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STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A pipeline for thirsty Utah communities … Oregon will ask for a federal OK to toll interstates ... and a Monty Python inspired crosswalk in Texas.
Good morning, it’s Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Scroll down for our Route Fifty state and local government news roundup with stories from places like Sulphur Springs, Texas; Wilmington, Delaware; and John Day, Oregon. Have a good weekend ...
STATE GOVERNMENT | Delaware Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall Long joined members of the Behavioral Health Consortium on Wednesday to distribute 70 doses of the overdose-reversing drug Narcan to residents in Wilmington’s Center City. "We're saving lives, saving tax dollars, while really improving quality and access for treatment," she told a Delaware radio station. [WDEL]
- Albuquerque, New Mexico: State Attorney General Hector Balderas has filed a lawsuit against Wells Fargo, accusing the bank of opening unauthorized accounts in the names of more than 20,000 New Mexico residents.
- Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: School safety funding approved as part of Pennsylvania’s Act 44 won’t be distributed to school districts until March 2019. [WITF / Keystone Crossroads]
- John Day, Oregon: Members of the Oregon Transportation Commission voted to ask the federal government for permission to introduce tolling to certain sections of Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 in the Portland area. [Willamette Week]
- St. George, Utah: State officials are looking to get federal permitting sorted out for the future Lake Powell Pipeline, which will transport Colorado River water to thirsty southern Utah, which has seen major population growth. The big problem: The Colorado River’s water supply is extremely stressed. [OutsideOnline; The Denver Post]
LOCAL GOVERNMENT | Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s administration plans to overhaul the city’s competitive bidding process “to offer better opportunities for businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans to receive a fair share of the work.” [Tribune-Review]
- Chicago, Illinois: A civic hacker used open data to clear up confusion around parking rules for one of the most ticket-prone blocks in Chicago. [Boing Boing]
- Richmond, Virginia: Department of Public Works crews began rounding up Bird e-scooters that the Santa Monica, California-based company deployed around the city without authorization. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
- Florence County, South Carolina: The county council on Thursday authorized a voter referendum that would decide whether there should be Sunday liquor sales. [SCNow]
- Sulphur Springs, Texas: At Main and Gilmer streets, there’s an unusual pedestrian crosswalk sign inspired by Monty Python. [Dallas Morning News]
Michael Grass is Executive Editor of Government Executive’s Route Fifty and is based in Seattle.