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Texas' Proposition 2 Expands Home Equity Loan Market for Lenders and Consumers

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On November 7, Texans approved Proposition 2 by a more than 2-1 majority. The measure amends section 50(a) of Article 16 of the Texas Constitution, making changes to the home equity loan (HEL) market in the state. Notably,...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, November 2017

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

TSCA/FIFRA - EPA Extends Comment Period For Draft Guidance For Pesticide Registrants On Notifications, Non-notifications, And Minor Formulation Amendments: On October 5, 2017, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

Texas Voters Relax Home Equity Lending Restrictions

Texas has long had some of the tightest consumer protections in the home equity lending space. After years of lobbying by the industry, a constitutional amendment was submitted to voters on November 7, 2017, aimed at relaxing...more

Amendments to Chapter 12 make it easier for a family farmer to reorganize

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In a rare bipartisan moment, Congress overwhelmingly passed and the President signed into law on October 25 the Family Farmer Bankruptcy Clarification Act of 2017. This legislation makes it easier for family farmers to...more

Proposed Guest Worker Visa Could Expand Access to Permanent Foreign Employees for Agriculture Companies

On October 25th, the House Judiciary Committee passed, by the narrow margin of 17-16, proposed bill H.R. 4092, the Agricultural Guestworker Act, which would implement a new program called the H-2C Guest Worker Program. As...more

The Governor’s Housing Package - Affordable Housing Production in California Gets a Boost from Sacramento

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A package of 15 new housing bills will have far-reaching implications for every city in California. Collectively, these new laws are meant to significantly boost affordable housing production by removing local land use...more

5 New Laws: California Governor Approves Employee-Friendly Laws

The 2017 California Legislature adjourned on September 15, 2017, and resulted in more than 700 bills being sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for approval. Although the deadline for the Governor to sign new bills into law...more

FinTech Highlights from CFTC Chairman Giancarlo’s Testimony Before House Agricultural Committee

by Perkins Coie on

Earlier this week, CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo testified before the House Agricultural Committee. The following are highlights of “Fin Tech” issues addressed during the course of that testimony....more

Tax Law Uncertainty Should Not Delay Farming Business Succession Planning

by Downey Brand LLP on

President Trump promised and will pursue tax reform, but Congress must agree to any proposal. For the most part, a majority vote in both houses would allow tax reform for about a decade, and at least sixty Senate votes would...more

Examination of Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands: September 19th U.S. Senate...

The United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held a hearing titled - To Examine Vegetation Management Requirements for Electricity Assets Located on Federal Lands - The hearing was also scheduled...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends - September 2017

by DLA Piper on

Report on consumer and retailer hurdles regarding electronic disclosure of GMO ingredients. - Consumers and small retailers face “key technological challenges” regarding electronic disclosure of GMO ingredients in foods,...more

The End is Near! – Follow These Labor and Employment Bills as the California Legislative Year Wraps Up

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s a time of high-drama in Sacramento. With less than two weeks to go in the legislative year, many of the hot-button labor and employment bills we have been tracking all year await final action. Many bills are...more

National Milk Producers Federation Working to Improve Labor Challenges

by Varnum LLP on

USAgNet.com recently reported that National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President and CEO Jim Mulhern praised the work of Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) for offering an amendment to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s...more

President Trump Signs the “Securing our Agriculture and Food Act”

by Varnum LLP on

President Trump recently signed the “Securing our Agriculture and Food Act” (H.R. 1238). The bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct the Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs for the Department of Homeland...more

California Governor Signs Climate Change Law Extending the Cap-And-Trade Program Until 2030

by Holland & Knight LLP on

AB 398 passed in both the California State Senate and Assembly with a two-thirds majority of bipartisan lawmakers. It received support from businesses and environmental advocates alike. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill...more

Trump’s Cuba Policy Could Impact U.S. Agriculture and Other Exports

For American farmers and businesses hoping a pro-business administration would foster increased access to the burgeoning Cuban market, the new trade restrictions announced on June 16 may be a disappointment....more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | July 2017 #2

GE Salmon Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate - A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced a bill that would require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) salmon and independent scientific review of the U.S. Food and...more

Specific Agricultural Interests Added to SGMA

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Farmers, ranchers and dairy professionals are now identified as being among the beneficial uses and users of groundwater whose interests must be considered under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. This is the result...more

U.S. Exports of Whiskey, Juice, and Dairy Products to Europe Targeted for Retaliation against President Trump’s Plans to Limit...

by Hogan Lovells on

U.S. trading partners have begun to signal their plans to consider retaliatory measures in response to President Trump’s Section 232 Investigations on steel imports. In particular, European Union (EU) officials recently...more

NC Legislative Update: June 2017 #4

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Lawmakers finished a busy week last Thursday, aiming to adjourn the 2017 long session before the 4th of July. Legislative leaders began the week with a press conference to highlight the Conference Report for...more

Department of Labor withdraws joint employer guidance

by McAfee & Taft on

A joint employer relationship can arise in circumstances where an individual performs work for two entities that share control over how that individual performs his/her work. Although joint employment relationships are most...more

Biofuel Mandates Escape Current EPA Scrutiny

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a regulatory program administered by EPA that requires petroleum-based transportation fuel sold in the U.S. to contain a minimum volume of various categories of biofuels. The program’s...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update - May 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for May 2017. Please see full...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Would Intend to Benefit Farmers, Ranchers

by Varnum LLP on

In recent weeks, the Trump administration took the first step toward renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative (USTR), sent a letter to Congress...more

What Reviving the TTIP Agreement Could Mean for the Future of Geographical Indications

by WilmerHale on

Some of the most famous and luxurious brands (Champagne, Bordeaux, Port) around the world are geographical indications (GIs) and bring in substantial revenue for the United States and Europe. According to the European...more

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