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USFWS Tentatively Supports ESA Reform Bills

by Nossaman LLP on

On July 19, 2017, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a full committee legislative hearing on five bills that would amend portions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA)....more

West Coast Real Estate Update - April 2017 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

California Assembly Member Proposes Bill to Limit Abuse of Service Animal Accommodations - As dogs have transitioned from children's backyard playmates to must-have accessories while their owners are shopping or dining,...more

Law Alert: Villasenor v. Evans

Notice of Claim Statute Applies to Elected Official - In this case, the court of appeals confirmed that the notice of claim statute applies to elected officials. Villasenor was a consultant and lobbyist for a developer...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: April 28, June 23, June 30 and July 22, 2016

by Sands Anderson PC on

The Virginia Supreme Court issued a number of opinions this Spring and Summer in recent terms. Its work resulted in several opinions affecting Virginia local (and state) government law, in the areas of Virginia...more

High Speed Rail Decision on Track for Review at Court of Appeal

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Last Friday, Governor Brown’s administration (the “Petitioners”) filed a petition for extraordinary writ of mandate and application for temporary stay with the California Supreme Court, challenging Superior Court Judge...more

Citizen Petitions To Ban Fracking Continue to Gain Momentum In Colorado

by BakerHostetler on

Two petitions were turned in to place before local voters ballot measures to ban fracking. On July 9, 2013, opponents of hydraulic fracturing turned in a petition seeking to ban hydraulic fracturing within the city limits of...more

Proposed Constitutional Amendment on Eminent Domain: Cons and Pros

by Sands Anderson PC on

The proposed eminent domain constitutional amendment is pending at the 2012 Virginia General Assembly.  See 2012′s bills on the amendment, HJ 3 and SJ 3.  If these...more

An Update on the 2011 Florida Community Planning Act: Constitutional Attack Settlement Reached, Amendment Proposed

by Rosa Eckstein Schechter on

In 2011, shortly after the landmark legislation was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott, a lawsuit was filed by the Town of Yankeetown, Florida, challenging the Florida Community Planning Act as being unconstitutional for...more

Update on Redevelopment Law: Litigation Proceeds - Uncertainty Continues

True to their promise, the California Redevelopment Association, or CRA, and the California League of Cities, or CLC, petitioned the California Supreme Court on July 15, 2011 for a writ of mandate challenging the...more

The Annual Round With Utah's Mechanics' Lien Laws

by Snell & Wilmer on

Death and taxes aren't the only sure things in this life. Another event you can take to the bank is the annual tweaking and twisting of Utah's mechanics' lien laws in the legislature. It is always a dynamic process to watch,...more

Legal Update - California Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Redevelopment Challenge; Stays Portions of New Legislation

by Miller Starr Regalia on

As discussed in prior Legal Updates, the California Redevelopment Agency, the League of California Cities, and several redevelopment agencies filed a lawsuit in the California Supreme Court challenging newly-enacted...more

California Endangered Species Act Prohibits State Agencies From Taking Threatened And Endangered Species Without Permit Authority

Last month the California Court of Appeal for the First District held that the California Endangered Species Act ("CESA") prohibits a state agency from taking threatened or endangered species without proper permit authority....more

Virginia BZAs Get “Off the Hook” on Appeal

by Sands Anderson PC on

The 2010 Virginia General Assembly adopted HB 1063, which is a helpful simplification of the process by which BZA decisions are appealed to circuit court. It is effective July 1, 2010. Need for the Bill This bill was...more

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