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Formaldehyde Standards: Federal Court Addresses U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Implementation Delay

The United States District Court (for the Northern District of California) issued a February 16th decision addressing a Motion for Summary Judgment filed by the Sierra Club and A Community Voice-Louisiana (“Plaintiffs”)...more

Texas Dept. of Public Safety Launches Drone Program

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has launched a new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) program for public safety purposes....more

New Federal 911 Law Could Impact Many Public Agencies and Businesses - Kari’s Law Sets New Requirements for Multi-Line Telephone...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Recently, H.R. Bill 582, known as “Kari’s Law” became federal law. Kari’s Law amends the Communications Act of 1934 to require most multi-line telephone systems to be pre-configured so users may call “911” without dialing any...more

California Proposes Next Group of Priority Products (PFASs in Carpets and Rugs) Under Its Green Chemistry Initiative

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

California’s Green Chemistry Initiative has taken another step towards regulating a widely available consumer product. On February 15, 2018, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released a discussion...more

DJI Software Now Includes Temporary No-Fly Zone for Olympics

Drone manufacturer, DJI, has updated its software in its drones to include a temporary no-fly zone around the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea (and other South Korean cities). The parameters of the no-fly zone are...more

2017: The Year of Much Ado…But Nothing!

by LeClairRyan on

In terms of major UAS rulemaking efforts, 2017 could best be described as “the year that wasn’t”. While the FAA had big plans to push forward the new rules for flight over people and finalize the Interpretation of the...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

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

World-Record Drone Show at Olympic Ceremony

As with any Olympics Opening Ceremony, the pageantry is of global scale, but this year, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Intel took it to a whole new level–a record-setting 1,218 drones hit the skies for a mechanical phenomenon....more

BUDGET 2018/2019: The “Super Bowl” of State Government

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles, and its passionate fans, for winning Super Bowl LII and bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania! Capitol Buzz celebrates your success, and the whole...more

News Now: Your One Minute Legal Insight (Embryos, Marijuana, TABOR, and More)

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

As always, there are a lot of topics to cover in this edition of News Now. Here are your highlights...more

Opioid Epidemic Spurs Increase in Drug Testing, Risks for Employers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently added four drugs at the heart of the nation's opioid epidemic to its drug testing panels: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone and oxymorphone—the central ingredients in such...more

Potholes Ahead for Marijuana-Impaired Driving Regulation

by Wilson Elser on

Despite the federal Schedule I status of cannabis, more and more states are legalizing marijuana in some form. The nationwide increase in cannabis use means a rise in the number of cannabis-impaired drivers....more

Best in Law: New Prop. 65 Warning Rules Hit Shopkeepers in August

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Since being adopted by voters in 1986, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, commonly referred to as Proposition 65, has sought to preserve the health and safety of California residents. Originally published...more

Opioid Crisis Hits Flat Note with Another Celebrity Death Caused by Overdose

Epidemic Costs Country Billions Each Year, Leading Government Entities To Sue Big Pharma - Beloved singer Tom Petty became part of America’s opioid crisis when it was revealed that the 66-year-old’s cause of death in Oct....more

New Jersey Passes Penalty Bill for Prohibited Drone Operations

Last week, the New Jersey state assembly passed legislation, Assembly Bill 520 (the Bill), that provides for fines and prison terms for individuals convicted of unsafe and/or prohibited unmanned aerial systems (UAS or drone)...more

First Drone Rescue at Sea

Just last week, the first ever drone rescue at sea occurred in the heavy riptides off the coast of Australia. Two swimmers were trapped in the strong current when a drone dropped a flotation device down to them from the sky...more

U.S. Prepares for Autonomous Transportation with Request for Comment on Regulatory Barriers

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As the United States prepares to harness the innovation of autonomous technology in transportation, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is asking the public to identify regulatory barriers that can be removed to allow...more

DOT Seeks Public Comment on Regulatory Barriers to Autonomous Vehicle Innovation

The Department of Transportation (DOT) fulfilled its promise at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week to have quickly published in the Federal Register four items seeking public comment on regulatory barriers to...more

Recently released FAA study demonstrates importance of education and safety regulations for drones

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On October 12, 2017, Canada witnessed its first incident of a drone colliding with a commercial aircraft, as we wrote about in an earlier blog post. The plane landed safely and no passengers were injured. Though the offending...more

Drones May Improve Safety and Efficiency for U.S. Airport Operations

While it may seem counter-intuitive, airports might just be one of the safest places for drones to fly; that is, with the caveat that drone flight in the unregulated airspace around the airports is clearly not safe and not...more

First Drone Passenger Flight Set for 2018 in London

The first drone passenger flight (test flight that is) is set for 2018 in London. These passenger drones (also known as vertical take-off and landing aircraft—VTOLs) could cut the travel time from the Charing Cross train...more

You Should Know - January 2018

Who’s at Fault When Robot Cars Crash and Injure People? While your next new car might not fold up into a briefcase à la George Jetson, self-driving cars are no longer a cartoon dream of the far-off future. Manufacturers...more

New York State Police Introduce Use of Drones

by Harris Beach PLLC on

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo just announced the launch of the New York State Police Unmanned Aerial System program, which will be used to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response and traffic safety. The...more

“Risk Management Lessons From an Opioid Trial”

The use of opioid medications to treat pain is at a watershed moment in the United States. Over the past three decades, opioids have become a standard and effective component of pain management for many practitioners. They...more

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