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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

If Time is Money Should Business People Use Private Jets?

The long check-in lines, irritating fees, complex routing and lack of confidentiality in conversations has motivated many businesses to use private jets for their executives. One of the issues in acquiring, or chartering a...more

Drones, sUAS and More: A Basic Guide for Unmanned Aircraft Terminology

Terms referring to drones are often used interchangeably among operators, regulators and manufacturers. Many people use the common term “drone,” while commercial operators, public organizations and associations refer to more...more

Voluntary best practices for drone privacy finally released

It’s here–last week, privacy groups and industry stakeholders that were participating in the National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) Multi-Stakeholder process released a set of best practices for...more

Congress Working Aggressively to Pass a Bipartisan WRDA in 2016

Both chambers in Congress are working aggressively to pass bipartisan Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (“WRDA 2016”) legislation this year. Now is the time for entities interested in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers...more

Alberta Announces Bill 20 – The Climate Leadership Implementation Act

On May 24, 2016 the Alberta government introduced Bill 20 – Climate Leadership Implementation Act (the CLIA). The CLIA establishes the legislative framework for Alberta's new carbon tax (referred to in the CLIA as the carbon...more

European Commission Unveils New Digital Single Market Proposals

The Commission’s proposals aim to drive cross-border e-commerce in the EU and level the regulatory field across audiovisual media services and online platforms. On 25 May 2016 the European Commission (Commission)...more

One More Tool in the STB Toolbox, But Will the Agency Use It?

The STB Reauthorization Act of 2015 gave the agency new powers to conduct investigations on its own initiative. This month, the agency issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking setting out its proposed three step process for...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

Minnesota 2016 Legislative Wrap-up

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

News of Note in IP

Each week, Sheppard Mullin brings you News of Note in IP: The latest news in the IP-related fields of technology, privacy, fashion, advertising, music, and social media, curated by our IP team. Here are some of the stories...more

Fate of Proposed Surtax on Millionaires Could Hinge on Three Simple Words

The plan to have Massachusetts collect about $2 billion more per year through a new 4% income surtax on millionaires seems to be encumbered by an unavoidable-but-possibly-fatal vulnerability. The weakness consists of...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

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

Uber Agrees to Form Non-Union Guild With New York City Drivers

Seyfarth Synopsis: Uber has agreed to create the Independent Drivers Guild, a non-union organization that will provide New York City based Uber drivers with regular access to the Company and the ability to raise concerns...more

House and Senate FAA Bills Take Diverging Flight Paths Toward Reauthorization

With the authorization for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) set to expire on July 15, the clock is ticking for Congress to enact legislation to ensure that FAA programs and funding continue without interruption....more

Renewable Energy Update - May 2015 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Voter support for clean energy policies up since last presidential election - Solar Industry Magazine - May 18 - A new survey by Lazard Ltd., a financial advisory and asset management...more

Indian Regulator to Consider the Civil and Commercial Use of Drones

Last month, India’s civil aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), issued draft guidelines proposing a framework to regulate the civil and commercial use of unmanned aerial systems or drones...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

End of the Line-Almost….

In the waning days of the 2016 session, Gov. Mark Dayton and top lawmakers still haven’t reached agreements on the biggest outstanding issues. ...more

New Campaign Raises Awareness of Railroad Intersection Dangers

In the wake of the Amtrak derailment in Pennsylvania earlier this month, Operation Lifesaver is promoting a new public awareness campaign dedicated to “changing people’s behavior around railroad tracks and crossings.” While...more

Privacy Best Practices for Commercial and Private Drone Use Adopted in NTIA Process

Consensus was reached in a proceeding of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce on a set of privacy best practices for the commercial and recreational use of...more

Canada Implements Pre-Flight Electronic Travel Authorization, Counterpart to United States ESTA Program

Effective September 29, 2016, traveling to Canada as a visa-exempt visitor will require a pre-flight clearance through the newly implemented electronic Travel Authorization (“eTA”) program. History - The eTA system...more

Burma Sanctions Continue to Sunset (IRB No. 553)

On May 17, 2016, the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") amended the Burmese Sanctions Regulations to broaden the scope of permissible trade with Burma. The Burma regulations, which have been amended piecemeal rather...more

FAA announces more drone detection testing at JFK Airport

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced this week that it will be expanding its research on how to detect ‘rogue’ drones near airports. The FAA will join forces with other government agencies and academic partners...more

Presentation Recap: Car Wars

“A [not so] long time ago in an automotive industry [not] far, far away,” John Murphy, Research Analyst for Merrill Lynch delivered his popular annual “Car Wars” presentation in Detroit on May 10th. This was the 26th year of...more

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