Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly signed a proposal that would hire thousands of additional DHS officers and increasing the number of deportations. The proposal also includes a plan to build a wall along the southern US border.
California state Sen. Kevin de Leon has proposed a new bill that, if signed into law, would require the state to source 100% of its total electricity needs from clean energy sources by 2045. Jim Woodruff, president of the Large-scale Solar Association, said, "I think by putting these goals out, it's making a pretty powerful statement, not only in the US, but globally, that if we set out the goals and put the resources to it, those goals can be achieved."
A study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that older employees who continue working past the retirement age can help boost the country's labor force. While workers have continued in their positions for longer periods of time since the 1990s, experts say an increase in older workers could help keep the workforce larger for a longer amount of time.
When former Judge Michael Guadagno retired from the New Jersey Appellate Division of the state Superior Court, he wrote a letter announcing his retirement to the New Jersey secretary of state, who happened to be his wife, Kim Guadagno. Michael Guadagno wrote that there was "no need to respond to this letter, as we can discuss this matter over dinner."
The Utah Senate may consider legislation that would require HOAs to disclose any prohibitions against solar panels to homebuyers. The bill would ban HOAs from preventing homeowners from installing solar panels without an existing specific prohibition or if a proposed rule didn't get a buy-in from at least 67% of owners.
A bill was introduced in Colorado last week that would require the approval of the majority of owners for an HOA lawsuit regarding construction defects to advance. The bill, which is reportedly supported by CAI, would ban developers from attempting to influence any community vote and restrict their contact with owners.
The Landsdowne on the Potomac HOA in Virginia is under fire after removing a makeshift memorial for a baby who was killed last year after being hit by a vehicle in a crosswalk. Family and friends of the victim thought the temporary shrine would remain until it could be replaced by a permanent memorial, but the HOA said it removed it without notification because of complaints.
The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. kicked off a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign Tuesday for the "America's First Sustainable Urban Agrihood" project in Detroit. Michigan Urban Farming uses agriculture as a platform to empower urban communities.
Olympia, Wash., social service organization Bread & Roses has decided to close down its operations on Feb. 28 after 35 years of service. The charity, which has been struggling with finances and support for new projects, "decided maybe it was just a good time to let it go," said board member Selena Kilmoyer.
Braking Traffik has begun training law enforcement, medical personnel and social service groups to recognize and identify victims of human trafficking in the Quad-Cities area of Illinois and Iowa. Director Cathy O'Keefe said human trafficking has always been an issue in the community, but local leaders are learning more about how to recognize it.
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