In the Senate, Republicans maintain a comfortable majority, controlling 40 out of 50 seats. They lost one seat when Democrat J.D. Ford defeated Carmel Republican Mike Delph, who had been a vocal opponent of hate crime legislation that would have provided LGBTQ protections. Ford is the first openly gay person to be elected to the General Assembly.A supermajority means that Republicans can have a quorum to conduct business without Democrats.Meanwhile, Senate Republicans formally elected state Sen. Rodric Bray of Martinsville as the president pro tempore in their first caucus meeting following Tuesday’s election. He had been elected to that position last summer after former President Pro Temper David Long, R-Fort Wayne, resigned but it wasn’t finalized until after Tuesday’s election.After assuming the leadership role, Bray named Sen. Mark Messmer of Jasper as majority floor leader. Senate Republicans also elected Sen. Jim Merritt of Indianapolis as the majority caucus chair.The Senate’s 10 Democrats will have an opportunity to weigh in on Bray’s selection as president pro tempore when the legislature meets on Nov. 20, Organization Day.Also, Bray named the chairs of the standing committees for the 2019-2020 sessions, which includes replacing the longtime chair of the Education and Career Development Committee, Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, with Sen. Jeff Raatz, R-Centerville.Kruse, in a statement, said he was voluntarily stepping down from the committee post to spend more time with his wife and family.“This role has been rewarding, but it has also been demanding on my family and me,” Kruse said. “While I’ve chosen to step down as Chair to spend more time with my wife and family, I believe Sen. Raatz will serve this committee well, as he strongly cares about Indiana students and the quality of their education.”FOOTNOTE: TheStatehouseFile.com is a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail House Republicans Hang On To Supermajority StatusNovember 13, 2018, Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Republicans will maintain their supermajority status in the Indiana General Assembly after votes were finally tallied in Porter County were state Rep. Ed Soliday, of Valparaiso, defeated his Democratic challenger.The final count showed Soliday edging out Democrat Frank Szczepanski by just under 2,000 votes and giving House Republicans 67 seats, leaving Democrats with 33.“By voting to maintain our supermajorities in the General Assembly, Hoosiers have made it clear that Indiana is on the right track, and that we must continue this momentum,” said Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer in a news release after the Porter County votes were announced Friday.
Brian Wilson is on track to release Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology, a new 18-track compilation of over 30 years of The Beach Boys‘ work, due out September 22. In celebration of Playback, the 75-year-old songwriter shares “Run James Run,” a song recorded in 2017 specifically for the upcoming release. The new original comes after the release of “Some Sweet Day,” another previously-unreleased song, that was written with Andy Paley in the 1990s.Brian Wilson Shares Reflections On 50th Anniversary Of ‘Pet Sounds’In addition to the release of Playback, Brian Wilson is currently on tour in celebration of Pet Sounds‘ 50th anniversary. For more information on the ongoing “Pet Sounds: The Final Performances Tour,” head to Wilson’s website. You can see a full list of the newly-added shows below. Listen to the newly penned original from Brian Wilson below, as well as the previously released “Some Sweet Day”: PLAYBACK: THE BRIAN WILSON ANTHOLOGY // Track Listing1. “Love And Mercy”2. “Surf’s Up”3. “Heroes And Villains”4. “Melt Away”5. “Let It Shine”6. “Some Sweet Day” *7. “Rio Grande”8. “Cry”9. “Lay Down Burden”10. “The First Time”11. “This Isn’t Love”12. “Soul Searchin’”13. “Gettin’ In Over My Head”14. “The Like In I Love You”15. “Midnight’s Another Day”16. “Colors Of The Wind”17. “One Kind Of Love”18. “Run James Run” ** previously unreleasedBrian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds: The Final Performances 2017 Tour Extension:May 9 — BJCC Concert Hall, Birmingham, ALMay 12 — Revention Music Center, Houston, TXMay 13 — ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin, TXMay 14 — ACL Live at The Moody Theater, Austin, TXMay 16 — Brady Theatre, Tulsa, OKMay 18 — NM Kiva Auditorium, AlbuquerqueMay 19 — Centennial Hall @ University of Arizona, Tucson, AZMay 20 — Harrah’s Laughlin – Rio Vista, Laughlin, NVMay 22 — Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZMay 24 — San Diego Civic Theatre, San Diego, CAMay 26 — Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CAMay 27 — Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles, CAMay 28 — Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CAJune 15 — Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, HIJune 29 — Odeon, Odense, DKJune 30 — Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, DKJuly 3 — Carre, Amsterdam, NLJuly 4 — Kursaal Oostend, Oostende, BEJuly 5 — Grote Zaal, Utrecht, NLJuly 8 — BBK Live, Bilbao, SPJuly 9 — Montreux Jazz Fest w/ Bryan Ferry, Montreux, CHJuly 13 — Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, FinlandJuly 15 — Umbria Jazz Festival, Perugia, ITJuly 17 — Nuits de Fourviere, Lyon, FRJuly 19 — Jahrhunterthalle, Frankfurt, DEJuly 20 — Konzerthaus, Vienna, ATJuly 23 — Galway Arts Festival, Galway, IREJuly 25 — Bord Gais Energy, Dublin, IREJuly 28 — Liverpool Exhibition Centre, Liverpool, UKJuly 29 — Kendal Calling, Lowther Deer Park, UKJuly 30 — Camp Bestival, Lulworth Castle, UKAug. 