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Drone on Drones: Farm Lands are Fertile Ground for High-Tech Tool

From an auspicious beginning — with intended uses like data collection for farmers — unmanned aerial vehicles have increasingly become associated with military operations in the public consciousness. Yet, as drones become...more

BB&K Police Bulletin: No Fourth or Fourteenth Amendment Violations For Using Deadly Force to Terminate Dangerous High-Speed Chase

Deadly force may be used if the driver poses a grave public safety risk - Overview: The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that officers did not violate a suspect’s Fourth or Fourteenth amendment rights when they opted...more

Massachusetts, Where Only Young Rubber Hits the Road

Massachusetts is considering An Act to Increase Road Safety (H3016), which will require issuance of a rejection certificate for any vehicle equipped with a light-truck or passenger tire, including a full-service spare, more...more

Public Safety Recruitment and Retention Challenges Return with the Economy

The challenge of recruitment and retention for law enforcement has plagued the profession for the past two decades. Back in the dot com boom era, law enforcement agencies were having a difficult time recruiting qualified...more

States Legislate Snow and Ice Removal from Cars – Is New York Next?

Most motorists are aware of the many safety hazards that winter driving presents. The roads are icy, which can lead to skidding and an inability to effectively apply the brakes. Visibility is lowered due to the snow, fog, and...more

Calif. To Make Waves With New Drinking Water Standard

On Dec. 17, 2013, Judge Evelio Grillo of the Alameda County Superior Court ordered the California Department of Public Health ("CDPH") to finalize regulations establishing drinking water standards for hexavalent chromium...more

Democratic House Leadership Does Not Want TPP to Undermine Public Health

Last month, in a letter sent to the U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Michael Froman, five Representatives reiterated the importance of incorporating the 2007 Bipartisan Agreement on Trade Policy into the Trans-Pacific...more

Rethinking the Structure of Policing

More and more cities throughout California are looking for ways to cut public safety costs. Typically, cities consider contract services from neighboring law enforcement agencies to consolidate or provide services. What are...more

Court Rules No Violation of Public Safety Officers Bill of Rights During Internal Affairs Administrative Interviews

Officers Not Entitled to an Attorney During an Administrative Investigation Under POBRA - Overview: Police officers sued the City of Los Angeles for violations of their civil rights and under the Public Safety Officers...more

The Safer Consumer Products Regulation

Depending on one’s perspective, California’s Green Chemistry Initiative, with its vast array of burdensome requirements, trade secret concerns and potential to ban certain products, will either cause business to flee from...more

FCC Seeking Comments on Proposed Changes to Public Safety Communications Spectrum

4.9 GHz Licensing Rule Changes Proposed - The FCC recently called for comments on proposed changes to the 4.9 GHz public safety communications licensing rules, including making non-public safety entities eligible...more

Are NJ Public Premises Responsible For Keeping Me Safe From Criminal Attacks?

The answer to this question essentially depends on whether the negligence of the owners or managers of the premises contributed in some way to the criminal act — and whether they might have reasonably anticipated such an...more

New Law Provides that Public Agencies may not Take Punitive Action Based Solely on the Fact that a Public Safety Officer’s Name is...

The Governor recently approved Senate Bill 313 (“SB 313”), which adds section 3305.5 to the Government Code. Currently, the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act provides that no punitive action may be taken...more

Public Safety And Wireless Deployment: 700 MHz Broadband Broadband/Narrowband; 800 MHz Rebanding; RF Radiation Safeguards...

In This Presentation: - 700 MHz Broadband - 700 MHz Narrowband - 800 MHz rebanding - RF radiation safeguards - Excerpt from 700 MHz Broadband: • Single national public safety license: FCC, 2007;...more

California Adopts Nationally Ground-Breaking Safer Consumer Product Regulations

California's Green Chemistry Initiative blazes a new trail for consumer products in the United States, establishing a comprehensive approach aimed at reducing — over time — exposures to hazardous chemicals commonly found in a...more

Ecology to hold public meetings on updates to human health criteria in Washington’s water quality standards

On September 12 and 16, 2013, Ecology will hold public meetings at its headquarters in Lacey, Washington regarding its rulemaking to update Washington’s surface water quality standards....more

Whistleblowers Blow their Whistles While They Work

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Pilgrim Pride Corp. reached a $50,000 settlement in a 2012 whistleblower case. The case began when a manager for water reclamation at...more

Inmates Claim County is Depriving Them of Basic Medical and Mental Health Care - Similar Lawsuits Expected to be Filed as Counties...

Inmates in the Riverside County jails served a federal class-action lawsuit last week, claiming the county is subjecting them to cruel and unusual punishment by depriving them of basic medical and mental health care. Among...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-05 - Mar 8, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 3: Alabama Trust Fund Repayment Bill Passes

The sixth and seventh legislative days of the Alabama Legislature's Regular Session saw the first bill passed by both houses and on its way to Governor Robert Bentley for his signature. As week three closed, priority...more

Healthcare Providers Authorized to Report Potentially Dangerous Persons

The public's concern about mass shootings spiked following the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in December. As the nation searches for ways to prevent future violent acts, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...more

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