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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Conserving Energy and Reducing Consumption in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Categories: Energy,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

https://governor.virginia.gov/media/3257/eo-31-conserving-energy-and-reducing-consumption-in-the-commonwealth-of-virginia.pdf

Virginia Executive Order 31 of 2014 sets a goal of reducing electricity consumption in state facilities by 15% by 2017, using 2009-2010 as a baseline and directs state agencies to use Energy Performance Contracting to reduce energy consumption.  From the Office of the Governor

 

Federal and State Quarantine and Isolation Authority

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Health/Medical,Laws/Regulations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL33201.pdf

Provides an overview of federal and state public health laws as they relate to the confinement of individuals and constitutional issues that may be raised should individual liberties be restricted.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Al Qaeda-Affiliated Groups: Middle East and Africa

Categories: Africa,Asia,Laws/Regulations,Middle East Conflict,Terrorism

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/R43756.pdf

Discusses the U.S. counterterrorism policy toward groups affiliated with Al Qaeda and whether changes are needed in the federal statutes that undergird these policies.  Also discusses the Islamic State and Boko Haram.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

European Union Referendum Bill

Categories: European Union,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Treaties

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/RP14-55.pdf

Report prepared for the Parliament on the issue of whether England should leave the Union plus rules for the conduct of a referendum in the UK.  House of Commons Library Research Paper 14/55

 

How Do the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Analyze the Competitive Effects of Mergers and Acquisitions under the Bank Holding Company Act, the Bank Merger Act, and the Home Owners Loan Act?

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

http://www.federalreserve.gov/bankinforeg/competitive-effects-mergers-acquisitions-faqs.htm

A frequently asked questions about how the Federal Reserve interprets the competitive review process for bank acquisitions, mergers, and other transactions affected by the Dodd-Frank  Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  From the Federal Reserve

 

Elections: Issues Related to State Voter Identification Laws

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Govt Processes/Organization,Laws/Regulations

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/665966.pdf

Examines a variety of issues related to controversies surrounding voter ID laws including voter possession of IDs, cost of obtaining such IDs, how voter ID laws have affected voter turnout in select states, and what challenges loom over the effort to estimate the incidence of voter fraud.

From the Government Accountability Office

 

Ozone Air Quality Standards: EPA’s 2015 Revision

Categories: Environment,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43092.pdf

The Environmental Protection Agency has until December 1, 2014 to review and propose changes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.  This report discusses the standard-setting process, the specifics of the current and most recent reviews of the current standards, and issues that may be raised such as whether the benefits justify the costs. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Civilian Drones

Categories: Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Transportation

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-479.pdf

Provides an overview of the current and future applications, opportunities and barriers surrounding civilian use of drone technology. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

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