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Article, ILSR Press Room filed under Broadband | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Apr 12, 2017

Press Release: Tennessee Sends Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017 to Gov. Haslam’s Desk

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/press-release-tennessee-sends-broadband-accessibility-act-of-2017-to-gov-haslams-desk/

Press Release: Tennessee Sends Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017 to Gov. Haslam’s Desk While Governor Haslam’s Signature Legislation Sounds Great, AT&T Will Be Laughing all the Way to the Bank Contact: Christopher Mitchell | christopher@ilsr.org   MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Late yesterday, the Tennessee Legislature officially sent Governor Bill Haslam’s signature legislation, the Broadband Accessibility Act of 2017,… Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Virginia Streeter | No Comments | Updated on Mar 29, 2017

Compostable Plastics Bill Advances in Maryland

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/compostable-plastics-bill-advances-in-maryland/

Since we wrote about Maryland House Bill 1349, “Compostable, Degradable, and Biodegradable Plastic Products – Labeling,” in late February, it has made significant progress in the Maryland state legislature. As of March 23rd, the bill passed its third reading in the House and moved on to the Senate. Since the bill was not cross-filed with… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 17, 2017

Another Anti-Muni Hack Job: Alabama Mayor Strikes Back

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/another-anti-muni-hack-job-alabama-mayor-strikes-back/

Mayor Gary Fuller won’t tolerate lies about his city. In a recent Opelika City News release titled, Setting the Record Straight – Response to Yellowhammer article, Mayor Fuller corrected the numerous misleading errors in a piece written by Jordan LaPorta. The Yellowhammer article covered a Taxpayer’s Protection Alliance Foundation (TPA) report, filled with errors and… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Mar 4, 2017

The Next Trash Bill: Georgia’s HB 336

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/the-next-trash-bill-georgias-hb-336/

Earlier this legislative session, we followed legislation in Virginia, which would have negatively impacted municipalities’ ability to use their publicly owned infrastructure to improve connectivity. We’re now watching a bill in Missouri that’s been resurrected from legislation that died last year. Another state bill just appeared on our radar in Georgia that interferes with local community authority by prescribing stringent rules on permitting and applications. Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Waste to Wealth | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 28, 2017

Bill on Compostable Plastics Labeling Gains Hearing in Maryland House of Delegates

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/compostable-plastics-labeling-legislation-maryland/

On Wednesday, March 1st, the Maryland House of Delegates’ Committee on Environment and Transportation will conduct a hearing on House Bill 1349: “Compostable, Degradable, and Biodegradable Plastic Products – Labeling.” The legislation, introduced by Maryland Delegate Shane Robinson (District 39), is a result of close work between Delegate Robinson and the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). ILSR, and a number of allies, will be testifying on the merits of the bill in front of the House Committee. Continue reading

Article filed under Composting, Sustainable Plastics, Waste to Wealth, Young Activist Club | Written by Nick Stumo-Langer | No Comments | Updated on Feb 20, 2017

ILSR Submits Testimony in Favor of Maryland Anti-Styrofoam Bill

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/testimony-maryland-anti-styrofoam-bill/

On February 15th, 2017, the Maryland House of Delegates’ Committee on Environment and Transportation conducted a hearing on House Bill 229: “Polystyrene Food Service Products and Polystyrene Loose Fill Packaging – Prohibition on Sale.” The legislation, which was introduced by Maryland Delegate Brooke Lierman (District 46), seeks to ban polystyrene (otherwise known as styrofoam) food service products due to its adverse impacts on disposal, the waste stream generally, and the environment. Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Feb 14, 2017

Colorado Bill To Reclaim Local Authority Stalls In Committee, Audio Available

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/colorado-bill-to-reclaim-local-authority-stalls-in-committee-audio-available/

On Monday the Colorado Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee heard SB 42, a bill to repeal the state’s requirement for referendum to reclaim local telecommunications authority. The committee of seven Senators voted 4 – 3 to postpone the bill indefinitely, leaving it in legislative purgatory. We’ve provided the audio above, but we missed the first minute or so of the recording. Continue reading

Featured Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 27, 2017

Tennessee Broadband Bill Is A Jackpot For AT&T, Junk For EPB

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/tennessee-broadband-bill-is-a-jackpot-for-att-junk-for-epb/

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam doesn’t want the public’s money to pay for publicly owned Internet infrastructure. He has no problem, however, writing a $45 million check backed by taxpayers and payable to the likes of AT&T in Tennessee. “A Little Song, A Little Dance, A Little Seltzer Down Your Pants” On Wednesday, Haslam introduced the… Continue reading

Article filed under Broadband | Written by Lisa Gonzalez | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

Companies, Associations Call On Missouri Committee To Kill Anti-Municipal Broadband SB 186

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/companies-associations-call-on-missouri-committee-to-kill-anti-municipal-broadband-sb-186/

As SB 186 sits patiently in committee, advocates of better broadband from the private and public sectors are banding together to share their thoughts on the bill. They believe that the bill will stifle attempts to improve connectivity throughout the state. In a recent letter to the Chair and members of the the Missouri Senate Local Government and Elections Committee, they laid out the other reasons why SB 186 should not advance. Continue reading

Article filed under Energy, Energy Self-Reliant States | Written by Karlee Weinmann | No Comments | Updated on Jan 26, 2017

Monopoly Un-Managed? Utility Tries to Dodge Oversight of Spendy Proposed Gas Plant

The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/monopoly-un-managed-utility-tries-to-dodge-oversight-of-spendy-proposed-gas-plant/

Circumventing a decades-old pact providing a market monopoly in exchange for public oversight, an investor-owned utility has proposed legislation to allow it to build a new natural gas plant criticized for its financial and environmental impact, and then stick customers with the tab. Legislation supporting Xcel Energy’s billion-dollar plans cropped up earlier this month, three… Continue reading