Categories: Griffin News,News 13Feb Rep. Griffin bill clarifies lease-purchase agreement guidelines for schools Legislator: Informative measure can now lead to more savings for school districtsA bill proposed by state Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan which clears up language in existing law regarding lease-purchase agreements today was overwhelmingly advanced in a bipartisan vote by the Michigan House.Lease-purchase agreements provide school boards and intermediate school districts with flexibility when they are looking to lower operating costs through energy conservation or operational improvements. The agreement acts as a pay-as-you-go system, allowing districts to use money generated through energy savings to pay for an ongoing project or begin another.Griffin has expressed concern about interpretations of statute that are not consistent with the intent of the original bill – House Bill 4080, which became Public Act 23 of 2017 upon being signed by the governor.“There are school districts who have been told that these agreements only work if they are directly related to energy conservation,” Griffin said. “We needed this bill to clarify that this is an option that can be used for more broadly-defined operational improvements. The narrower the interpretation gets with the existing law, the less schools will actually be able to lower energy and operational costs and that means less money to go back into our classrooms.”Like its predecessor, HB 5238 does not mandate school districts to enter into lease-purchase agreements when considering improvements to facilities.“Schools are looking to get as much out of every dollar they spend and energy efficiency helps make that possible,” Griffin said. “This is merely a cost-saving program available to districts looking to make improvements. Every dollar saved and every cost avoided means more money for teachers and students.”HB 5238 previously received unanimous, bipartisan approval from the House Local Government Committee on Jan. 31 and now moves to the Senate for further consideration.
Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a deep trade and security relationship with Brussels after Britain leaves the European Union in March 2019, and hopes to have a deal agreed in principle by October.A document presented to the European Commission last week and published on Wednesday outline plans for a treaty on internal security and models of cooperation on foreign policy and in defence operations.But officials have been taken aback by Brussels’ decision to deny London access to encrypted signals from the EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system, citing legal issues about sharing sensitive information with a non-member state.Britain played a major role in developing the £9 billion (10 billion euros, $12 billion) project, an alternative to the US’ GPS which is expected to be fully operational in 2026.Being frozen out due to security concerns could have implications for the rest of the partnership, the government document warns.”The arrangements for any UK cooperation on Galileo are an important test of the depth of operational cooperation and information-sharing envisaged under the security partnership,” it said.It demands continued British access to the secure signal and a right to compete for contracts.Britain is looking into developing its own, separate system if the EU maintains its position, and has also raised the question of Galileo’s use of Britain’s overseas territories as monitoring bases.The Times newspaper meanwhile reported Wednesday that the government is looking at ways to ban British-based technology companies from transferring sensitive information overseas.Elsewhere, the document set out plans for a new treaty allowing Britain to continue using EU internal security measures such as the European Arrest Warrant, participate in agencies such as Europol, and continue the swift and secure exchange of data and criminal records.Britain also wants to agree ways to allow it to contribute to EU defence missions on a case-by-case basis, as well as defence research projects and defence planning.It points to the common threats faced by all European countries, from terrorism to illegal immigration, cyber threats and aggression, which has been blamed for a March chemical weapons attack in the English city of Salisbury. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Officials have been taken aback by Brussels’ decision to deny London access to encrypted signals from the EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system, the launch of four of which are seen in 2017, citing legal issues about sharing sensitive information © 2018 AFP Brexit prompts UK to probe developing satellite navigation system Explore further Citation: Satellite row tests UK’s post-Brexit security plans (2018, May 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-satellite-row-uk-post-brexit.html Britain outlined its proposals Wednesday for close security cooperation with the EU after Brexit, but these risk being undermined by the bloc’s refusal to share sensitive data on the Galileo satellite project.