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Legislation to Alter State Water Rights Enforcement Action Processes Fails

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 313, which would have shifted the hearing process for certain water rights enforcement actions to a new Water Rights Division within the Office of Administrative Hearings. However, his...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #2

EPA Moves to Repeal Obama's Clean Power Plan Coal Regs - "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that the Trump administration is moving to scrap the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's signature...more

Waters of the United States/Proposed Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules: Arkansas Commenters

Thousands of comments have been submitted in regards to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Army Corps of Engineers (collectively “Agencies”) July 27th, 2017 proposed rule titled: Waters...more

Conservation Commission Retains Authority to Regulate under Stricter Local Law Despite MassDEP Superseding Order of Conditions

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that a Superseding Order of Conditions issued by the MassDEP under the Wetlands Protection Act (WPA) does not divest a municipal Conservation Commission from all authority to...more

California’s Countdown to Legal Cannabis: Facing Regulatory and Permitting Uncertainty

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As of January 1, 2018, it will be legal for adults in California to buy and sell cannabis for recreational purposes. That’s the simple version. But as is true for virtually every other “legal” enterprise in the state, the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Court blocks Dept. of Interior’s move to delay Obama-era methane leak rule - The Hill - Oct 4 - On Wednesday a federal court set aside an effort by the Department of the Interior...more

Endangered Species Act Reform - Wolves, Dollars, Data

by Nossaman LLP on

In July we reported on five bills that propose to amend various aspects of the Endangered Species Act: - H.R. 2603 – would remove listings of non-native species; - H.R. 717 – would modify the process for listing...more

New Emergency Declarations Allow Extension of Development Approvals; Notification Deadline for Tropical Storm Emily Extensions...

by Akerman LLP on

Section 252.363, Florida Statutes, allows certain permits and authorizations to be tolled and extended due to a state of emergency, if the permit holder files a particular notice with the agency or government which issued the...more

State Authorizes Rental Inclusionary Housing Requirements

by Perkins Coie on

One of the 15 housing-related bills signed recently by Governor Brown could have especially significant implications for market-rate, residential rental projects in many jurisdictions, as the new legislation, AB 1505, will...more

Governor Signs Housing Legislation, Including Streamlining Bill

by Perkins Coie on

Governor Brown has signed 15 bills designed to address the State’s severe shortage of affordable housing. Among its other effects, the legislation will (1) generate funds for affordable housing developments; (2) require...more

Permit streamlining, NEPA compliance, and an expanded role for CEQ

by Hogan Lovells on

In one of his earliest Executive Orders 13766, January 24, 2017, President Trump laid the groundwork for subsequent actions to help “Expedit[e] Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects.”...more

Expanded ARO pilot program poised for Chicago City Council approval

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Earlier this week, after a four-hour hearing, the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Housing and Real Estate recommended approval of a three-year pilot initiative to expand and modify the City of Chicago’s Affordable...more

California Governor Signs into Law Major Reforms to Housing Accountability Act - New Law Increases Developers' Ability to Secure...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law two bills that significantly reform California's Housing Accountability Act (HAA). • Effective Jan. 1, 2018, these laws will significantly increase the ability of housing...more

Proposed Changes To The Endangered Species Act Pit Animals Against Industry

by Polsinelli on

Congressional Republicans have proposed five separate bills that, if passed, would reduce current protections for endangered and threatened species in the name of promoting business development and cost-saving. ...more

California Legislature Responds to the State’s Housing Crisis With Increased Funding, Streamlining, and Enforcement

On the final day of the legislative session, California’s legislature approved 15 separate housing bills, taking a big step toward addressing California’s ongoing housing crisis. The collection of bills comes after months of...more

Congressional Hearing: Water Infrastructure

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Yesterday, Las Virgenes Municipal Water District General Manager David Pedersen (a Best Best & Krieger client), testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment on...more

Examination of Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands: September 19th U.S. Senate...

The United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing titled - To Examine Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands - The hearing was also scheduled...more

District Court Invalidates Wheat Ridge Anti-TIF Initiative

On September 8, 2017, a Jefferson County District Court ("Court") essentially struck down Ballot Question 300 (“BQ300”), approved by the Wheat Ridge ("the City") voters on November 3, 2015. The ballot question was an...more

Recent Federal Actions to Streamline the NEPA Process

by Stoel Rives LLP on

There has been a string of actions in the past few weeks addressing the federal government’s policy goal of streamlining the NEPA review process. Although a number of actions have been taken, it presently boils down to this:...more

Legislature Seeks To Prevent Local Voters From Enacting Many Types of Pro-Development Initiatives

by Perkins Coie on

The California Legislature just sent another “stop me before I vote again” bill to the Governor. Assembly Bill 890 proposes to limit severely the scope of voter-sponsored, pro-development land use initiatives. The Governor...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#2

- U.S. High Court Asked to Review WV Justice's Role in Gas Royalties Case - "The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to review West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Beth Walker's participation in a high-stakes natural gas...more

The Texas Tree Mitigation Fee Credit Bill is Resurrected from the Dead

by Jackson Walker on

Many developers must remove existing trees in order to build new homes or buildings. Some cities have required developers to pay fees, known as tree mitigation fees, as a condition for permitting the removal of the trees....more

New Bill Aims to Streamline LA Olympics Transit Projects & Clippers Arena

by Nossaman LLP on

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, California lawmakers pitch a break from a key environmental law to help L.A. Olympic Bid, Clippers Arena, California lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 789 last week in an...more

Further Opportunity to Extend Development Orders and Building Permits

by Bilzin Sumberg on

On August 4, 2017, Governor Scott extended the previously declared State of Emergency issued for the Zika Virus for the seventh time, affording holders of permits and development orders an expanded opportunity to toll the...more

August 2017 Federal Report: Infrastructure, Debt Ceiling and Budget

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

With the August work period coming to an end for Congress, there are the looming questions of the federal budget, and the debt ceiling hanging over the halls of the Capitol....more

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