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Calif. cities lift medical marijuana delivery ban: Is L.A. Next?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, enacted Jan. 1, 2016, California authorized the delivery of medical marijuana by licensed dispensaries to qualified patients but allowed municipalities to ban such...more

America’s Infrastructure Gets a D+

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has issued their 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, which assigns a letter grade to the nation’s infrastructure....more

Trump’s Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Investment Promise

by Burr & Forman on

A Trillion Dollar infrastructure investment is a good start, even though it’s highly unlikely that Congress would pass a bill requiring such a large expenditure. No one studying the issue doubts that the nation could probably...more

Oil Transportation and Suction Dredge Mining Legislative Topics in Washington Too

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Following up on last week’s post about Oregon legislative proposals, here are some of the mineral-related bills currently pending in the Washington State Legislature...more

Infrastructure Plan Watch: A Democratic Proposal and a Hearing on the Hill

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing this week to discuss “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America.” This follows the release last month of the $1 trillion Democratic blueprint to...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

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 9th, 2016

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 9, 2016 is below. Nothing too earth shattering this week, so we will keep things short . . ....more

The Northern Powerhouse and wider opportunities for Chinese investment in UK infrastructure

by Dentons on

On 10 November, the eighth UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue, a two day event aimed at further deepening the countries' trade relationship, was brought to a conclusion. In addition to roundtable talks on trade,...more

Early Views on the US Energy and Infrastructure Sectors Under a Trump Administration

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Energy and infrastructure policy was as at the forefront of the presidential election discussion and has continued to be highlighted as a focus for the Trump administration. Here, we take an early look at how a Trump...more

California Ballot 2016: Los Angeles County Measures A & M

by Lewitt Hackman on

This is the fourth and final blog in our 2016 California Election Guide Series – the first three providing brief synopses of the 17 state-wide ballot initiatives residents will see in November. In this final segment, we will...more

Four New California Cap and Trade Bills Fund Programs

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

$900 million in appropriations for fiscal year 2016-17 - With California’s cap and trade program suffering from legal challenges, decreasing auction revenue and general criticism of the program’s effectiveness, Gov....more

Why Clinton and Trump’s Infrastructure Plans Leave Us Wanting More

It’s hard not to pick up your newspaper (or, more likely, your smart phone) and not get caught up reading about Donald Trump’s latest “did he really say that” statement or about the “less than personal” personal email account...more

Louisiana Amends P3 Legislation Granting Authority to DOTD

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The State of Louisiana has passed a public-private partnership (P3) law to help alleviate a $12.7 billion backlog in highway and bridge maintenance and construction needs across the state. The law authorizes the Louisiana...more

Las P3 y el riesgo político: ¿por qué las P3 de Miami-Dade pueden resistir el clima político?

En un año electoral, los inversores prestan mucha atención a los entornos políticos de las jurisdicciones que buscan el desarrollo de las asociaciones entre los sectores público y privado (“P3” o “PPP”). La inversión en el...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

Session Closing Chaos: Special Session in the Wings

In the waning hours of the 2016 legislative session, lawmakers wrapped up a supplemental budget and a tax bill, but failed to pass a comprehensive transportation package, a bonding bill, and a plan for implementing federal...more

Miles Apart

Supplemental Budget Bills - Divergent legislative priorities are reflected in the House and Senate budget bills. With respect to the projected $900 million surplus in the General Fund, House Republicans allocate the full...more

Washington, D.C. Update – April 2016

by Baker Donelson on

FY17 Appropriations - The House and Senate Appropriations Committees continue to move forward on individual FY17 spending measures based on discretionary spending levels enshrined in last fall's bipartisan budget deal....more

Hillsborough County Adopts Mobility Fees, Ends Push for Transportation Sales Tax

by Carlton Fields on

As we previewed in our prior update, Hillsborough County settled part of a years-long debate over transportation funding by adopting a mobility fees ordinance, but on the very next day, by a 4-3 vote, decided against putting...more

Municipalities May Not Grant Preferential Parking to Residents Based on Dwelling Type

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California Attorney General Addresses Local Preferential Parking Regulations - Local authorities may not institute preferential parking regulations that discriminate among residents based on the residents’ dwelling type,...more

Surprise! Minnesota Budget Forecast Delivers Bad News

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Just a few days before the beginning of the 2016 legislative session, legislative leaders received some unexpected bad news: A previously healthy $1.2 billion budget surplus projection had dropped by $300 million to $900...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Marin assemblymember proposes Australian water trading market approach to address drought - Marin Independent Journal - Feb 29 State Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-Marin County, has...more

SC Public Policy Update - February #4

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

SENATE - The filibuster on the South Carolina Infrastructure Finance Reform and Tax Relief Act (H.3579) continued this week in the Senate. Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) filibustered over eleven hours Tuesday and...more

Land Use Matters: Alston & Bird LLP, January 2016

by Alston & Bird on

On January 4, 2016, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the nomination of Vince Bertoni as the new General Manager of the Department of City Planning (DCP). Bertoni has served five years as the City of Pasadena’s Planning and...more

The FAST Act Seeks to Streamline the Environmental Review of Infrastructure Projects

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act—a five-year, $305-billion transportation authorization and spending bill. The FAST Act largely focuses on funding...more

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