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Trump and the Oil Patch One Year In

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Let’s take a look at what President Trump has done for the oil industry in his first year (This is not about decorum, dossiers, tweets, or Oprah’s inauguration.) As in the past I refer to sources whose opinions and insights...more

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part II - Housing and Land Use, Environment, Public Property/Public Works and Economic...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Legislature was busy in 2017, which means plenty of laws passed in Sacramento that will impact public agencies. In this three-part series, Best Best & Krieger LLP gives a comprehensive summary of the new laws...more

2018 Environmental, Health, and Safety Outlook for Manufacturers

Reduced Regulation - We all know that one of President Trump’s goals is to streamline and minimize regulations. Among other things, Executive Order 13771 indicated that, for every regulation to be passed, two had to be...more

DOI Reverses Course and Declares Migratory Bird Treaty Act Does Not Prohibit Incidental Take

by Jackson Walker on

In a legal memorandum (the “Jorjani Memo”) issued on December 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior (“DOI”) concluded that the MBTA’s prohibition of taking migratory birds only applies to intentional take and does not...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

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

The Right to Rent? Or, more like…. the Right to Apply for a License?

A new state-wide vacation rental law bill proposed in the Florida Senate would require vacation rental owners to apply for and pay a fee for a license in order to operate a vacation rental whether advertised on a website or...more

Slate of New Housing Bills Take Effect January 1, 2018

Governor Brown signed into law a slate of 15 new housing bills last fall. Three of those bills that related to funding sources for housing went into effect immediately, while the other 12 took effect on January 1, 2018. These...more

Department Of Interior Declares That Only Deliberate Acts Constitute Take Of Migratory Birds

by Perkins Coie on

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of the Solicitor issued Memorandum M-37050, on December 22, 2017, which adopts the position that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) prohibition on the “taking” or “killing” of...more

State Grants Two Year CEQA Streamlining Extension for “Environmental Leadership Projects”

On October 6, 2017, Governor Brown approved Assembly Bill (AB) 246, extending certain CEQA litigation streamlining provisions under the Jobs and Economic Improvement Through Environmental Leadership Act of 2011 (the Act) for...more

New California Coastal Laws for 2018 - Development, Accommodations, Sea Rise and Public Access

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

For California coastal issues, 2017 was a busy year, both in the courts and the state Legislature. Three significant court decisions were handed down...more

Federal Government Repeals MPO Consolidation Rule

by Nossaman LLP on

President Trump recently signed into law a repeal of the MPO Coordination and Planning Area Reform rule less than a year after the rule was finalized by the Obama administration’s Federal Highway Administration and 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

Het Vlaams Onteigeningsdecreet - Klaar voor de start?

by DLA Piper on

Bij de zesde staatshervorming werden de gewesten in ons land bevoegd voor het onteigeningsrecht. Het Vlaams Parlement maakte van deze bevoegdheid gebruik en keurde op 15 februari 2017 het nieuwe Onteigeningsdecreet goed. De...more

The Flemish Expropriation Decree: Ready for take-off?

by DLA Piper on

Since the sixth state reform, the regions have been entrusted with expropriation law in our country. Flemish Parliament used this power to adopt the new Expropriation Decree on 15 February 2017. The proposed entry into force...more

Administration Announces Comprehensive Revisions to Endangered Species Act Implementing Regulations

by Nossaman LLP on

In the Fall 2017 publication of the Unified Agenda of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the Department of the Interior announced its intent to revise the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s regulations governing...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

Putting an End to the Climate Change Debate -- More or Less

by Burr & Forman on

President Trump has promised that his Administration will resolve any continuing debate on climate change. On the front line of the effort, the President’s EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, has moved to eliminate climate...more

New Energy Legislation Introduces Tribal Opportunities

by Hogan Lovells on

Historical development on new tribal energy legislation in Congress that will empower tribes to approve rights-of-way, leases, and business agreements with private industry for mineral development on tribal lands. Please...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

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

Western Governors Determined To Strengthen Relationships Under Trump Administration

by Snell & Wilmer on

The Western Governors’ Association (“WGA”) convened for its 2017 Winter Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona on December 1-2 to discuss western policy and announce its Policy Resolutions for 2018. While discussions focused on...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

Florida’s “Vacation Rental” Laws To Be Readdressed in 2018 Legislative Session

Florida’s state legislators have begun filing their initial bill proposals for the 2018 Legislative Session, and it looks like the battle over local government regulation of vacation rentals (a.k.a. “short-term” rentals) will...more

New Legislation Limits Government Zoning Regulations

by Ruder Ware on

New legislation has been signed by Governor Walker that limits the ability of local governments to control certain zoning regulations and requires greater flexibility in the approval of conditional use permits. Under 2017...more

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