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|California Authorizes Alternative Procurement Method for Public Construction Projects|
Linda R. Beck, Tyree K. Dorward, Seth Merewitz; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
April 17, 2014, previously published on April 7, 2014Effective January 1, 2014, all California counties are expressly authorized to use the “construction management at risk” project delivery method (CMAR) for any building projects over $1 million. This alternative procurement process has been in use by the private sector and other public...
|New ALR Bill: Zone Defence|
Conrad Rego; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
April 17, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014Following a core review of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) by B.C. Energy Minister Bill Bennett and months of reports of an upcoming bill, the B.C. Government has introduced Bill 24 which divides the ALR in two zones purporting to recognize the Province’s regional differences.
|Equal Pay: Revisiting Federal Contractor Compensation Practices and Policies|
Elizabeth A. Buehler, Christina K. Kube, Megan H. Mann, Rebecca E. Pearson, Melanie Jones Totman; Venable LLP;
April 17, 2014, previously published on April 2014On April 8, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum intended to engender pay equality for women and minorities. The Order amends Executive Order 11246 and prohibits federal contractors that generally have contracts exceeding $10,000 from retaliating...
|US Department of Justice Extradites First Foreign National on Antitrust Charge|
Clifford H. Aronson, John M. Nannes, Tara L. Reinhart, Tiffany Rider; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP;
April 17, 2014, previously published on April 15, 2014On April 4, 2014, the United States Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (DOJ) announced the first-ever successful extradition on an antitrust charge. A German appeals court had approved the extradition of Romano Pisciotti, an Italian national, in February 2014.
|Governor's Office of Planning & Research Seeks Input to Improve California's Groundwater Management|
Sarah Christopher Foley, Paeter E. Garcia, Eric L. Garner; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
April 17, 2014, previously published on April 9, 2014The Office of Planning & Research (OPR) is seeking stakeholder input on actions to improve groundwater management in California, consistent with the Governor’s January 27 California Water Action Plan. The Plan calls for legislation to provide local and regional agencies with comprehensive...
|Senators Make Opening Bid, Introduce TRIA Bill|
Dentons Canada LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 10, 2014With the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA - P.L. 107-297) set to expire at the end of 2014 unless extended, today, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), with the support of cosponsoring Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL), Jack Reed (D-RI), Dean Heller (R-NV), Christopher Murphy (D-CT), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Mark...
|The United States Begins Move Towards Transparency on Beneficial Ownership|
Antonio Suarez-Martinez; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 14, 2014The White House has publicised a legislative proposal as part of the President’s budget to help law enforcement investigate the use of shell companies for unlawful purposes including money laundering. The purpose of the legislation is to allow the Inland Revenue Service to share beneficial...
|General MBR Modified Prior to Passage|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 11, 2014HB 483, the MBR bill which includes various appropriations and general policy reforms, was heavily amended prior to its passage this week. The most voluminous of the MBR proposals with roughly 800 pages, HB 483 was amended to include controversial provisions, such as clarification that college...
|H.B. 289 Seeks to Prohibit the Creation, Renewal, or Amendment of Joint Economic Development Zone Contracts|
Heather R. Baldwin Vlasuk; Walter;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 2014Sub. House Bill (H.B.) 289, passed by the Ohio House and now pending before the Senate, if enacted, will significantly change the statutory provisions for Joint Economic Development Zones (JEDZ or Zone) and would ultimately prohibit, as of January 1, 2015, the creation of new JEDZs, the renewal of...
|OIG Issues Rare Notice of Termination on Prior Advisory Opinion|
Wakaba Y. Tessier; Husch Blackwell LLP;
April 16, 2014, previously published on April 9, 2014In an unprecedented move, on April 8, 2014, the Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) posted a notice of termination of one of its previously issued advisory opinions. Specifically, the OIG issued a Final Notice of Termination of Advisory Opinion No. 11-18 (“Notice of...