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Senate Proposal Expands Access to Unemployment Protections for Arts and Entertainment Workers

Kate Shindle, President of Actors' Equity Association, the national labor union representing professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, released the following statement following regarding the updated Senate 'Phase 3' bill, the CARES Act, which passed the US Senate last night. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Senate, Theatre, US Senate, BWW News Desk, Kate Shindle, Actors Equity Association


Should Scientists “Own” Laws Of Nature They Discover?

It was 1923, and Francesco Ruffini was going to rescue science. The Italian senator’s plan was simple: Give scientists an ownership stake in their discoveries—a sort of patent on the laws of nature they discovered. The idea has re-emerged in the US Senate.  – Slate
Tags: Art, Ideas, US Senate, 02.25.19, Francesco Ruffini


US Senate Passes “Music Modernization Act”

ASCAP CEO Elizabeth Matthews said: “Today’s unanimous passage of the Music Modernization Act in the Senate represents a Herculean industry-wide effort to promote and celebrate songwriters and ensure their right to a sustainable livelihood. We applaud Senators Hatch, Alexander, Grassley, Feinstein, Whitehouse, Coons and the entire Senate for recognizing the value music has in both society and our hearts.”
Tags: Art, Music, Senate, US Senate, Ascap, Elizabeth Matthews, 09.18.18


Republican senator claims the EPA is brainwashing children

Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma claimed Thursday on CNN that the Environmental Protection Agency is “brainwashing” America’s children, defending Donald Trump’s plan to cut the agency’s funding by 31 percent. He told the network: "We want to deliver the services. We ought to make things clean. But we ought to take all this stuff that comes out of the EPA that's brainwashing our kids, that is propaganda, things that aren't true, allegations." This isn’t the first time Inhofe has made a controv...
Tags: Politics, Design, News, Congress, Climate Change, James Inhofe, Environment, Cnn, US Senate, National Institutes of Health, Epa, US Congress, Great Lakes, Oklahoma, Donald Trump, Environmental Protection Agency


Scott Pruitt confirmed as head of the Environmental Protection Agency

In a major loss for the planet, the US Senate confirmed climate denier Scott Pruitt as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, an agency that Pruitt has sued numerous times and has promised to render toothless. Will no irony at all, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated about Pruitt: "He's exceptionally qualified. He's dedicated to environmental protection." Unfortunately, that's anything but true. Pruitt calls himself "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda," a...
Tags: Design, Senate, Cnn, Mitch McConnell, US Senate, Epa, Oklahoma, Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, Chesapeake Bay, Pruitt


US Senate Passes Bill Protecting Art Loaned By Foreign Museums From Seizure

The legislation could end a years-long cultural cold war with Russia, which has refused to loan works since 2010 due to lawsuits filed in the US over objects seized during the Bolshevik Revolution.
Tags: Art, Russia, US, US Senate, Visual


Vermont's GMO labeling law is finally official

On July 1, a Vermont law requiring food manufacturers to label genetically modified ingredients on food labels officially took effect. It's the first law of its kind in the country, and imposes a $1,000 penalty for each day GMO product isn't labeled. Supporters of the law are concerned that it may not last long if federal legislation overriding its requirements is passed. The US Senate is currently considering an alternative nationwide labelling law that creates massive loopholes for food man...
Tags: Design, News, Obama, Congress, Senate, Gmo, House, Agriculture, Gm, Gmos, Monsanto, US Senate, US Congress, Sustainable Food, Coca Cola, Vermont


Don't let Monsanto and Whole Foods kill GMO labeling

A first-of-its-kind law requiring foods sold in Vermont to declare whether or not they contain genetically modified crops is set to take effect on July 1st -- unless a national law being considered by Congress passes first. The proposed national legislation would effectively override the regulations outlined by Vermont's law, delaying any labeling changes for another two years and allowing food manufacturers to place QR codes or 800 numbers on their packaging rather than a plain-English disclos...
Tags: Politics, Design, News, Whole Foods, Congress, Legislation, Policy, Gmo, Hawaii, Agriculture, Gm, Petition, Monsanto, US Senate, US Congress, Organic Foods


Don't let Congress shoot down Vermont's groundbreaking GMO labeling law

A first-of-its-kind law requiring foods sold in Vermont to declare whether or not they contain genetically modified crops is set to take effect on July 1st -- unless a national law being considered by Congress passes first. The proposed national legislation would effectively override the regulations outlined by Vermont's law, delaying any labeling changes for another two years and allowing food manufacturers to place QR codes or 800 numbers on their packaging rather than a plain-English disclos...
Tags: Politics, Design, News, Whole Foods, Congress, Legislation, Policy, Gmo, Hawaii, Agriculture, Gm, Petition, Monsanto, US Senate, US Congress, Organic Foods


US Senate Scrutinizes Private Museums Over Taxes

“The US has 43 private art museums, the second-most of any country, according to a recent survey by the collector database Larry’s List. The 11 museums on Hatch’s list alone have assets totalling $1.6bn, according to their 2013 federal tax returns.”
Tags: Art, US, US Senate, Visual, Hatch, Larry



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