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Category: Issue Backgrounder


Utility Air Regulatory Group v. E.P.A.

On June 23, 2014, the United States Supreme Court released its decision in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. E.P.A. Lyle Denniston, at SCOTUSblog, reported that the EPA “mostly” won, with a 7 to 2 vote in favor of the agency’s ability “to impose air pollution control strategy on many of the power plants and other …Read the Rest

Ohio’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (S.B. 310)

Update: Governor Kasich signed the bill into law on June 13, 2014, without any additional comments. On June 2, 2014, the U.S. EPA announced its proposal to reduce carbon emissions. On May 29, Jeremy Pelzer wrote a concise article about the major factors of the debate over S.B. 310: both sides said they were trying …Read the Rest

‘Net Neutrality’ in the News

The FCC is scheduled to vote today on a proposal from its Chairman to revise the FCC rules governing the network management practices of “last mile” wired broadband Internet providers — those (primarily cable) companies that provide broadband Internet connections to mainstream end users. The scheduled vote is to approve issuance of a Notice of …Read the Rest

FDA Proposed Rules on Pet and Animal Food Safety

After yet another widespread pet food recall,┬áthe FDA has released its proposed animal food safety rules. On October 25, Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Mary Clare Jalonick wrote, The proposed rules would require those who sell pet food and animal feed in the United States, including importers, to follow certain sanitation practices and have detailed food safety …Read the Rest

On getting online state codes (mostly) right

I recently had occasion to confirm a citation to the codified statutes of Wisconsin. Wisconsin happens to be one of the minority of states that produces both a directly state-published statutory Code and a commercially published (West, in this case) annotated code. But the quality of the online availability of the “official” code, the Wisconsin …Read the Rest

Government Shutdown and the Debt Ceiling

Update (Oct. 16, 2013) Background Debt Ceiling Debate Clean C.R. vs. Piecemeal Legislation Default Danger Related Legislation CRS Analyses Debt Ceiling Articles News and Blogs Update (Oct. 16, 2013) AP: Deal Reached to Avoid Default, Open Government The draft C.R. includes a $2.9 billion earmark for a Kentucky dam lock project. President Obama’s remarks House …Read the Rest