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US Further Liberalizes Cuba Sanctions and Export Controls

On October 14, 2016, the United States announced additional measures to liberalize Cuba sanctions and export controls, effective October 17, 2016. The new measures, which are summarized below, authorize additional...more

New Round of Cuba Sanctions Changes Expand Opportunities for Health Sector

Key Points - - OFAC’s latest changes expand opportunities for U.S. persons to engage in medical research with Cuban nationals, authorize U.S. persons to obtain FDA approval of Cuba-origin pharmaceuticals, and market...more

The UAS integration challenge - White House workshop examines most pressing issues

Consistent monitoring of stakeholder input is essential to the formation of any regulatory environment and to anticipating market demands.  Nowhere is this more true than in the fluid and ever-changing regulatory environment...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, October 2016

TSCA/FIFRA/IRIS/NTP/TRI - EPA Issues Statements Of Findings For September 2016: On September 23, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice announcing its findings after its review of Toxic...more

Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of 2016 and Beyond

After closing the book on the formal sessions in July, Massachusetts lawmakers have turned their attention to the November election. The Senate and House of Representatives convene in informal sessions for the remainder of...more

MCLE Self Study Article: Property Rights to the Periphery of the Universe or Only to the Rooftop?: The Effects of Drones on...

Imagine a peaceful summer afternoon at home with your family. You’re inside preparing food for a barbeque while the rest of your family sunbathes and plays by the backyard pool. Suddenly, your teenage daughter runs into the...more

Drone Regulations: Federal vs. State

In early 2016 a group of well-meaning Wisconsin legislators introduced legislation designed to allow local municipalities to regulate the use of drones in their given communities and to create a penalty enhancer for crimes...more

Utah votes to let authorities disable drones near wildfires

This week, in Salt Lake City, lawmakers approved a bill that would allow Utah authorities (i.e., firefighters or law enforcement) to disable and down drones if they are being flown too close to wildfires. Governor Gary...more

Latest Developments in US Privacy and Technology Law

This update provides a snapshot of the Senate’s vote on expansion of the FBI’s National Security Letter authority and the House’s upcoming vote on the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill as it...more

Gear Up for Driverless Cars: Local and Regional Regulators Should Speak Out to Protect Their Interests

It sounds like the future, but it is right around the corner. For decades, driverless cars were reserved to the realm of science fiction, a practically unimaginable leap forward that would change the ways we think about...more

National Telecommunications & Information Administration Issues “Voluntary Best Practices” For Commercial And Private Use Of...

On May 19, 2016, the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (“NTIA”) issued a document outlining voluntary best practices for the non-commercial and commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), or...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016 #3

What's New - SENATE - It was another busy week in the Senate as members continued to work through various bills on the lengthy Senate Calendar. The Senate spent the day on Wednesday taking up the Governor’s veto on...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Ten days remain before the last day of the Minnesota legislative session May 23, 2016. Governor Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Speaker Kurt Daudt met twice in the past week to negotiate an agreement on...more

House Caucus Formed To Protect The Security Of Cars

On April 28, 2016, four members of the U.S. House of Representatives launched a bipartisan caucus dedicated to addressing security and safety concerns raised by new innovation in connected and autonomous vehicles (or...more

Washington, D.C. Update – April 2016

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

New Regulations on the Horizon for Commercial Drones

Currently, the use of drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial purposes in general is not permitted in the United States, although there is one exception. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows...more

The Race to Regulate Autonomous Vehicles is On

While the potential benefits of automated vehicles are receiving well-deserved attention, there is significant uncertainty as to what the regulatory framework will look like for this exciting technology — particularly from an...more

The President Agrees: Cybersecurity Must Include Your Car

For those of us who watch the automotive industry, the most interesting name on the list of appointees to President Barack Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity was Joe Sullivan. Why Mr. Sullivan? Because he...more

First Committee Deadline – Week Four at the Capitol

The universe of legislation in play will be significantly winnowed down this week as it is the first committee deadline. Committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin. The focus will increasingly turn to the...more

Senate bill calls for certification of unmanned aircraft

The Senate's version of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016 has finally made it out of committee, and it contains 65 pages of requirements for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Some of these provisions go to the heart of the...more

The State of Our Autonomy is... Moving Fast, Optimistic and Filled with Regulatory Questions

Cities Need to Climb on Board or Be Left Behind - Car manufacturers are pressuring lawmakers to develop a federal regulatory framework for a world where automated vehicles are a reality and not just science fiction. This...more

Google Asks Congress For Self-Driving Car Help

As reported almost everywhere, on Tuesday, March 15, Google told a Senate Hearing that Congress should pass legislation regulating self-driving cars. Google, through Chris Urmson (Director, Self-Driving Cars), explained that...more

Internet of Things Bill Introduced

Recognizing the growing number of connected and interconnected devices, a bipartisan group of Senators recently introduced a bill which would convene a working group of Federal stakeholders to provide recommendations to...more

Trends in Transportation for 2016

Emerging “smart” technologies are dominating discussions in the transportation world. At the recent Transportation Research Board conference in Washington, D.C., one definitely gets the sense that we are at a turning point...more

Iran Sanctions Eased, But Restrictions Remain

The United States recently lifted certain sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, but the general prohibition on exporting to Iran remains in place. Specifically, on January 16, 2016 (commonly known as...more

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