A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:
- A resolution calling for state sovereignty from the federal government’s overreach passed the Senate Committee of State Affairs Tuesday. From Your Houston News reports:
“No Child Left Behind, Obamacare, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and the federal blocking of the Keystone XL’s completion are all attempts to erode states’ Tenth Amendment rights. Our states need to be allowed to govern themselves and have full authority to decide how our dollars are spent,” Sen. Brandon Creighton said.
- Lower natural gas prices drove a decline in consumer prices, including electricity costs, for Houston consumers in the first two months of the year, The Houston Chronicle reports. Nationally, overall consumer prices rose 0.2 percent in February.
- The nation’s power grid is affected by cyber or physical attacks about once every four days, a USA Today analysis finds, increasing concerns about a widespread outage. The industry developed new security standards, which took effect in November and employs stronger cyberdefense mechanisms than many other industries, but security experts are still concerned, especially with physical attacks.