Solicitation of Applications – Securing Federal Funding Initiative (SFFI)

Through proviso funding, the Washington State Department of Commerce has been tasked with creating a grant program which would assist the community with capturing more opportunities to receive federal funding. The Washington State Department of Commerce has been provided $2,000,000 for this fiscal year (ending June 30, 2024) for: “activities related to securing federal funding … Read more

Moses Lake – the heart of the clean technology industry

Washington is at the forefront of the clean technology revolution. Gov. Jay Inslee traveled to Moses Lake on Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of construction at Sila Nanotechnologies’ factory. They’re expanding the building and plan to hire up to 500 Washingtonians to build next-generation battery technology for electric vehicles. Their proprietary silicon anode extends driving … Read more

Moses Lake – the heart of the clean energy revolution

Washington is at the forefront of the clean technology revolution. Gov. Jay Inslee traveled to Moses Lake on Wednesday to celebrate the groundbreaking of construction at Sila Nanotechnologies’ factory. They’re expanding the building and plan to hire up to 500 Washingtonians to build next-generation battery technology for electric vehicles. Their proprietary silicon anode extends driving … Read more

Statement from President Joe Biden on the United Arab Emirates Creation of the ALTERRA Fund

I welcome President Mohamed bin Zayed’s announcement of the ALTERRA Fund—a $30 billion catalytic climate finance vehicle aimed at mobilizing the capital and investment needed to fight the global climate crisis. ALTERRA can play an important role in supporting the clean energy transition and enhancing resilience, particularly the $5 billion focused on making it easier to invest in least developed countries and small island developing states. And, it reflects the United States and … Read more

Exconcesionario de automóviles arrestado después de que una parada de tráfico revelara dos Cadillac Escalade robados

December 1, 2023 ~Los VIN de Cadillac fueron manipulados, intercambiados y clonados~ BROOKSVILE, Fla.- Esta semana, mientras realizaban esfuerzos de control en la I-75 en el condado de Sumter, los agentes de la Patrulla de Caminos de Florida (FHP) realizaron una parada de tráfico por velocidad excesiva y una infracción de etiqueta en un Cadillac … Read more

Former Car Dealer Arrested After Traffic Stop Reveals Two Stolen Cadillac Escalades

December 1, 2023 ~Cadillac VINs were tampered with, swapped and cloned~ BROOKSVILE, Fla.- This week, while conducting enforcement efforts on I-75 IN Sumter County, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Troopers conducted a traffic stop for excessive speed and a tag violation on a 2018 Cadillac Escalade. The driver, Yajaira Martinez, 39, of Riverview, Florida, advised Troopers … Read more

News Release – Department of Health receives federal grant to help reduce maternal mortality in Hawai‘i

News Release – Department of Health receives federal grant to help reduce maternal mortality in Hawai‘i Posted on Dec 1, 2023 in Latest Department News, Newsroom DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH JOSH GREEN, M.D.GOVERNOR KE KIA‘ĀINA KENNETH S. FINK, MD, MGA, MPHDIRECTOR KA LUNA HO‘OKELE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 1, 2023                                                                                          23-154   Department of Health receives … Read more

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Keith Pearson as Sheriff of St. Lucie County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis was notified of Sheriff Ken Mascara’s retirement effective close of business on December 1, 2023. To ensure law enforcement operations continue without delay, the Governor announced the appointment of Keith Pearson as Sheriff of St. Lucie County.   Keith Pearson Pearson is a Lieutenant with the St. Lucie … Read more

Sam Houston Center in Liberty Invites Public to Holiday Celebration Open House, Dec. 15 and 16

Liberty, TX – The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center has announced its Holiday Celebration, Friday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The Center welcomes the public to this festive open house on its campus at 650 FM 1011 in Liberty. Join the Sam Houston Center for extended hours … Read more

Setting your poinsettias up for success

Poinsettias and their classic red and white holiday color will soon be abundant in homes, grocery stores and nurseries. If you want your poinsettia plants to last throughout the holiday season, here are some pointers to help keep your plants happy.  Poinsettias have been bread to maximize colors and varieties. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by … Read more

H.R. 6231, Department of Homeland Security Policy Issuance Review Act

H.R. 6231 would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to review its policy issuance documents within 180 days of enactment. A policy issuance document is a department-level communication that updates policies and procedures, provides guidance, and delegates authority to DHS employees and component units. DHS uses those documents to implement and ensure compliance with … Read more

