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Texas Legislature Gets in Gear

The biennial Texas Legislative Session started January 13. Two months later, they are now setting committee hearings other than finance ones. But Mondays and Fridays are still pretty much travel days. So, last Friday I...more

Development Trend to Circumvent CEQA Through Ballot Initiative Emphasizes Need for Reform

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that proposed football stadium developers have chosen to incur the cost of collecting signatures to qualify an initiative for the ballot to obtain land use approvals rather than face...more

Understanding the 4 “P’s” Before the P3 (Public-Private Partnership)

To get a P3 proposal to the starting line, public officials need to make sure that there is clarity and agreement on basic issues and priorities - Aging and inadequate infrastructure, required upgrades and scarce...more

Key Energy-Related Tax Provisions in the 2016 Budget Proposal

In This Issue: - Modify and Permanently Extend the Production Tax Credit - Enhance and Make Permanent the Research and Experimentation Tax Credit - Provide Carbon Dioxide Investment and Sequestration Tax...more

CTC Makes First Allocations of 2015 But California’s Infrastructure Future is Murky

At its meeting last week, the California Transportation Commission allocated $174.8 million to 85 projects around the state.  Some of the projects receiving allocations this month include: You can find a full list of projects...more

The City of Fairfax and Affordable Housing

Legislation proposed in the Virginia House of Delegates would give the City of Fairfax specific authority to adopt an affordable housing ordinance offering bonus development density in projects that provide an affordable...more

Temporary Federal Immigration Relief May Help Address Construction Labor Shortages

U.S. Work Authorization to Be Available - A new recruitment source may soon be available to employers for additional workers to do construction or other work. Up to 4 or 5 million presently undocumented people from...more

Russia, Venezuela and North Korea: U.S. Trade Sanctions Expand in International Markets

During the same week that President Barack Obama announced sweeping changes in the diplomatic and trade relationships between the United States and Cuba, the president signed congressional legislation authorizing additional...more

Michigan Puts New Road-Funding Tax Structure Up For May 5 Referendum Vote

Michigan voters will have the final say on approving a deal between Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature to overhaul the state’s tax structure to fund road improvements at a referendum election on May 5, 2015. The...more

Senate Approves Energy Tax Extenders

On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the U.S. Senate passed the tax extenders bill by a vote of 76-16, extending a number of energy tax incentives through the end of the year. The Senate’s passage of H.R. 5771 followed the U.S....more

Senate Passes PTC Extension for 2014

The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, H.R. 5771, was passed by the Senate on December 16 and by the House on December 3. The President is expected to sign the bill in the coming days. ...more

House Approves Energy Tax Extenders

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives (House) overwhelming approved a $42 billion tax extenders bill. The bill, H.R. 5771, includes extensions of nearly $10 billion in energy tax incentives through the end of 2014. ...more

House Passes PTC Extension through End of 2014

Today, the House passed H.R. 5771. To become law, H.R. 5571 must still pass the Senate and be signed by the President. We expect both of those steps will occur by the end of the year....more

Energy Technology Connections: Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - November 2014

In This Issue: - Leaders in the News - Event Highlights - Washington Update - California Update - Innovator Profile - Energy Navigator - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from Washington...more

Water Bond Would Authorize $7.5 Billion for California Water Supply Infrastructure Projects

When California voters cast their votes on November 4, 2014 they will decide the fate of a $7.5 billion water bond proposal – Proposition 1 – which would authorize $7.12 billion in new general obligation bonds and reallocate...more

California Takes Significant Strides Toward Design-Build

New Law Consolidates Certain Design-Build Authorizations Under a Single Statute - The adoption of Senate Bill 785 signifies strong movement toward authorizing design-build procurement in California at the state and...more

Dr. Seuss Explains "Zoning Reform"

It's not every day that an adult discussion about zoning reform begins with a reference to children's poetry, but so be it. Most [Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts] REBA members have at least a passing...more

New exemption under ILSA for condo units: relief for developers, key points to note

President Barack Obama has signed into law an amendment to the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act of 1968 (ILSA). The new law, signed by the President on September 30, expands registration exemptions under ILSA...more

Senate Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Energy Tax Reform

Tax reform has been a hot topic as of late, particularly for the energy sector. On September 17, 2014, the Senate Finance Committee continued the focus on energy tax reform by holding a hearing on “Reforming America’s...more

Construction Law Alert: “P3” is Way More than a New Buzzword - North Carolina's Approval of Public-Private Partnerships and...

August 23rd marks the one-year anniversary of House Bill 857 (“HB 857”) becoming law in North Carolina. Through the enactment of HB 857, the Tar Heel state opened its doors to what is commonly referred to across the country...more

President Obama Seeks To Expand Market for P3 Transportation Projects

As part of his ongoing effort to urge Congress to address the nation’s critical infrastructure needs, President Obama recently announced the signing of an executive order creating the Build America Investment Initiative (the...more

President Announces Public-Private Partnership Initiative for Infrastructure Development

President Obama has announced an initiative to encourage public-private partnerships for infrastructure development. Along with the recently touted “infrastructure bank,” Thursday’s announcement shows additional...more

President Unveils Build America Investment Initiative Today

President Barak Obama today announced the Build America Investment Initiative (the “Initiative”). According to the Fact Sheet released by the White House in advance of the announcement, the purpose of the Initiative is to...more

Major changes ahead as Congress takes on the highway trust fund crisis – and looks to comprehensive tax reform

Over the next two weeks as Congress prepares for its long summer recess, major decisions will be made affecting the legislative tax agenda for the rest of this session of Congress and, in the case of tax reform, for...more

Capital Thinking: Energy

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - SENATE ENR COMMITTEE VOTES TO APPROVE FERC NOMINEES, KEYSTONE XL BILL - On Wednesday, June 18, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) Committee held a business meeting in executive...more

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