Interlochen Public Radio: Misleading social media ads bash a rooftop solar bill. They’re backed by big utility companies.

Interlochen Public Radio: Misleading social media ads bash a rooftop solar bill. They’re backed by big utility companies.. “Anyone scrolling Facebook in Michigan over the past week may have noticed ads attacking a new energy bill in the statehouse. The proposed legislation would allow more people to put solar panels on their homes or businesses. It gets rid of a cap limiting how many solar installations can connect to the grid. Social media ads say the proposal caters to out-of-state energy developers and threatens a reliable power grid. One of the ads reads, ‘Don’t let out-of-state special interests do to Michigan what they did to Texas.’ Clean energy advocates say the ads are misleading.

MYNorthwest: Northwest Senators introduce ARCHIVES Act to stop sale of Seattle facility

MYNorthwest: Northwest Senators introduce ARCHIVES Act to stop sale of Seattle facility. “The long battle to save the endangered Seattle branch of the National Archives has now been officially joined by a group of federal lawmakers from the Pacific Northwest. On Wednesday, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the awkwardly, yet somewhat cleverly named ‘Assuring Regular Consultation to Have Indigenous Voices Effectively Solicited Act’ – or ‘ARCHIVES Act’ for short – to retroactively amend the original FASTA legislation. FASTA is an Obama-era law that was used by an obscure federal agency to target the Seattle facility, and other valuable federal real estate, for closure and rapid sale.”

KSAT: Proposed African American cemetery database pending in Congress

KSAT: Proposed African American cemetery database pending in Congress. “Nationally recognized for his work that often bears historical and cultural significance, Everett Fly, is also known for helping descendants find and restore forgotten African-American cemeteries. Word about Fly’s expertise reached the offices of U.S. Reps. Alma Adams, of North Carolina, and A. Donald McEachin, of Virginia. The representatives introduced the African-American Burial Grounds Network Act, which would create a national database of African American cemeteries.”

GovExec: New Bill Would Increase Transparency of Presidential Records

GovExec: New Bill Would Increase Transparency of Presidential Records. “Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, will introduce the ‘Presidential Records Preservation Act,’ which would update the ‘1978 Presidential Records Act’ by requiring the president, vice president, and other senior White House officials to ‘make and preserve records’ that document the president’s official activities. The ‘Federal Records Act,’ which oversees record keeping in the executive and legislative agencies, the judiciary and a few executive offices, has a similar provision.”

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Legislation seeks to curb public’s access to governmental records

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Legislation seeks to curb public’s access to governmental records. “Like clockwork, with a new legislative session comes a new slate of bills that look to tip the scales of government accountability away from transparency and toward secrecy. The 2021 Nevada Legislature is no different, with state and local agencies pushing for bills that would curtail the public’s access to governmental records and workings across the state.”

The State: Hard to find now, SC senators want to show you how the Legislature spends your money

The State: Hard to find now, SC senators want to show you how the Legislature spends your money. “The proposal would create a state website with a searchable database showing what the state is spending on and who is receiving money. The S.C. Comptroller General’s website currently has a searchable database for payments made to organizations but doesn’t differentiate from grants, state contracts or budgeted earmarks.”

Mississippi Today: House advances bill that would entangle Mississippi Archives and History board in politics

Mississippi Today: House advances bill that would entangle Mississippi Archives and History board in politics. “A bill that has angered many state historians would have the governor and lieutenant governor appoint members to the board that oversees the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, a move opponents say would politicize an agency that has remained above that fray for more than 100 years.”

Post & Courier: SC could punish social media sites for suspending accounts under new proposal

Post & Courier: SC could punish social media sites for suspending accounts under new proposal. “In the two months since Twitter banned President Donald Trump from its platform, leading Republican voices have lambasted the company for what they called acts of censorship — including U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Now, a freshman Upstate state lawmaker wants to go even further, requiring social media companies to inform holders of suspended Palmetto State-based accounts why they’ve been booted within 10 days or face punishment under the state’s Unfair Trade Practices Act.”