Washington DC – For Immediate Release: Butterfield: Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

U.S. House of Representative Seal

U.S. Representative G. K. Butterfield

1st District of North Carolina


For Release:  Immediate

Date:  May 5, 2009

Contact:  Ken Willis
Phone:  (202) 225-3101


Butterfield: Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite

Washington, D.C. – Seeking to stem the growing national infestation of bedbugs, Congressman G. K. Butterfield has sponsored the “Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act.”

“After being virtually eradicated, there’s been an enormous resurgence of bed bugs across the country,” Butterfield said.

According to Orkin Pest Control, bed bugs can again be found in every state in the United States after a 50-year absence. And, according to the National Pest Management Association, bed bug complaints have increased 50-fold over the last five years.

And, faced with rising numbers of complaints to city information lines and increasingly frustrated landlords, hotel chains and housing authorities, the Environmental Protection Agency hosted its first-ever bedbug summit last month.

In an effort to help stem this problem, Butterfield has sponsored the “Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act of 2009.” The bill would authorize that $50 million would come from within the U.S. Department of Commerce’s existing budget.

Last year, Butterfield offered similar legislation that only dealt with hotels. This year, the bill has been broadened to better address the problem by including multi-family housing along with lodging establishments.

Specifically, the legislation would establish a state bed bug inspection matching grant program using funds authorized to the Department of Commerce. Funding would be made available to states to establish inspection, prevention and eradication procedures and programs. In order to qualify for the funds, states must require the inspection of at least 20 percent of all of its hotel rooms.

The bill would also expand an existing grant program managed by the Department of Health and Human Services that already provides funds for cockroach and rodent control to be used for bed bug prevention and control.

Finally, the bill would requires public housing agencies to include in annual plans required by the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development measures necessary for the management of bed bugs, similar to their current responsibility to manage cockroaches. 

The bipartisan bill has been co-sponsored by Don Young, R-Alaska, Ben Chandler, D-Ky., Bobby Rush, D-Ill., Betty McCollum, D-Minn., Corrine Brown, D-Fla., Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., and Brad Miller, D-N.C.

Small, but visible to the naked eye, bed bugs are reddish brown in color and feed on blood. Female bed bugs can lay up to five eggs in a day and 500 during a lifetime. Experts say they often hide along headboards, in chairs, couches and dressers.

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Raleigh NC- ABC chief quits over racist illustration

Gov. Beverly Perdue asked for — and received — the resignation of N.C. Alcoholic Beverage Commission Chairman Doug Fox today, hours after newspapers gave Perdue’s office a copy of a racist photo illustration sent from Fox’s e-mail address after the election in November.

The e-mail included an altered photo of the White House that turned the South Lawn into an enormous watermelon patch. The phrase “There goes the neighborhood…” was printed above the photo. (News & Observer)

Rocky Mount NC – For Immediate Release: ENERGY FORUM BRINGS POLICY TO THE PEOPLE

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For Immediate Release May 5, 2009

ENERGY FORUM BRINGS POLICY TO THE PEOPLE

Rocky Mount (NC) – On Thursday, May 7th the Citizens for Fair Utilities (CFFU) of Rocky Mount and Eastern NC are hosting, in conjunction with OIC, Inc. of Rocky Mount, an Eastern NC Energy Forum at the OIC Auditorium from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Featured speakers include US Rep. G. K. Butterfield and representatives from ConservationNC, the NC Energy Office, Wilson Community College, ElectriCities and Martin County Community Action Agency.

“We initiated the idea of a dialogue between policy makers, policy influencers and policy implementers,” Jessie Frazier, co-founder of Citizens for Fair Utilities stated. “Consumers throughout the country, and in particular eastern North Carolina, are impacted directly by our elected and appointed officials who make and administer energy regulations and services.”

CFFU was formed to educate ElectriCities consumers about cost structuring, consumer tips and advocacy for lowering consumer energy costs. George Fisher, Public Relations Chair for CFFU commented, “We know that we need to be concerned about the entire energy picture. This conference is an attempt to put all the pieces together at one time.”

“Cities, residents and business owners in Rocky Mount, Tarboro, Wilson and a number of other towns and cities throughout the east are struggling to pay for the cost of electricity and gas now. We need to understand how energy policy is being crafted and how that impacts the way we live and our budgets today and in the future,” Reuben Blackwell, OIC President and CEO said. “This forum gives us an opportunity to hear directly from agency leaders and from our Congressman what the issues are and what we can expect.”

“People are trying to figure out how to live from day to day,” Andre’ Knight, Rocky Mount City Councilmember and NCEMPA Commissioner stated. “If we don’t change the way we live and consume energy, we won’t have a planet. At the same time, we can’t afford any more increases in our bills without increases in our income.”

