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Effect of Marijuana Legalization on the Workplace

by Smith Anderson on

Federal law prohibits marijuana use. Despite this, over the last few years, many states have legalized marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational purposes. ...more

Northern Lights Express Proposed Passenger Rail Service Receives Federal Environmental Approval

by Nossaman LLP on

The Northern Lights Express intercity rail proposal, connecting Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota with a stop in Superior, Wisconsin, advanced forward following a Finding of No Significant Impact (“FONSI”) from the Federal...more

N.C. Supreme Court Holds Real Estate Brokers May Testify on the Issue of Fair Market Value

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In a recent opinion, the North Carolina Supreme Court expanded the possibilities of allowable testimony about a property's fair market value. In its decision in North Carolina Department of Transportation v. Mission...more

Is LNG by Rail Coming to New England?

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A recent Boston Globe editorial entitled “Gas-by-train? Beacon Hill Opens The Door” suggests that liquefied natural gas (LNG) may be arriving by train to New England from the shale gas region in Pennsylvania in the future....more

Summary of Congressional Hearing: “The State of Aviation Safety” Part II

by LeClairRyan on

In Part I of this post, we summarized the statements of Subcommittee Chairman LoBiondo and FAA and NASA witnesses at the February 27 hearing on “The State of Aviation Safety” conducted by the Subcommittee on Aviation of the...more

Should the Civil Works Mission Leave the US Army Corps of Engineers??

by Downey Brand LLP on

As happens on a regular political cycle, there are stories being published again with calls for USACE’s Civil Works mission to leave USACE and move to the U.S. Department of Transportation, or perhaps the Department of...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: Committee-Level Movement Gets Underway

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Minnesota Legislature, in anticipation of the first committee deadline on March 22, continued to hear and move bills through policy committees this week. Legislative committees focused on Governor Dayton’s request for $10...more

Illinois Offers Competitive Freight Program Grants; Deadline for Applications is April 6, 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced a competitive grant program that includes up to $225 million in funding for freight mobility projects. The Competitive Freight Program is designed to achieve four...more

NHTSA and Motor Vehicle Safety

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The closing years of the Obama administration saw a whirlwind of regulatory activity from NHTSA, including multiple consent orders, record penalties, and soaring recall numbers. The more aggressive enforcement posture, hailed...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Off to the Races

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The 2018 Legislative Session kicked off last week on February 20 with the swearing in of one new member in the Senate, Karla Bigham (DFL, Cottage Grove), and one new member in the House, Jeremy Munson (R, Lake Crystal). The...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds That The Statute Of Limitations On Payment Bond Claim Under Georgia Law Commences At Substantial Completion...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Strickland v. Arch Ins. Co., No. 17-10610, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 504 (11th Cir. Jan. 9, 2018) - Strickland provided sand to a paving company (“Douglas”) for a Georgia Department of Transportation (“GDOT”) road improvement...more

Truck safety crackdown on chameleon carriers must continue

by Michigan Auto Law on

Chameleon carriers – dangerous trucking companies using new names to hide history of safety violations – are 3 times more likely to cause a truck accident - Lawyers who specialize in helping people injured in truck...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - Since Governor Wolf presented his budget proposal on February 6, members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee have combed through the details in preparation for this week. Budget hearings began on...more

Administration Issues “Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America”

Recently, the Trump Administration released a 53-page Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America of legislative proposals to rebuild American infrastructure, which it defines as surface transportation,...more

Administration's Infrastructure Plan Supports Reuse of Brownfields and Superfund Sites

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The Trump Administration released an ambitious $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan on Feb. 12, 2018 – a plan that includes many provisions focused upon encouraging the reuse of contaminated brownfields and Superfund sites. ...more

President Trump Releases Infrastructure Plan

The White House released its long-awaited infrastructure plan on Monday, February 12. The plan would spend $200 billion over 10 years to leverage $1.5 trillion in total spending, give greater control and authority to state...more

FY 2019 Administration Budget Request

by Holland & Knight LLP on

President Donald Trump on February 12, 2018, submitted his budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The President's full budget calls for approximately $4.4 trillion in total spending. Much of the budget seeks...more

Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On February 12, 2018, the White House unveiled its 55-page proposal for infrastructure investment, the Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure. The sweeping proposal seeks to inject funding into several key areas...more

President Trump Continues to Make Unmanned Aircraft Systems a Priority

The President’s fiscal 2019 (FY19) budget proposal was outlined yesterday, and it shows a willingness to invest in the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or drones into the National Airspace System, to the...more

Foley’s 2017 Connected Cars & Autonomous Vehicles Survey - Part 1

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We’re in the midst of a rapid evolution not only in the way drivers operate their vehicles, but also in the operations, compliance, go-to-market strategy and cyber preparedness of the entire automotive industry. More than 70...more

North Carolina Seeks to Deliver Emergency Supplies via Drone

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) and state officials are currently building plans to use drones to deliver emergency supplies across the state; however, several hurdles need to be overcome first....more

Transportation Developments in Year 1 of the Trump Administration - President Touts New $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Plan; A...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In January 2017, Holland & Knight Transportation & Infrastructure lawyers and senior advisors prepared 20 posts for the 20 days leading to President Donald Trump's inauguration regarding what to expect from the Trump...more

Peacock’s Flight Denied

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

You have likely heard about the recent attempt by an individual to board a flight with a peacock who purportedly served as an emotional support animal. See, e.g., “Woman denied emotional support peacock on United...more

Scalpel or Machete? A Look at How the White House Wants to Cut Back the Environmental Permitting Process

In his January 30, 2018 State of the Union address, the President declared that he had eliminated more regulations in his first year than any other administration’s first year. Part of that claim may arise out of a...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

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