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President Trump To Open Skies For Companies To Test Commercial Drones

Recently, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum purporting to relax rules for testing of commercial drones by private sector corporations. The Memorandum proposes that more companies should be allowed to fly their...more

OFAC Increases Clarity Regarding Financial Transactions with Cuba

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On November 9, 2017, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) amended the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515 (the “CACR”), with the stated intent of channeling economic...more

Leveraging SB1 Funding: Considerations for California Public Entities Entitled to Receive SB1 Revenues and their Financial...

In April 2017, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 was enacted in California (also known as California Senate Bill “SB1”). Key facts about SB1 are as follows...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - Nov. 3rd, 2017

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Our weekly OTA & Travel Distribution Update for the week ending, Friday, November 3, is below. The week’s update features a variety of stories, including a potentially landmark purchase by Airbnb....more

Does Repeal of the EV Tax Credit Really Matter?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Last week, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives released their first attempt at tax reform legislation. Buried in the proposed legislation is a repeal of the current tax credit of up to $7500 to purchasers of...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Legislature Sustains Governor's Veto of Marijuana Implementation Legislation - On Monday, November 6, the Legislature met for the second day of the Special Session to take up the Governor’s veto of the marijuana...more

Cuba update: Trump tightens travel authorizations and targets new restricted parties

by Hogan Lovells on

On 9 November 2017, the Trump Administration implemented new regulations to support its change to U.S. policy on Cuba. The U.S. Government has created a new Cuba Restricted List administered by the State Department. Through...more

US Implements Changes to Cuba Sanctions

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Government this week announced changes to U.S. sanctions against Cuba to implement various policy changes announced by President Trump in July 2017 (for additional background, see our prior OnPoint from June 2017)....more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

Congress continues its heavy workload with the Thanksgiving recess roughly three weeks away. On October 26, the House passed the Senate’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget resolution by the slim margin of 216-212—opening the door for...more

Drone Integration Pilot Program Launches with Aggressive Timeline

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have already launched a three-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program announced in the Presidential Memorandum released...more

Autonomous Vehicles Continue to Move Forward

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Senate has been debating its version of autonomous vehicle legislation, which for the time being does not include autonomous trucks. • The Senate Commerce Committee's marked-up version of self-driving car draft...more

Trump Orders FAA To Get Drone Regulations Off The Ground

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Federal Aviation Administration has been slow to enact regulations allowing drones to operate commercially in the United States. In 2016, the FAA published rules allowing very limited use of drones for commercial...more

Drones: A Legal and Regulatory Update - Recent White House and Federal Court Action Impacting Future UAS Regulations

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The White House issued a Presidential Memorandum last week directing the Secretary of Transportation to establish an Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration Pilot Program to promote the safe operation of UAS, or drones, in...more

Trump Announces Pilot Program to Integrate Drones Into National Airspace

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On Oct. 26, President Trump sent a memorandum directing Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to establish an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integration Pilot Program by which state, local and tribal governments, in...more

DOT Announces Drone Pilot Program to Encourage Local and National Collaboration

President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to launch an initiative which will safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local governments in...more

U.S. DOT Releases Draft Strategic Plan Beginning Implementation of Trump Administration’s Executive Order on Project Streamlining

On October 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released a draft Strategic Plan (the Plan) for public comment. The Plan establishes goals and long-term objectives for increasing investment and streamlining...more

White House Orders DOT to Establish a UAS Integration Pilot Program

This week, the White House issued an anticipated Memorandum directing the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (the “Pilot”). The Memorandum suggests a...more

Presidential Memorandum Launches New Pilot Program to Test Drone Operations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The White House has issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to launch a three-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot...more

New Jones Act Legislation Pending, with Puerto Rico Focus - Is Temporary Jones Act Relief Possible for Reconstruction?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Four bills are currently pending in Congress to repeal or limit the reach of the Jones Act, including three that are focused upon relief efforts to assist Puerto Rico after the disastrous effects of Hurricane Maria. •...more

Infrastructure Insights: Issue #8

President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan will have to wait patiently in line behind tax reform before it gets its day in Congress, according to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. In the meantime,...more

Congress Approves FAA Extension to March 31, 2018

When we previously wrote about the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act, there was a deadline set at the end of September. Just before the deadline, Congress approved a six-month extension of Federal Aviation...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - With a national holiday on Monday and no session for either chamber, it was a quiet week in the Capitol. There was no movement on any legislation and very little budget talk. However, there is some news you...more

Move America Act of 2017 Introduced in House

by Butler Snow LLP on

A bipartisan group of four members of Congress have introduced legislation that could bring billions of dollars of new investment to state and local government to help grow and repair America’s aging infrastructure....more

Lawmakers Approve a Six-Month Extension of FAA Authorization

by Baker Donelson on

On September 28, Congress approved a six-month extension to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization, heading off a partial shutdown of the FAA. Expect negotiations over House Transportation and Infrastructure...more

Senate Takes the On-Ramp for Autonomous Vehicles

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Senate to propose companion legislation to House’s SELF DRIVE Act. Key Points: - The Senate Commerce Committee passed a self-driving car bill that is similar but not identical to a version recently passed by the House...more

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