Foxx said in a news release, “this legislation is a common-sense step towards making the federal government more responsive and open to average Americans. It lets the sunshine into notoriously dense government reports and documents.”
Section two of the ‘Plain Language Act’ states that the bill is intended to “improve the Federal Government's effectiveness and accountability to the public by promoting clear communication that the public can understand and use.” The legislation also requires federal agencies to report to Congress annually on steps that they are taking to make government documents readable.
Foxx also proposed an amendment to the Plain Language Act that would preserve and enhance the role of the English language in government documents. While it seeks to protect the use of English in federal documents, the amendment does not restrict the use of other languages. The Committee approved the amendment by a unanimous vote.
The bill now heads to the House floor for consideration.
Back on Oct. 27, Dancy and Jones went onto private property that was clearly marked with “no hunting” signs. They shot a deer and removed it-even when a neighbor confronted them and told them they weren’t allowed to hunt there. A Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer talked with the men, who said they thought the property that was under power lines was public and open to legal hunting.
The federal drought map released yesterday shows no counties still in exceptional drought, down from 39 counties that were in the worst of the four-category system last week.
Despite the improvements, people need to remain vigilant in their efforts to conserve water. Statewide, 5.56 million people, or 82 percent of the people who receive water from systems tracked by the state, are subject to voluntary or mandatory water use restrictions.
Michael Ashley reported a break-in at his home on Elledge Mill Road Monday. He said a thief had taken tools form his storage building sometime earlier in the day or late Sunday. He is the only one with a key to the storage building, but there were no signs of forced entry and the lock was intact. Deputies say the investigation continues.
The state monitors influenza-like illness during the flu season. Influenza-like illness is a temperature of 100 degrees or greater and cough or sore throat. Seventy-six health care providers statewide report the number of people they are seeing with these symptoms weekly. Based on those reports, public health experts determine how the flu is progressing across the state. The latest report is for the week ending March 1. Health care providers reported 4.95 percent of patients seen had influenza-like illness, down from 5.83 percent in the previous week.