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House Panel Approves Groundbreaking Federal Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Draft

by Perkins Coie on

The House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection reached bipartisan agreement on July 19, 2017, regarding major aspects of legislation to address the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles. The...more

US House Subcommittee Greenlights Proposal to Preempt State Regulations for Autonomous Vehicles

by Dentons on

A House panel on Wednesday unanimously advanced a sweeping proposal that would carve out new exemptions for thousands of experimental autonomous vehicles from existing federal auto safety standards, marking Congress's most...more

A Blogster's Miscellany: From Flatterers to Casino Boozing to Angus vs. Scottie

by PretiFlaherty on

Kissing Not Welcome in this Room. Here’s another reason to like Tackey Chan, the Quincy rep just appointed House chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure: he does not like to be...more

Travel Ban Update

by Mintz Levin on

On June 26, 2017 the Supreme Court ruled that a limited version of the 90-day Travel Ban contained in President Trump’s Executive Order 13780 could go into effect. The limited Travel Ban went into effect on June 29, 2017....more

Travel Ban Update: State Department Expands Definition of “Close Family”

Responding to a federal district court order judicially expanding those excluded from the Administration’s Travel Ban, the United States Department of State issued guidance on Monday expanding the definition of “family” under...more

The Trump-Russian Lawyer: Undocumented? Issued a Visa? How Did She Get into the United States? Did CBP Really Strip Search Her at...

Many questions have arisen concerning the immigration status of the Russian lawyer who is at the center of the media’s coverage of the federal Russian 2016 Presidential Election interference investigation. Was she...more

Lead Agencies Need Not (Necessarily) Consider Governor’s Executive Orders When Analyzing Emissions - California Supreme Court...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a highly anticipated decision, Cleveland National Forest Foundation v. San Diego Association of Governments, the California Supreme Court held recently that an environmental impact report for a regional transportation plan...more

It’s That Time of Year Again: How Congress’ Proposed FAA Reauthorization Bills Could Impact the Commercial Drone Industry

by Hogan Lovells on

In the last few weeks, both houses of Congress have released draft FAA Reauthorization bills to continue FAA funding which runs out this fall. While the House bill’s proposal to privatize air traffic control in the United...more

President Trump’s Cuba Proposals Would Roll Back Current Policies

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 16, 2017, President Trump proposed new Cuba policies that would roll back certain changes made by the Obama Administration. Chief among the President’s sought changes are: a complete ban on economic activities that...more

Breaking: Federal Judge Expands List of Relatives Exempt from Trump Travel Ban

In deciding an emergent request by the State of Hawaii, a Federal District Court entered an order expanding the list of relatives who are not subject to the Trump Administration’s travel ban....more

Oregon's New Vehicle and Bike Taxes

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Famously opposed to a “sales” tax (except on marijuana), Oregon will soon add a half-percent “privilege” tax on new car dealers to its growing list of excise taxes, including car rentals and transient lodging, not to mention...more

New Oregon Withholding Tax on Periodic Payments

by Stoel Rives LLP on

As part of its major transportation bill (HB 2017), the Oregon legislature last week adopted a new statewide payroll tax that also applies to “periodic payments,” starting July 1, 2018. The new tax will fund public transit...more

Auto Industry Rooting for More Federal Legislation?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Any industry pushing for more regulation is a rarity. But auto industry representatives are urging lawmakers to create more federal regulation for self-driving cars. The belief is that federal laws will provide more...more

Governments Pursue Legislation to Bolster Electric Vehicle Usage

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Around the world, governments are considering how to spur electric vehicle adoption and usage. One area of focus is infrastructure development. In the United Kingdom, the Queen’s Speech included the announcement of an...more

US Congress poised to adopt regulatory regime for autonomous vehicles

by Dentons on

The chairmen of the House and Senate Energy and Commerce committees have begun sketching the basic contours of a new regulatory regime to govern the safe testing and operation of driverless cars, and last week the House held...more

NAS Releases Its Compliance Safety Accountability System Report - Proposed Legislation May Further Impact the Use of the Program's...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may overhaul how it evaluates the safety of the carriers it regulates following the release of a new study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and...more

DOT Rebrands and Expands FAST Act Grant Opportunities for Infrastructure Projects

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Yesterday, the Department of Transportation announced a discretionary grant program called the Infrastructure Rebuilding America Grants program. The program is a rebranding and expansion of the FASTLANE program, which stems...more

Trump Travel Ban Takes Effect at 8:00 PM June 29th. Confusion Expected.

Following a Supreme Court ruling allowing parts of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect, the Administration has issued guidelines to United States embassies, consulates, and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), on how...more

Supreme Court Partially Revives President’s Travel Ban, But Imposes Limitations

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that portions of the controversial Executive Order No. 13780, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” (known informally as the “travel ban”),...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Travel Ban

by Mintz Levin on

On June 26, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued a mixed decision in the “Travel Ban” litigation, relating to Presidential Executive Order 13780 (“EO”). As explained in more detail below, the SCOTUS decision gave a...more

President Trump Throws His Support Behind FAA Privatization Effort

by Baker Donelson on

President Trump's entry into efforts to privatize the nation's air traffic control (ATC) system has breathed new life into an idea championed by House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA)....more

The United States Supreme Court Allows Part of President Trump’s Travel Ban to Move Forward, Will Hear Case on its Merits

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous order lifting part of the injunction that had been placed against President Trump’s March 6 Executive Order that established a travel ban on certain people entering the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Travel Ban

Today the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued a mixed decision in the “Travel Ban” litigation, relating to Presidential Executive Order 13780 (“EO”). As explained in more detail below, the SCOTUS decision gave a partial...more

Congress Faces Tough Questions on the Road to Governing Self-Driving Cars

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Self-driving cars must also scare the hell out of Congress too. This past June 14 – long after states began their forays into regulating self-driving cars – the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee...more

Is Congress Finally Getting Serious About Curtailing Design Patents in the Auto Industry?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In recent years, OEMs have been growing their design patent portfolios at a rapid pace. Specifically, OEMs have been securing patent protection on replacement parts, including bumpers, fascias, light fixtures, mirrors, hoods,...more

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