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Rail Inspection Firm Acquires Drone Services Company

American Rail Engineers Corp. (ARE), based in Irvine, California, recently acquired a New Hampshire drone services company, Media Wing, LLC (Media Wing), to conduct geographic information system (GIS) mapping and data...more

What Is the Impact of Tax Reform on US Wind Tax Equity Deals?

A Word About Wind has published our article What Is the Impact of Tax Reform on US Wind Tax Equity Deals? in its blog (subscription required) and newsletter. ...more

Infrastructure Investment Is Republicans' 2018 Priority

by Hogan Lovells on

Congress has returned from the holiday recess with renewed focus on passing a major infrastructure package in 2018. Passage of a massive tax reform bill punctuated the president's first year in office with a major victory,...more

President’s Infrastructure Proposal Delayed

by Clark Hill PLC on

President’s Trump’s campaign promise to implement massive infrastructure spending likely delayed until after the State of the Union address. While campaigning, President Trump promised to both expedite the processes...more

Trump Administration: 2017 Recap and 2018 Outlook

On January 20, 2017, businessman Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States following a contentious and unconventional 2016 presidential election. Republicans also successfully maintained control...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 2

by Clark Hill PLC on

Shutdown Watch: 4 Days. The government will run out of money on Friday if it does not pass another short-term spending bill. Last week it looked like Congress was close to negotiating a short-term continuing resolution that...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee: Full Committee Hearing to Examine the Domestic and Global Energy Outlook - Time: 01/16/2018, 10:00 AM - Location: 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building....more

FCC Proposes Excluding Twilight Towers from Historic Preservation Review

by Hogan Lovells on

The FCC has proposed to exclude so-called “Twilight Towers” from routine historic preservation review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (“NHPA”) and its regulations.  Twilight Towers are towers that...more

2018 New York Legislative Session Preview

by Dentons on

New York State legislators made their annual return to Albany for the start of the 2018 legislative session with no shortage of issues to deal with. The state is facing its first major budget crunch since Governor Andrew...more

Executive Actions to Spur Rural Broadband

On Jan. 8, President Trump issued an Executive Order to all executive agencies to use all “viable tools” to accelerate the deployment of broadband internet access service in rural America. The president also signed a...more

Trump’s Busy Year on Energy and the Environment

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

During his first year in Washington, President Trump made his mark on energy and environmental issues by issuing executive orders (EOs), proclamations, and presidential memoranda. Seeking to undo regulations enacted during...more

FERC Rejects Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing — For Now!

On January 8, 2018, FERC terminated the docket it opened in response to DOE Secretary Perry’s September proposal to compensate generators who maintain a 90-day fuel supply on-site. The intent of the proposal was to...more

2018 Georgia Legislative Session Preview

by Dentons on

After clearing the cobwebs from the General Assembly's levers of power, Georgia lawmakers arriving in Atlanta today will find no shortage of thorny propositions awaiting them: budget priorities, rural development and...more

STB Preempts a City's Effort to Force a Railroad to Reinstall a Grade Crossing

by Nossaman LLP on

In a recent preemption decision, the Surface Transportation Board (“STB”) rejected a city’s attempt to mandate that a railroad reinstall a grade crossing. The STB’s order appears to call into question the enforceability of...more

ML Strategies Outlook for 2018

With the start of a new year, Congress returns to Washington for the second session of the 115th Congress, while President Trump readies for his first State of the Union on January 30, 2018. The legislative agenda for the...more

Planning for Growth and More Growth

Growth in Florida is expected to continue its upward trend in 2018. According to data from U-Haul, Florida was the country’s No. 2 Growth State for 2017, for the second year in a row. ...more

The Tax Reform Roller Coaster Ends – Summary of Provisions Affecting Public Finance

by Bracewell LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the President signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Final Bill”) into law, bringing an end to the nearly two-month rollercoaster ride that had the public finance industry white-knuckled and a little...more

Arkansas Water Provider Legislative Task Force: January 3rd Meeting Scheduled

The Arkansas Water Provider Legislative Task Force (“Task Force”) will hold a meeting today, January 3rd. The meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. in room 151 of the Arkansas State Capitol....more

Financial Close for Denver International Airport’s Great Hall Project

by Nossaman LLP on

On December 21, 2017, the City and County of Denver and Denver Great Hall LLC reached financial close on the $1.8 billion Jeppesen Terminal redevelopment project (Great Hall Project) at the Denver International Airport....more

Water Win-Win

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

In case you haven't noticed, Washington County is booming. For many years, the County's population has been growing at around 2% annually and its current population of more than 580,000 is second only to Multnomah County's...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

Bombardier and Metrolinx Make a Nice Recovery on Problematic Eglinton LRV Order

by Nossaman LLP on

Bombardier and Metrolinx announced that they have amended their Eglinton Crosstown LRV contract and settled their pending arbitration, showing how re-negotiation and compromise can preserve project schedule and quality,...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 40

by Clark Hill PLC on

Busy January: Congress has left town with a long list of items that it will need to handle in January and throughout the first quarter of 2018. The continuing resolution that Congress just passed only funds the government...more

Selection Process on Track for Malaysia-Singapore High-Speed Rail Project

by Jones Day on

In what will be the first project of its kind in South East Asia, the governments of Malaysia and Singapore have agreed to collaborate on a high-speed rail project connecting the two nations' capital cities. The bidding...more

Tax Cuts & Jobs Act – Impact on Bonds

by Butler Snow LLP on

The U.S. House and Senate have now each passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1) and have sent the bill to President Trump’s desk for final passage. The final bill is expected to cost nearly $1.5 trillion over the next ten...more

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