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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Administration Takes Steps to Ensure Women’s Continued Access to Contraception Coverage, While Respecting Religious-based Objections

Categories: Abortion/Contraception,Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Religion/Ethics

Press release explaining proposed revision to regulations relating to contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act to relieve nonprofit organizations and closely held corporations with religious objections from being required to fund such coverage for employees.  From the Department of Health and Human Services


Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Laws/Regulations


Third edition of the document that explains the rules and requirements relating to copyright registration and documentation of ownership.  From the U.S. Copyright Office


Immigration Policies and Issues on Health-Related Grounds for Exclusion

Categories: Health/Medical,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations

Reviews the diseases that are health-related reasons for excluding people from entering U.S., and port of entry procedures. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Telemarketing Regulation: National and State Do Not Call Registries

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

Outlines the laws underpinning the national do not call list, describes the regulations implementing the list, answers some of the most frequently asked questions, and discusses penalties for violating the rules.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Alternative Currencies

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Crime/Justice,Great Britain,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Taxes

Outlines the different types and aims of these currencies, describes how alternative currencies are being used, and includes regulatory and policy challenges regarding consumer protection, financial crime and taxation and benefits.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology


Sea Level Rise: A Relentless Reality that Virginia Must Continue to Plan Carefully for

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues,Weather/Disasters

Virginia has over 7,000 miles of tidal shoreline.  This article briefly reviews flooding threats and then examines  the state’s evolving policies for coping with the threat of rising sea levels and storm surges. From the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


The Help America Vote Act and Election Administration: Overview and Issues

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Laws/Regulations

Provides background information about HAVA and its provisions, the Election Assistance Commission created by HAVA, funding for state programs to improve election administration and related issues.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Center


Memorandum of Agreement Between the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and the Department of Environmental Quality Regarding the Coordinated Review of the Environmental Impacts of Oil or Gas Drilling in Tidewater Virginia

Categories: Energy,Environment,Laws/Regulations,Virginia Issues

Agreement which acknowledges the mission of the two agencies—one to regulate oil and drilling activities in the state, the other to protect the environment—and the need to work together on the development of environmental impact assessments in areas of proposed drilling.  From the Office of the Governor


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