestos Bankruptcy Transparency Act,” out of the Michigan House of Representatives Republican controlled “Competitiveness” committee on a straight party line vote.

City of La Mesa offers Official Proclamation in Support of Ferret Legalization for California

LA MESA, Calif., Nov. 15, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mayor Mark Arapostathis and all members of the La Mesa City Council issued a proclamation on November 9 urging the California State Legislature to pass ferret legalization legislation, non-profit Legalize Ferrets announced today.

Ferret Owners Hopeful as California Fish and Game Commission Consider Issuing Permits for Ferrets

LA MESA, Calif., April 4, 2017 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Legalize Ferrets, a California organization that continues to advocate for ferret legalization in the state, has a watchful eye on The California Fish and Game Commission this month. Why? The commission is set to consider issuing permits for ferrets during its April 26, 2017 meeting in Van Nuys, Calif.

Lesser Known Provision of Prop 64 (The Adult Use of Marijuana Act) Allows Expungement of Previous Marijuana Convictions

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 4, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — In addition to legalizing adult possession of small amounts of marijuana and the cultivation of up to six marijuana plants, the passage of Proposition 64 allows those convicted under the previous marijuana laws to return to court and have their conviction either completely expunged or reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor, says says California Marijuana Attorney Richard Glen Boire, of RGB LAW GROUP.

Florida Justice Association Blocks Insurance Lobby Attacks On Consumer Rights

BRADENTON, Fla., April 15, 2016 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Bradenton personal injury lawyer, and Florida Justice Association board member, Bernard F. Walsh took note of the successful effort by Florida Justice Association members to block extreme reduction in personal injury claim awards.

CA SB277: Marin Chiropractor Dr. Harte Says Power Structure Bigoted Against Boy in Wheelchair, vs. Leukemia Boy

CORTE MADERA, Calif., July 16, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Dr. Don Harte, Marin chiropractor, charges the media with ‘an evil bigotry.’ He says, ‘The mass media refuses to acknowledge the existence of vaccine-injured children. This is quite a trick, since we are talking millions of children.’

CA SB277: Marin Chiropractor Dr. Harte Charges California with ‘Chemical Child Molestation’

CORTE MADERA, Calif., June 30, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Dr. Don Harte, Marin chiropractor, notes with disgust, ‘Today, June 30th, California Governor Brown signed SB277, stripping away both personal belief and religious exemptions for childhood vaccinations.’

New Research Exposes Folly of Wisconsin’s Prevailing Wage Repeal Proposal

MADISON, Wis., June 2, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Just completed research by Colorado State University Economist Kevin Duncan and Smart Cities Prevail Researcher Alex Lantsberg reveals that Wisconsin’s proposed prevailing wage repeal (AB 32) will cost the state nearly 9,000 jobs, $1.2 billion in economic output, $77 million in tax revenue, and will export an estimated $500 million in construction investments out of state.

NCGA House of Representatives to Honor Hoogstra, Hendersonville Hospice Contributions with Resolution

RALEIGH, N.C., April 27, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A resolution recognizing the importance of hospice care and honoring the memory of a western North Carolina visionary and Four Seasons Compassion for Life founder Jean Moulthrop Hoogstra is slated to be read this evening from the floor of the House of Representatives today.

North Dakota Passes First Acupuncture Law

BISMARCK, N.D., April 21, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — As a result of the efforts of a small group of dedicated acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) practitioners from the North Dakota Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and proponents of AOM in North Dakota, Governor Jack Dalrymple signed SB 2191 into effect on March 23, 2015, the state’s first law regulating the practice of acupuncture, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM(R)) announced today.

California Ferret Enthusiasts Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for Ballot Initiative on National Ferret Day

LA MESA, Calif., April 1, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Tired of working and waiting for ferret legalization, which never comes despite thirty years of efforts – LegalizeFerrets.org is planning a ballot initiative to free our domestic ferrets from unnecessary and unfair regulation. April 2 is National Ferret Day in the USA and California ferret lovers are using the occasion to launch a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) Sponsors California Excluded Persons List Legislation AB 1122

SAN DIEGO, Calif., March 4, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform announced today that Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D – San Bernardino) introduced the ‘Excluded Persons Administrative Action List,’ or ‘EPAAL’ legislation on Friday 27 February 2015. AB 1122 as it is now known, will require the Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (DSS/CCL) to publish on its website a list of all persons who have been excluded from owning, operating and/or working inside any licensed care facility as a result of an Administrative Law proceeding.

Bereaved families receive special Holiday gift as President Obama enacts legislation to combat sudden death in children

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 18, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The SUDC Foundation celebrates the legislation signed into law today by President Obama which is deeply personal to all those who have lost a child to Stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death or Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). ‘This is the best Christmas gift ever,’ said Laura Crandall to President Obama at the bill signing today in the White House.

Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment Questionnaire replaces universal TB testing requirement for school employees, volunteers and contractors

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 10, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The California Tuberculosis Controllers Association (CTCA) announces, effective Jan. 1, 2015, Pre-K and K-12 public, private and parochial school employees, volunteers (with frequent and prolonged student contact) and contractors are required to get a tuberculosis (TB) test only when TB risk factors are identified.

