Possession of Any Amount of Medicinal Marijuana Enough to Search Automobile -
Overview: A California Court of Appeal has ruled that a law enforcement officer’s observation of any amount of marijuana in a vehicle…more
As states, including California, continue to grapple with the medical marijuana/decriminalization question, scientific evidence continues to trickle in concerning the negative health effects of marijuana use. According to this…more
At least in the initial drafts, efforts to keep a document concise may stifle the flow of written words. If this is true, then let the words come freely and deal with wordiness later. Once the desired content is captured, a…more
As chair of the California Water Commission, I spoke last week at the inaugural Delta Stewardship Council Interagency Implementation Committee on the actions the Commission has taken, in collaboration with ACWA and the Delta…more
For the first time in 38 years, a court has declared part of California’s statutory eminent domain law unconstitutional. The ruling, if upheld, will create additional hurdles for public agencies and may have unintended…more
After the Justice Department issued a memo authorizing states to tax and regulate marijuana, Sacramento responded. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) introduced AB 1894, a bill that may be viewed as an initial attempt to…more
BB&K to Provide Input to the State on Groundwater Management -
The Office of Planning & Research (OPR) is seeking stakeholder input on actions to improve groundwater management in California, consistent with the…more
Counties Can Now Use Construction Management At-Risk -
Effective January 1, 2014, all California counties are expressly authorized to use the “construction management at risk” project delivery method (CMAR) for any…more
BB&K is Assembling a Coalition of Local Governments to Provide Input -
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released a Proposed Rule designed to clarify their regulatory…more
Public, educational and government (PEG) channels across the U.S. have been closing and consolidating over the last few years. This is the result of:
(1) the economic downturn’s impact on municipal funding,
(2) an FCC…more
A County retirement-benefit plan requires an employee to contribute a percentage of his salary to the plan.
But not all employees contribute at the same rate.
Instead, an older employee must contribute at a higher…more
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key portion of federal campaign contribution laws yesterday morning in McCutcheon v. Fed. Election Commission (No. 12-536). The Court’s 5-4 decision held that federal aggregate limits on…more
Certain employers may be eligible for a delay in implementing the Affordable Care Act’s employer-shared responsibility mandate, also known as the play-or-pay rules, according to the final rules that were released in…more
As global climate change has gained recognition, state and local governments have been confronted with what may happen if greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue unabated. The Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act…more
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently ruled to protect all existing solar, biogas and wind customers under their current net-energy metering (NEM) contracts for a 20-year grandfathering period. The 20-year…more
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