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Wisconsin’s governor eyes statewide vote on ‘criminal’ abortion ban




Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) on Wednesday called a special session of the state legislature for October to allow voters to hold a referendum to overturn the state’s 1849 ban on abortion.

Evers’ office said Wisconsin voters had no way to change the ban through a referendum under state law and called on Republicans, who control the state’s legislature, to allow voters to bypass the panel and the withdraw the measure if they so wish.

“On the ceiling of the governor’s conference room in the Capitol is a phrase that I have repeated many times over the past three years: ‘The will of the people is the law of the land.’“Verse said in a statement.

“Well, right now in Wisconsin, when it comes to reproductive freedom, the will of the people is not the law of the land — but it damn well should be,” the statement continued. “Today I am calling the Legislature to a special session to create a way for Wisconsinits to repeal our criminal 1849 ban on abortion and ensure that women across our state have the same rights that they did that day , before the US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade picked up without having to wait for the courts.”

Evers scheduled the special session for October 4th.

The state’s nearly two-century-old statute — which bans abortion except to save the mother’s life — was overturned after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade unenforceable, but the law is now the subject of a legal challenge being conducted by the Attorney General after The court overturned the landmark 1973 abortion ruling with its June decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

In the days leading up to the Dobbs ruling, Evers called a special session of the Legislature to consider the law, but the Republican Legislature did immediately suspended the session without debate.

The Supreme Court released its ruling two days later, prompting abortion providers in the state to largely stop conducting the procedure.

Evers’ latest proposal would not require state legislatures to vote directly to repeal the 1849 law.

Instead, his proposal would enact a constitutional amendment that would create a mandatory referendum process, allowing voters to petition the state Electoral Commission for statewide votes on current legislation and other proposals.

If a petition contained a sufficient number of validated signatures, the motion would go to voters, who could then adopt the binding measure by a majority vote.

“As far as I’m concerned, the right of Wisconsinits to make their own reproductive health decisions without interference from politicians is a fundamental freedom that shouldn’t be put to a vote — it was a right for almost 50 years, it was valid until March 23 June was a right, and it should still be a right today,” Evers said. “But Legislative Republicans have no choice.”

The state’s two top Republican lawmakers, House Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, were quick to oppose the proposal.

“Governor Evers would rather advance his agenda to make abortion-to-birth available than speak about his failure to address rising crime and inflation caused by his liberal DC allies,” they said in a joint statement. “Hopefully voters will see through his desperate political stunt.”

Evers’ office said that in order to pass the constitutional amendment and enact the proposal, the measure must go through two consecutive legislative periods before it is submitted to Wisconsin voters for final approval.


The HCD 10: Kimberly Cowman, Building Professional




After 17 years leading engineering teams focused on healthcare, Kimberly Cowman was promoted to her current position as National Director of Engineering at in 2019 Leo A Daly. This role gave her the opportunity to further pursue her career-long passion and professional mission of increasing awareness and acceptance of sustainability and high-performance design in healthcare and beyond.

She believes that healthcare has not only an opportunity but also a responsibility to transform the way its buildings function and lead the way in creating more sustainable and healthier places.

“As designers, we not only have a direct impact on the climate-related outcomes of communities, but also on the health outcomes of the people who inhabit healthcare facilities,” she says.

For example, in 2021, Cowman helped found Leo A. Daly’s enterprise-wide Design Integration Group (DIG), which strives to drive an integrated design agenda focused on high-performance building outcomes. The group’s efforts include cross-sector benchmarking, including two major hospital projects: Veterans Hospital in Tulsa (VHiT) in Tulsa, Okla. and St. Francis Hospital in Muskogee, Okla. Integrated design workshops involving representatives from across the design team and different design disciplines were brought together for each of these projects to identify performance targets such as: B. for the energy consumption intensity (EUI), and to find design strategies that could lead to a more efficient design.

These efforts included considerations of thermal comfort, site community, daylight supply, and indoor air quality, among others. Cowman believes that by working to develop a design culture around interdisciplinary solutions, the industry can make greater strides toward achieving goals related to energy conservation, carbon reduction and healthier indoor environments.

