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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota House has passed a proposal to create a new state flag and seal. Rep. Mike Freiberg (DFL-Golden Valley), the bill’s sponsor, says it’s time to reimagine a flag that positively reflects the state. The current one, he says, depicts white settlers displacing Native Americans. The proposal is part of a large budget bill that’s subject to end-of-session negotiations. So far, Republicans have voted against the flag change, saying it’s not a top priority. Supporters of changing the flag say that the current one also doesn’t have the hallmarks of good flag design — simple designs with meaningful symbols, few colors and no words. Some are pushing for a new flag with a North Star-theme, a gold-and-white star on a deep blue background.
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Fewer than four days after the mass shooting that’s rocked the city, the Sacramento City Council held a hastily-called special meeting as a group of fed-up neighbors push for a ballot initiative to get homeless people off the streets. The ongoing homeless crisis is creating tension between Sacramento city leaders and a community group trying to get homeless campers off the streets. READ MORE: 2 Friends Missing Since Sunday Found Dead In Vehicle Submerged In Stanislaus River Near Ripon“I don’t think it’s good process,” Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said of Wednesday’s meeting. The city council held an emergency meeting to discuss the community group’s November ballot proposal that would require the city to pay for more than 6,000 new shelter beds. “It would double shelter capacity by next summer,” said Daniel Conway with Sacramentans For Safe and Clean Parks. Conway is leading the group’s effort. “The city would go encampment by encampment offering people space in shelters and access to services, but also letting them know that Sacramento no longer allows people to live outside,” he said....
    Months after declaring racism a public health crisis, the Alameda City Council decided this week to pay a consulting firm $250,000 to develop a plan that’ll help the city become as inclusive as possible. “It really does take somebody from the outside coming in to help organizations transform to really meet the needs of our community and to be as inclusive as we can and should be,” Vice Mayor Malia Vella said. The council voted 4-1 to commission Seed Collaborative, a business management consulting firm, to develop a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Plan. Councilmember Trish Herrera Spencer dissented, saying she wasn’t comfortable spending so much money for consulting work. In developing the plan, Seed Collaborative intends to begin by learning about Alameda and its dynamics. That will involve interviewing individual council members, some senior staff officials, union representatives and other key city players. The firm also will hold focus group discussions with specific types of people such as LGBTQ+ workers and will survey a large group of employees, all in an effort to discover what biases and discrimination exist...
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a proposal Tuesday to create a new category of over-the-counter hearing aids in an effort to improve access and lower costs for millions of Americans.  Once finalized, the rule would allow the hearing aids to be sold to consumers in stores and online without a medical exam or a fitting by an audiologist. It would apply to certain air-conduction hearing aids intended for adults age 18 and older who have mild to moderate hearing loss. GROWING EVIDENCE LINKS COVID-19, HEARING LOSS, RESEARCHERS SAY The Food and Drug Administration issued a proposal Tuesday in an effort to provide over-the-counter hearing aids. (iStock) Hearing aids for severe hearing loss and for people younger than 18 would still require a prescription.  "Reducing health care costs for everyone in America is a top priority," said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. "Today’s move by FDA takes us one step closer to the goal of making hearing aids more accessible and affordable for the tens of millions of people who experience mild to moderate hearing loss."...
                      by Casey Harper  A major component of President Joe Biden’s plan to raise revenue to pay for his trillions of dollars in new federal spending is now under fire from trade associations across the country. The Biden administration has made clear its plan to beef up IRS auditing by expanding the agency’s funding and power. Biden’s latest proposal would require banks to turn over to the Internal Revenue Service bank account information for all accounts holding more than $600. In a sharp pushback against the proposal, more than 40 trade associations, some of which represent entire industries or economic sectors, signed a letter to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., raising the alarm about the plan. The letter, which includes the support of several banking coalitions, calls on Congress to reject that requirement, saying it violates customer privacy and would create an incredibly expensive and elaborate reporting requirement for the banks. “While the stated goal of this vast data collection is to uncover tax...
    DOVER, Del. —  The Delaware Hispanic Commission will hold a press conference Wednesday as Congress considers a historic proposal for a pathway to U.S. Citizenship for eight million immigrants. The Hispanic commission will highlight the stories of those affected. READ MORE: WATCH LIVE: Philadelphia Officials To Provide COVID-19 Response Update The proposal would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of people who are currently at risk of deportation. This is part of a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. READ MORE: WATCH: Surveillance Video Catches Fern Rock Drive-By Shooting That Killed 1, Injured 5 While it will impact eight million undocumented immigrants across the U.S., it would specifically benefit many immigrants in Delaware. MORE NEWS: Police: Man Seriously Injured After Shooting At Park In Nicetown What: Delaware Hispanic Commission to hold press conference in regards to proposal that would create a pathway to citizenship for 8 million undocumented immigrants Who: Delaware Hispanic Commission, Delaware Working Families Party, Immigrant Justice Committee from the NCC Presbytery, Votamos We Vote, Delaware Civil Rights Coalition, The Save Communities Coalition, ACLU-DE, Sussex Health & Environment...