1 — Hammersmith Apollo, London, EnglandAug. 2 — Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, EnglandAug. 3 — Kelingrove Bandstand, Glasgow, UKAug. 5 — Glastonbury Extravana, Glastonbury, EnglandAug. 6 — Times Square Newcastle, Newcastle, EnglandSept. 15 — Molson Canadian Centre, Moncton, NBSept. 16 — Scotiabank Centre, Halifax, NSSept. 18 — Centre in The Square, Kitchener, ONSept. 19 — Kodak Hall @ Eastman Theatre, Rochester, NYSept. 21 — Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, CTSept. 22 — Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MASept. 23 — Radio City Music Hall, New York, NYSept. 25 — American Music Theatre, Lancaster, PASept. 26 — Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJSept. 29 — Zeiterion Theatre, New Bedford, MASept. 30 — Golden Nugget, Atlantic City, NJOct. 1 — Crouse Hinds Theatre, Syracuse, NYOct. 3 — Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend, INOct. 4 — Stranahan Theatre, Toledo, OHOct. 6 — Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, ILOct. 7 — Belterra Casino, Florence, INOct. 8 — Civic Center Theater, Peoria, ILOct. 12 — The Big Fresno Fair, Fresno, CAOct. 13 — The Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CAOct. 14 — Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA
Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL), operator of Vermont’s statewide health information exchange (HIE), announced today that it has selected Medicity’s suite of health information exchange solutions to improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care in Vermont.”Since VITL began operations as an independent non-profit organization in 2005, it has been working to improve the care that Vermonters receive by enabling electronic communication between health care providers,” said David Cochran, MD, VITL’s president and CEO. “The selection of Medicity as our HIE partner, with its industry-leading technologies and vast experience with statewide health information exchange – will allow us to accelerate connecting Vermont’s health care providers and provide additional support to Vermont’s nation-leading health care reform efforts.”VITL’s Vermont Health Information Exchange (VHIE) currently connects eight Vermont hospitals to 29 physician practices with 116 practitioners so that physicians can receive lab results and other clinical reports electronically. Several physician practices and hospitals also transmit data via VITL to the state’s Blueprint for Health registry, which physicians use to analyze care and identify opportunities for improvement. With Medicity, VITL will expand the services available to its existing VHIE customers, as well as connect the remaining Vermont hospitals and physician practices to the VHIE and the Blueprint for Health registry. VITL will also extend HIE access to other Vermont health care organizations, including nursing homes and mental health agencies.Initially, VITL will deploy the HIE to automate healthcare transactions such as lab and radiology orders and results, distribution of discharge summaries, and transfer of clinical summaries to the Blueprint for Health registry. Medicity’s HIE will provide seamless communications between the many different brands of EHRs and hospital systems used in Vermont. In the next phase, VITL will roll out HIE services for data aggregation, patient matching and record location to implement a statewide community health record.”As the pace of health care reform quickens in Vermont, and the Blueprint for Health initiative expands statewide, VITL has a very large task ahead of it to connect all the state’s health care providers,” said Cochran. “We selected Medicity to help us complete this task because it has demonstrated in other states that it has both the technology and skills necessary to rapidly and successfully deploy a full suite of health information exchange services on a statewide level.””The Vermont HIE has already made significant strides in offering services to improve the continuity and quality of care,” said Brent Dover, Medicity’s president. “We are excited to partner with VITL to augment the HIE and extend the collaboration infrastructure to every care provider.”About VITLVITL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists Vermont health care providers with adopting and using health information technology to improve patient care. Because VITL’s stakeholders come from both the private and public sectors, in essence VITL operates as a public-private partnership. VITL is both the designated health information exchange for the state of Vermont and the federally-designated regional extension center for the state of Vermont. For more information, visit vitl.net or follow us ontwitter.com/vitlvt.About MedicityMedicity, the industry standard for health information exchange (HIE), is the leading innovator and largest provider of HIE technology – with more than 750 hospitals and 250,000 end users in its connected ecosystem. Medicity’s solutions empower hospitals, physicians and HIEs with secure access to and exchange of health information – improving the quality and efficiency of patient care locally, regionally and nationally. For more information, please visit www.medicity.com(link is external) or follow us on twitter.com/Medicity. MONTPELIER, Vt. – March 2, 2011-Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL)