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ML Strategies Energy and Environment Update: Week of 10/20/2014

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - With just over two weeks until election day, Congress is preparing for a brief but intense Lame Duck session, while continuing final campaign pushes. With several races still in the...more

Georgia EPD Appoints New Brownfield Program Coordinator

Beth Blalock has been named the new Brownfield Coordinator for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, replacing Madeleine Kellam, who has led the brownfield program since its inception and will retire at the end of...more

Tuolumne Jobs Case

The California Supreme Court has just issued an opinion which may encourage the use of initiatives. At issue in the case was an initiative to adopt a specific plan to streamline approval for construction and operation of a...more

Other 2014 Environmental and Land Use Legislation: Fracking, Brownfields, State Land Conservation, Private Easements, Wood Burning...

The General Assembly passed noteworthy bills on six diverse environmental and land use subjects. Hydraulic Fracturing Waste - A deceptively simple bill concerning hydraulic fracturing waste, PA 14-200, emerged...more

California Supreme Court Holds No CEQA Review Required for a Voter Initiative-Sponsored Ordinance

In a relatively short decision, the California Supreme Court held in Tuolumne Jobs & Small Business Alliance v. Superior Court of Tuolumne County (Tuolumne Jobs) that the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) does not...more

The California Supreme Court Further Limits the Scope of CEQA Review for Voter-Sponsored Initiatives in Tuolumne Jobs & Small...

Voter-driven initiatives meeting California Elections Code requirements may be adopted directly by local governments without first conducting a full review under the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA"), according to...more

California Supreme Court Holds CEQA Inapplicable To City’s Adoption Of Qualified Voter Initiative Approving Wal-Mart “Supercenter”...

In a concise 15-page opinion filed August 7, 2014, the California Supreme Court reversed the Fifth District Court of Appeal’s judgment which had held that a city may not adopt a voter-sponsored initiative with potential...more

Terrorism Risk Insurance: To Be Continued?

In the aftermath of the tragic September 11th terrorist attacks and after suffering steep losses, insurance companies stopped offering terrorism coverage as part of their commercial property policies. In response to this,...more

FPPC Revises Regulations Regarding Conflicts of Interest Involving Real Property

The Fair Political Practices Commission recently changed its conflict of interest regulation concerning real property owned or leased by public officials. The old rule was that if an official owned (or had a long-term lease...more

PA Budget - Minor Tax & Escheat Impacts

On June 30th, the Pennsylvania House and Senate adopted a budget for FY 2014-15 which requires no major tax increases. The Governor signed the budget and accompanying Fiscal Code bill on July 10th, after making several line...more

"Lien In": North Carolina General Assembly Revisits New Mechanics Lien Laws

Last April, we wrote about the significant changes to the North Carolina mechanics lien laws, which are continuing to create issues and opportunities for owners, contractors, subcontractors and title companies working in the...more

North Carolina Update: State Tax Developments - Spring 2014

This North Carolina update discusses significant legislative, judicial, and administrative developments in North Carolina tax laws during the period October 2013 through April 2014, including the outlook for the upcoming...more

U.S. Expands Sanctions on Russia in Light of Crisis in Ukraine

In response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision earlier this month to reclaim the Crimean Peninsula as a part of the Russian Federation, President Barack Obama issued three executive orders authorizing the...more

School Facilities

KMTG continues our series of updates on new legislation signed by Governor Brown. All laws became effective January 1, 2014, unless otherwise stated. School Facilities: Sale of Surplus Real Property; Return of State...more

"Chairman Camp’s Proposals Place REITs in the Crosshairs"

On February 25, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Camp (R. Mich.) proposed a dramatic overhaul of the U.S. tax code (the Code). While the “Tax Reform Act of 2014,” (the Proposals) contains a number of previously...more

Senate tax reform proposals: “chilling effect” on real estate industry

A tax reform proposal released by the Senate Finance Committee would have a major impact on the real estate industry, according to comments submitted to the committee by a number of industry groups. If enacted in their...more

Members Seek Update to Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act

On January 9, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2279, the Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act. The package, composed of three separate bills, seeks to modernize existing federal law and increase the role...more

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Proposes Repeal of Like-Kind Exchange Deferral and Other Changes Affecting Real Estate

On November 21, 2013, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus released the third package in a series of "Staff Discussion Drafts" containing proposals to reform the tax code. This third set of proposals focuses on...more

Senate Introduces Bill To Amend Endangered Species Act

A bill to amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA)—entitled the Endangered Species Management Self-Determination Act (Bill)—has been introduced in the United States Senate. The Bill, authored by Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike...more

H.R.2612 - Public Buildings Savings and Reform Act of 2013 Underscores DMV Rent Caps

Following a May 2012 directive from the White House Office of Management and Budget, federal agencies are now prohibited from increasing their space while concurrently reducing the amount of space under lease. As a...more

Polanco Act 2.0 Set to Commence in 2014

When Governor Brown eliminated California’s redevelopment agencies with one swipe of his pen (OK, fine, he had a bit of help from the California Supreme Court as well), one of the things that got a bit lost in the ensuing...more

Local Agencies Empowered to Order the Cleanup of Contaminated Properties - Assembly Bill 440 Provides Agencies Immunity from...

Gov. Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 440 into law, providing an important tool for local agencies to force the cleanup of contaminated properties within their borders. AB 440 builds upon the Polanco Redevelopment Act...more

Governor Brown Vetoes Eminent Domain Bill, But I'm Not Sure Why

Earlier this week, Governor Brown vetoed AB 374, a bill to amend Code of Civil Procedure section 1263.510, the statute governing recovery of loss of business goodwill in an eminent domain case. But it's not the veto that...more

Comprehensive Tax Reform Remains a Top Priority for Key Members

Congressional Consideration Continues, Including Provisions That Would Impact the Real Estate Industry - The House Ways & Means Committee is currently holding Member-level discussions on tax reform and is in the...more

Governor Christie Enacts Cluster Development Legislation: Law amends MLUL to clarify authorization for cluster developments

Governor Christie yesterday signed into law legislation that amends the Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL) to expand authorization for the use of cluster developments. The legislation, S2608 (Senators Van Drew and Oroho)/A3761...more

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