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HTMLCalifornia Attorney General Offers Guidance on Scope of Government Code Section 1090
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014
California Attorney General Kamala Harris recently issued two opinions illuminating the scope of Government Code section 1090, the powerful and far-reaching provision of law that prohibits a government official from being “financially interested” in any contract made by him or her in an...

 

HTMLCommunity Redevelopment Law Conflict-of-Interest Rules Apply to Successor Agencies
Michael J. Maurer; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 13, 2014
The California Attorney General recently opined that the conflict-of-interest rules under the Community Redevelopment Law will continue to apply despite the dissolution of redevelopment agencies. The rules apply to members of any successor agency governing board and may apply to city officials and...

 

HTMLIt Is Now a Crime to Help a Public Official Make a Contract that Holds Personal Financial Interest
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 20, 2014
An amendment to Government Code section 1090 now makes it a felony for any person to aid and abet a government official in violating the conflict of interest provisions of the Code. This amendment, made possible with the passage of SB 952, advances the ability of prosecutors to charge all persons,...

 

HTMLUse of School Grounds for Campaign and Election Activities
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on October 27, 2014
With the election just days away, school superintendents, board members, administrators and principals are often confronted with requests to permit electioneering activity on campus, or even the uninvited appearances of candidates or citizens campaigning for a candidate or proposition on the ballot.

 

HTMLNew Groundwater Legislation Update: Comments Recommended Regarding Groundwater Basin Prioritization
Steven M. Anderson, Lucas I. Quass; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 12, 2014
Under the new groundwater legislation, the California Department of Water Resources must establish the initial priority for each groundwater basin in the state no later than Jan. 31. Those basins that are ultimately designated as high or medium priority will be subject to groundwater sustainability...

 

HTMLVoters Pass Proposition 1 - Water Supply and Infrastructure Bond: Is Your Agency's Water Project Eligible for Funds?
Steven M. Anderson; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014
On Tuesday, California voters passed Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, which allocates $7.5 billion for a water quality, supply and infrastructure improvement program to help fund certain water projects.

 

HTMLP5+1 and Iran Nuclear Negotiations and Joint Plan of Action Extended Up To an Additional Seven Months
Renato Antonini, Sean Thomas Boyce, Michael P. Gurdak, Fahad A. Habib, Paul C. Hines; Jones Day;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 2014
On November 24, 2014, the P5+1 (or, alternatively, E3+3) countries (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, and Russia) announced that ongoing negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear enrichment and development activities, along with sanctions relief agreed to by the United...

 

HTMLNew Law Changes Special District Noticing Requirements for Terminating Service on Delinquent Accounts
Steven G. Martin; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 24, 2014
The noticing requirements special districts must follow to terminate delinquent residential light, heat, water or power service accounts were substantially modified by the passage of omnibus bill AB 2747 by the state Legislature. The changes will take effect on Jan. 1 and impact the notification of...

 

HTML2014 Midterm Election - Governor LePage Reelected and Changes Coming to the Legislature
Ann R. Robinson, Daniel W. Walker; Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014
Election Day 2014 has come and gone. The citizens of Maine reelected the Chief Executive, Governor Paul LePage. Although many races remain undeclared, our sources indicate that the House will remain Democratic, but the Senate has flipped Republican. Below is an overview of the 127th Maine...

 

HTMLVermont Doubles Down: Representative Testifies Before Congress Against Federal GMO Labeling Bill
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
December 19, 2014, previously published on December 15, 2014
As we’ve explored in past posts, Congress is currently considering a bill that aims to harmonize the patchwork of state efforts at regulating GMO labeling by placing such regulation firmly within FDA’s jurisdiction. Dubbed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 4432), this bill...

 


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