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FDA Proposes to Extend its Tobacco Authority to Additional Tobacco Products, including E-Cigarettes

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Smoking/Tobacco,Youth

Agency press release explaining intent and extent of proposed regulations that would expand federal authority to cover additional tobacco products including e-cigarettes.  From the Food and Drug Administration


Deeming Tobacco Products to be Subject to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act …

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Smoking/Tobacco,Youth

Proposed rule that is designed to bring so-called E-cigarettes under restrictions on advertising and sale to minors like other tobacco products.  From the Food and Drug Administration


Executive Orders: Issuance, Modification, and Revocation

Categories: Congress,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

Discusses the nature and purpose of these instruments, the authority behind them, and the response of Congress and the courts to their issuance.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Congress’s Contempt Power and the Enforcement of Congressional Subpoenas: Law, History, Practice, and Procedure

Categories: Congress,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations


Examines the source of the contempt power, reviews the historical development of the case law, and analyzes the procedures associated with inherent contempt, criminal contempt, and the civil enforcement of subpoenas.  Also discusses two recent information-access disputes and limitations on the contempt power. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Campaign Contribution Limits: Selected Questions About McCutcheon and Policy Issues for Congress

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Offers an analysis of major policy issues and possible Congressional responses to the Supreme Court’s April 2014 McCutcheon decision which struck down aggregate limits on campaign contributions.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Petroleum Refining: Industry’s Outlook Depends on Market Changes and Key Environmental Regulations

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations

Examines recent legal and regulatory changes that have affected the petroleum refining industry and the future of the industry, including domestic consumption levels and demand from foreign markets.  From the Government Accountability Office


Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

Net neutrality refers to placing restrictions on the owners of networks to ensure equal access to the Internet and, for example, not allowing better access for those who pay more.  This report discusses regulatory authority of the FCC, legislative proposals and court decisions that are in play during the current policy debate.   From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Library


Executive Order: Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information

Categories: Govt Personnel,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

Removes prohibition of employees of federal contractors from discussing compensation received by employees to promote equal pay practices.  Prevents employers from discharging or otherwise penalizing employees who disclose or discuss compensation matters.  From the White House


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