NEWSOM SIGNS OFF ON CA CLEAN DRINKING WATER FUND

CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed SB 200, legislation that authorizes the use of $130 million in funds initially targeted for greenhouse gas reduction to instead pay for a clean drinking water program. The funds, which will be drawn on over the next decade, were accumulated through the state’s cap-and-trade program. Bill supporters said the diversion of funds was appropriate because climate change has severely diminished traditional water sources that supply water to many low-income parts of the state. (LOS ANGELES TIMES, CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, LEXISNEXIS STATE NET)

EVERS TACKLES WI LEAD POISIONING

Saying health officials had identified lead-poisoned children “in every single county,” WISCONSINGov. Tony Evers (D) issued Executive Order No 36, which will install a coordinator in the Department of Health Services to help state agencies work together to address lead exposure. The order also directs the Department of Health Services to provide necessary staffing and resources to help local health departments and community organizations inform people of the risks of lead exposure. (WISCONSIN GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL [MADISON])

DEWINE SAYS OH CAN’T FIND EXECUTION DRUGS

For the second time, OHIO Gov. Mike DeWine (R) delayed the scheduled execution of a convicted murderer, saying the state is having trouble finding a company to supply the drugs used in lethal injection cocktails. DeWine said he would confer with legislative leaders to determine if a different execution method would be viable. In the meantime, the execution of condemned murderer Warren Henness has been postponed until next year. (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, CINCINNATI ENQUIRER)

PRITZKER SIGNS IL EMERGENCY VEHICLE BILLS

Following the deaths of two Prairie State troopers in roadside collisions, ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed two measures ratcheting up fines on drivers who don’t pull over or yield the right of way to emergency vehicles. The new law increases the fine for a first violation to $250 from $100, with subsequent violations warranting a minimum fine of $750. Violators will be charged an additional $250 fee to fund education and enforcement of the law. The new law went into effect upon signing. (CHICAGO TRIBUNE)

 

-- Compiled by RICH Ehisen