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Little Action During Presidential "Infrastructure Week"

by Clark Hill PLC on

President Trump declared an “Infrastructure Week” but did not accompany it with specific actions to increase infrastructure expenditures. President Trump campaigned on promises to increase infrastructure spending. If this...more

2017 Minnesota Legislature Adjourns But After Special Session

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Minnesota lawmakers used every last minute available to them to try and complete their work prior to the deadline for the 2017 legislative session, but it was not enough time. At 12:01 a.m. early last Tuesday morning,...more

Some Not-So-Good News Out of Washington, D.C. for Pipeline Operators – Feds Increase Fines for Pipeline Safety Violations

by Stoel Rives LLP on

President Trump’s recent executive orders have benefited the oil pipeline industry in a number of ways, including most notably, giving the final “okay” to the Dakota Access Pipeline. But some legislative mandates have been...more

"President Trump’s 2018 Budget Blueprint: Takeaways for Infrastructure Investors"

On March 16, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget released “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” (the Blueprint), which outlines the Trump administration’s discretionary funding proposals for...more

Administration's Executive Order on Climate and Energy Is Controversial, and May Shift Action to States

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 28, 2017, President Trump issued an “Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth” (E.O.) that takes aim at a broad range of federal climate and energy programs and regulations. The E.O....more

Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update - March 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

Welcome to the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update. Through this publication, we aim to keep you informed about many of the federal legislative, regulatory, and administrative developments affecting the...more

President Trump Orders EPA Review of Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the more aggressive steps taken by the Obama administration to reduce carbon emissions was to have the EPA set an ambitious target for Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards: 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. In...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - February 2017 #4

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown wants to spend nearly $450 million on flood control following dam emergency - Sacramento Bee - Feb 24 - After successfully appealing to the Trump...more

Oil Transportation and Suction Dredge Mining Legislative Topics in Washington Too

by Stoel Rives LLP on

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

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

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

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

"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

Year in Review: The Most Popular Blog Posts of 2016

With President-Elect Donald Trump and his administration officially moving into the White House this Friday, the landscape of energy policy, investment, and incentives could see major changes in 2017. Given this backdrop, it...more

Railroads May Benefit if Trump Keeps Promise to Energize Coal Industry

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Most U.S. railroad industry stock rose in the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's election as president. Optimism surrounding railroad stock may be driven in part by the prospect of a resurgence of the coal industry, since...more

Early Views on the US Energy and Infrastructure Sectors Under a Trump Administration

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Energy and infrastructure policy was as at the forefront of the presidential election discussion and has continued to be highlighted as a focus for the Trump administration. Here, we take an early look at how a Trump...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. voters approve billions for transit and green space - Urban Land - Dec 1 - In November, voters across the U.S. endorsed numerous state and local ballot measures...more

Four New California Cap and Trade Bills Fund Programs

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

$900 million in appropriations for fiscal year 2016-17 - With California’s cap and trade program suffering from legal challenges, decreasing auction revenue and general criticism of the program’s effectiveness, Gov....more

A look ahead to the 2017 Legislative Session

by Murtha Cullina on

With five weeks left before the November 8 election, the state’s federal candidates and candidates for the 187 seats in the Connecticut General Assembly are courting voters during what has turned out to be a contentious...more

Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of 2016 and Beyond

After closing the book on the formal sessions in July, Massachusetts lawmakers have turned their attention to the November election. The Senate and House of Representatives convene in informal sessions for the remainder of...more

North Carolina Legislative Newsletter

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Budget - On Wednesday, June 8, the House voted not to concur with the Senate budget, as expected. Both chambers appointed conferees (44 House members and 21 Senate members) to begin resolving differences and work out a...more

Ontario Announces Five-Year Climate Change Action Plan

On June 8, 2016, the Ontario government (Government) released a five-year Climate Change Action Plan (Action Plan), which builds on the Government’s Climate Change Strategy released in November 2015, that set the long-term...more

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

by King & Spalding on

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

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

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

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

Renewable Energy Update - April 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

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

California Gets Serious About Pilot Program to Replace State Gas Tax

by Nossaman LLP on

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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