Infrastructure, Public Works

Legislation to strengthen the supply chain introduced in Congress

December 6, 2023

Via: Transportation Today News

On Tuesday, U.S. Reps. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Larry Bucshon (R-IN) introduced legislation that would strengthen the supply chain, as well as to help America remain competitive with new technologies. The Congress members introduced the Promoting Resilient Supply Chains […]

Infrastructure, Public Works

Legislation would invest in repair, rehabilitation of urban canals

October 30, 2023

Via: Transportation Today News

Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would amend the Omnibus Public Land Management Act to address the repair and rehabilitate of urban canals. The Urban Canal Modernization Act would authorize the Bureau of Reclamation to provide communities […]

Electric Utility, Public Utilities

Energy Security, Climate Change Initiatives Endure with Surprise U.S. Senate Deal

July 28, 2022

Via: PowerMag

The inclusion of an estimated $369 billion in energy security and climate change investments in a July 27–unveiled U.S. Senate budget reconciliation proposal has prompted jubilation from a range of energy sectors. Less than two weeks after negotiations on clean […]

Social Services

Senate inches closer to FedRAMP legislation

November 30, 2021

Via: FCW

Federal officials met with lawmakers on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday to discuss deficiencies within the General Services Administration’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, ahead of an upcoming vote to codify the […]

Health & Insurance, Social Services

Pandemic Aid Package Includes Relief From High Premiums

March 9, 2021

Via: Kaiser Health News

As President Joe Biden’s pandemic relief package steams through Congress, Democrats have hitched a ride for a top health care priority: strengthening the Affordable Care Act with some of the most significant changes to insurance affordability in more than a […]

Basic Services, Public Transport

State Legislation Would Reshape VTA Board

March 2, 2021

Via: NYC Streets Blog

Earlier this month, Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) introduced legislation that dropped the proverbial hammer on the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority (VTA), Assembly Bill 1091. The legislation would completely overhaul the VTA’s Board of Directors by shrinking the board, […]

Basic Services, Emergency Services, Health & Insurance, Social Services

Surprise! Congress Takes Steps to Curb Unexpected Medical Bills

December 22, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

Most Americans tell pollsters they’re worried about being able to afford an unexpected medical bill. Late Monday, Congress passed a bill to allay some of those fears. The measure is included in a nearly 5,600-page package providing coronavirus economic relief […]

Health & Insurance, Social Services

Amid COVID Chaos, California Legislators Fight for Major Health Care Bills

August 11, 2020

Via: Kaiser Health News

California lawmakers are barreling toward an end-of-month deadline to pass or kill bills amid the biggest public health crisis the state has faced in a century. Yet even in a year consumed by sickness, they’re considering significant — sometimes controversial […]

Public Utilities, Waste Management

NYC Officials Focus on City’s Trash Troubles

January 17, 2020

Via: Waste360

Elected officials in New York City have turned their attention to how the city can reduce its growing trash problem. Politico reports that the City Council is contemplating legislation to mandate the separation of food and yard scraps, which comprise […]

Public Utilities, Waste Management

New Jersey’s Plastics Bill Stalls in Assembly

January 15, 2020

Via: Waste360

The New Jersey Assembly on January 13 failed to vote on legislation that bans the sale of single-use plastics. The bill, S2776 (Smith/Greeinstein)/S2776 (Pinkin), would prohibit the use of single-use plastic carryout bags and paper bags in stores and foodservice […]

Public Utilities, Waste Management

Alabama Senate Advances Legislation to Stop Single-use Plastics Bans

April 12, 2019

Via: Waste360

Alabama’s Senate Governmental Affairs Committee recently voted to move forward with legislation that would prohibit cities in the state from banning single-use plastics. Newsweek reports that the bill would stop local governments in Alabama from banning the use of plastic […]

Public Utilities, Waste Management

Washington State Considers Legislation for Plastic Packaging Waste

March 11, 2019

Via: Waste360

Washington state is considering two legislative measures to better manage plastic packaging waste. The first legislation, HB 1204, addresses plastic packaging pollution and recycling, and the second legislation, HB 1795, would eliminate the state’s 50 percent recycling goal and ban […]

Basic Services, Civil Service

NYC Council Passes Bills to Better Protect Private Sanitation Workers

March 1, 2019

Via: Waste360

The New York City Council on February 28 adopted legislation to better protect workers in the private sanitation industry. According to a report in ProPublica, one bill authorizes the city’s Business Integrity Commission (BIC) to directly police labor unions at […]

Public Utilities, Waste Management

Recycling Industry Lauds Efforts to Reduce Metals Theft

February 14, 2019

Via: Waste360

As a sign of both the need to reduce metal theft and its strong working relationship with the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) and other recyclers, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) recently passed a resolution calling […]

Public Utilities, Waste Management

Berkeley, Calif., Passes New Legislation to Reduce Foodservice Waste

January 25, 2019

Via: Waste360

In an effort to combat food-related waste, Berkeley, Calif., has passed a new legislation that will require foodservice customers to pay 25 cents for a disposable cup. Additionally, the legislation, which will go into effect on January 1, 2020, will […]

Health & Insurance, Social Services

New Legislation About Drug Trials Offers Hope For Children With Incurable Cancers

January 16, 2019

Via: Kaiser Health News

The U.S. is set to begin testing drugs on children, a step researchers say many drugmakers skipped because it was risky and costly. “It is an incredibly exciting time,” said Crystal Mackall, a pediatric-cancer researcher. “We have lots of drug […]

Public Utilities, Waste Management

California Legislature Passes Plastic Pollution Reduction Bills

September 5, 2018

Via: Waste360

The California Legislature doubled down on the state’s commitment to reducing plastic pollution and waste. As the legislature wrapped up the 2017-18 session on Tuesday, it sent five bills to the governor’s desk that, together, interrupt plastic’s toxic lifecycle at […]