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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

Nossaman Develops Model Social Infrastructure P3 Bill

Many federal, state and local government agencies are looking for innovative and cost effective methods to deliver essential social infrastructure such as educational facilities, hospitals and criminal justice facilities and...more

Water Resources Legislation Could Lead to Increase of U.S. Water P3s

President Obama recently signed into law the Water Resources and Reform Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA). The statute begins to address ways to fund the billions of dollars necessary to update the country’s drinking water...more

2014 Legislative Short Session - Education Bills Introduced

The NC General Assembly kicked off its 2014 Short Session (adjournment goal of July 4th is reasonable) with bill introductions that are relevant...more

Senate MAP-21 Reauthorization Bill

The Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee released a bipartisan six-year surface transportation bill late yesterday evening. The bill, titled the MAP-21 Reauthorization Act, will be marked up by the committee on...more

Redevelopment 2.0 -- Infrastructure Financing Districts Approved for Redevelopment Project Areas

Despite being destroyed and dismantled, redevelopment in California has been born once again, this time reincarnated under the name of "Infrastructure Financing Districts." Last week, Governor Brown signed into law AB 471,...more

Senate Finance Committee Tax Reform Proposal Streamlines Energy Tax Credits

On December 18, 2013, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) released a proposal that would streamline energy tax incentives to make them more predictable and technology neutral. The proposal would consolidate...more

Automatic Reductions in Subsidy Payments for Certain Direct Pay Bonds will Continue for Fiscal Year 2014

Pursuant to the requirements of the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, on March 1, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order reducing the budgetary authority in accounts subject to...more

Capital Thinking: Transportation and Infrastructure

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - INFRASTRUCTURE BANK LEGISLATION - Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) is expected to introduce an infrastructure bank bill during the week of September 16 that is similar to the 2011 “BUILD Act,”...more

Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Holds Oversight Hearing on TIFIA, Nossaman Partner Testifies

Showing concern for the TIFIA JPO’s slow pace of credit approvals for major US transportation, on July 24, 2013, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works conducted an oversight hearing on the implementation of the...more

Rogers Towers: Florida House Bill 909 (2013): A Sigh of Relief for Water Mitigation Contractors and Restoration Companies

This past spring, the insurance and banking lobbies created quite a stir in the water and fire damage mitigation and restoration industry....more

Grayson: Only 1 Agency Should Regulate Wall Street  [Video]

July 10 (Bloomberg Law) -- U.S. Representative Alan Grayson, Democrat from Florida, tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia that the government missed an opportunity in the midst of the financial crisis to consolidate the...more

Proposed 2014 Budget Encourages Private Investment in Infrastructure

This week, the Obama administration released its proposed budget for the 2014 fiscal year. Notably, the budget encourages private investment in infrastructure projects through various liberalizations of the tax laws relating...more

Illinois House Considers Bill to Allow “Bonding Off” of Mechanics Liens

Lenders in Illinois might want to take note of pending Illinois House Bill 2804. The bill would amend the Mechanics Lien Act, so as to allow “bonding off” of mechanic liens for the first time in Illinois. Nearly every state...more

How Sequestration May Impact Government Construction Contracts

Pursuant to the Budget Control Act of 2011, sequestration is the process by which automatic across-the-board spending cuts are being imposed on government programs. Because Congress was unable to reach an agreement by its...more

Distressed Condominium Relief Act Extended

On Friday, April 6, 2012, Governor Rick Scott signed HB 517 which contains a provision extending the Distressed Condominium Relief Act (Act) otherwise due to sunset July 1, 2012. The Act was adopted in 2010 as a way to...more

Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Heats Up

Tax Increment Finance continues to be a hot topic at the capitol. The House has its bill, HF2460, on the calendar for debate in the House. Many groups interested in economic development are following this legislation and are...more

Redevelopment Agencies: Dead, But Not Buried

In California Redevelopment Assn. v. Matosantos, the California Supreme Court sealed the demise of the state’s nearly 400 redevelopment agencies. That decision, however, leaves myriad questions unresolved for communities and...more

New York Creates First Ever $1B Infrastructure Fund Emphasizing Design-Build

On December 6, 2011, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced an agreement among state legislators to enact the New York Infrastructure Fund Act, a $1 Billion jobs program aimed in part at New York’s ailing roads and bridges....more

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds Bill Funding $3 Billion for School Construction Projects

The Illinois Supreme Court recently upheld the constitutionality of legislation involving a $3 billion state construction program funded in part by the legalization of video poker, which would be permitted in bars and...more

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Permit Extension Act As Part of Economic Development Legislation

In the final hours of the session, the Massachusetts Legislature passed sweeping economic development legislation which included, as section 173, what has come to be known as the Permit Extension Act. The purpose of the...more

NEPA Compliance for Projects Funded Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009: Is Your Project "Shovel Ready"?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ("ARRA"), provides a $787 billion economic stimulus package with funding for investments in infrastructure, energy, healthcare, education and science, among other sectors....more

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