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Interior Department and Forest Service Identify Burdens on Domestic Energy Development

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Report on the agencies’ review of programs provides a roadmap to understanding which energy policies the Trump administration will revise. Several federal agencies have now issued reports responding to Executive Order (EO)...more

Federal Air Legislation: November 14th U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee Hearing on Targeted Air...

The Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety (“Subcommittee”) of the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works is holding a hearing today on legislation related to air issues. ...more

P3 Legislative Update

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Legislators at both the state and local level have been busy introducing and considering new legislation that could impact the government procurement process and public/private partnerships. These new provisions will...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

Denver Green Roof Initiative Passed by Denver Voters

By a narrow margin, on Nov. 7, 2017, Denver voters approved a Citizen Ballot Initiative (“Initiative”) that mandates green roofs on all new buildings with over 25,000 square feet of floor area. The Initiative also requires...more

Miami Voters Approve "Sea Level Rise" Bond Initiative

Yesterday, Miami voters approved a $400 million dollar general obligation bond initiative with nearly half of the bond money ($192 million) going toward infrastructure projects to specifically, “Reduce Flooding Risks; Improve...more

California Water Providers Must Test for Lead in Local Schools’ Water by Mid-2019 - AB 746 Imposes Requirements for Water...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Under a new state law, California water providers will need to test for lead in local schools’ drinking water on or before July 1, 2019. The new law, AB 746, imposes certain requirements on both water providers and school...more

Embark Richmond Presents Substantial Redevelopment Opportunity

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Fairfax County is close to finishing its comprehensive plan amendment for the Richmond Highway Corridor in northern Virginia. The amendment will create a substantial amount of new density — much of it residential — along the...more

Department of the Interior Announces Actions to Expedite Energy Development with Potential Consequences for Listed Species

by Nossaman LLP on

On October 25, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) released a report entitled “Review of the Department of the Interior Actions that Potentially Burden Domestic Energy” identifying agency actions that potentially...more

California Storm Water Bill Signed Into Law

California Senate Bill 231 (Hertzberg) (“SB 231”), signed into law by the Governor on October 6, 2017, is intended to provide local governments with increased flexibility when imposing or increasing property related fees and...more

Changes in Real Estate legislation - 3 quarter 2017

by Dentons on

Amendments to the federal laws - Federal Law No. 135-FZ On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation Improving the Procedure for Establishing and Using the Territory Adjacent to an Airfield and...more

Trump Administration Reconsiders Greater Sage Grouse Plans

by Nossaman LLP on

It has been a busy October for the greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). On October 11, 2017, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its intention to amend the existing greater sage grouse habitat management...more

California Passes the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Cleaning Product Right to Know Act makes California the first state to require ingredient labeling both on product labels and online for consumer cleaning products....more

The 2017 Amendments to the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Act, General Statutes § 8-30g (Public Act 17-170)

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Every year since 1990, when the Connecticut General Assembly first enacted the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Act, General Statutes § 8-30g, legislators have filed bills to repeal it, gut it, or substantially amend it. ...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

Governor Brown Signs Major Housing Package Into Law

by Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass on

On September 29, 2017, Governor Brown signed into law a 15-bill housing package. The housing package did not include AB 915, which would have authorized the City and County of San Francisco to impose local inclusionary...more

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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #2

EPA Moves to Repeal Obama's Clean Power Plan Coal Regs - "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that the Trump administration is moving to scrap the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's signature...more

Waters of the United States/Proposed Recodification of Pre-Existing Rules: Arkansas Commenters

Thousands of comments have been submitted in regards to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and United States Army Corps of Engineers (collectively “Agencies”) July 27th, 2017 proposed rule titled: Waters...more

Conservation Commission Retains Authority to Regulate under Stricter Local Law Despite MassDEP Superseding Order of Conditions

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Massachusetts Appeals Court recently held that a Superseding Order of Conditions issued by the MassDEP under the Wetlands Protection Act (WPA) does not divest a municipal Conservation Commission from all authority to...more

California’s Countdown to Legal Cannabis: Facing Regulatory and Permitting Uncertainty

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

As of January 1, 2018, it will be legal for adults in California to buy and sell cannabis for recreational purposes. That’s the simple version. But as is true for virtually every other “legal” enterprise in the state, the...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Court blocks Dept. of Interior’s move to delay Obama-era methane leak rule - The Hill - Oct 4 - On Wednesday a federal court set aside an effort by the Department of the Interior...more

Endangered Species Act Reform - Wolves, Dollars, Data

by Nossaman LLP on

In July we reported on five bills that propose to amend various aspects of the Endangered Species Act: - H.R. 2603 – would remove listings of non-native species; - H.R. 717 – would modify the process for listing...more

New Emergency Declarations Allow Extension of Development Approvals; Notification Deadline for Tropical Storm Emily Extensions...

by Akerman LLP on

Section 252.363, Florida Statutes, allows certain permits and authorizations to be tolled and extended due to a state of emergency, if the permit holder files a particular notice with the agency or government which issued the...more

State Authorizes Rental Inclusionary Housing Requirements

by Perkins Coie on

One of the 15 housing-related bills signed recently by Governor Brown could have especially significant implications for market-rate, residential rental projects in many jurisdictions, as the new legislation, AB 1505, will...more

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