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U.S. Senate Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on Innovative Solutions for Infrastructure

by Nossaman LLP on

On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 the Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a hearing titled “Leveraging Federal Funding; Innovative Solutions for...more

"President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint: Takeaways for Infrastructure Investors"

On March 16, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget released “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” (the Blueprint), which outlines the Trump administration’s discretionary funding proposals for...more

SC Public Policy Update - February 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - JUDICIAL ELECTIONS - Legislators officially elected Judge George “Buck” James as the next South Carolina Supreme Court justice on Wednesday during a joint session of the General Assembly on Wednesday....more

U.S. Government Loosens Controls on Transactions Involving Sudan

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Before leaving office, former President Barack Obama signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13761 on Jan. 13, 2017, in response to "positive actions" by the Government of Sudan. E.O. 13761 establishes a basis for complete revocation...more

President Trump, the Ex-Im Bank and Aircraft Finance

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Export-Import Bank of the United States has been embroiled in a considerable amount of political controversy in recent years. Created in 1934 by a presidential executive order to finance and facilitate the export of U.S....more

The Trump Infrastructure Plan

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

There is plenty of uncertainty surrounding what President-elect Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan will be. What is certain is that: 1.) things will move quickly in Washington, D.C. in the coming weeks and 2.) now is the time...more

The Obama Administration Eases Sanctions Against Sudan

by Hogan Lovells on

On January 13, 2017, the White House, the U.S. Department of Treasury ’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) , and the U.S. Department of Commerce ’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced a host of policy...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - Members of the South Carolina General Assembly returned to Columbia on Tuesday, January 10th, to begin the first year of the 122nd Legislative Session. The top priorities facing lawmakers entering the new...more

Six Months After Implementation of Iran Nuclear Agreement: Top 10 Observations

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Various factors continue to shape and limit trade and investment between Iran and the rest of the world. Six months have passed since the implementation of the nuclear agreement with Iran, officially known as the Joint...more

Pushing the Pedal to the Metal in the FAST (Act) Lane – En Route to Long-Term Transportation Funding Certainty!

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

The Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security held a hearing earlier this week to discuss the FAST Act and its impact on transportation infrastructure, safety and economic...more

Missouri legislation limits municipal approval of tax increment financings and increases financial oversight of designated...

by Dentons on

Three new measures signed into law by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on June 29 will have lasting implications for the creation and administration of tax increment financings (TIFs), community improvement districts (CIDs) and...more

IN Detail [In the Know]

by Cozen O'Connor on

IN numbers - 82 billion The expected amount, in U.S. dollars, generated for the U.S. economy by the first operational rules for routine use of small unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, known as Part 107. (Source:...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: June 2016 #2

by Holland & Knight LLP on

LACMTA Approves Tax Ballot Measure to Fund $120 Billion Transit Plan - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACTMA) on June 24, 2016, approved a sales tax ballot measure to help fund $120 billion...more

Minnesota 2016 Legislative Wrap-up

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

This was the shortest Minnesota Legislative session in recent history, lasting a mere 77 days from March 8, 2016, to May 23, 2016. It produced a hectic pace which ended with mixed results. As lawmakers headed into the...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

When the 2016 Minnesota Legislative Session was adjourned sine die at midnight on Sunday, May 22, legislators had sent a $259 million Omnibus Tax Bill and a $182 million Supplemental Appropriations Bill to Governor Mark...more

OFAC Updates Cuba-Related FAQ Document

by Cozen O'Connor on

On April 21, 2016, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated its FAQ document related to Cuba. This document contains answers to several questions regarding information about Cuba such as...more

Sales Tax Revenue Bonds Provide Critically Needed Transportation Funding Source

Funding transportation infrastructure in California is becoming increasingly difficult, as diminished gasoline taxes and other state and federal funding sources continue to be insufficient to provide fully for burgeoning...more

Russian Legislation Update

by White & Case LLP on

Currency Control - On 5 April 2016 the President signed Federal Law No. 89-FZ amending the Administrative Offences Code. The limitation period for bringing administrative action for a breach of currency legislation...more

Additional Steps to Ease U.S. Sanctions and Export Controls for Cuba prior to Obama Visit

In advance of President Obama’s highly publicized trip to Cuba, the Administration took additional steps to ease restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba. These changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and...more

Additional Steps to Ease U.S. Sanctions and Export Controls for Cuba prior to Obama Visit

In advance of President Obama’s highly publicized trip to Cuba, the Administration took additional steps to ease restrictions on trade and travel with Cuba. These changes to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and...more

UN and U.S. Sanctions Target North Korea: Impacts for Asia and Beyond

The United Nations and United States recently took significant new steps to expand sanctions on North Korea, with implications for international banking; shipping and port activities; air transport; energy and mining sectors;...more

Change Orders: Analyzing Proposed New Infrastructure Spending in 2016 Budget

Shortly after the election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we summarized the infrastructure promises made on the Liberal campaign trail in our October 2015 Blakes Bulletin: Under Construction: Infrastructure Plans and...more

OFAC and BIS Continue to Ease Cuba Shipping, Travel and Banking Sanctions

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have respectively published another round of amendments to the Cuban Assets Control...more

OFAC Further Amends Cuban Assets Control Regulations – President Obama Authorizes More Travel and U.S. Establishments in Cuba in...

by Baker Donelson on

On March 16, 2016, in what could be the final set of amendments  to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) under the Obama Administration, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a Final Rule that further...more

US Further Liberalizes Cuba Sanctions

by White & Case LLP on

On March 15, 2016, in advance of the historic visit to Cuba by the President, the United States announced significant amendments to existing Cuba-related economic sanctions and export control regulations to implement the...more

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