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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


Intelligence Committee Votes to Declassify Portions of CIA Study

Describes the vote of the Senate Intelligence Committee to authorize public release of the 500 page Executive Summary with findings and conclusions of the five year study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  Also contains statements of Committee Chair Feinstein on the importance of the vote.  Posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Global Tobacco Control

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations,Smoking/Tobacco

One in a series of reports reviewing the state of the tobacco industry, efforts to control tobacco use, smokefree laws and regulations, cessation programs, advertising restrictions, and warning labels.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


EPA and the Army Corps’ Proposed Rule to Define “Waters of the United States”

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

Describes the proposed rule, jointly sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Corps of Engineers, which attempts to respond to recent Supreme Court rulings by clarifying the regulatory status of waters of ambiguous jurisdictional status.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The Volcker Rule: A Legal Analysis

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Laws/Regulations

Provides an introduction to the Volcker Rule, the regulatory regime which banking institutions and their affiliates must follow.  The rule prohibits financial institutions and their affiliates from engaging in proprietary trading.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Unlawfully Present Aliens, Driver’s Licenses, and Other State-Issued ID: Select Legal Issues

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Federal State Relations,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

Discusses the basic legal principles involving in state decisions permitting or denying those unlawfully in the country to have a driver’s license or some equivalent.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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