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Clean Water Rule Protects Streams and Wetlands Critical to Public Health, Communities, and Economy

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/bd4379a92ceceeac8525735900400c27/62295cddd6c6b45685257e52004fac97!OpenDocument

Agency press release which provides a summary of what the new regulation is designed to accomplish and what areas are not affected.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States”

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-05/documents/rule_preamble_web_version.pdf

Final rule that responds to a 2006 Supreme Court ruling by clarifying what waters are affected by the Clean Water Act.  The rule defines affected waters as navigable waterways and their tributaries.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Current Unmanned Aircraft State Law Landscape

Categories: Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology

http://www.ncsl.org/research/transportation/current-unmanned-aircraft-state-law-landscape.aspx

Surveys the states, including Virginia, which have passed legislation regulating in some manner the use of drones.  Also covers proposed rules at the federal level.  From the National Conference of State Legislatures

 

Defense Spending and the Budget Control Act Limits

Categories: Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44039.pdf

Discusses the effects on defense spending of the Budget Control Act limits for the years FY 2012 until FY2021 and the rising average troop cost figures.  If Congressional spending for defense exceeds the BCA caps, the President is required to levy across-the-board cuts to each type of defense spending.  Also discusses different options for savings. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The De-Licensing of Occupations in the United States

Categories: Careers,Labor Unions,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations

http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2015/article/the-de-licensing-of-occupations-in-the-united-states-1.htm

Draws some parallels between the decertification of labor unions and the de-licensing of occupations by legislation or court order.  From the Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

What is Due Process in Federal Civil Service Employment?

Categories: Govt Personnel,Labor/Employment,Laws/Regulations

http://www.mspb.gov/netsearch/viewdocs.aspx?docnumber=1166935&version=1171499&application=ACROBAT

Explains the current civil service laws for adverse actions and the history behind their formation.  It also explains the Constitutional requirements that are involved in trying to discharge a public employee for cause.   From the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board.

 

Controlled Unclassified Information

Categories: Govt Information,Govt Secrecy,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/news/2015/05/cui-proposed.pdf

New proposed federal rules for standardizing treatment of information that is unclassified but considered too sensitive for public disclosure, such as information related to law enforcement, nuclear security, and grand jury proceedings.  Would replace more than 100 different categories for such information previously used by agencies. From the Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives and Records Administration, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Advisory Opinion of the Virginia Attorney General on Regulations Relating to Hospitals and Health Care Centers

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

http://www.oag.state.va.us/files/15-028_Levine.pdf

Opinion of Attorney General Mark Herring that relieves women’s health centers which perform abortions from having to meet strict hospital-style building standards.  The State Board of Health will review rules, established under the previous Attorney General, which require abortion clinics to make costly building renovations.  From the Office of the Attorney General

 

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