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South Carolina Legislative Update

Infrastructure, workforce development, Sharia Law, and automobile dealer closing fees seemed to dominate last week’s activities of the South Carolina General Assembly. Below are a few highlights...more

Supreme Court Update: Montgomery V. Louisiana (14-280), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission V. Electric Power Supply Association...

The decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana (14-280) was a biggie, and not just because it retroactively applied the Court's 2012 holding that mandatory sentences of life without parole for juvenile offenders violate the Eighth...more

Supreme Court Rejects Tribe’s Equitable Tolling Argument in Contract Support Litigation

On January 25, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin v. United States, rejecting an argument that equitable tolling preserves some claims against the United States for failure to pay...more

Advancements In Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 Funding Announced

On January 15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $15 million in funding for the development of algal biofuel intermediate technologies. Technology applicants should be likely to produce 3,700 gallons...more

DOE Issues Funding Opportunity Announcement “BENEFIT 2016”

Last month the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: Jan. 2016 #2

California Senate Proposes $2 Billion on Housing for Homeless - California state senators put forth a proposal on Jan. 4, 2016, to spend $2 billion to build or rehabilitate permanent housing for homeless people,...more

HUD publishes final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool

On December 31, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the availability of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Assessment Tool. The AFFH Assessment Tool is for use by local...more

Section 242 hydroelectric incentive program funding

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Energy has funding for its Section 242 hydroelectric incentive program. The program, arising from Section 242 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, provides incentive payments for...more

Congress Reaches Bipartisan Deal on 2016 Omnibus Bill

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, Congressional leaders reached an agreement on a year-end spending and tax deal that would prevent a government shutdown and extend a series of federal programs. The deal extends several...more

Negotiators Reach Deals on Government Funding, Tax Extenders Legislation

After several long weeks of negotiations on end-of-year obligations, congressional negotiators reached agreements on both a government funding bill that pays for the federal government through the remainder of FY16 as well as...more

DoT Announces “Smart City” Challenge to Increase Infrastructure Efficiency in Urban Areas

On December 7, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for “Beyond Traffic: The Smart City Challenge,” the first in a two-part solicitation for a federally funded...more

DOT Smart City Challenge Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

The U.S. Department of Transportation launched the Smart City Challenge earlier this week for cities to compete for a grant of up to $40 million. The ideal Smart City applicant has an approximate population between 200,000...more

House and Senate Conference Committee Reports Out Five-Year Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

The House and Senate conferees have agreed on a compromise $305 billion five-year surface transportation authorization: the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The bill should be headed to the White House in...more

Energy, Infrastructure Permitting Improvement Legislation Signed by the President

The Highway Authorization Act signed into law by President Obama last Friday, December 4, includes an important set of reforms for streamlining the federal permitting process for infrastructure projects in a broad range of...more

Strawberries and Raspberries – Truly Strange Bedfellows

When I served as Deputy Secretary and General Counsel of the California Business, Transportation & Housing Agency, the Departments of Transportation and Corporations were part of that agency. As a result, my days often...more

Water Infrastructure Funding

New water infrastructure projects have limited options for federal funding. Under the U.S. House of Representatives earmark ban, Title XVI funding is limited to currently authorized projects and is subject to yearly...more

Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill Looks to Be Moving Forward

We’ve been following the status of highway and transportation funding for quite some time, previously noting that Congress kept kicking the can down the road without agreeing on a long-term solution. Finally, that is no...more

A Little Bit of Something for Everyone in New Surface Transportation Bill

The “FAST Act” (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) that will likely pass Congress this week and be signed soon thereafter by President Obama contains a veritable potpourri of funding, permitting, safety, and innovation...more

Blog: FAST Act Passes House

Reuters reports: “In a show of Congressional bipartisanship, the House of Representatives voted 359 to 65 to send the $305 billion legislation [the FAST Act] to the Senate. It is widely expected to be approved and forwarded...more

DOE Awards $125 Million for Energy Projects

Last week U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz awarded $125 million in funding for 41 cutting-edge energy technology projects under the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program. ...more

Social Impact Bond Success

Governments spend billions of dollars annually trying to address social problems. Most of these funds are not spent on prevention of such problems, and when they are spent on prevention, it can be challenging to find...more

DOE-Funded Algae Foundation Education Initiative Announced

On October 2, 2015, at the 2015 Algae Biomass Organization Summit, the Algae Foundation announced a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funded education initiative to enhance algae workforce development. The Algae Foundation is a...more

Indian Tribes Have Important November 19 CSC Filing Deadline - The DOI Settlement Funds are Available for Tribes with...

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico has preliminarily approved a final settlement for the parties in Ramah Navajo Chapter et al. v. Jewell, a class action against the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI)...more

Tax Policy Update

The number of “Action Items” detailed in the OECD’s report released yesterday to combat base erosion and profit shifting strategies among multinational corporations. The recommendations have drawn criticism from some GOP...more

Temporary Reauthorization Expected for EB-5 Regional Center Program

The EB-5 Regional Center Program is set to sunset on September 30, 2015, at close of the federal fiscal year. Temporary funding legislation introduced in Congress to fund the Federal Government through December 11, 2015,...more

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