Health Care Reform Policy options
For better and for worse, it looks Washington DC is set to do something serious about health care reform. Our job is to provide input so the result is "for better".
Lets read this and give input about how to end up with policy that helps.
Blue Law Battles
A countywide vote is underway in Lubbock, TX to allow expanded alcohol sales and mixed beverage permits for restaurants. The official election day is May 5, but early voting is open. Voter turn out for this single issue is already the second best in history, second only to the 2008 Presidential Election.
For background information about the petition to call this election, check out www.letlubbockvote.org. Leaders from the Lubbock Chamber have been involved in this issue for several months.
In Alabama, H.B. 373, also know as the Free the Hops Bill, has made a long, arduous trek to the state senate. The bill, supported by the Birmingham Regional Chamber, would change the maximum alcohol by volume (ABV) for beer from 6% to 13.9%. Many craft beers and imports have an AVB over 6% and, thus, are not currently sold in Alabama. The law also inhibits the micro brew and brew pub industry. A final senate vote is pending.
For more info, check out www.freethehops.org or the Caputo Report - the Birmingham Chamber's Official Policy Blog.
Carbon Capture Legislation
As congress starts to debate cap-and-trade legislation designed to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the coal rich state of Montana is developing policy that would allow CO2 to be buried underground.
Montana is not alone in its plans to liquefy and bury CO2, states from New Jersey to Missouri are also looking at carbon sequestration projects. This is a pressing issue since C02 is under heavy fire and more than 50% of our electrical power comes from coal fired plants.
The potential legal issues related to carbon sequestration, however, are extremely complex and would requiring in-depth policy making. The problem, not many people know much about burying carbon dioxide.
For a detailed look at this important issue, check out this article from Stateline.org: States retooling laws to bury coal's CO2
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