H.R. 5009, WILD Act

H.R. 5009 would reauthorize the appropriation of $75 million annually over the 2024-2028 period for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to implement the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. The program provides grants to landowners to restore fish and wildlife habitats on private land. In 2023, USFWS allocated $60 million for that program. … Read more

Dry Weather, Fall-Like Temperatures Expected through Late Next Week

Thursday’s severe weather threat never quite came together across Central Texas or the middle Texas coast. However, showers and thunderstorms across the coastal plains did bring totals of 1-1.5 inches of rain to Matagorda and southern Wharton Counties. Totals were considerably lower across the rest of the region, with little to no rain falling across … Read more

Texas Air National Guard aides law enforcement in multiple drug seizures

BROWNSVILLE, Texas –Texas National Guard members assigned to Task Force South seized more than 800 lbs. of narcotics in the last two weeks being smuggled across the Texas-Mexico border by traffickers.  On Sunday, Nov. 19, Zeus Flight assigned, the Operation Lone star unit in the Brownsville area, notified the Texas National Guard drone team that … Read more

Purchasing real Texas Christmas trees boosts economy

More than 4 million real Christmas trees are sold annually in Texas, supporting farms and agriculture businesses throughout the state. As the holiday season nears, Texas A&M Forest Service encourages purchasing real Christmas trees to help boost the Texas economy. Texas A&M Forest Service recently conducted an economic study showing how much value the Christmas tree industry … Read more

Second Test Flight for SpaceX’s Starship Ends in Explosion but Achieves Key Milestones

Image credit: SpaceX SpaceX’s Starship—the largest and most powerful rocket ever built—embarked on a second launch attempt on Nov. 18 that came to an explosive end but was ultimately hailed as a success. Starship, designed to carry astronauts back to the Moon and beyond, flew for about twice as long as the first launch attempt … Read more

NASA TechLeap Challenge Seeks Innovative Space Tech Solutions for Big Prize Money

Image credit: NASA Hey, space enthusiasts! NASA is inviting college students and innovators to join the Universal Payload Interface Challenge (UPIC), the third installment of the exciting NASA TechLeap Prize series. If you’ve ever dreamed of contributing to space exploration, this is your chance! UPIC is all about developing a flight-ready universal payload interface, making … Read more

FACT SHEET: The Biden-Harris Administration’s Efforts to End HIV/AIDS At Home and Abroad

On this 35th commemoration of World AIDS Day, we remember those we have lost to HIV/AIDS and commit to accelerating our efforts to fight the disease and support those with and experiencing risk for HIV. The Biden-Harris Administration remains committed to implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and achieving the bipartisan goal of ending the HIV epidemic … Read more

A Proclamation on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 2023

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we recommit to building a world where disabled people everywhere are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve and are afforded an equal shot at achieving their dreams.      Many Americans can still recall when — just over three decades ago — a person could legally … Read more

U.S. Department of Education Announces Winners of the $1 Million Future Finder Challenge to Support Adult Learners

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) announced today that Gladeo, a minority- and women-owned public benefit corporation based in Los Angeles, California, has been selected as the grand-prize winner of the Future Finder Challenge, a $1 million challenge to reimagine career navigation for adult learners. Workbay, a woman-owned business based in Franklin, Tennessee, has been selected as the … Read more

Commercial Shellfish Fees

For information about all current rules that apply to a topic, look in the title area for the subject. The rule title can be sorted ascending and descending by clicking on the small triangle next to the Title heading, or you can use the Search at the top of the list. For example, if you enter “drinking … Read more

FACT SHEET: Marking the Two-Year Anniversary of the Report on the Impact of Climate Change on Migration

Two years ago, the Biden-Harris Administration released the Report on the Impact of Climate Change on Migration. Today, the Administration is providing an update on actions taken under President Biden’s Executive Order 14013 Rebuilding and Enhancing Programs to Resettle Refugees and Planning for the Impact of Climate Change on Migration and efforts to address the effects of climate … Read more

Statement from President Joe Biden on North Carolina’s Implementation of Medicaid Expansion

Every American deserves high-quality affordable health care. Today, we are one step closer towards meeting that promise, as 600,000 North Carolinians can now access the affordable, quality coverage they need under Medicaid. Thanks to Governor Roy Cooper’s years of leadership, in partnership with bipartisan elected officials, North Carolina is the 40th state to expand Medicaid … Read more

State vets office gives update on canine respiratory disease

OLYMPIA – With recent reports of an unidentified canine illness increasing across the nation, the Washington State Veterinarian is encouraging dog owners to be vigilant to keep their animals safe and healthy. What do we know: A total of 16 reports from veterinarians have been submitted to the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) concerning … Read more

