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Is Public Consumption of Marijuana on the Horizon?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

In two years, Oregon’s legalized recreational marijuana industry has gone from non-existent to a thriving industry, with over $60 million a year in total sales and over 400 licensed retailers. Despite the growing popularity...more

Oregon Legislature Takes Up Cider Bill

For several decades in Oregon, production of alcoholic beverages has firmly occupied the shifting regulatory border between agricultural and commercial uses, the latter of which Oregon law discourages or prohibits on...more

Local Government in the Crosshairs

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

While Washington’s promise of a trillion dollar infrastructure program is providing a distraction, a closer examination reveals localities and local infrastructure are under attack across the board. The assault on local...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update – Dec. 9th, 2016

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly client OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending December 9, 2016 is below. Nothing too earth shattering this week, so we will keep things short . . ....more

Top Ten Things to Know About Nevada's Question 2

The Basics: Question 2 is an indirect initiated state statute (the “Act”). Question 2 legalizes the possession, purchase, transportation and consumption of one ounce or less of marijuana (and one-eighth of an ounce or less of...more

Top Ten Things To Know About California's Proposition 64

The Basics: Prop. 64 is a voter-initiated statute legalizing nonmedical use/possession of 1 oz. or less of loose marijuana and up to 8 grams of marijuana products for those 21 and older. It also legalizes personal cultivation...more

Missouri legislation limits municipal approval of tax increment financings and increases financial oversight of designated...

by Dentons on

Three new measures signed into law by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on June 29 will have lasting implications for the creation and administration of tax increment financings (TIFs), community improvement districts (CIDs) and...more

The Home-Sharing Economy

Long before Airbnb, short-term home rental platforms, such as VRBO and Vacation Home Rentals, connected individuals looking for hotel alternatives. Recently, however, the notion of short-term home rentals has become a...more

Northern Powerhouse Series: Cities and Government Devolution Bill 2015

by DLA Piper on

In his speech to Leeds ONE on 11 September David Cameron pointed out that "It is … a proven reality that money spent closer to people is often money spent wiser – " City Deals, Growth Deals and the more recent devolution...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

by McGuireWoods LLP on

With the budget finalized and signed by the Governor last Friday, the General Assembly has turned its attention to adjournment. On Wednesday, the Senate Rules Chairman, Sen. Tom Apodaca (R-Henderson) introduced Senate Joint...more

Amendments to Condominium Termination Law Impede Ability to Terminate

Responding to perceived abuses in condominium terminations, the 2015 Florida Legislature passed Chapter 2015-175, amending the termination provisions of the Condominium Act. This statute clears up certain problems experienced...more

Proposed TSCA Legislation Ramps Up Safety Requirements for Manufacturers, EPA

by Polsinelli on

While consumers typically believe that anything they can buy in the store has been government tested for safety, that's not always the case. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has been in effect and essentially unchanged...more

Proposed Law Before N.C. General Assembly Would Overhaul State's Billboard and Outdoor Advertising Laws

Filed March 17, 2015, Senate Bill 320 proposes significant revisions to State laws governing billboards and outdoor advertising. In this post, we review some of the changes that would result from Senate Bill 320 in its...more

Congressman Ed Whitfield Proposes Means for States to Avoid Compliance with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

On March 23, 2015, Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Chairman of the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, released a discussion draft of the Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015 (the Act)....more

Week in Review - March 2015 #3

Friday marked the first committee deadline and thus a flurry of activity at the Capitol to act favorably on bills in their respective policy committees. MNsure - When Governor Mark Dayton’s supplemental budget...more

California Voters Left Holding the Bag in the Plastic Bag Ban Battle

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The crown for the first state in the nation to ban plastic bags is up for grabs again. Late last year, the California legislature passed, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law, SB 270 — making California the first state to ban...more

New Water Reporting Requirements for Oil and Gas Operators

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A new oil and gas reporting bill, Senate Bill 1281, sponsored by State Senator Fran Pavley, was signed by Governor Brown on September 25, 2014. The California Department of Conservation – Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal...more

Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts: New Hope for Cities and Counties

On September 29, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 628 (Chapter 785) which provides a mechanism for cities and counties to form Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFDs) to divert property tax...more

New Law Expands Local Control Over Massage Industry

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Law Revises Legislation Set to Sunset This Year - A new law substantially revises the state’s regulation over the massage industry, including expanding cities’ and counties’ ability to regulate massage therapists and...more

One Too Many: Oregon "Privatizes" Sale of Liquor, With Which North Carolina Has Also Flirted

North Carolina is an alcoholic beverage control state, meaning it is one of 17 states with a monopoly over the retailing of distilled spirits. North Carolina is also a "local option" state, which means that county and...more

Ninth Circuit: City Requirement That Cell-Tower Company Obtain Voter Approval Upheld

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

When T-Mobile sought to place a cell-tower in a park owned by the City of Huntington Beach, California, the City granted the company all the regulatory approvals it required. But the City also informed T-Mobile that before...more

Court Denies Cell-Tower Company's Challenge to Initiative Requiring Voter-Approval Before City Can Lease Property

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Decision Could Be Relevant to Upcoming FCC Rulemaking - An appellate court last week ruled that a provision of the federal Communications Act limiting how a local government may regulate the “placement, construction,...more

War Games in Wisconsin (2013 Style)

by Dickinson Wright on

Wisconsin is home to 11 recognized Indian tribes. It is a fact that 11 tribes will not unanimously agree on all issues. It also is a fact that not all issues require unanimous agreement. However, Governor Scott Walker has...more

New York Voters Are Placing Their Bets – Will It Pay Off?

by Goodwin on

It’s November 5, 2013 and New Yorkers are taking to the polls to vote whether or not to approve the statewide casino referendum that would allow four new gaming licenses in New York. Casino, entertainment and hotel developers...more

Florida Legislature Passes Manufacturing Competitiveness Act

by Carlton Fields on

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

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