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FERC issues update in hydroelectric licensing

by Hogan Lovells on

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) hydropower licensing processes are perennially criticized for how long they take and for the regulatory uncertainty they involve. On October 19, 2017, FERC took one...more

Aging Truck Drivers Face Medical Conditions that Reduce Roadway Safety

by Howard Ankin on

Aging commercial truck drivers face medical conditions that create safety hazards for themselves and other drivers. The physical and mental exhaustion associated with trucking can negatively impact many age-related...more

Oregon to Add Licenses to NMLS and Adopts Electronic Surety Bonds

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Starting on November 1, 2017, the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation will accept applications for the Mortgage Servicer License and the Debt Buyer License on NMLS. The checklists for these licenses will be available here...more

Illinois Revises Residential Mortgage License Act Provisions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation adopted rules to repeal and amend parts of the Residential Mortgage License Act, including, but not limited to...more

California Makes Changes to the Finance Lenders Law

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Recently, several changes were made to the California Finance Lenders Law with various effective dates. Effective immediately, the California Finance Lenders Law has been renamed the "California Financing Law."...more

Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (H.R. 3043): State Organizations' October 5th Letter in Opposition

Three organizations of state environmental officials authored an October 5th letter to Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi expressing concern with provisions of...more

Amendments to the Real Estate Specified Joint Enterprise Act of Japan

by DLA Piper on

The Real Estate Specified Joint Enterprise Act of Japan (Act No. 77 of 1994, as amended, the Act) regulates fund investments in real estate using partnerships and other vehicles. If a person or entity (i) receives investments...more

California’s Countdown to Legal Cannabis: Facing Regulatory and Permitting Uncertainty

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As of January 1, 2018, it will be legal for adults in California to buy and sell cannabis for recreational purposes. That’s the simple version. But as is true for virtually every other “legal” enterprise in the state, the...more

Florida Misses Deadline To Issue New Licenses For Medical Marijuana

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Pursuant to the law passed earlier this year which implemented Amendment Two (medical marijuana), Florida was required to issue additional licenses for medical marijuana treatment centers (the entities that grow, distribute...more

D.C. and California Issue Student Loan Servicing Regulations, Join Other States in Migrating Licenses to NMLS

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we reported last month, the District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) started accepting applications and transition filings for the Student Loan Servicer License on the Nationwide Mortgage...more

CEQA Compliance for Commercial Cannabis Business Licensing under MAUCRSA - Proposal Open to Comments

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Bureau of Cannabis Control proposes to adopt a Negative Declaration related to its regulatory licensing and enforcement program for commercial cannabis distributors, retailers, testing laboratories, and microbusinesses...more

Ohio Medical Marijuana: Status Of The New State Industry

by Roetzel & Andress on

Ohio legalized medical marijuana in the spring of 2016 and has since been developing the Medical Marijuana Control Program (MMCP) to regulate the cultivation, processing, and dispensing of medical marijuana throughout the...more

New York Virtual Currency Business License: What To Know

by Cole Schotz on

New York entrepreneurs in the virtual currency space must be careful to follow New York’s licensing requirements enacted under Financial Services Law Sections 102, 104, 201, 206, 301, 302, 309, and 408. Under the new...more

The Smoke Clears? AB 133 Passes - Bill Makes Numerous Changes to California Cannabis Laws — Effective Immediately

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Further amendments to California law regarding licensed commercial cannabis businesses were enacted when Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 133 on Sept.16. Going into effect immediately, AB 133 removes the requirement that different...more

Lighting Up Legislation: Regulating Recreational Marijuana in California

by Lewitt Hackman on

California voters legalizing the use of recreational marijuana under Proposition 64, also known as The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) last November is just the beginning. Deciding how cannabis will be grown, sold and...more

Lawsuit Filed Over Florida Medical Marijuana Law – Carve Out License For Black Farmer Alleged To Be Unconstitutional

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

A lawsuit was recently filed which challenges the constitutionality of part of the Florida law implementing Amendment Two (medical marijuana). A key part of the law was expanding the number of growing licenses that would be...more

FL Medical Marijuana Treatment Center License Application Released

The Department of Health has finally released the new Medical Marijuana Treatment Center (“MMTC”) license application and proposed rules, all of which can be found at...more

Iowa Transitions Division of Banking Licenses to NMLS

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On October 1, 2017, the Iowa Division of Banking will require the following licensees to submit a license transition request via NMLS...more

National Survey On Marijuana Laws And Regulations (Update)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Legalized cannabis for medical or recreational purposes is a rapidly expanding industry in the United States, with various states, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York,...more

Pass the Beer: Craft Brew Distribution Law in the U.S.

by Lewitt Hackman on

How do Americans get their stouts, ales, pilsners and porters? Beer distribution, no matter the variety, is funneled through a highly regulated three-tier system: brewers at the top, distributors take their cut in the middle,...more

Smallsat Companies Form Trade Association To Address Issues Facing The Smallsat Community

by Hogan Lovells on

At the annual Smallsat conference in Logan, Utah, the Commercial Smallsat Spectrum Management Association (CSSMA) held its first meeting since legally forming earlier this month. A number of well-known smallsat operators and...more

Ready for Takeoff? How to Launch Your Commercial Drone

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

As recently highlighted in the Wall Street Journal, drones are playing a role in relief efforts for disasters like Hurricane Harvey. They have been used to assess property damage in hard-to-reach locations, search for missing...more

National Survey On Marijuana Laws And Regulations (Update)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Legalized cannabis – for medical or recreational purposes – is a rapidly expanding industry in the United States, with various states, including California, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New...more

Third Party Administrator Update: TPA Regulatory and Legislative Developments

by Polsinelli on

Polsinelli is pleased to share the September 2017 Third Party Administrator Newsletter. The link is provided below. This newsletter covers topics throughout the year that impact TPAs. Please see full Publication below for...more

Minnesota Adds Non-Depositor Licenses to NMLS

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On October 1, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Commerce will start accepting new applications and transition fillings on NMLS for the following licenses...more

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