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Governors in Brief - February 25 2019

NEWSOM WANTS TO STEP UP CA POT ENFORCEMENT

Citing a lack of cohesive enforcement to stamp out CALIFORNIA’s illegal marijuana market, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced expanded efforts by the state National Guard to work with federal officials to target black market dealers, including illegal drug grows operated by international drug cartels. Newsom said at least 150 California National Guard troops would be redeployed from the U.S.-Mexico border to join a federally funded Counterdrug Task Force focused on cartel activity in Northern California. (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, LOS ANGELES TIMES)

 

DEWINE PAUSES OH EXECUTIONS

Citing federal judicial rulings that the current OHIO method for capital punishment was unconstitutional, Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said last week he is implementing a moratorium on executions until a new method can be developed. (CLEVELAND.COM)

 

RAIMONDO PITCHES RI PARK FEE HIKES

To pay for her plan to increase staffing at state parks, RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) proposed increases of 33 percent for most parking fees at state beaches as well as steeper increases for camping fees, including doubling the price for some prime campsites. The proposal is in response to a study that said budget cuts had forced staffing down to a level in which parks facilities were no longer adequately maintained. (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL)

 

MILLS BACKS CONTROVERSIAL PIPELINE PROJECT

MAINE Gov. Janet Mills (D) announced her support for New England Clean Energy Connect, a controversial proposal by Central Maine Power to build a 145-mile transmission line to carry hydropower from Quebec to MASSACHUSETTS. Her support was part of a negotiated agreement between the governor’s office and consumer, business, labor groups and environmental groups. (PORTLAND PRESS HERALD)

 

-- Compiled by RICH EHISEN