    The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to move toward creating vaccine requirements for indoor public spaces, part of aggressive measures being taken by state and local leaders to combat the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus. The council’s 13-0 vote directed city attorneys to draft a law, but the specifics still remain unknown, The Los Angeles Times reported. Officials have to decide where the vaccine requirement would apply and how to enforce it. Council President Nury Martinez and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell introduced the city proposal last week, which called for directing the city attorney to “prepare and present an ordinance that would require eligible individuals to have received at least one dose of vaccination to enter indoor spaces.” The lawmakers said those locations include but are not limited to restaurants, bars, retail establishments, fitness centers, spas and entertainment centers such as stadiums, concert venues and movie theaters. Once the details of the law are hashed out and the text is drafted the council will vote on the proposal for final approval, the Times noted. Martinez...
    DETROIT (AP) — Voters in Detroit on Tuesday were deciding a ballot proposal that calls for the creation of some new city departments, restructuring the police and fire departments, and linking water rates and public transportation fares to income. Changes to the city charter with Proposal P have been opposed by some who say it could increase spending by the city, which still has to carefully monitor its finances that for several years had been under state oversight following Detroit’s historic 2013 bankruptcy. The changes were drafted and approved by the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. Supporters have said the proposal addresses concerns raised by Detroit residents about social justice and other issues in the majority Black city. They took the measure to the courts to keep it on the primary election ballot after Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declined to support it. Last week, the Michigan’s Supreme Court overturned decisions by lower courts that would have kept Proposal P off the ballot. It already was on absentee ballots distributed ahead of the primary. The proposal would create new city departments covering...
    (CBS4) – Rep. Joe Neguse, a Democrat who represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, held a hearing on Thursday to discuss the growing threat of wildfires. Neguse chairs the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. Rep. Joe Neguse (credit: CBS) Lawmakers considered the impact of climate change and collaboration needed to address the year round risk of wildfires. “For those of us that live in the West, wildfires are one of the most immediate and obvious impacts of climate change,” said Neguse. (credit: CBS) Neguse’s 21st Century Civilian Climate Corps Act would create a multi-billion dollar fund to create new jobs supporting wildfire prevention, response and recovery. The proposal calls for investments in federal restoration efforts, including the creation of rural jobs in places like Colorado. The proposal would also provide $3.5 billion for the U.S. Forest Service and $2 billion for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to support science-based projects aimed at improving forest health and reducing the risk of wildfires.
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Pennsylvania has been rocky, to say the least. However, members of the Allegheny County Council are hoping to ease the process. READ MORE: Pittsburgh Native Tom Vilsack Confirmed As Secretary Of Agriculture The new proposal wants to see the Pennsylvania Department of Health create a statewide vaccine registry and as of last night, they began the process. According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a motion was passed that would put the proposal in the hands of local state representatives with the hope that it would move the issue forward in Harrisburg. Under the proposal, Pennsylvanians would sign up for a single registry then would be notified when a vaccination appointment opens up. Meanwhile, in Allegheny County, Health Director Dr. Debra Bogen has acknowledged the frustrations with the lack of a central registry at the state level. READ MORE: Pa. Lawmakers Unhappy Over Proposed Bridge Tolls Reminded Of 2012 Law That Made It Possible Also, Governor Tom Wolf has vowed the state would do a...
    Nevada Gov. Steve SisolakSteve SisolakSouth Carolina governor tests positive for COVID-19 after wife's diagnosis Nevada governor: 'Unconscionable' for Trump to suggest Reno's COVID-19 surge unit 'fake' House Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 day after her mother's death MORE (D) touted a proposal that would allow tech companies to create local governments. A draft proposal that has not been introduced in the Nevada State legislature would clear the way for “Innovation Zones,” allowing tech companies to form separate governments in the state, according to a draft of the bill obtained The Las Vegas Review-Journal. Sisolak touted his plan on Twitter Wednesday, saying he was glad it was getting national attention as a "Top Tech Agenda." He added that the plan would “help strengthen Nevada’s infrastructure and economy and help generate new jobs in our state.”   I am glad to see my #NVSOTS being highlighted in a national spotlight as carrying a ‘Top Tech Agenda’. My pledge to creating new innovation zones & developing new technology industries will help strengthen Nevada’s infrastructure & economy and help generate new jobs...
    In a proposal that would shake up the city’s day-to-day response to its homelessness crisis, San Francisco community leaders on Tuesday unveiled a plan to take police out of the equation. Under the new framework, police would no longer respond to complaints about encampments or aggressive panhandling, reports of an unhoused person trespassing and other non-emergency calls involving homeless San Franciscans. Instead, those calls and more would be rerouted to civilian members of a new Compassionate Alternate Response Team, known as CART. The proposal is another step in San Francisco’s ongoing police reform effort, and comes as cities throughout the Bay Area and around the country are grappling with demands to “defund” their police departments and reinvest in alternative programs. “What we are doing right now as a city is completely failing,” San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney, who supports CART, said Tuesday during a Zoom call announcing the proposal. “A police-led response to homelessness is costly, it’s dangerous, it’s ineffective and it should end.” San Francisco police responded to more than 65,000 calls related to homelessness in 2019. CART supporters...
