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Funding/Clean Air Act: National Association of Clean Air Agencies December 5th Recommendation to Senate and House Appropriations...

The National Association of Clean Air Agencies (“NACAA”) submitted a December 5th letter to the Chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees in regards to the Omnibus Appropriation Bill for...more

Ohio legislature considers expansion of broadband service for underserved areas

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Internet access has become a vital part of our everyday way of life. The ability to access the internet is critical for job searching, conducting government business, shopping, accessing important medical and financial...more

Learning a Lesson from Flint: New York State Takes Important Steps to Ensure Clean Drinking Water

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Stemming from the recent drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, which has had life-lasting effects for many of its residents, including children, due to unsafe lead-related toxicity levels in the drinking water, New York...more

California Affordable Housing Authority Bill Signed Into Law

California Assembly Bill 1598 (Mullin) (“AB 1598”), signed into law by the Governor on October 13, 2017, authorizes cities and counties to create new affordable housing authorities for the purpose of financing low- and...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Governor Dayton Line-Item Veto of Legislature Funding

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Yesterday, the Minnesota State Supreme Court again upheld Governor Dayton’s line-item veto of the legislature’s operating funds. While not definitively ruling on the constitutionality of the action, the court objected to...more

The Western States’ Plan for EV Charging Infrastructure – Lessons Learned and Things to Watch

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On October 4, 2017, the Governors of a number of western states signed a memorandum of understanding (“MOU”) to lay the foundation for work on a regional electric vehicle (“EV”) infrastructure development plan called the...more

Arkansas Asbestos Abatement Grant Program: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Seeks Public Comment on...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) issued, pursuant to its Arkansas Asbestos Abatement Grant Program (“Program”), a Procedures and Applicant Guide (“Guide”). ADEQ is soliciting comments on the Guide...more

Green Infrastructure/Water Quality: Beaver Watershed Alliance Announces Receipt of $500,000 Grant

The Beaver Watershed Alliance (“BWA”) issued a news release announcing its receipt of a $500,000 grant to build green infrastructure to improve water quality. - The grant was awarded by the Arkansas Natural Resources...more

Pennsylvania School Funding Question Given Another Chance

by Barley Snyder on

The tricky issue of how the state funds its public schools has new life after a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision late last week. In the latest chapter in the battle over the system of public school funding in...more

Governor Signs Housing Legislation, Including Streamlining Bill

by Perkins Coie on

Governor Brown has signed 15 bills designed to address the State’s severe shortage of affordable housing. Among its other effects, the legislation will (1) generate funds for affordable housing developments; (2) require...more

California Legislature Responds to the State’s Housing Crisis With Increased Funding, Streamlining, and Enforcement

On the final day of the legislative session, California’s legislature approved 15 separate housing bills, taking a big step toward addressing California’s ongoing housing crisis. The collection of bills comes after months of...more

Statutory Waivers Under the New School Funding Bill

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As reported in an earlier alert, the State’s new school funding bill, Senate Bill 1947 (Public Act 100-0465), provides new mandate relief. School districts have been eligible to petition the General Assembly for waivers from...more

New School Funding Bill on The Way to The Governor’s Desk

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The rollercoaster ride of the past weeks on school funding is coming to an end as the General Assembly has passed a new compromise bill that is expected to be signed by Governor Rauner as early as the end of this week. ...more

Denver City Council Approves Great Hall Project Development Agreement

by Nossaman LLP on

In the early hours of August 15, 2017, the Denver City Council approved a $1.8 billion development agreement between the City and County of Denver’s Department of Aviation and Denver Great Hall, LLC, a consortium led by...more

Nine Members Again, the Supreme Court Takes On Uneasy Relationship Between Church and State

by Baker Donelson on

On June 26, 2017, the last day of its session, the Supreme Court issued what is likely to be one of its most significant rulings this year – and possibly for years to come – in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia,...more

U.S. Supreme Court Forbids Exclusion of Churches from State Grant Program

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 26, 2017, in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, the U.S. Supreme Court held unconstitutional under the Free Exercise Clause Missouri’s refusal to award a playground resurfacing grant to a church. The...more

Supreme Court: Public Benefit Programs Cannot Exclude Churches Solely Because They Are Religious

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, No. 15-577 (June 26, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that excluding a church from a public benefit program for which it is otherwise qualified violates the Free...more

Tax-Exempt Financing of Churches, Parochial Schools and Other Sectarian Institutions After Trinity Lutheran Church: Permitted? ...

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 opinion in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, precluding states from discriminating against churches in at least some state financing programs, raises anew the question of...more

Health Alert (Australia) 19 June 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 9 June 2017 - Health Services Union v St John of God Health Care [2017] FWC 2981 - Alleged dispute arising under an enterprise...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - June, 2017

by Brooks Pierce on

This week at the General Assembly, the House approved its proposed budget for the biennium while the Senate continued committee work. House Budget Proposal (S257) - The House voted to adopt its version of the budget...more

Senate Bill Proposes Major Market-Based Remodel of Cap-and-Trade Program

by Stoel Rives LLP on

California’s cap-and-trade program withstood a battle in court, and now the Legislature is proposing changes to the controversial program. Senator Bob Wieckowski (Democrat – District 10), Chair of the Environmental Quality...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California cracks down on last beachfront sand mining operation in U.S. - San Jose Mercury News - May 16 - On Tuesday, the California State Lands Commission issued a demand to the...more

The Latest on School Funding Legislation and Litigation

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The issue of school funding reform is being addressed on many fronts this year. In Springfield, proponents of funding reform and the evidence based model continue their efforts at legislative change. Meanwhile, school...more

Kansas Supreme Court Declares School Funding Formula Constitutionally Inadequate, Gives Legislature Until June 30 to Enact New...

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Earlier this month, the Kansas Supreme Court issued an opinion in Gannon v. Kansas holding that the state’s current system of funding public education was inadequate under the state's constitution. The Court relied primarily...more

Proposals to Cap State Medicaid Funding: Massachusetts Considerations - Prepared for the Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage and...

In a new chart pack commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation for the Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage and Care, Manatt Health provides an overview of proposals to cap federal Medicaid funding...more

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