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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

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

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

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

On Eve of Freight Rail Day, Thoughts Turn to Access and a Senator of Great Heart

On May 18, 2016, we’ll be helping to run the Massachusetts Railroad Association’s annual Freight Railroad Day on Beacon Hill. The association is a long-time client of ours. This is the day when we, accompanied by the...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016 #2

What's New - SENATE - It was a short but busy week in the Senate as members worked through numerous bills remaining on the Senate calendar. The Senate gave third reading on Thursday to H. 5009, relating to the...more

Home Stretch-Second to Last Week

Closed-door talks aimed at striking a budget agreement began Monday with a consensus that the divide over transportation needs to be solved before lawmakers can make real progress. Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed the initial...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

Uber hit with class action case for sending political texts to customers

Uber Technologies, Inc. was hit with another class action lawsuit last week for allegedly violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) when it sent text messages to its customers without prior written consent....more

Lyft, Uber Withdraw From Austin After Defeat at the Ballot Box

Lyft and Uber announced that they were shutting down operations in Austin following a disappointing defeat in a special election held Saturday, May 7, 2016. The election was held to vote on the TNC-sponsored Proposition 1,...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

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016

What's New - SENATE - The Senate approved its version of the State’s $7.5 billion budget on Wednesday by giving third reading to H. 5001 (Appropriations Bill) and H. 5002 (Capital Reserve Fund). The Senate approved...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

With just over two weeks of session remaining, the window for Minnesota legislators to pass a final transportation bill, tax bill, bonding bill and supplemental budget bill is closing quickly. Conference committee members...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

2016 New Mexico Legislative Update

The 2016 New Mexico Legislature convened on January 19 and adjourned on February 18. This legislative session was limited by the New Mexico Constitution to “budgets, appropriations and revenue bills; bills drawn pursuant to a...more

Bumpy Road to Start the Legislative Session

Jones Street is like a gravel road right now – BUMPY! Just a month ago, in a rare move, the General Assembly called itself into session for one day to enact House Bill 2 which is now referred to as the “Bathroom Bill”. The...more

Opening Iranian Skies: OFAC Issues General License I to Jumpstart the Commercial Aviation Industry, and Iran Tests its Ballistic...

The sanctions stranglehold on Iran is loosening as the Obama Administration continues to chip away at restrictions on the commercial passenger aircraft industry. Pursuant to the phased enactment of the Joint Comprehensive...more

The United States - Cuba Commercial Relationship Moves Forward

For the first time since 1978, a U.S. Cruise line sailed to and docked in Havana, Cuba. On May 2, 2016, Fathom, a Carnival Corporation brand, became the first U.S. cruise line to take advantage of regulatory changes...more

OFAC Updates Cuba-Related FAQ Document

On April 21, 2016, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) updated its FAQ document related to Cuba. This document contains answers to several questions regarding information about Cuba such as...more

FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

In a unanimous vote of 156-0, the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a $39.56 billion spending plan for FY2017 on April 27. Over three days, the House considered more than 1,300 amendments to pass a final budget...more

“A Lot of Ingredients” in This Year’s WRDA

As Congress works to complete a Water Resources Development Act for 2016 (“WRDA 2016”) before the summer Congressional recess, stakeholders with an interest in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) civil works projects,...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

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