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Monday, November 13, 2017

Montana special session, Tara's Law, US Budget, Puerto Rico, Hate crimes

Child Sexual Abuse Awareness And Prevention
“The office of public instruction shall make any model policies and procedures developed under subsection (1) available for voluntary adoption by school district trustees.”

“The government recorded a deficit of $62 billion in October, CBO estimates, about $17 billion more than the shortfall recorded in the same month last year. Both revenues and outlays were higher than they were last year, but outlays increased more. Shifts in the timing of payments affected the deficits in both years; if not for those shifts, the deficit in October 2017 would have been $19 billion more than it was in October 2016.”

Governor of Puerto Rico warns that American citizens residing on the Island need equal treatment in Congress
“The chief executive warned that if Congress does not consider Puerto Rico as a jurisdiction of the United States in tax matters, it will cause the exodus of companies that generate 42% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the loss of jobs on the Island, and therefore more Puerto Ricans moving to the mainland, causing an increase in the expenses to other states.
At the same time, Rossell√≥ explained that the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the public and private infrastructure of Puerto Rico, causing multi-million dollar losses estimated at 94 billion dollars.”
FBI bar graph showing Bias Motivation of crimes, 57.5% were race/ethnicity/ancestry based.

2016 Hate Crime Statistics Released
“The newest report—which provides information about the offenses, victims, offenders, and locations of hate crimes—reveals that for 2016, law enforcement agencies reported 6,121 criminal incidents that were motivated by bias toward race, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, or gender identity.”
Full report: Hate Crime Statistics, 2016

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Chronic wasting disease, Puerto Rico, Supreme Court opinions

FWP increases CWD surveillance efforts
“We know the best thing we can do is increase our surveillance efforts and help from our partners is critical. The Mule Deer Foundation and RMEF both recognize the importance of doing all we can to find CWD early, if it’s here,” said FWP Game Management Bureau Chief John Vore. “Our best chance of containing the disease once it is detected will be finding it early.”

[W]e need dramatic action that creates a fast-moving, depoliticized entity driven by a compelling vision of an efficient, durable, sustainable and affordable power sector for the island,” Zamot stated.
Both Zamot and Jaresko stressed the need to further expedite permitting at every level for any private sector investment to aid recovery and rebuilding. Zamot noted that “economic growth and fast tracking projects is not inconsistent with being good stewards of the environment.”
Click here to view full witness testimony. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tintina copper mine, Trump in South Korea

Proposed Black Butte Copper Mine in Meagher County
“Tintina Resources submitted on December 15, 2015 an application with the Department of Environmental Quality for a Mine Operating Permit for an underground copper and related minerals mine in Meagher County in west-central Montana.
Known as the Johnny Lee deposits, the proposed mine is expected to produce copper concentrate as well as cobalt and silver. The proposed mine is approximately 20 miles north of White Sulphur Springs, the Meagher County seat, and approximately 100 miles south of Great Falls. The deposits lie within the Belt Supergroup, an extensive sedimentary formation that extends from central Montana into northern Idaho.”

Remarks by President Trump and President Moon of Korea Before Expanded Bilateral Meeting
“It is interesting that it is one year, as of tomorrow, that we had our election victory. And it was great victory, and a victory that made a lot of people very happy. And our country is doing very well from the standpoint of the economy. It's doing record numbers, record stock market, 17-year low. We have the lowest unemployment that we've had in 17 years. And we've created trillions and trillions of dollars of value for our country. So we're very happy.”

Thursday, November 2, 2017