Issues related to conservation, cap and trade legislation, weatherization, green jobs, ElectriCities debt and renewable energy will be discussed. The Forum is free to the public, but RSVPs are requested. Registration may be made by calling (252) 212-3460 through Thursday.

For more information, contact George Fisher at (252) 407-7771.

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Raleigh NC – Thank you

Thank you to all who attended this past weekend’s events to help make CSI’s 5th Anniversary a success. 

Wow! What a group and such great information was exchanged, and new relationships formed

A special thanks to Wake County Judge Kristin Ruth, Roberta Meyers-Peeples from National H.I.R.E,

Bill Rowe from The NC Justice Center, Cash Michaels (production of the new CSI DVD that was unveiled, and will be available soon), CSI board and staff, and all of our friends and family, for making this past weekend a success. Oh and how can I forget Dr. Dumas Harshaw and the First Baptist Church family for being such great host at the Family Life Center.

Many of you who were unable to make it have asked if it is possible to still send your financial support

Answer: YES!!  You can make your tax deductible donations either on our secure online portal at www.communitysuccess.org ,

or by sending your donation payable to Community Success Initiative, and mailed to PO Box 61114, Raleigh, NC, 27661

Again thank you all for helping CSI for the first 5 years, and we look forward to many years ahead

Dennis

Dennis W. Gaddy
Executive Director
Community Success Initiative
PO Box 61114
Raleigh, NC 27661
919-834-7626 ext. 11
dgaddy1@communitysuccess.org
http://www.communitysuccess.org

Raleigh NC – Call Today re: House Bill 804 An Act to Amend the Personal Education Plan Statue

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Support House Bill 804 and Parental Involvement

Parents Must Be Included

Call on the Education Committee to Amend the Personal Education Plan Statute
 
CALL TODAY re: House Bill 804
An Act to Amend the Personal Education Plan Statute
TO BE HEARD BY HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Tuesday, May 5, 2009 – 11 am in 643 LOB

North Carolina General Statute 115C-105.41 requires schools to develop personal education plan for every student at risk of academic failure. The current statute  stops short of requiring parental notice and/or involvement. HB 804 is a minor modification that requires schools to provide parents with some type of notice once their child has been identified as at-risk of academic failure.

Rep. Tricia Cotham, D-Mecklenburg, introduced HB 804 because as a teacher, she knows the unfulfilled potential of personal education plans. Research has proven that parents are the key to improving educational outcomes for at-risk students. Even more so, we know that parents in North Carolina are concerned about their child’s education and have a right to notice of such academic intervention.

    Call the House Education Committee
    & show your support for parental involvement


    Talking Points

    • Mending the state’s Personal Education Plan program is vital for parents and students.
    • Forty-nine percent of students in grades three through eight did not earn the equivalent of a passing grade on end-of-grade reading and math tests during the 2007-08 school year.
    • Schools must do a better job of utilizing personal education plans to help students before they fail.
    • Legislators should support HB 804, which amends the law regarding personal education plans, so that schools are collaborating with parents and providing remediation plans for every student at risk of academic failure.

    Make a call today, for every parent in NC who cares.

    House Education Committee Members

    Chairman Rep. Bell        919-733-5863     Larry.Bell@ncleg.net
    Chairman Rep. Lucas     919-733-5775     Marvin.Lucas@ncleg.net
    Vice Chairman Rep. Cotham  919-715-0706     Tricia.Cotham@ncleg.net
    Vice Chairman Rep. Fisher     919-715-2013     Susan.Fisher@ncleg.net
    Vice Chairman Rep. Love       919-715-3026     Jimmy.Love@ncleg.net
    Vice Chairman Rep. Parmon    919-733-5829    Earline.Parmon@ncleg.net
    Vice Chairman Rep. Womble   919-733-5777    Larry.Womble@ncleg.net
    Members Rep. Adams, Rep. M. Alexander, Rep. Avila, Rep. Blackwell, Rep. Blackwood, Rep. Bordsen, Rep. Brown, Rep. Bryant, Rep. Burris-Floyd, Rep. Carney, Rep. Cleveland, Rep. Dickson, Rep. Dockham, Rep. Dollar, Rep. England, Rep. E. Floyd, Rep. Folwell, Rep. Glazier, Rep. Goodwin, Rep. Hall, Rep. Hilton, Rep. Holloway, Rep. Hurley, Rep. Insko, Rep. Jackson, Rep. Jeffus, Rep. Johnson, Rep. Langdon, Rep. McCormick, Rep. McElraft, Rep. McLawhorn, Rep. Michaux, Rep. Mills, Rep. Rapp, Rep. Rhyne, Rep. Ross, Rep. Samuelson, Rep. Stam, Rep. Stewart, Rep. Stiller, Rep. Tarleton, Rep. Tillis, Rep. Tolson, Rep. E. Warren, Rep. R. Warren, Rep. Wiley, Rep. Wilkins, Rep. Yongue
     
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