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Resources on Clean Power Plan

Yesterday President Obama announced his administration's "Clean Power Plan," the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new regulations limiting power plant carbon emissions under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. EPA's…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Regulators release updated energy primer

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released an updated version of its "resource manual", Energy Primer: A Handbook of Energy Market Basics. The FERC is an independent federal agency that regulates a variety of…more
| Energy & Utilities

US Clean Power Plan adopted

President Obama will formally unveil the Clean Power Plan today, a set of regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce carbon emissions associated with the electric power industry. A blog post by EPA…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

The Layered Look: Copyrights and Visual Arts

People are generally aware that a painting, photograph, sculpture or other works of art are subject to copyright protection but many are less aware that copyright has many layers of possible protection which can present legal…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Remedies, Intellectual Property

A Tax Policy Decided 15 Years Ago Raised Questions for Unending Debate

We are just a few months away from the 15th anniversary of the historic November, 2000, election when Massachusetts voters approved a referendum calling for the reduction of the state income tax rate from 5.95% to 5%. No…more
| Education, Taxation, Transportation

Recent Decision Explores Issues of Mental Disability and Violence in the Workplace

A federal district court recently grappled with whether an employer’s termination of an employee for engaging in violent behavior was lawful, where the employee’s behavior was related to an underlying mental impairment. Joining…more
| Labor & Employment Law

One-Stop Shopping in Financial District Should Include Buying Medicinal Pot

When the Boston Zoning Board of Appeals meets next on August 4, I hope it votes to approve a permit sought by a medical marijuana dispensary to open a retail outlet at 21 Milk Street in the Financial District. It's not that…more
| Real Estate - Commercial, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

U.S. renewable energy share highest since 1930s

In 2014, about 9.8% of the total energy consumed in the U.S. came from renewable energy sources, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This represents the highest share of total domestic energy supply coming…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

For Employers, Recent Decision Highlights Complexity of Medical Marijuana Laws

Last month, the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed the right of an employer to terminate an employee who tests positive for marijuana in violation of the employer’s drug policy. Although the impact of the decision is largely…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Question on 'Another Agenda' Made Senate Debate on Tax Credit Crackle

“What else is going on here?” That’s what Bruce Tarr of Gloucester kept asking his Massachusetts Senate colleagues on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 19…more
| Elections & Politics, Taxation

House Dems Tun Argument Lost by Senate Republicans into Win at the End

Here’s one way to think of the controversy over how the state should fund an increase in the Earned Income Tax Credit (“tax credit”), a benefit for low-income working families: the Minority Republican Leader of the Massachusetts…more
| Elections & Politics, Taxation

Politics of Hiking Earned Income Tax Credit More Intriguing than the Substance

For anyone awaiting the final resolution of the state budget for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016), one of the biggest question marks overs over the Earned Income Tax Credit (“tax credit”). The Senate included…more
| Taxation

Maine explores non-transmission alternatives coordinator

Should Maine designate an entity to coordinate the development of lower-cost alternatives to new electric transmission lines? The Maine Public Utilities Commission has opened an inquiry to obtain comments on the role of a…more
| Energy & Utilities, Government Contracting

Final Right to Work Blog (127th Maine Legislature)

Efforts to pass “Right to Work” legislation in Maine have been defeated for the second time in four years. Three bills that were able to survive on minority reports after being heard and worked by the Legislature’s Joint…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Supreme Court rules on EPA power plant regulations

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acted unreasonably in developing new regulations on hazardous air emissions from power plants without considering the cost impact of…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law
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