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Treasury and Commerce further relax US Cuba sanctions

On January 26, 2016, the Obama Administration released its third update to the US Cuba sanctions in the past two years. To effectuate these changes, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: Jan. 2016 #2

California Senate Proposes $2 Billion on Housing for Homeless - California state senators put forth a proposal on Jan. 4, 2016, to spend $2 billion to build or rehabilitate permanent housing for homeless people,...more

UK Planning Legal Update 2016: What’s the Plan?

There is a huge momentum behind planning and housing reform as the UK government tries to tackle a chronic shortage of housing across the country. The Housing and Planning Bill, the Government’s flagship delivery legislation,...more

Congress Enacts Federal Permitting Improvements to Speed Infrastructure Projects

Congress enacted the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, also known as the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act) on December 4, 2015. A part of the FAST Act, Title XLI—Federal...more

FAST Act Expedites Permitting and Environmental Review for Large Infrastructure Projects

Expedited permitting and environmental review for complex infrastructure projects may soon be a reality. Buried at the end of its most recent transportation reauthorization package (the “FAST Act” or “Act”) is a significant...more

Bill Proposed in Massachusetts to Establish “Public Construction Surety Bond State Guarantee Fund” Requiring Chapter 149A Sureties...

Sureties writing public construction bonds under Chapter 149A in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts should pay close attention to Mass. Bill No. 3889, which seeks to create a Public Construction Surety Bond State Guarantee...more

Mayor Walsh Updates Boston's Affordable Housing Policy

We previously advised that the Walsh administration’s housing plan included an initiative to change Boston’s Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP). In December of 2015, after nearly a year of study and outreach, Mayor Walsh...more

Berkeley Balcony Collapse Leads To Calls For More Scrutiny of The Construction Industry

On June 16, 2015 six students died and seven others were seriously injured when the balcony on which they were standing collapsed. The group was celebrating a 21st birthday party at an apartment located in the “Library...more

New Executive Order Requires Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

I have seven kids.  I fully understand the importance of “leave” from work when another kid comes along (…how did that happen?…) or when a close family member is sick.  But right now, they are all happy....more

Colorado Springs Joins Other Colorado Municipalities in Addressing Construction Defect Reformation

On December 8, 2015, the Colorado Springs City Council unanimously (9-0) voted to approve an Ordinance that reforms construction defects litigation for common interest communities. In a municipality that rarely has unanimous...more

House and Senate Conference Committee Reports Out Five-Year Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

The House and Senate conferees have agreed on a compromise $305 billion five-year surface transportation authorization: the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The bill should be headed to the White House in...more

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of School District in Building Project Referendum Challenge: Substance Trumps Form

School districts often find themselves in the precarious position of having to rely upon the outcome of a referendum for passage of a budget or building project while simultaneously having no control over the conduct of the...more

2016 California Construction Law Update

The California State Legislature saw the introduction of 2,297 bills during the first half of the 2015-2016 legislative session of which 1,010 bills were signed into law....more

Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill Looks to Be Moving Forward

We’ve been following the status of highway and transportation funding for quite some time, previously noting that Congress kept kicking the can down the road without agreeing on a long-term solution. Finally, that is no...more

Legislación para las P3 en Florida

El 24 y 25 de Septiembre, el condado de Miami-Dade realizó un instituto de las P3 denominado “The P3 Pipeline: A Forum for the Private Sector” (La vía de las P3: un foro para el sector privado). Entre los temas tratados en el...more

Seeking Net Benefits: President Obama Issues New Federal Policy on Addressing and Mitigating Environmental Harm Early in the...

On November 3, 2015, the White House released a Presidential Memorandum intended to encourage federal agencies to consider land use planning more holistically, clearly and consistently, addressing mitigation needs before they...more

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

In the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 30, the 2015 Regular Session of the North Carolina General Assembly came to a close. One of the more controversial provisions enacted this session took up a mere six lines...more

California Governor Signs Legislation Establishing Significant New Energy Goals

Law Sets Standards Aimed at Addressing Climate Change - Today, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 350 into law, setting two ambitious climate change-related goals: a 50 percent increase in building energy efficiency, and a...more

Les 100 mots-clés de la loi Macron à l’usage des entrepreneurs

La loi dite « Macron » a soulevé d’innombrables critiques. Celles-ci ne sont pas toutes imméritées. Il importe cependant de faire la part des choses et de distinguer les plans sous lesquels elle peut être appréciée. Les...more

Newly Paved Path for Asserting Construction Defect Claims in Florida

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed HB 87 into law, codified at ch. 2015-165, which amends the notice and opportunity to cure provisions of Chapter 558, Florida’s Construction Defect Statute. These amendments will go into...more

President Barack Obama’s Labor Day Gift to Labor: Paid Sick Leave for Employees on Federal Contracts

This week’s post is brought to us by Peter Dagostine, our colleague in Robinson+Cole’s Labor, Employment, Benefits + Immigration Group. President Obama signed an Executive Order, on Labor Day earlier this week, requiring...more

All Over But the Penning: the California Legislature Completes its Work for 2015

The California Legislature adjourned its 2015 regular session early last Saturday morning. It is now up to Governor Brown to sign or veto the last of the Legislature’s 2015 work product. He has until Sunday, October 11, to...more

Nevada’s 78th Legislative Session Closes with Important Reforms for Business

On June 1, 2015, Nevada’s 78th Legislative Session came to a final close with critical reforms for Nevada’s businesses. Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck’s Nevada Government Affairs team, Josh Hicks, Alisa Nave-Worth, Kandis...more

In Suing Commonwealth of PA, Clean Air Council Takes A Stand For Up-To-Date Building Codes

There is a war on building codes across the United States, and Pennsylvania is ground zero. After years of regular building code updates, a law was passed in 2011 (Act 1) at the urging of the Pennsylvania Builders...more

Recent Conference Highlights Risks and Opportunities in an Evolving P3 Market

As opportunities grow for public-private partnership procurement, political risk is the main threat to P3 projects. To sustain and grow the P3 market, the benefits will have to be communicated to elected officials and the...more

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