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Chemical Substances When Manufactured or Processed as Nanoscale Materials: TSCA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Manufacturing,Science/Technology

http://www.epa.gov/oppt/nano/PrepublicationCopy_Nano_8%28a%29_NPRM_2015-03-23.pdf

Proposed rule relating to reporting and recordkeeping requirements for chemical substances when they are manufactured or processed as nanoscale materials.   Represents first use of Toxic Substances Control Act to gather information on nanoscale materials.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Governor McAuliffe Signs Executive Order to Improve Law Enforcement at Virginia ABC

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues,Youth

https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=8030

Press release with text of Executive Order 40 (2015) calling for improved training of all ABC special agents in regard to use of force, cultural diversity, interaction with youth, and community policing.  Action follows recent controversial arrest of African American youth by ABC officers in Charlottesville. From the Office of the Governor

 

EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan: Conversion to Mass-Based Emission Targets

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43942.pdf

Discusses alternative ways that states could meet federal rules on limiting carbon-dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units by 2030.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Cybersecurity and Information Sharing: Legal Challenges and Solutions

Categories: Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Property Rights,Telecommunications/Internet,Terrorism

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/intel/R43941.pdf

In view of frequent cyberattacks on government and private web sites, experts have urged greater public-private cooperation and sharing of cyber-threat intelligence.  This report examines various legal issues that confront such information  sharing, such as privacy and tort laws and intellectual property concerns.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Presidential Memorandum: Expanding Broadband Deployment and Adoption ….

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Laws/Regulations,Presidency,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/23/presidential-memorandum-expanding-broadband-deployment-and-adoption-addr

Presidential directive that executive branch agencies identify funds, programs, and regulatory actions that could enhance broadband access to an estimated 50 million Americans who currently lack such access.  From the White House

 

Private Health Insurance: Early Evidence Finds Premium Tax Credit Likely Contributed to Expanded Coverage, but Some Lack Access to Affordable Plans

Categories: Health Insurance,Income/Poverty,Laws/Regulations

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/669165.pdf

Examines the affordability of health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, including the effects of the advance premium tax credit.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

Oil and Gas: Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands

Categories: Energy,Environment,Geology/Mining,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources,Science/Technology

https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2015-06658.pdf

Text of final regulations, nearly 400 pages in length, relating to hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas exploration on public and Indian lands.  The rules are designed to protect community water supplies and require more public information about chemicals and methods used for extraction.  From the Interior Department

 

Increased Campaign Contribution Limits in the FY2015 Omnibus Appropriations Law: Frequently Asked Questions

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43825.pdf

Public Law 113-235 increased contribution limits for donations to national political party committees including party congressional, senatorial, and headquarters committees. This report answers questions about the change in limits as they pertain to individual contributors.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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