March 9, 2018

Center for Biological Diversity, Emily Knobbe, March 7, 2018- The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing Thursday on a bill introduced by Sen. Debbie Fischer (R-Neb.) that would exempt “concentrated animal-feeding operations,” often called factory farms, from hazardous-waste reporting requirements. Senate Bill 2421’s special exemption would make it …

March 5, 2018

The Seattle Times, Daniel Beekman, February 28, 2018- After watching Seattle’s soda tax take effect last month, the beverage industry and its allies have begun an initiative campaign aimed at stopping other Washington communities from adopting similar taxes. “Yes! To Affordable Groceries” registered as a ballot committee Monday with the Washington State …

March 5, 2018

Tennessean, Joel Ebert, February 27, 2018- The majority of Tennessee’s top-tier gubernatorial candidates said Tuesday they support a measure that would allow local governments to implement smoking bans. State law currently prohibits local governments from regulating tobacco products. A bill, sponsored by Rep. Bob Ramsey, R-Maryville, and Sen. Bill Ketron, R-Murfreesboro, …