Nine Midwestern governors and one Canadian premier have signed the Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord. The agreement will set up targets for greenhouse gas emission reductions, create a market-based cap-and-trade system, and establish a system to track and manage emissions. The governors of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin all signed the agreement but Indiana, Ohio, and South Dakota are joining as observers. North Dakota and Nebraska will join the other states to develop the region’s use of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. Governors in the Western states, Northeastern, and Southwestern states have signed similar regional agreements. For more information, see CPA’s Global Warming policy brief and model legislation. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
Colorado Governor Bill Owens allowed HB 1249 to become law without his signature. The new law, sponsored by Rep. Joel Judd, allows pregnant teenagers to get prenatal care without the consent of a parent or a guardian.