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Legislation to Alter State Water Rights Enforcement Action Processes Fails

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed AB 313, which would have shifted the hearing process for certain water rights enforcement actions to a new Water Rights Division within the Office of Administrative Hearings. However, his...more

CT General Assembly Override Changes Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure

by Murtha Cullina on

During a veto session on Monday, July 24th, the Connecticut General Assembly overrode Governor Malloy's veto of H.B. 6880 (Public Act No. 17-170). The result is several changes to the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals...more

EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Propose Rescission of WOTUS Rule

by Snell & Wilmer on

On June 27, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt along with the assistant secretary of the Army for civil works signed a proposed rule to rescind the Obama administration “waters of the United States” or “WOTUS” rule. The proposed...more

Schwabe In The Field: Certainty on the “Waters of the United States” Remains Elusive

On June 27, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) that will rescind the 2015 Clean Water Rule, often referred to as the Waters of the...more

"Waters of the United States"— Will Rewrite of the Clean Water Rule Bring Elusive Clarity and Predictability?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Sixteen months after the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit entered its Order halting application of the 2015 Clean Water Rule ("Rule") nationwide, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order...more

A Closer Look at President Trump's Executive Order on Energy Independence

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump's Executive Order (EO) entitled "Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth" is a broad directive accomplishing a number of the Trump Administration's energy-related priorities....more

House Bill 89: Does It Grant or Just Tweak The Power to Abolish a Public Housing Authority?

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Since 1969, Chapter 157 of the North Carolina General Statutes (the "Housing Authority Law") has allowed municipalities and counties to create and abolish Public Housing Authorities. Over the years, the General Assembly has...more

Executive Orders Expected this Week Regarding Clean Air and Water Act Rules

by Nossaman LLP on

In addition to a January 20th Presidential Memorandum freezing all, not yet enacted, rules and sending them back to the agencies and Office of Management and Budget for reconsideration, and the utilization of the...more

Who Will Inspect the Inspectors? Implications of Winkler v. State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler...

On September 20, 2016, certain construction trades entered into a Wild West era of deregulated inspection services. Inspections of already installed plumbing, heating and air conditioning, and fire sprinkler systems appear no...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review: Spotlight on Government, Regulatory and Agriculture Reform

by McGuireWoods LLP on

This session the NCGA passed four major bills dealing with Government, Regulatory and Agriculture Reform. State attractions were transferred from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources tthe Department of Cultural...more

To Mitigate or Not to Mitigate: No Longer a Question for Environmental Reviews?

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Even the casual college football observer has probably seen by now the wild final play of the Duke-Miami game on October 31. After the game ended, it was determined that Miami literally stole the win as a result of referee...more

SB 107 Brings Significant Changes to Redevelopment Dissolution Law

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

New Law Includes Dec. 31 Deadline for Agencies with Outstanding Payments Due under a Due Diligence Review - After several attempts, the California Department of Finance successfully pushed forward new legislation to...more

Utah Legislative Update: 2015 Water Law Legislation

by Snell & Wilmer on

This year the Utah Legislature took action on two water law issues that it has struggled with for several years—the authority of the State Engineer to consider forfeiture during review of change applications and the rights of...more

Major Revision to Development of Regional Impact Review Process Passed by 2015 Florida Legislature; Awaits Action By Governor

by Akerman LLP on

On April 24, the Florida House of Representatives added its approval to CS/CS Senate Bill 1216, an omnibus growth management bill. Most significantly, for new projects that are not currently exempt, the bill replaces the...more

2015 Texas Legislative Session Includes Twin Bills Concerning Municipal Fracking Bans

by BakerHostetler on

With the opening of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature on January 13, 2015, two of the more closely watched bills in the energy arena will be House Bill 539 (HB539) and House Bill 540 (HB540). HB539, filed on December...more

California Coastal Commission Further Solidifies Enforcement Powers

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

An informal Attorney General advice letter and recent legislation attempt to clarify the Coastal Commission’s powers in carrying out its enforcement authority. The extent of the California Coastal Commission’s legal...more

New CEQA Standing Reform Bill (SB 1451) Proposes Positive Changes That Would Reduce “Late Hit” Document Dumps And Extend...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

A CEQA reform bill (SB 1451) introduced and authored by seven (7) Democrats (Senators Correa, Galgiani, Hill, Hueso, Roth, and Steinberg, and Assembly Member Mullin) would amend Public Resources Code § 21177 to heighten...more

Obama’s Climate Change Strategy In Supreme Court’s Hands

Two years ago, the Supreme Court upheld the major domestic policy initiative of President Obama’s first term, ruling that the Affordable Care Act passed constitutional muster. This coming June, the Court will determine the...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law January 10, 2014

by Sands Anderson PC on

The Virginia Supreme Court issued new opinions this morning, some of which affect local government law. Here they are (summaries taken from the Virginia Supreme Court website, click on the Record Number to read opinion)...more

FOIA 2013 Wrap-Up – Summary Of Year End PAC Opinions

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor (PAC) closed out the year by issuing two binding opinions. The following is a summary of key points from the opinions of which public bodies should be aware....more

U.S. Supreme Court Roundup - National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit – August 2013

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent term included decisions in several cases with implications on states and states' rights. This presentation included the court's review and opinions handed down for the following cases. -...more

Notice Of Public Hearing On Proposed Local Law Town Of Ovid, New York Proposed Local Law “A” Of 2013:

by Steven Getman on

Notice Of Public Hearing On Town Of Ovid, New York Proposed Local Law “A” Of 2013: “A local law repealing the ‘Mobile Home Code’ and the ‘Mobile Home Ordinance for the Placement of Individual Mobile Homes within the Town of...more

Town board votes to sue town ZBA

by Steven Getman on

SENECA FALLS — Following a 100-minute closed-door session Tuesday night, the Town Board voted to sue the town Zoning Board of Appeals over a recent decision regarding a downtown building. The board takes issue with the...more

Impossible and Useless CEQA Review Is Required If City Opts Under Elections Code to Adopt Legislative Project Approvals Proposed...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In a case notable for its unique conception of “meaningful discretion” for purposes of triggering CEQA review, the Fifth District Court of Appeal has created a split in authority that will undoubtedly require Supreme Court...more

Local Government Economic Development Property Tax Exemptions

by Carlton Fields on

Over the last several years, county and city governments have looked anew at a more than 30-year-old provision in the Florida Constitution that permits using property tax exemptions as economic development tools. The Florida...more

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