In the meantime, she frequently offers her knowledge to help advance the industry through publications, speaking engagements, and more. Her recent work includes the white paper, Raising indoor climate to reduce the spread of pathogens, which explores new approaches in building design to slow the spread of COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens, and outreach to promote Energy Star adoption indicates certification in healthcare facilities.

Cowman advocates Energy Star certification in healthcare facilities to address a facility’s operational energy impact and to focus on finding efficiency opportunities throughout a building’s operating life.

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High-cost travel nurse contracts targeted in new Michigan bill




Minnesota and Massachusetts are the only two states that have statutory caps on travel nurse rates.

Minnesota law, passed in 2001, prohibits an agency from charging more than 150 percent of an employee’s average hourly wage in that role. During the pandemic, the state allowed agencies to request wage cap waivers. Massachusetts has an overarching anti-price gouging law that applies to services like nursing agencies, but in May 2020 the cap agencies could charge was raised by 35 percent.

Several other states, including Pennsylvania, Illinois and Connecticut, are considering similar legislation. And hospital and nursing home associations are putting pressure on lawmakers.

In February, the AHA and 200 others urged the US Congress to use its federal powers to investigate travel nursing agencies for “price gouging” and other anticompetitive practices.

“The conduct of some of these recruitment agencies bears all the hallmarks of widespread collusion and perhaps other abuses,” the letter said. “Preventing staffing agencies from exploiting hospitals and healthcare systems’ need for providers would help alleviate some of the financial and operational strains hospitals are currently facing and allow them to remain focused on the critical care of patients. “

The Michigan Health and Hospital Association supports the proposed Michigan legislation.

“The MHA supports HB 6364 because it would help address exorbitant contract labor costs that threaten the financial sustainability of hospitals,” reads a statement on its website.

According to a recent report by McKinsey & Co., healthcare systems believe the financial viability of their entire industry is at stake amid a projected shortage of 450,000 registered nurses in the next three years alone. We do not want or cannot compete with travel nursing agencies. There are fears of too many patients, too few nursing staff and ultimately a reduction in the quality of care.

“We’re seeing double-digit increases in costs in long-term care facilities, and wages are the primary reason for that,” Samuel said. “Recruitment agencies are just part of that picture, but it’s just not sustainable. We must do everything we can to attract workers back to the sector and we cannot do that at this cost.”

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CDC: early figures show unvaccinated at much higher risk for monkeypox




According to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who were eligible for a monkeypox vaccine but didn’t receive one were about 14 times more likely to be infected than those those who have been vaccinated.

Although extremely limited, the numbers offer a first glimpse of the real-world effectiveness of the Jynneos vaccine.

“These new data give us a degree of cautious optimism that the vaccine is working as intended,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told reporters.

But the numbers are based on data collected from just 32 states, and there’s no way to distinguish how much of the drop in cases is due to the vaccine alone and how much is due to behavioral changes in the most vulnerable populations.

The data is also based on people who received only a single dose of the vaccine. Relatively few people in the current outbreak have completed the recommended two-dose series, according to the CDC.

Infections continue to fall week by week, but there are currently more than 25,000 cases of monkeypox identified in all 50 states.

Health officials have seen protection from monkeypox for those vaccinated with Jynneos as early as two weeks after the first dose, Walensky said. However, she said laboratory studies show that immune protection is highest two weeks after the second dose of the vaccine, which is why they continue to strongly recommend people to get two doses of Jynneos 28 days apart.

“What we have at the moment is data on how well our vaccine works after a single dose. What we don’t know yet is what happens after a second dose and how durable that protection is,” Walensky said.

In addition to the initial numbers, health officials said Wednesday they are expanding eligibility for the Jynneos vaccine by moving to a pre-exposure prophylaxis strategy.

The new strategy “encourages vaccine providers to minimize the risk assessments of people seeking the vaccine. Fear of disclosure of sexuality and gender identity must not be a barrier to vaccination,” said Demetre Daskalakis, White House adviser on monkeypox.

Daskalakis said people who may be currently or in the future at risk are now eligible, including: gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men; Transgender or gender-matched individuals who have had more than one sex partner in the past six months; Have had sex in a location associated with a higher risk of monkeypox or have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection in the past six months.

The strategy also extends vaccines to sexual partners of at-risk individuals and commercial sex workers, Daskalakis said.

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