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"We had to transport his body from California to Washington to do this."

Joe Mellis, regarding the effort it took to compost his father’s body after his death. Just seven states have legalized human composting, including Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Vermont and New York. In 2027, California will also legalize the practice. (NPR — March 22, 2024)

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  • Alabama state Sen. Will Barfoot regarding his legislation banning state funding of diversity, equity and inclusion programs in schools, public colleges and state agencies. Barfoot’s bill, which Gov. Kay Ivey signed on Wednesday, bans eight “divisive topics” that range from the idea that “any race, color, religion, sex, ethnicity, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior” to the idea that any “individual is inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive, whether consciously or subconsciously.” Since 2023, 80 anti-DEI bills have been introduced in 28 states and Congress. Measures have been signed into law in eight states. (NPR — March 20, 2024)
  • Florida state Rep. Sam Garrison, regarding a new law that bans homeless people from sleeping in public spaces. There were an estimated 30,700 homeless people in Florida last year. Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the bill on Wednesday. (Associated Press — March 20, 2024)
  • Bruce Cline, a grain and tobacco farmer in Crofton, Ky., regarding industries’ growing dependence on seasonal workers under the H-2A visa program. A higher proportion of U.S. farms are now relying on contract workers who face demanding jobs and conditions. There have been steps at the federal level to protect migrant workers under the H-2A visa system, but those regulations have strong opponents and there remain no federal rules about heat exposure. (Associated Press — March 19, 2024)
  • Bill Callahan, Ocean Casino’s general manager, regarding the eroding beaches of Atlantic City, N.J., after weeks of winter storms. Three of the city’s northernmost casinos, Ocean Casino Resort, Resorts and Hard Rock, are urging federal and state governments to expedite a beach replenishment program that was supposed to have been completed last year. Last summer, Ocean Casino spent $600,000 to truck in and dump sand on its beach. (Associated Press — March 18, 2024)
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