Families Overjoyed as the U.S. House of Representatives passes the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act (S.2746/H.R.669)

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 3, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — ‘After six years in Congress, I am overwhelmed with the bill’s passage,’ said Laura Crandall, SUDC Foundation President and mother of Maria who died inexplicably at the age of 15 months. ‘This legislation marks the first time our federal government even recognizes the existence of sudden unexplained deaths of children after their first birthday. I am proud of our government today.’

The SUDC Foundation commends the Senate’s passage of the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 21, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — According to the SUDC Foundation, every year approximately 30,000 families in the U.S. are affected by Stillbirth, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death or Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). SUDC is defined as the sudden death of a child greater than 1 year of age that remains unexplained after a thorough case investigation, including performance of a complete autopsy, examination of the death scene, and review of the child’s medical history.

Senate HELP Committee approves Sudden Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act (S.2746/H.R.669)

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 20, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The SUDC Foundation applauds the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on their passage of the Sudden Unexpected Death Data Enhancement and Awareness Act (S.2746/H.R.669).

Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR) Sponsors California RCFE Liability Insurance Legislation

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 13, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Majority Leader Toni Atkins, 78th Assembly District, announced she will introduce landmark liability insurance legislation for California’s Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs). According to Consumer Advocates for RCFE Reform (CARR), liability insurance for RCFEs is now not required as a condition of licensure. Assembly Member Atkins’ bill is expected to require liability insurance for the approximate 7,500 assisted living facilities in the state.

Central Valley Tea Party Issues Commendations and Censures to Valley Congressmen

FRESNO, Calif., Oct. 28, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Central Valley Tea Party (CVTP), in conjunction with Merced Tea Party, North Valley Patriots, Mariposa Tea Party, Bakersfield Tea Party, Tehachapi Tea Party and Central Coast Freedom Rallies, has issued commendations to Congressmen Tom McClintock and Jeff Denham and censures to Congressmen Jim Costa, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes and David Valadao based on their votes on H.R. 2775, the 2014 Continuing Appropriations Act.

Teenage entrepreneur-led Bulldog Lighting leading the push for California legislators to pass proposed ‘Made in the USA labeling’ bill

SAN CARLOS, Calif., April 26, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — A current law states that California businesses cannot claim their products are ‘Made in the USA’ unless 100 percent of the components are manufactured in the country. The federal standard is 75 percent, which places an unfair disadvantage on California firms because there are some products that have components which are not available in the United States. Bulldog Lighting – a San Carlos, Calif.-based firm that was founded by teenage entrepreneur Dylan Sievers – is spearheading and promoting the passage of legislation that would make the 75 percent federal standard applicable in California.

CPA Legislator Cuts Red Tape on Small Business in Texas

PLANO, Texas, March 14, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE — The Texas Association of CPAs (TACPA), supports effort to reduce burdensome regulations in Texas. State Representative Phil Stephenson, CPA, recently filed two bills affecting CPAs and small businesses in Texas. The first bill, H.B. 1756, exempts from the state’s mandatory peer review program, CPAs who only prepare financial statements for small businesses.

Fish and Game Commission Rejects Study They’ve Never Read

LA MESA, Calif., Jan. 17, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — LegalizeFerrets.org announces new WhiteHouse.gov petition to help legalize ferrets in California. Over the past 25 years California ferret lovers have worked diligently to catch up to the rest of the 48 continental states to have our right for legal ferret ownership.

State Senate Committee Sides Against California Manufacturers, says Mag Instrument Inc.

ONTARIO, Calif., July 9, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — According to Mag Instrument Inc., the State Senate Judiciary Committee last week voted against a bill that would have made it easier for American manufacturers – and California manufacturers in particular – to claim their products are made in the United States, dealing a major blow to the state’s already weak business climate.

California Budget Deficit: Trailer Bills are Loophole Goldmine for Legislators Pet Projects

CONCORD, Calif., June 21, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Gold Pan California, a gold prospecting supply shop located in the Bay Area, is shining light on a California State Budget loophole which is being exploited by Legislators to enact last minute laws on pet projects and further increase California’s budget deficit.

UC Grad Inks Ballot Initiative to Freeze College Tuition and Fees

LOS ANGELES, Calif., Feb. 16, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — For over six months, Christopher Campbell, a recent graduate of the University of California, Irvine, has been spearheading a campaign, CHEC2012 (www.chec2012.com), that will profoundly change affordability and access to public higher education for currently enrolled and future college students in California.

Rep. Simpson Champions Bill to Strengthen Future for Idaho Dairy Producers

TWIN FALLS, Idaho, Sept. 28, 2011 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Idaho Dairymen’s Association (IDA) applauded Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID) for taking a strong stand on behalf of the dairy industry as lead Republican proponent of the Dairy Security Act of 2011. Last Friday, the new dairy bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by House Agriculture Committee’s Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN).

Fish and Game Treats California Ferret Enthusiasts as Pests, Not Citizens

LA MESA, Calif. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — According to LegalizeFerrets.org, the Department of Fish and Game has put impossible restrictions on the ferret legalization process. ‘We’re going by the book – but they’re ripping pages out from under us. Would California tolerate that behavior from any other Department?’ says Pat Wright, of LegalizeFerrets.