New Law Will Prevent Private Employers From Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines

Last month, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 7. The bill bans private employers from adopting or enforcing workplace COVID-19 vaccine mandates. State and local government employers are already prohibited from doing so in Chapter 81B of the Texas Health and Safety Code.  The new law will take effect on February 6, 2024. It … Read more

Status Update Meeting for House Concurrent Resolution 41 – Double Utility Pole Removal

Status Update Meeting for House Concurrent Resolution 41 – Double Utility Pole Removal Posted on Nov 30, 2023 in Public Notice The STATE OF HAWAII PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION (“Commission”) will host a status update meeting relating to House Concurrent Resolution 41 (HCR41) – Double Utility Pole Removal on Monday, December 11, 2023 at 9AM to … Read more

Remarks by President Biden at the National Christmas Tree Lighting

6:07 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT:  Five, four, three, two, one!  (Applause.) (The President and First Lady light the National Christmas Tree.) All right.  They’ve got it. Merry Christmas, everybody!  (Applause.) Jill and I are honored to welcome you.  (Inaudible.) (“Deck the Halls” is played.) All right.  Again, Merry Christmas, everyone.  Have a seat, if you’d like.  Jill and I are honored to welcome … Read more

Remarks by President Biden and President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of the Republic of Angola Before Bilateral Meeting

3:17 P.M. EST PRESIDENT BIDEN:  Well, welcome.  And I want to welcome the President.  It’s an honor to have you here at the White House in the Oval Office. Before I begin, I want to say a few words about the recent inflation report we got yesterday.   We learned that inflation last month was a … Read more

Background Press Call by a Senior Administration Official to Preview the Bilateral Engagement of President João Lourenço of Angola

11:04 A.M. EST MODERATOR:  Good morning, everyone.  Thank you so much for joining us today for a background or call to preview the President’s engagement this afternoon with the president of Angola, President Lourenço.  Just a friendly reminder to everyone who’s on the call: This call will be on background, attributable to a “senior administration … Read more

Inside Olympia — Senate Budget Chair June Robinson, Sen. Karen Keiser’s “How To” Book for New Legislators

When the chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee stepped down earlier this year, Senate Democrats had to choose a new leader for the committee. Their choice? Senator June Robinson of Everett.  Host Austin Jenkins sits down with Robinson for a discussion on the state’s revenue situation and the upcoming 2024 legislative session, during … Read more

Request for Proposals – Supportive Housing Model Ordinance and Communications Toolkit

The Washington Department of Commerce is seeking proposals from firms to develop a model ordinance and communications toolkit for supportive housing types. Supportive housing types include emergency housing, emergency shelters, permanent supportive housing and transitional housing, as defined in RCW 36.70A.030 and RCW 84.36.043(3)(c). The model ordinance and communications toolkit will assist local governments in … Read more

State Energy Resilience and Emergency Management Office publishes Fuel Action Plan

2023 Washington State Fuel Action Plan describes supply chain hazards, actions to take in event of disruption OLYMPIA, WA — The Washington Energy Resilience and Emergency Management Office (EREMO) at the Department of Commerce recently published the 2023 State Fuel Action Plan. Authorized in Washington State statute and through related Presidential directives and federal law, … Read more

Gov. Inslee appoints Kathryn I. Burke to the Okanogan County Superior Court

Today Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointment of Kathryn I. Burke to the Okanogan County Superior Court. She will replace Judge Henry A. Rawson, who will retire from the bench December 31, 2023.  Currently, Burke serves as the elected prosecuting attorney for Ferry County, a position she has held since 2015.  In this role, Burke … Read more

U.S. Education Secretary Cardona Appoints Nevada Superintendent of Public Instruction Jhone Ebert to National Assessment Governing Board

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona today announced the appointment of Jhone Ebert, superintendent of public instruction in Nevada, to the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for the Nation’s Report Card. Ebert fills a spot on the Governing Board reserved for a chief state school officer. Her term began Nov. 20, 2023. “I’m … Read more

Readout of Investing in America Cabinet Meeting

Today, Chief of Staff Jeff Zients hosted a meeting of President Biden’s Investing in America Cabinet. During the meeting, members of the Cabinet and senior administration officials discussed how Bidenomics is driving record investment and opportunity in communities across the country, marked the two year anniversary of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and discussed key progress … Read more

