Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) will chair a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, March 22, in Barre, Vermont. The hearing will examine the effective efforts of Barre and surrounding communities in fighting drug-related crime. Leahy has invited the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, R. Gil Kerlikowske the nation s drug czar to testify at the hearing. Kerlikowske is the former police chief in Seattle, and has almost 40 years of law enforcement experience. Judiciary Committee Member Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a former prosecutor, will also attend.Leahy chairs the Senate panel, and noticed the hearing on Effective Community Efforts to Counter Drug-Related Crime in Rural America on Friday. Leahy has been a long-time leader in Congress on efforts to assist state and local law enforcement, as well as community-based efforts to prevent and address crime. This is the third in a series of hearings on drug crime that Leahy has brought to Vermont. He has twice brought the Judiciary Committee to Vermont to hear firsthand about the successful efforts communities have made to address drug-related crime. The hearings, which were held in Rutland and St. Albans, helped to strengthen community resolve to address the problem of drug-related crime, and highlighted successful community-wide efforts to take on this difficult issue. In Vermont, we have felt the presence of drug abuse and drug-related crimes in our communities. The myth persists that these are only big-city problems, but rural America is also coping with these issues, said Leahy. As we learned in Rutland and St. Albans, communities are developing innovative and effective ways to combat crime, and communities across the country can learn from their successes. Vermonters in Barre and the surrounding communities have similarly pulled together to face this serious problem, and I believe this hearing will help other small towns across the country learn from their successes.Leahy has advocated a three-pronged approach to combating rising crime levels in America prevention, treatment and enforcement. He has invited local and state officials to testify, as well as community leaders and advocates. Barre Mayor Tom Lauzon will offer testimony at the hearing.Witnesses who will testify with Director Kerlikowske at the March 22 hearing include:* Col. Tom L Esperance, Vermont State Police Commander* Barbara Floersch, Associate Director of the Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club* *Susan, Graduate of the Vermont Works for Women s Modular Home Construction Program at Northwest State Correctional Facility* Damartin Quadros, Community business ownerThe hearing will be held Monday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m., at the Barre City Auditorium, 20 Auditorium Hill, Barre, Vermont.# # # # #**Name has been changed to protect witness identityNOTICE OF COMMITTEE FIELD HEARINGThe Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on Effective Community Efforts to Counter Drug-Related Crime in Rural America for Monday, March 22, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. in the Barre City Auditorium in Barre, Vermont.By order of the Chairman.# # # # #Source: Leahy’s office. 3.12.2010
While people speculate how the Cowboys signing Andy Dalton might undercut Dak Prescott, Vegas remains convinced Prescott will be an MVP candidate quarterback for Dallas in 2020.Caesars Sportsbook gives Prescott 9-1 odds to claim MVP, slotting him behind only Patrick Mahomes (4-1) and Lamar Jackson (13-2). Prescott, still without a long-term contract from the Cowboys, has drawn mixed reviews since his spectacular rookie season. Dallas is 27-21 under his leadership since 2017, which equates to a nine-win per season pace. He did have a strong individual 2019 campaign, throwing 30 touchdowns to 11 interceptions while setting career-bests in yards per pass attempt and aerial yards per game.MORE: Here’s what ‘Madden 21’ will look like on the new Xbox Series X consoleIt’s surprising to see Prescott ahead of Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees in MVP projections given the consistency of his counterparts throughout their careers. Plus, the Dalton addition could portend drama in Dallas. That said, Prescott should have a strong supporting cast he can look to with the ball. The Cowboys locked down top wideout Amari Cooper to a new contract and drafted receiver CeeDee Lamb with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Michael Gallup will return as a possible breakout candidate following a 1,000-yard showing this past season.The Cowboys also give Prescott the advantage of national publicity on a week-to-week basis that few other organizations can match. Vegas is apparently bullish on Prescott using those tools to build his case as a genuine superstar talent, even if fans aren’t so sure.