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Advisory Circular: Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations

http://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_107-2.pdf

Final regulations relating to the use of  sUAS or drones.  The regulations, restricting flights to 400 feet or less during daytime,  are focused on the hobbyist flyer and not commercial applications.  From the Federal Aviation Administtration

 

Refugee Law and Policy

http://www.loc.gov/law/help/refugee-law/index.php?loclr=bloglaw

Describes the law and policy on refugees and other asylum seekers in 22 countries and the European Union.  Includes laws and regulations governing the admission of refugees, processes for handling them, assistance provided to them, requirements for naturalization, and whether policies have been affected by recent emergencies.  From the Law Library of the Library of Congress

 

Federal Register Collection

Categories: Laws/Regulations

http://www.loc.gov/collections/federal-register/

Features a complete digitized collection of copies of the Federal Register, 1936-1993.  For more recent issues, 1994- to date, see FDsys  (https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR)   From the Law Library of the Library of Congress

 

Social Security Disability Insurance: Participation and Spending

Categories: Disability,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations,Retirement/Social Security,Statistics,Welfare/Social Services

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51443-SSDI_Participation_Spending.pdf

Spending on Disability Insurance benefits grew more than ten-fold between 1970 and 2015 and nearly tripled as a share of GDP.  Even if spending is projected to be more modest in the coming years, under current law, spending would exceed income after 2018 and the Trust Fund would be exhausted in 2022.  This report lays out policy options for Congress.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Overseas Contingency Operations Funding: Background and Status

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

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R44519.pdf

Examines the controversy and the current funding debate over the Overseas Contingency Operations account, created to provide funding for emergency overseas military actions following the 9/11 attacks.  The account is not subject to the normal budget control acts and has resulted in nearly $2 trillion dollars of spending, mostly for U.S. military activities in Iraq and Afghanistan.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Laws that Contain Mandates

Categories: Federal State Relations,Govt Finance,Laws/Regulations

https://www.cbo.gov/umra-search/law

New tool which allows users to browse or search for intergovernmental or private sector mandates in laws passed by Congress.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

United States Telecom Association et al v. Federal Communications Commission

Categories: Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts,Telecommunications/Internet

https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/3F95E49183E6F8AF85257FD200505A3A/$file/15-1063-1619173.pdf

Decision of a three judge appellate court panel that supports the concept of net neutrality in affirming the FCC’s authority to reclassify broadband Internet as a telecommunications service and promote Internet openness.  Telecommunications companies had challenged the regulatory authority of the FCC in this area and argued it infringed on First Amendment rights. From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

 

Puerto Rico v. Franklin Cal. Tax-Free Trust

https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/15-233

5-2 Supreme Court decision that the government of Puerto Rico cannot pass legislation to enable public utility corporations to restructure their debt.   The court held that the federal Bankruptcy Code  pre-empts Puerto Rico’s Recovery Act.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute

 

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