Statement from President Biden on the Passing of Henry Kissinger

I’ll never forget the first time I met Dr. Kissinger. I was a young Senator, and he was Secretary of State—giving a briefing on the state of the world. Throughout our careers, we often disagreed. And often strongly. But from that first briefing  — his fierce intellect and profound strategic focus was evident. Long after … Read more

FACT SHEET: The U.S. – Angola Partnership

As the United States and Angola mark 30 years of diplomatic relations, our bilateral relationship is deepening with regular senior-level engagements and increasing cooperation on key shared objectives.  Angola is a strategic partner and regional leader, and the U.S.-Angola partnership is critical to advancing our shared goals of economic prosperity, regional security, and increasing energy security in Africa … Read more

A Proclamation on National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, 2023

This holiday season, too many American families will have an empty seat at their table after losing a loved one in a drunk or drug-impaired driving accident.  More than 10,000 Americans die every year in these preventable crashes.  During National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, we call on everyone to help save a life by planning … Read more

Readout of Meeting Between President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of Angola

President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met today with President João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of Angola at the White House to address opportunities to deepen our relationship, identify areas of future cooperation, and discuss regional and global challenges.  Together they discussed significant U.S. economic investment in Angola, including through the President’s flagship Partnership for Global Infrastructure … Read more

S. 2685, Reuse Excess Property Act

S. 2685 would amend federal law regarding the use of excess personal property. Personal property refers to physical items (not real estate or land) ranging from common products—such as office equipment, motor vehicles, and animals—to specialized equipment—such as scientific devices and heavy machinery. Specifically, the legislation would: Comment > Connect > Support Comment How will … Read more

H.R. 3560, National Drone and Advanced Air Mobility Research and Development Act

H.R. 3560 would establish and authorize appropriations for several programs related to advanced air mobility (AAM) and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, often referred to as drones). Those programs would be carried out at multiple agencies including the Departments of Commerce, Energy, Homeland Security, and Transportation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National … Read more

A Proclamation on World AIDS Day, 2023

On World AIDS Day, my message is simple:  Let us finish the fight. Since recognizing the first World AIDS Day 35 years ago, we have made enormous progress in preventing, detecting, and treating HIV — greatly reducing annual HIV diagnoses and transmission.  But despite these advancements, about 39 million people continue to live with HIV, including … Read more

Water well screenings set for Llano, Lampasas, Mills counties Dec. 11-14

The Texas Well Owner Network, TWON, will host “Well Informed” water well screenings in Llano, Lampasas and Goldthwaite on Dec. 11-14 to allow residents to have their well water screened for possible contaminants. Residents in Llano, Lampasas and Mills counties can have their well water screened during Texas Well Owner Network programs on Dec. 11-14. (Texas A&M … Read more

August 2023 Visitor Logs Records Posted

Today the White House released visitor log records generated in August 2023. This set includes 44,452 records, bringing the total number of records posted to 891,809. These records were posted pursuant to the White House’s policy to voluntarily disclose visitor log records. This release is consistent with the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to becoming the first … Read more

Current Articles & Research Resources, November 30, 2023

In this weekly post, we feature helpful research tools and recent articles of interest to the legislative community. Explore transportation noise from planes, trains, and traffic by map. (U.S. Department of Transportation, accessed November 29, 2023) Get winter weather preparedness tips. (Texas Department of Insurance, last updated November 21, 2023) Consider which methods consumers prefer … Read more

Toni Stanger-McLaughlin: Highlighting Tribal Nations and Indigenous Foods during Native American Heritage Month

Posted by Cecilia Hernandez, Designated Federal Officer, USDA Equity Commission in Equity Initiatives Nov 30, 2023 November is Native American Heritage Month. This is a time to celebrate Native American history and culture while also exploring the ongoing contributions, achievements, and hardships of Native people in the United States. This month’s theme, Indigenous Foods: The … Read more

Agribusiness Development Corporation Provides Land for Farmers and Ranchers

Agribusiness Development Corporation Provides Land for Farmers and Ranchers Posted on Nov 30, 2023 in Main The Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) was char­tered in 1994 with the mission to conserve and convert arable lands and formerly large mono-crop plantation lands into new, productive uses. The ADC is a state leader and innovator in agriculture with … Read more

‘Tis the Season to Support Local

‘Tis the Season to Support Local Posted on Nov 30, 2023 in Main Photo courtesy: Bryce Pedersen As we approach the festive holiday season, it’s a time for celebration and reflecting on resilience and community spirit. Following the Maui wildfires in August, the state has been committed to supporting local businesses on the pathto recovery. … Read more