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Oil Transportation and Suction Dredge Mining Legislative Topics in Washington Too

Following up on last week’s post about Oregon legislative proposals, here are some of the mineral-related bills currently pending in the Washington State Legislature...more

Drones - unmanned but not unregulated

Reports that an aircraft carrying 165 passengers narrowly avoided collision with an unmanned aircraft over central London in July 2016 have sharpened policymakers' minds on the need to implement a more robust regulatory...more

Trump Infrastructure Planning

In her nomination hearing with the Senate Commerce Committee, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao fielded questions about President Trump’s infrastructure proposal. On the fundamental question of “where will the money...more

Court Deals Setback to Trump's Immigration Policy

A federal appeals court on Thursday, February 9 unanimously ruled against President Trump’s controversial “travel ban” Executive Order that attempted to bar foreign nationals from a list of seven countries from entering the...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017

The Agency of Transportation has submitted a proposal to the House Transportation Committee that would allow the agency to seek damages from a utility that fails to move or adjust a utility line that is in a state or local...more

Ninth Circuit Denies Government’s Motion to Stay District Court’s Order Blocking Travel Ban

In a unanimous opinion, a three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the stay of President Trump’s travel ban. The Court found in favor of the State of Washington on all of its arguments and held that the...more

2017 Antitrust Outlook – A Year of Uncertainty

We expect that this year’s antitrust outlook will continue to carry a degree of uncertainty, whether in the United States, the European Union, or elsewhere. Our next two posts will cover some of the causes of present...more

How President Trump’s Anti-Regulation Policy Could Undermine Aviation Industry Interests

For eight years, the Obama administration was proactive in adopting and enforcing a large volume of new “passenger protections” regulations affecting many aspects of airline services, including fare disclosures, the display...more

Highlights from Gov. Haslam's State of the State Address

Legislative Update - Tennessee General Assembly - Gov. Haslam opened his annual "State of the State" address on Monday with the phrase "Let's talk about the Tennessee we can be…" And, he did just that. The governor...more

Infrastructure Plan Watch: A Democratic Proposal and a Hearing on the Hill

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing this week to discuss “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America.” This follows the release last month of the $1 trillion Democratic blueprint to...more

Missouri Becomes 28th Right-to-Work State

On February 6, 2017, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed Senate Bill 19, making Missouri our nation’s 28th right-to-work state. In the last five years, five other states have passed right to work legislation (Indiana,...more

SC Public Policy Update - February 2017

What's New - JUDICIAL ELECTIONS - Legislators officially elected Judge George “Buck” James as the next South Carolina Supreme Court justice on Wednesday during a joint session of the General Assembly on Wednesday....more

Sheppard Mullin Travel Advisory and Immigration Update

The last two weeks in Washington have been very eventful in the immigration field. In light of the travel restrictions recently imposed by the President’s executive order, we are now advising our U.S. clients who have...more

International Travel and Petition Processing - Clarification and Guidance on Trump Administration Executive Orders

The White House, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have issued guidance clarifying the impact of the Trump Administration Executive...more

"Trump Infrastructure Plan May Open Opportunities for Projects"

After nearly two decades of widening concern over the declining state of U.S. infrastructure, it was not surprising that infrastructure became a central theme in the 2016 election cycle. Improving our nation’s transportation,...more

Update on U.S. Entry Travel Ban

On January 31st, DHS Secretary John Kelly held a press conference to clarify that legal permanent residents ("green card holders") from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia would be allowed to board planes and...more

Immigration Travel Ban Update

President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order temporarily suspended entry into the United States of foreign nationals from seven countries (Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen) for at least 90 days and...more

Executive Order Impacting Immigration

President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order that immediately suspends entry into the United States for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. for a period of 90 days....more

Executive Order Bans Entry of Foreign Nationals From Seven Countries

Last Friday, President Trump signed an executive order banning the entry of foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to the United States for a period of at least 90 days. The executive order,...more

Client Alert – Executive Order Immediately Suspends Travel into the U.S. for Certain Foreign Nationals

Seyfarth Synopsis: In light of recent events related to the most recent Executive Order banning travel to the United States for nationals from certain countries, please continue reading for more detailed information regarding...more

Legal Alert - IMMIGRATION UPDATE: Executive Order’s Travel Ban Creates Chaos for Foreign Workers and Their Employers

Late on Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order immediately suspending the ability of citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to enter the United Sates for a period of 90...more

President Trump just signed two executive orders that are intended to follow through on campaign promises to build a wall and...

President Trump just signed two executive orders that are intended to follow through on campaign promises to build a wall and deport millions. The orders address building the border wall, increasing USICE detention space,...more

What Employers Should Know About How the January 27 Executive Order Reshapes the Current State of Immigration in the United States

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) dramatically reshaping the current state of immigration in the United States. The EO's main points are...more

U.S. Government Loosens Controls on Transactions Involving Sudan

Before leaving office, former President Barack Obama signed Executive Order (E.O.) 13761 on Jan. 13, 2017, in response to "positive actions" by the Government of Sudan. E.O. 13761 establishes a basis for complete revocation...more

A Breakdown of Gov. Haslam's IMPROVE Act

Well, our two-week break didn't last long. We're back because Gov. Haslam made a HUGE announcement last week. The governor introduced the IMPROVE Act, “Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant...more

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