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In 2014, Will Congress Pass Any Maritime Legislation?

Following its usual summer break over August 2014, Congress came back from its five-week summer recess and spent a whopping eight days or so back in session before recessing once again, approximately a week early, to hit the...more

North Carolina Legislators Look to Criminalize Disclosure of Fracking Fluids

As many states and the federal government look towards calling for greater disclosure and regulation of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, state senators in North Carolina appear to be pushing against the tide in...more

From Second and State: The Week Ahead – June 16-20, 2014

The House and Senate will be back in session Monday, June 16 at 1:00 p.m. As June – otherwise dubbed “budget month” – ticks away, both chambers have four session days scheduled next week, and the House Appropriations...more

South Carolina Legislative Update - April 2014 (#3)

South Carolina General Assembly - The House and Senate were on furlough last week. The only meeting scheduled was a special House panel weighing ethics reform changes wherein nothing advanced and no votes were taken. ...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – February 3, 2014

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

Youngstown City Hydraulic Fracturing Ban Approved for May Ballot

In late February, we covered the state and federal legislative and enforcement responses to the release of hydraulic fracturing waste into a Youngstown, Ohio area tributary by a local oil and gas drilling operator. Shortly...more

"BP's Settlement With DOJ: Lessons Learned Within the Congressional Investigations Arena"

On November 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that BP Exploration and Production Inc. (BP) has agreed to plead guilty to a 14-count criminal information and pay a record $4 billion in criminal fines and...more

Patton Boggs Insights - January 2012 - Administration/Congress: New Mining Safety Legislation

West Virginia Republican House member Shelley Moore Capito has introduced legislation that would increase civil and criminal penalties, strengthen pattern of violation provisions, and form an independent board to investigate...more

Commissioner Block Resigns; Eighty-Seven Apply for Appointment

On Thursday, October 6, 2011, Jerome Block Jr. submitted his resignation of his seat on the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The resignation becomes effective at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7. The resignation was...more

Commissioner Block to Resign as Part of Plea Deal With New Mexico AG

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block, Jr. pled guilty to felony charges concerning misuse of campaign funds, misuse of his PRC gas credit charge and other offenses. The...more

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