Category Archives: Current Events

Controversy over Published Gun Permit Records Continues

A newspaper in suburban New York has received nationwide attention and criticism after publishing an interactive map that lists the names and addresses of gun permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties. The Journal News sought this information following the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and was obtained legally under New York’s Freedom of Information Law.

The release of these records has ignited heated debates all across the country. While some readers appreciated the information, others believe that it was an invasion of privacy and fear it could also endanger gun permit holders. In an article titled “The Journal … Read More

Augusta Releases New and Improved Property Map

The City of Augusta, Georgia’s Geographic Information System Department has recently made some wonderful new updates to its online property mapping application. The updated map has been designed to make searching for property records and other features as simple as possible. Additionally, the site provides users access to several new features. One of the site’s new features include a community tool to access neighborhood-level information such flood zones, parks, hospitals, schools, solid waste pickup days, and voter information. The map also features aerial photos, parcel street maps views, and property sales records dating back as far as 2003.

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Ohio Voters to Receive Absentee Ballot Forms

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Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has announced that all registered voters in Ohio will be receiving absentee ballot applications for the November 6th election in their mailboxes. “This mailing represents an unprecedented move toward uniformity, accessibility and fairness in Ohio’s elections process,” Secretary Husted said. “For the first time voters in all 88 counties will receive an application to vote by mail – turning their kitchen table into a voting booth.” More than 6 million absentee applications were sent out on August 31st. A second supplemental mailing will go out in early October to voters who registered or updated … Read More

Michigan to Hold Tax Auction on Foreclosed Properties

The Michigan Department of Treasury will be offering 385 state-owned properties for public auction on August 14th at the Ramada Inn in Grayling. These parcels include homes as well as vacant residential and commercial lots. Any registered person may bid on the properties being offered. Parcels are sold to the highest verbal bid accepted at the auction. Minimum bids for some of these parcels begin as low as $450.

Property tax foreclosures were established in Michigan under the General Property Tax Act (Act 206 of 1893). This bill states that property is subject of sale or forfeiture as a result … Read More

Does the City of Sacramento Owe You Money?

Did you know that the City of Sacramento is currently holding nearly $2 million in unclaimed property? These unclaimed funds consist of uncashed vendor checks that had not been cashed in three or more years, as well as utility billing account balances that were not requested to be refunded when a customer closed their account. Maybe you or someone you know could be owed a share of this money. But, under California Government Code Section 50050-50056, the city will get to keep this unclaimed money if the rightful owners do not make their claim soon.

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New Jersey Adopts New Waiver Rule

In an effort to improve the business climate in the State of New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie has created a permanent Red Tape Review Commission. This bi-partisan group is charged with identifying and eliminating burdensome red tape and other obstacles to help promote job creation, economic growth and investment throughout New Jersey. At the same time, they are also to make sure that their efforts to simplify and modernize regulations do not jeopardize public health and safety.

As part of this initiative, the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has recently adopted a rule which allows companies to apply for … Read More

Live Radiation Monitoring Data

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Hopefully we’re getting accurate information from the government that there is no danger to the U.S. from radiation originating from the failed reactors in Japan.

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency provides live radiation monitoring reading for dozens of sites all over the country.

We have added this link to our national page and to our environment and sustainability category page.… Read More

BP Gulf Oil Spill

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The BP Gulf oil spill is devastating, pure and simple. Watching the oil gush non-stop into the Gulf is surreal and the pictures of the oil soaked birds is heart wrenching.  This has really only begun to affect the residents and wildlife of this area and this catastrophe will be with us for months and years to come. Dwarfing the Exxon Valdez spill, whose affects are still widely felt, this spill is a definining moment of our times, as are our responses to it.  Trying to stay on top of the ever changing information is a hurdle in and out … Read More