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E-Memo #80

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Location: Washington, DC

E-Memo #80

POST OFFICE LEGISLATION: Congressman Pickering has introduced a bill to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at Highway 49 South in Piney Woods, Mississippi, as the ‘Laurence C. and Grace M. Jones Post Office Building'.

"Nearly one hundred years ago, Dr. Laurence C. Jones took a monumental step toward carrying out his vision of educating African Americans when he founded the Piney Woods School. Jones gained support from donors and educators both black and white, but the main source of encouragement came from his wife, Grace M. Jones, an educator herself. She partnered with her husband to enrich the head, heart, and hands of young black students by teaching domestic sciences and homemaking skills. The Piney Woods School, which still holds true to the principals it was established upon, and its founder embody characteristics that warrant national recognition. That is why I have introduced legislation honoring two of Mississippi's extraordinary pioneers, visionaries, and humanitarians by renaming the post office on the campus as the Laurence C. and Grace M. Jones Post Office," said Pickering.

DO NOT CALL LEGISLATION: As of June 2008, millions of people will begin to receive telemarketing calls again and many may not realize that their listing has expired. Pickering along with Congressman Michael Dole has introduced the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007 that would put an end to the 5 year expiration on numbers entered into the National Do Not Call Registry.

INDECENCY LEGISLATION: Tuesday, September 18, Pickering introduced the Protecting Children from Indecent Programming Act that would give the Federal Communications Commission the authority to recognize a single word or image as indecent.

E-DUCK STAMP: Buying a federal duck stamp just got real easy. Beginning on September 1, you can buy an electronic federal duck stamp. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and nine other states are partnering in a three-year pilot program. The goal is to make is easier to buy the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the duck stamp. Now, hunters will be able to purchase a duck stamp any time of day.

ENERGY: October 3, 2007 is the ENERGY STAR Change a Light Day to promote greater energy efficiency. If every household in the State of Mississippi changed just one light to an ENERGY STAR qualified one, the combined individual actions would save enough energy to light all the households in the city of Jackson for nearly over 150 days. Based on the average electrical rate in Mississippi, the amount of energy saved would reduce household electrical bills by a combined total of $5.3 million a year.

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