The Washington Post
States, business fight over chemical rules
An effort in Congress to modernize a patchwork system of state and federal laws governing chemical safety is generating debate between a bipartisan group of state legislators who say the update would rob states of the ability to regulate sometimes toxic substances within their own borders and businesses who say they need regulatory certainty to ... (more)
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Tue Mar 11, 2014
It's Too Early to Say Putin Is Using Hitler's Playbook
"I believe it is peace for our time," Neville Chamberlain said, standing outside 10 Downing Street on Sept.
Chemicals in commerce: Will industry-promoted legislation undermine existing laws?
"The United States is facing an industrial chemical safety crisis," Chemical Safety Board Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on March 6th.
Thu Mar 06, 2014
Former NSA official to tech firms: Be transparent - On the STELA chopping block: Must-buy rule
FORMER NSA OFFICIAL TO TECH FIRMS: BE TRANSPARENT - The WSJ's Danny Yadron has the interview: "Former NSA deputy director [John C. Inglis] is warning technology companies that amass vast amounts of personal information to learn from his agency's mistakes.
Overnight Energy: Senate panel to examine crude-by-rail safety
IN RAIL WE TRUST? Lawmakers are worried about increasing accidents involving railcars transporting crude oil across the U.S. On Thursday, a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation subcommittee will hold a hearing on rail safety, taking a specific look at the recent accidents plaguing states like North Dakota, home to the Bakken formation, which ... (more)
Wed Mar 05, 2014
Industry backs newest proposal to update chemical regulations
Rep. John Shimkus is the latest member of Congress to step up to the plate to take a swing at chemical regulation reform, releasing a "discussion draft" of his bill, the Chemicals in Commerce Act to mixed reaction from industry and environmental groups alike.
Mon Mar 03, 2014
Green group accuses GOP of 'environmental racism'
House Republicans are being accused of "environmental racism" by an environmental group that argues GOP efforts to reform decades-old chemical laws would disproportionately harm minority groups.
New Republican chemical bill backed by industry, but environmentalists say it keeps public in the dark
House Republicans are offering a new draft chemical regulation bill that the chemical industry backs but environmentalists say would keep residents near chemical plants in the dark about potential dangers.
Ill. GOP congressional primaries closely watched
In a year when only half of Illinois' 18 congressional seats have March primary contests, the most closely watched are between Republicans as the party aims to undo a near Democratic sweep of contested seats two years ago.
HAPPI/Household & PP Industry
SC Johnson Applauds TSCA Reform Proposal
SC Johnson applauded the release of the draft "Chemicals in Commerce Act" by U.S. Rep. John Shimkus , Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.
Fri Feb 28, 2014
Leading Consumer Brands CEOs Critical of Shimkus TSCA Reform...
Yesterday, Representative John Shimkus introduced a legislative proposal entitled the "Chemicals in Commerce Act" to reform the Toxic Substance Control Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chemicals Act, Efficiency Bill, Luminant Wins Against Sierra Club
House Energy and Commerce environment and the economy subcommittee chairman John Shimkus unveiled the Chemicals in Commerce Act , legislation aimed at modernizing chemical regulation through updates to the Toxic Substances Control Act.
HAPPI/Household & PP Industry
ACI Applauds \nCICA Draft\n
House Energy and Commerce Environment and the Economy Subcommitte Chairman John Shimkus has unveiled draft legislation to modernize the regulations of chemicals in commerce.
Wed Feb 26, 2014
Tom Kacich: Williamson focusing on voters, not Dem primary race
Kristin Williamson, who has no opposition for the Republican nomination in the 103rd House District that includes virtually all of Champaign-Urbana, ought to be enjoying the two-way Democratic primary race between Carol Ammons and Sam Rosenberg.
Tue Feb 25, 2014
Fight Begins for Key Battleground House Seat in Illinois
A key battleground House campaign gets off and running Tuesday with the first TV ad from a touted Democratic challenger.
Mon Feb 24, 2014
Thu Feb 20, 2014
FCC moves ahead with mobile 911 standards
The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to move ahead with plans to improve the ability of emergency responders to locate people who call 911 from their cellphones.
Lexington: Faith and reason
Wed Feb 19, 2014
Albany Times Union
Biden tells Illinois crowd stimulus did its job
Vice President Joe Biden speaks at America's Central Port in Granite City, Ill., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, to mark the fifth anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act .
Fri Feb 14, 2014
Tom's Mailbag Feb. 14, 2014
A light week for the mailbag, which is fine. There's been plenty of news to cover, and there's a big birthday party to prepare for this weekend.