The past two weeks have seen a burst of activity at the State Agency Databases Project at http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/State_Agency_Databases. For a full list of activity, see http://tinyurl.com/statedbs14d. Here are some highlights:
CALIFORNIA (Joel Rane)
Proposition 65 60-Day Notice Search – Proposition 65, more formally known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is a California law passed by citizen initiative. The statute reads: “No person in the course of doing business shall knowingly discharge or release a chemical known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity into water or onto or into land where such chemical passes or probably will pass into any source of drinking water…” (CA Health and Safety Code, Section 25249.5) and “No person in the course of doing business shall knowingly and intentionally expose any individual to a chemical known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity without first giving a clear and reasonable warning…” (CA Health and Safety Code, Section 25249.6) Enforcement is carried out through civil lawsuits brought by the California Attorney General, by a district attorney or city attorney of a city with a population exceeding 750,000. However, private parties acting in the public interest can also bring Proposition 65 lawsuits, but only if they have provided at least 60 days notice of the alleged violation to the business, as well as to the Attorney General and the appropriate district attorney and city attorney, and the Attorney General, district attorney or city attorney has not taken action. If a business is found to be in violation of Proposition 65, a court may order the business to stop committing the violation or post warning signs. This database enables you to search for these notices, by year or date range, AG number, the names of plaintiff or defendant, and the product or chemical involved.
LOUISIANA (Rita Franks)
Commercial Database – The Commercial Database provides searches of registered corporations in the State of Louisiana, excluding state and national banks. Detailed listings feature the name of the head of the corporation, address, filing date, and other basic contact information. It also allows a search of registered trademark and service mark and you can check for name availability if you’re starting a new business.
MICHIGAN (Michael McDonnell)
Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration asbestos Program – Here you can find accredited individuals and companies licensed by the MIOSHA Asbestos Program, asbestos abatement projects scheduled in the state of Michigan, Michigan approved asbestos training course providers, and in-state training courses being offered by asbestos training course providers approved by the Michigan Program.
NEW JERSEY (Qraig de Groot)
New Jersey Writers’ Project Photograph Collection, ca. 1935 – 1942] – Indexes and displays nearly 4,000 images produced or collected by the Writer’s Project/Program for use as illustrations in their publications. They include original photography depicting New Jersey sites, people and activities in the 1930s-40s as well as copy work. Subjects include historic buildings, local industry (e.g., factory workers in Paterson; shipbuilding in Camden), recreation, famous New Jerseyans, etc. Some localities are more extensively documented than others depending upon the stories and articles published.”
SOUTH DAKOTA (Brenda Hemmelman)
Lobbyist Search – Searchable by keyword or browseable by lobbyist name or employer name. Records include contact information for lobbyist and employer.
Assessment Program (LEAP) Tutoring Lessons (Formerly at http://www.louisianaschools.net/topics/leap_tutoring_lessons.html Louisiana Education ) – The Louisiana Department of Education provides tutoring lessons online designed for grades 4 and 8 students who may need remediation in the standards and benchmarks covered on the LEAP. However, the lessons may also be appropriate for students in grades 3 and 7. The lessons offer someone who may have a limited formal educational background a means to teach specific concepts through step-by-step, scripted lessons. Teachers also may use the concepts presented in the lessons and individualize them to best suit their teaching styles and the learning styles of their students.