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Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #9

Although the House and Senate floors were quiet today, legislators were at work throughout the Capitol with late efforts to get legislation through committees. Desperation is becoming palpable—with only four legislative days...more

Modeling and Effects Review Applicability Guidance Document: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Update

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”) has updated: Modeling and Effects Review Applicability (“MERA”) Guidance Document (“Guidance”) ...more

Client Alert: U.S. EPA Issues Policy Intended to Ease Pre-Construction Permitting Requirements for New and Modified Industrial and...

In what is now clear to be a series of policy changes to ease air permitting requirements for industrial and manufacturing facilities, U.S. EPA has issued its second memorandum entitled “Project Emissions Accounting under the...more

Regulatory Challenges Posed by Emerging Contaminants

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Awareness of the presence of contaminants of emerging concern (a.k.a. emerging contaminants) in public and private water supplies around the country has become a considerable focus of public officials and the general public....more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #6

After a busy committee workday yesterday with legislators attempting to move last-minute propositions through the legislative gauntlet, lawmakers returned to the Capitol today to consider bills and resolutions on their...more

Arkansas 91st General Assembly – Secondary Extraordinary Session 2018: House Bill 1007 – Modification /Review of Arkansas...

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson issued an official call to legislators for an Extraordinary Session of the 91st General Assembly which convenes today at 9:00 a.m. Call item number 6 is described as...more

Long-Term Lead and Copper Rule Federalism Consultation: American Water Works Association Comments

The American Water Works Association (“AWWA”) submitted March 8th comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) on the Lead and Copper in Drinking Water Rule (“LCR”). EPA is stated to have...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | March 2018 #2

US, EU Near Agreement on Shellfish Trade - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed to allow the import of raw bivalve molluscan shellfish—including clams, mussels, oysters and scallops—harvested in the...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #4

Just after Governor Deal signed the Amended FY 2018 Budget in Cedartown this morning, the House set to work adopting its proposal for the FY 2019 Budget. Notably included in the over $50 billion spending package ($26 billion...more

Dear Littler: We Have Bedbugs! Help! What do we do?

by Littler on

One of our employees noticed bedbugs in our office. Word is getting around, and people are freaking out. Based on where we found them, we believe we can identify the employee who introduced them to the workplace. What do we...more

Is the Opioid Problem Worse Than You Think?

Suffering of Addiction CDC Issues Report That Says Overdoses Are Rising in US The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s March 2018 issue of Vital Signs addresses the opioid epidemic in America and cites statistics that...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #3

As dawn broke over the State Capitol this morning, it revealed the long-awaited FY 2019 Budget as amended by the House Appropriations Committee. House budget subcommittees met beginning at 7AM, quickly adopting their...more

At the Intersection of Pollution and Poverty, California Attorney General Establishes Bureau of Environmental Justice, and...

On February 22, 2018, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced that the Department of Justice is opening an environmental justice office within the Environment Section: the Bureau of Environmental Justice...more

Better Healthcare Newsletter from Patrick Malone - March 2018

No way around it: Pain, which accompanies so many diseases and injuries, demands attention. But recent attempts to ease chronic pain with powerful prescription narcotics have gone wrong, horribly so. Big Pharma’s...more

The Truth About Opioid Addiction — Big Pharma Exposed

U.S. Attorney General Creates Task force To Address Epidemic - The opioid crisis in America exists because both the illegal and prescription forms of the drug are highly addictive and commonly abused....more

Labor & Employment E-Note - February 2018

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According to the Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, as of the February 10, 2018 week’s end, influenza activity remained elevated across the United States. The 2017-2018 flu season has been intense – so much so that...more

The Opioid Epidemic: Medicaid Reimbursement and Other Funding Opportunities

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In the fourth episode of our series on the national opioid crisis, Ruth Granfors and Tracy Lawless discuss how opioid treatment is reimbursed under Medicaid and other public programs...more

Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking/State Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Electric Utility Generating...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) submitted February 26th comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in regards to an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking titled: State...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #15

When the Senate adjourned at last night at 9PM after considering over 40 propositions, the House was just getting started. When the gavel fell on Crossover Day just after 1AM this morning, the House had voted on over 60...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #14

Completing their last convening before Crossover Day on Wednesday, the House and Senate dispensed with long calendars today. Although the House considered 24 measures and the Senate considered 29, the mood under the Gold Dome...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #11

Sixteen more days! But, who is counting? Sine Die is quickly approaching, marking an end to Georgia’s 2018 legislative session. Thus, committees in the House and Senate are now meeting in earnest as lawmakers introduce their...more

Trump Administration Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget and Healthcare Programs

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration on Feb. 12 released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 budget request, titled "An American Budget." Unlike last year's budget, which was released in late May, the release of this budget conforms to the typical...more

Colorado House Passes Fracking Measure, Supports More Local Input Over Projects

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Colorado legislature took an important step toward solidifying greater community-control leverage over fracking operations via HB18-1071, introduced by State Rep. Joe Salazar (D-Adams) in January 2018. The bill would...more

Food & Beverage Litigation Update | February 2018 #2

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is soliciting public comment on whether the agency should continue to collect information about foodborne illnesses in restaurants. The proposal would extend studies of risk...more

Trends in Drinking Water: Part One – Raw Water

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

The water news popping up in my email inbox recently has really run the gamut. One of the latest health fads is apparently drinking "raw water"—meaning unprocessed and untreated water. At the other end of the spectrum, there...more

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