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|Government of Canada Approves Pacific NorthWest LNG Project|
Bradley M. Eidsness, Donald E. Greenfield, William S. Osler, Vivek T.A. Warrier; Bennett Jones LLP;
October 12, 2016, previously published on September 28, 2016On September 27, 2016, the Government of Canada approved the Pacific NorthWest LNG natural gas liquefaction and export facility, sending a strong signal that it is committed to growing Canada's role as a global energy supplier.
|Governor Snyder Signs Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act|
Leslie A. Dickinson; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
October 10, 2016, previously published on September 28, 2016On September 21, Gov. Snyder signed HB 4209 (now called the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, Public Act 281 of 2016). The Act imposes a licensure mandate and authorizes a regulatory scheme for certain medical marijuana facilities including growers, transporters, processors and...
|California Attorney General Issues New Proposition 65 Enforcement Regulations|
Leslie T. Krasny, Natalie E. Rainer; Keller and Heckman LLP;
October 10, 2016, previously published on October 5, 2016On September 9, 2016, the California Attorney General's Office issued final regulations regarding the private enforcement of Proposition 65 (i.e., California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986). The requirements are intended to: limit the settlement funds that are...
|Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of 2016 and Beyond|
Steve Baddour, Dan Connelly, Julie Cox, Max Fathy, David L. O'Connor; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
October 7, 2016, previously published on October 4, 2016After closing the book on the formal sessions in July, Massachusetts lawmakers have turned their attention to the November election. The Senate and House of Representatives convene in informal sessions for the remainder of the year and no controversial legislative matters are expected to pass...
|ISAO Standards Group Releases Guidelines for Information Sharing|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
October 7, 2016, previously published on October 7, 2016Information and Sharing and Analysis Organizations, or ISAOs, can now look to four new publications for guidance in establishing ISAOs and in sharing cybersecurity information and interacting with the intelligence community, law enforcement agencies, U.S. regulatory agencies, and the Department of...
|SB-465 Mandates Additional Reporting Requirements for Contractors|
D. Creighton Sebra; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
October 6, 2016, previously published on September 28, 2016Governor Brown just signed SB-465 that goes into effect January 1, 2017 and provides the Contractors State License Board more information about licensees. This bill allows increased transparency between licensed contractors and the CSLB and mandates that licensed contractors report work-related...
|California Governor Signs Climate Change Legislation|
Ariana N. Sarabia; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
October 6, 2016, previously published on September 26, 2016In furtherance of California Governor Jerry Brown’s mission to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, on September 8, 2016, the governor signed into law two important pieces of climate change legislation, Senate Bill 32 and Assembly Bill 197.
|New Emergency Rule in Florida Requires Responsible Parties to Quickly Notify Public of Pollution Spills|
Maribel N. Nicholson-Choice; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
October 5, 2016, previously published on September 28, 2016On Sept. 26, 2016, Governor Scott ordered the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to immediately issue an emergency rule requiring immediate notification of pollution spills to the general public, FDEP, and local governments. FDEP provides a copy of the Governor’s order and related...
|New York Governor Signs New Ethics Law; JCOPE Issues Emergency Regulations Changing Disclosure Obligations, Guidance for Architects and Engineers|
Mark F. Glaser, Joshua L. Oppenheimer; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
October 5, 2016, previously published on September 29, 2016As we advised in our previous GT Alert issued in late June, at the close of the regularly scheduled session, the New York State Legislature enacted a bill (the Ethics Reform Legislation) making substantial changes to disclosure obligations imposed on entities that lobby, are clients of lobbyists,...
|Supreme Court of Georgia Clarifies Constitutional Protections for Commenting on Public Controversies|
Duane Morris LLP;
October 5, 2016, previously published on September 15, 2016In its recent decision in Cottrell v. Smith, S16A0013, 2016 Ga. LEXIS 473 (July 8, 2016), the Georgia Supreme Court addressed a number of topics that are common in many defamation cases and clarified the law in the areas of defamation per se, limited purpose public figures and actual malice. The...