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Monitor Thy Drink: Alcohol Import Regulations Under the TTB (Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau)
Local Governments Continue to Fight States for Right to Govern Fracking
Who pays for road damage in Pennsylvania after ACT 13?
Marcellus gas fuels Natural Gas Vehicles
Natural gas encourages industrial and large commercial end-users to revisit their operational plans
Allen Matkins partner Ray Buddie - San Francisco Construction & Development Summit
DPR Construction EVP Eric Lamb - San Francisco Construction & Development Summit
Shorenstein SVP Todd Sklar - San Francisco Construction & Development Summit
Sares Regis chief development officer Todd Regonini - SF Construction & Development Summit
Hathaway Dinwiddie CEO Greg Cosko - San Francisco Construction & Development Summit
Forest City SVP Alexa Arena - San Francisco Construction & Development Summit
Google real estate director John Igoe - San Francisco Construction & Development Summit
Sackett v EPA - Supreme Court Authorizes Pre-Enforcement Review of Clean Water Act Compliance Orders - David Cooke
Is Fracking Safe?
Don Donadio on Economic Development Incentives in North Carolina
Neill Edwards on Economic Development Incentives in North Carolina
John Hunter on Economic Development Incentives in North Carolina
California Redevelopment Agency Update: The Implications of the Matosantos Decision
Changes to California Mechanic's Lien Laws Relieve Frustration in Construction
Vapor Intrusion: A Game-Changer in How Property is Being Evaluated by Regulators & Lenders
By letter dated April 30, 2013, EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe denied a petition filed by the Sierra Club and other groups, seeking to have the agency issue a determination pursuant to section 111 of the federal...more
Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) has introduced a bill (H.R. 1900) that would expedite the permitting of new interstate natural gas pipelines. Such projects require approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission...more
On May 8, 2013, Alberta’s Aboriginal Relations Minister introduced Bill 22, the Aboriginal Consultation Levy Act, into the Legislature in an effort to provide Aboriginal groups in Alberta with the capacity and funding...more
In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling allowing cities and counties in the state to pass blanket bans prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries....more
Today, the Florida Legislature passed the Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (HB 357). The bill, which now heads to Governor Rick Scott for signature, significantly streamlines local and state regulation and approvals, giving...more
Today, ConocoPhillips announced that it is suspending its drilling program in the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska for 2014, due to uncertainty regarding the changing regulatory requirements.
Notice Of Public Hearing On Town Of Ovid, New York
Proposed Local Law “A” Of 2013: “A local law repealing the ‘Mobile Home Code’ and the ‘Mobile Home Ordinance for the Placement of Individual Mobile Homes within the Town of...more
A cooperative corporation that operates a nonprofit medical marijuana collective challenged city ordinances that ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The court of appeal held that the ordinances are not preempted by the...more
On February 22, California State Assembly Member Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, introduced a bill, AB 1229, to restore the ability of California cities and counties to require affordable housing as part of market-rate housing...more
This year has seen more momentum for CEQA reform than in many previous years. California’s economy has placed a spotlight on the burdens that environmental regulations and litigation, particularly CEQA litigation, impose on...more
SENECA FALLS — The battle over the Arcade Building may be over.
Supervisor Don Earle said terms of a settlement are nearing completion and should be ready by Tuesday night’s Town Board meeting.
Earle said attorney...more
The downside to being in the majority in any partisan legislative body is the difficulty of managing a diverse group of members. This challenge is very evident this session in the Minnesota House of Representatives;...more
In late February, we covered the state and federal legislative and enforcement responses to the release of hydraulic fracturing waste into a Youngstown, Ohio area tributary by a local oil and gas drilling operator. Shortly...more
On March 13, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) extended the public comment period for two proposed rules relating to the Gunnison sage-grouse (Centrocercus minimus). As we previously reported, the Service...more
Taxpayers and a manufacturer of plastic bags challenged a county ordinance that prohibits retail stores from providing customers with plastic carryout bags and requires the stores to charge their customers ten cents for each...more
On February 22, 2013, Senator President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg introduced SB 731, a bill the Senator’s website press release described as “outlining the detailed intent that strengthens [CEQA’s] protection of the...more
After receiving three separate petitions for review, including petitions from real parties Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and the City of Sonora, the California Supreme Court voted unanimously on February 13, 2013 to grant review of...more
In This Issue:
- INDIAN COUNTRY AND OBAMA’S CHOICE FOR SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR:
In March, Ken Salazar will leave his well-appointed office at the helm of the Department of the Interior and return to Colorado,...more
The ongoing dispute between the town and the owner and a potential developer of
the Arcade Building downtown will highlight tonight’s Town Board meeting.
The building, at 81-83 Fall St., is now owned by Jack Pross of...more
Legislation creating a new MISS Dig law passed the Michigan Senate on November 29 in a 26-12 vote, but failed to make it through the House before the 2012 Legislative Session closed on December 13. Supporters plan to...more
SENECA FALLS — Attorney Steven Getman has served an order to show cause on the town of Seneca Falls Zoning Board of Appeals.
The Seneca Falls Town Board objects to the ZBA’s decision to grant a use variance to the owner of...more
Last week we reported that the state of Colorado would not directly sue the town of Longmont to challenge the ban on hydraulic fracturing that town voters enacted in the November election....more
SENECA FALLS — Following a 100-minute closed-door session Tuesday night, the Town Board voted to sue the town Zoning Board of Appeals over a recent decision regarding a downtown building.
The board takes issue with the...more
Governor Christie has signed an amendment to the Permit Extension Act that extends the validity of certain development “approvals” to December 31, 2014. This was the third amendment to the Act, which was originally signed...more
A court of appeal created a split of authority when it ruled that California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) review was necessary when a city approved a project, by adopting as an ordinance, an initiative petition that...more
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