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U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Environment Hearing/New Source Review Permitting – Challenges for Manufacturing...

The Subcommittee on Environment of the United States House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on February 14th entitled: New Source Review Permitting Challenges for Manufacturing of...more

What to Watch: Five Key Features of the Infrastructure Package

by Bracewell LLP on

The President has announced more details regarding the new national infrastructure initiative that he referenced during his State of the Union address. The details suggest the Administration is taking a new approach to...more

Early Morning Budget Deal Brings the Return of Previously Expired Short-Term Tax Breaks

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Early this morning, the House and Senate voted to pass a budget deal that included $17 billion in tax provisions, ending a short overnight government shutdown. The bill (H.R. 1892) extends the investment tax credit (ITC) to...more

The President Is Pushing Infrastructure, But Not So Much Through the Corps’ Civil Works Program

by Downey Brand LLP on

Today the Administration released its FY19 budget proposal. As you likely know, the budget proposal signifies the starting point for the annual appropriations cycle which will play out in Congress over the course of the...more

Construction Law Alert: Proposed Legislation Would Make Contractors Liable for Unpaid Wages of Subcontractors

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A bill proposed in the Oregon House of Representatives threatens to fundamentally alter the relationships between contractors, their subcontractors, and their subcontractors’ employees. Under the bill, a contractor on a...more

Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing Will Reshape Our Buildings, Our Cities, and Our Lives

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When the first automobile hit roadways in the early 1900s, developers, planners, and city officials had to completely re-think the design and planning of cityscapes, both new and old. The era of narrow streets, communities...more

Trump Administration Seeks to Scale Back Environmental Requirements for Infrastructure Projects

by White & Case LLP on

The Trump Administration is proposing to revise federal environmental requirements and procedures in order to streamline the permitting and approval processes for infrastructure projects....more

And the Winner Is . . . The Right to Repair Act!

Civil litigation attorneys often talk about “damages.” Because without damages . . . well . . . you’re out of luck....more

White House Proposes to Streamline Environmental Reviews for Infrastructure Projects

by Perkins Coie on

The Washington Post last week reported a leaked White House document that revealed a far-reaching set of proposals to streamline the environmental review process for infrastructure projects. The 23-page document included more...more

Summary of Amendments to Construction Lien Act

by Dickinson Wright on

In December 2017, the Ontario Legislature passed the Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017 (the "Act"). The Act introduces significant changes to Ontario’s construction lien regime and is intended to reduce delays in...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - Both the House of Representatives and Senate were in Harrisburg this week for session for the first time in 2018. The new year kicked off on Monday with a joint public hearing of the House and Senate Local...more

Practical Steps For Contractors And Subcontractors To Take Before, During And After A Government Shutdown

by Carlton Fields on

It appears we may have dodged the government shutdown bullet, at least for the next couple of weeks. However, if you are involved in federal contract work, do you know what you need to do in the event of a shutdown?...more

Welcome Ontario's new Construction Act

by Dentons on

On December 5, 2017, Bill 142, the Construction Lien Amendment Act, 2017 (the Bill), was passed by a unanimous vote of the Ontario legislature. The Bill incorporates almost all of the recommendations set out in an in-depth...more

Tax Reform Actualized and the Impact on Affordable Housing and Community Development

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we know, the President has signed what was originally titled Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the most significant overhaul to the U.S. Tax Code since 1986. The President signed the Act into law after the first of the year in order...more

Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Real Estate and Construction Industry?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Act”) was signed into law by President Donald Trump on December 22, 2017. The Act changes many provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, from individual and business provisions, to...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds FTA Approval of Purple Line Light Rail Project

by Perkins Coie on

Reversing a district court decision that had delayed work on the $2.4 billion Purple Line light rail transit project in Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has held that the Federal...more

Is the Issuance of a City Use Permit Referable? Not When It Is an Administrative Act

by Snell & Wilmer on

Arizona’s Constitution gives electors in cities, towns, and counties the ability to refer legislation that was enacted by their local elected officials to the ballot for popular vote. Ariz. Const. art. IV, Pt. 1 § 1(8). But...more

BREAKING NEWS: Congress Sends Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to President Trump’s Desk for Signing

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has been passed by both houses of Congress and is now set to be signed into law by President Trump. The vote was 224-201 in the House with all the Democrats joined by twelve Republicans voting...more

Salt Transloading Facility: Court Addresses Whether Local Ordinance is Preempted by Federal Statute

A United States District Court addressed in a December 7th opinion whether the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act (“Act”) preempted a Vermont town’s ordinance regulating a salt transloading facility. See Vermont...more

Condado Miami-Dade adopta nueva legislación P3

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Hemos escrito con anterioridad sobre la nueva legislación P3 propuesta del condado de Miami-Dade, tanto cuando se propuso inicialmente como antes de ponerse bajo consideración del subcomité de la jurisdicción, el Comité de...more

New York MTA Approves $1.8B Design-Build Contract for the Long Island Railroad Expansion Project

by Nossaman LLP on

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (NYMTA) board has approved a $1.8 billion expansion project for another important milestone in Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s, comprehensive, interconnected plan to improve...more

Miami-Dade County Adopts New P3 Legislation

by Bilzin Sumberg on

We previously wrote about Miami-Dade County’s proposed new P3 legislation, both when it was initially proposed, and prior to it being considered by the subcommittee of jurisdiction, the Government Operations Committee....more

House and Senate Tax Bills Target Renewable Energy Projects

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The U.S. Senate passed its version of a bill to overhaul the U.S. tax code on Dec. 2, 2017, and is now working with the House of Representatives to reconcile its bill with the House's version, passed in November. The goal of...more

Year-End CEQA Legislative And Regulatory Roundup – December 2017

by Miller Starr Regalia on

As another year draws near its close, a number of notable recent CEQA developments in both the legislative and regulatory arenas have occurred that bear mention. SB 35 (Wiener), perhaps the “poster child” of the numerous...more

Local Government Contracts and Buying American

by Bilzin Sumberg on

In April 2018, President Trump issued an Executive Order calling for stricter enforcement of the federal government’s “Buy American” laws. These laws have been on the books for several decades and generally require that the...more

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