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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

Hillsborough County Adopts Mobility Fees, Ends Push for Transportation Sales Tax

As we previewed in our prior update, Hillsborough County settled part of a years-long debate over transportation funding by adopting a mobility fees ordinance, but on the very next day, by a 4-3 vote, decided against putting...more

New Jersey Legislative Update, Part II: What’s in the Works for New Jersey Employers?

A Higher Minimum Wage in Certain Counties - On March 14, 2016, a bill (A3471) was introduced that would require all employers in Essex, Hudson, Camden, Mercer, and Middlesex counties to pay their employees at least...more

Privatization of the United States Air Traffic Control System Hits Roadblock in the U.S. Senate

Less than a month ago, it seemed clear that privatization was the wave of the future for the United States Air Traffic Control System (“ATC System”). On February 19, 2016, the United States House of Representatives...more

U.S. Senate Passes Bipartisan FAA Bill Marking First Step to UAS Regulations

On April 19, the United States Senate passed bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize federal funding for the Federal Aviation Administration for the next two fiscal years. The Senate-passed bill, which will not take...more

Sales Tax Revenue Bonds Provide Critically Needed Transportation Funding Source

Funding transportation infrastructure in California is becoming increasingly difficult, as diminished gasoline taxes and other state and federal funding sources continue to be insufficient to provide fully for burgeoning...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016 #4

What's New - SENATE - Debate in the Senate on ethics stalled once again this week, as committee work on the State’s budget took top priority. During limited floor debate, the Senate gave second reading to S. 139 by...more

Municipalities May Not Grant Preferential Parking to Residents Based on Dwelling Type

California Attorney General Addresses Local Preferential Parking Regulations - Local authorities may not institute preferential parking regulations that discriminate among residents based on the residents’ dwelling type,...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Thursday, April 21 was the third bill deadline at the Legislature, by which date committees must act favorably upon all major appropriation and finance bills. During the week, committees in both the House and Senate met...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

Lawmakers will return to Raleigh for the short session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed on a bi-weekly basis during the interim to keep you up to date on the...more

Proposed U.S. Legislation Would Impose Additional Consumer Protection Obligations on Foreign Airlines

On April 20, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016 that would authorize funding for programs under the FAA through September 2017. Most of the extensive legislation...more

Go Big Red-y for Design-Build! Nebraska Enables and Funds Innovative Highway and Bridge Procurements

Governor Pete Rickets followed through on a promise to rethink infrastructure delivery in Nebraska. Signing LB 960, the “Transportation Innovation Act,” into law, Nebraska is poised to clear its backlog of highway...more

Il nuovo Codice degli Appalti Pubblici

With the Legislative Decree n. 50 of 18 April 2016 "Implementation of directives 2014/23 / EU, 2014/24 / EU and 2014/25 / EU on the award of concession contracts, on public procurement and procurement by entities operating in...more

Russian Legislation Update

Currency Control - On 5 April 2016 the President signed Federal Law No. 89-FZ amending the Administrative Offences Code. The limitation period for bringing administrative action for a breach of currency legislation...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

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016 #3

What's New - SENATE - Floor debate in the Senate this week continued to center on ethics reform. On Tuesday, Senator Larry Martin (R-Pickens) made a successful motion to move H.3186 to the Special Order portion of...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

Renewable Energy Update - April 2016 #3

Renewable Energy Focus - Solar thermal legislation advances in California - Solar Industry Magazine - Apr 14 - In a 10-2 vote this Wednesday, the California Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee passed...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

This week, the Senate DFL majority released their budget targets, setting guidelines for committees to address the $900 million surplus. In their budget targets, $300 million will go toward tax relief. In addition, voluntary...more

Proposed Change to North Carolina Excise Tax Law for Wine Shippers

Wine Shipper permittees may soon be able to file excise tax reports on an annual basis in North Carolina, rather than monthly. A proposed bill that would allow wine shippers to file excise tax reports annually is...more

OFAC General License Facilitates Negotiations With Iran for Commercial Passenger Aircraft

Since we last spoke of "Implementation Day" established on January 16 under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (see "Implementation Day" Brings Openings for Commercial Aircraft Sales With Iran advisory from January 22),...more

California Gets Serious About Pilot Program to Replace State Gas Tax

For years, policymakers and economists around the country have been well aware that the federal gas tax is dying. In its report to Congress, the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission, on...more

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