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the state of New York will move to legalize weed for recreational use. Cuomo made the announcement in a tweet shared Monday as part of his 2021 State of the State. We will legalize adult-use recreational cannabis, joining 15 states that have already done so. This will raise revenue and end the failed prohibition of this product that has left so many communities of color over-policed and over-incarcerated.#SOTS2021 — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 11, 2021 “Despite the many challenges New York has faced amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it has also created a number of opportunities to correct longstanding wrongs and build New York back better than ever before,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Not only will legalizing and regulating the adult-use cannabis market provide the opportunity to generate much-needed revenue, but it also allows us to directly support the individuals and communities that have been most harmed by decades of cannabis prohibition.” (RELATED: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Moves To Legalize Recreational Marijuana) Cuomo’s proposal will create an Office of Cannabis Management that will oversee the...
            by Debra Heine  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday unveiled legislation that would allow Congress to oust a president from office using the 25th Amendment, stressing that “this is not about President Trump,” but about creating “a process for future presidents,” meaning potentially Joe Biden. The bill would set up a commission to assess the president’s ability to lead the country and ensure a continuity of government. It comes one year after Pelosi’s House launched impeachment proceedings against Trump. If passed by a 2/3 vote in both houses, the 25th Amendment would allow for the vice president to become acting president after it was determined that the president was “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” Pelosi, who has raised questions about Trump’s mental fitness for years, has lately used the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis to question his health and his behavior. “This is not about President Trump,” Pelosi maintained Friday, after her chic color-coordinated mask had slipped well below her nose. “He will face the judgment of the voters. But he shows the need...
    Democratic Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel wants to repeal the law that allows Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to keep a state of emergency in place indefinitely with no input from the state’s legislature. Hackel, the highest ranking Democrat in the state’s third largest county, told The Detroit News on Wednesday that the 1945 Emergency Powers of Governor Act gives Whitmer “endless ability to create law.” “I can’t believe there isn’t more of an outcry,” Hackel told the outlet, referring to the lack of public resistance to unilateral measures such as travel bans, business closures, and mask mandates. “No one person should have endless authority and ability to bypass another branch of government.” People take part in a protest for “Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine” at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on April 15, 2020. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images) The state of emergency Whitmer declared on March 10 remains in effect. According to The Detroit News: The committee Unlock Michigan is seeking to collect 340,047 valid petition signatures to put its initiated legislative proposal to repeal the...
    LOS ANGELES -- California lawmakers may offer relief for recipients of unemployment benefits as the $600 weekly federal aid is set to expire July 31.RELATED: Representatives demand extension of $600 weekly emergency unemployment paymentsCongress is working on a new stimulus bill. The proposal from the Senate includes another $1,200 in direct payments to taxpayers, but it cuts the enhanced unemployment benefit from $600 to $200.State lawmakers are looking for ways to fill the gap as the extra $600 per week in unemployment benefits expire Friday. One move lawmakers are considering is borrowing billions of dollars from a federal stimulus plan and providing the additional funds to the unemployed in California.Sooner is better, because about 59% of Californians lost income as a result of COVID-19. In the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metro area, the rate was about the same, but in the LA-Long Beach-Anaheim metro area it was about 65%, according to the most recent release of the U.S. Census' Household Pulse Survey conducted July 9 to 14.And with less income, people are struggling to pay their rent or mortgage. An estimated third...
    (CNN)As US lawmakers prepare this week to launch negotiations over the next round of stimulus funding, a bipartisan duo is pushing a proposal to aid small businesses that eschews the more targeted approach under consideration.It's a push that isn't guaranteed to succeed, particularly amid public outrage at the ability of larger public companies to tap into the emergency forgivable loan program, known as the Paycheck Protection Program.But it's one that Sens. Todd Young, an Indiana Republican, and Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat, have spent months laying the groundwork for -- cognizant, they say, of broader risks facing businesses as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the country."We laid down the proposal very early to socialize it, to earn the support of outside groups and, frankly, to allow for critical analysis and feedback from some of those key stakeholders," Young told CNN in interview.Those stakeholders included the Senate Small Business Committee members who created the Paycheck Protection Program to begin with -- Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top two members of the panel,...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a motion to create a plan to close the Men's Central Jail near downtown L.A. within a year.Board chair and Supervisor Kathryn Barger stressed she supports diversion and replacement rather than its closure, but backed the motion to receive a report on shutting it down. The motion was introduced by Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl.Officials say the aging facility consistently ranks as one of the worst in the country but the proposal drew considerable push back before it was voted on."(These) are dangerous, dangerous offenders that will be released back into our communities. It's unacceptable," said Patricia Wenskunas, founder of Crime Stoppers, an organization that represents crime victims and their families.The consideration comes as county officials look for ways to rely less on law enforcement and incarceration.EMBED More News Videos The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a massive budget cut proposal affecting the sheriff's department. Last week, the board approved a massive budget cut proposal which Sheriff Alex Villanueva says will...
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