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New Drone Provisions Enacted Through National Defense Legislation

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Dec. 12, 2017, President Trump signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA), authorizing appropriations for various military and national defense programs. The NDAA also contained two...more

Race to Connected, Self-Driving Cars Not Without Speed Bumps

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Those racing to fill the streets with driverless and shared vehicles are weighing their competitive pursuits and market moves against the new regulations and industry standards coming down the pike. Originally published...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 38

by Clark Hill PLC on

One Shutdown Averted, Countdown Begins Again: With the government funded through December 22, House and Senate leadership are shifting their focus on how to structure a long-term spending deal that would include an increase...more

Two Supreme Court Orders Reinstate Trump’s Travel Ban

by Mintz Levin on

On Monday, December 4, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two separate, but related, orders staying lower courts’ preliminary injunctions against President Trump’s most recent travel ban. The practical impact of these...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

Trump’s Travel Ban Survives Latest Trip to the Supreme Court

News organizations this week are reporting again on President Trump’s so-called travel ban. But what exactly does that mean? We receive a lot of questions about the travel ban in the context of President Trump’s overall...more

Infrastructure Insights: Issue #9

Fast-moving Tax Bill Creates Uncertainties for Infrastructure Plan - As the GOP works to resolve its House and Senate tax bills, the legislation’s impact on President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan is far from...more

Supreme Court: Trump Travel Ban Here to Stay—for Now

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court entered an order permitting the Administration to fully enforce the most recent travel ban, which bars most nationals from seven countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia,...more

Trump Announces Drone Integration Pilot Program

by Snell & Wilmer on

On October 25, President Trump issued a memorandum directing Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao to launch an initiative to safely test and validate advanced operations for drones in partnership with state and local...more

Proposed “Comprehensive Update” to the State CEQA Guidelines Released - California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Following several years of public involvement, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research has just issued comprehensive Proposed Updates to the CEQA Guidelines. In addition to proposing changes or additions to nearly 30...more

Revised U.S. Regulations Support Cuba's Private Sector, but Travel Restrictions Remain

by Jones Day on

The Situation: Regulations implementing tightened U.S. policy towards engagement with Cuba have rolled back a number of Obama-era initiatives and are effective immediately. The Result: Provisions that encourage Cuban...more

P3 Lawyer Appointed Federal Railroad Administration Chief Counsel

by Nossaman LLP on

President Trump recently appointed former Seyfarth Shaw LLP (“Seyfarth”) attorney Juan D. Reyes, III as Chief Counsel of the Federal Railroad Administration (“FRA”). Mr. Reyes was previously a partner in the real estate...more

Retrenchment on Cuban Sanctions; The Search for a Middle Ground

The Trump Administration has made good on its promise to cut back on the liberalized Cuban policy implemented by the Obama Administration with a new regime that introduces new travel restrictions as well as broad prohibitions...more

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 - November 2017

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

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