Senators from both sides of the aisle are trying to get an amendment into a bill reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that would extend $1.4 billion in expiring green energy subsidies that weren’t included in last year’s budget deal.
We’re disappointed that consistent support exists among Senators to extend corporate welfare to the so-called ‘green energy’ industry. It’s unfortunate to see lawmakers sneak these provisions through the backdoor using unrelated must-pass measures — especially only months after extending major wind and solar subsidies in an end-of-year deal,” Christine Harbin, director of federal affairs at Americans for Prosperity, said in a statement.
Great news has arrived for small farmers who want to grow industrial hemp (the close, non-psychoactive cousin to marijuana, with both being derived from the cannabis plant). A bill to allow private farmers to grow and sell industrial hemp through permits from the state’s Department of Agriculture (HB 2555) has unanimously passed the Hawaii State House of Representatives and will go to the Senate.
Hemp differs from marijuana because it contains a minuscule amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the substance which gives marijuana psychoactive properties. This new legislation is an enormous sea-change for farmers who have been prohibited from growing hemp due to laws erroneously suggesting that hemp was a drug.
Republicans hailed it as a political messaging victory and a fulfillment of their promise from the 2014 midterm election to force President Obama to veto the landmark healthcare reform law named after him.
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act puts in place voluntary information sharing programs between the federal government, state and local governments as well as private companies and other entities.
The bill easily cleared the Senate 74-21 Tuesday night. Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, was among the notable senators who voted against the bill.
A controversial bill to allow physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in California comes up for a new round of hearings on Tuesday, after failing in the legislature earlier this summer amid opposition from the Catholic Church.
The measure, which was pulled from consideration in the legislature’s regular session in July, was reintroduced last month as part of a special session on healthcare called by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.
“The more time we’ve had to work on it, the more support we have,” said Senator Bill Monning, a Democrat from Carmel who is a co-author of the bill. “Every major newspaper in the state has editorialized in support.”
Last weekend, conservative columnist George Will wrote a column supporting assisted suicide, breaking with many conservatives to do so.