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FCC Enforcement Monitor ~ April 2016

Pillsbury’s communications lawyers have published FCC Enforcement Monitor monthly since 1999 to inform our clients of notable FCC enforcement actions against FCC license holders and others. This month’s issue includes: -...more

The Challenges of the Evolving Marijuana Industry: Reconciling State Legislation with Federal Prohibition

Cultivation, production, distribution, or possession of marijuana is a federal criminal offense under the Controlled Substances Act (the CSA). Yet, despite federal prohibition, state-sanctioned marijuana industries have...more

New Mexico To Regulate Money Transmission

The number of states that do not regulate money transmitters grows ever smaller as New Mexico recently enacted the New Mexico Uniform Money Services Act. Prior to the enactment, New Mexico only regulated issuers and sellers...more

NMLS MCR Enhancements

NMLS MCR Enhancements - Changes have been made to the NMLS Mortgage Call Report (MCR) which have been reflected as of April 1, 2016. The changes will affect the Residential Mortgage Loan Activity (RMLA) and the...more

New Regulations on the Horizon for Commercial Drones

Currently, the use of drones or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial purposes in general is not permitted in the United States, although there is one exception. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows...more

Mississippi Revises State Mortgage Licensing Law

On April 6, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law SB 2504, which reenacts and amends the Mississippi S.A.F.E. Mortgage Act. Among other things, the legislation (i) revises licensure and continuing education...more

Virginia Telehealth Law: What You Need to Know

Virginia has made strides to expand the telehealth offerings available to its residents and the Old Dominion took another step forward advancing telemedicine when it enacted a bill amending Virginia Code § 38.2-3418.16 to...more

New Mexico Passes Money Transmitter Licensing Law; Effective Jan. 1, 2017 (Part 1)

Last month New Mexico passed its first money transmitter licensing law. The State previously only required licensing for the sale of checks and money orders. The new law now covers money transmitters, check cashers and...more

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation Proposes Amendments to the Illinois Residential Mortgage License Act

On April 1, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation proposed amendments to the Illinois Residential Mortgage License Act of 1987. The proposed amendments would implement uniform state test standards...more

Most recent changes to the German regulatory situation for debt funds

Pursuant to recent legislative changes, certain investment funds are now entitled under certain conditions to originate or restructure loans in Germany without the need to obtain a banking licence for lending. Due to the...more

Navigating the new pipeline transfer process in Alberta: Alberta Energy Regulator releases Bulletin 2015-34

Effective April 1, 2016, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has amended its process for transfers of pipeline licenses in the province of Alberta. The pipeline transfer application now requires both the transferor (vendor)...more

Utah conduit hydropower project qualifies

Federal energy regulators have issued a letter determining that a proposed Utah hydropower project meets criteria for development without needing a hydropower license. Castle Valley Special Service District's proposed Ferron...more

Colorado conduit hydropower project

A proposed hydroelectric project in Colorado has received a federal determination that it qualifies as a "qualifying conduit hydroelectric facility" and thus is not required to be licensed under Part I of the Federal Power...more

OCC Publishes Proposed Regulatory Relief Rule

On March 14, the OCC published a proposed rule to provide regulatory relief to national banks and federal savings associations. Specifically, the proposed rule would, among other things, (i) revise certain licensing rules for...more

China Imposes New Restrictions on Internet Content

Rules imposing new restrictions on the publication of online content in China came into effect on March 10, 2016. The new rules, the Online Publishing Service Administrative Rules, were jointly released by the State...more

Wisconsin municipal hydro project license extended

Federal energy regulators have granted a Wisconsin city's request to extend its hydropower project license for five years to allow time for comprehensive river corridor planning. The March 17 order was the result of a...more

FERC rules off-grid micro-hydro needs no license

Federal hydropower regulators have granted reconsideration of a 2015 order finding licensing required for an off-grid micro-hydropower project proposed in Massachusetts. Based on newly submitted evidence that the proposed...more

Status of licences for sportsbets, VAT on services rendered electronically

Permission of online sport betting providers in Germany The gambling market is strictly regulated under German law, with the operation and organising or facilitating of public games of chance on the internet prohibited...more

Drones - Technology Poised to Lift Business Operations

Slowly but surely, a new commercial horizon is opening up as the skies above us prepare to get much more crowded. Unmanned aircraft systems, colloquially known as drones, are increasing their prominence in domestic airspace...more

Payments regulations in flux - Recent changes in Hong Kong, China and Singapore

WHAT'S GOING ON IN HONG KONG STORED VALUE FACILITIES AND RETAIL PAYMENT SYSTEMS The new regulatory regime for Stored Value Facilities ("SVF") and Retail Payment Systems ("RPS") in Hong Kong under the Payment Systems...more

Amendments to license conditions for importing medicines have come into effect (Ukrainian)

Starting with 1 March 2016, the changes to License Conditions for Conducting Commercial Activities in Import of Medicines (the License Conditions), which introduce a set of requirements to the companies importing drugs into...more

Tightening Internet Regulation in China

The longstanding tension in China between expansion of service to the Internet and regulation of content on the Internet has entered a new phase. While the so-called Great Firewall remains in place to block unwanted overseas...more

B.C. Enters New Era of Water Regulation as Water Sustainability Act Is Brought into Force

Nearly two years after passing the Water Sustainability Act (WSA), the province of British Columbia has quietly brought it into force through the registration of five new regulations. Together, these implement a new regime...more

Consumer Financial Regulation: Pennsylvania

A Q&A guide to consumer finance regulation in Pennsylvania. This Q&A addresses state-specific laws governing the offering and sale of consumer financial products and services, including credit cards, residential...more

New Mexico Passes Law Creating Framework for Licensure of Money Transmitters

Recently, the New Mexico Senate Chamber unanimously passed House Bill 250. The legislation creates a licensing framework for persons or businesses engaging in money transmissions, check cashing, and currency exchange, and...more

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