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|State Water Resources Control Board Issues Notice Of Plan To Temporarily Lift Curtailments During Future Rainfall Events|
Glen C. Hansen; Abbott & Kindermann, LLP;
January 22, 2015, previously published on October 28, 2014On May 27, 2014, the State Water Resources Control Board (“Board”) issued curtailment notices to all post-1914 appropriative water right holders in the Sacramento-San Joaquin, Russian, and Eel River watersheds. On October 3, 2014, the Executive Director of the Board issued a letter to...
|Bill C-43 Signals Forthcoming Changes To The Canadian Patent Act|
Graeme Boocock, Christine Collard; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
January 13, 2015, previously published on January 5, 2015On December 16, 2014, Bill C-43 received Royal Assent. The legislation includes amendments to the Canadian Patent Act that will eventually usher in significant changes to Canadian practice. The amendments mainly address Canada¿s obligations under the Patent Law Treaty and bring the Canadian system...
|It Is Now a Crime to Help a Public Official Make a Contract that Holds Personal Financial Interest|
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 20, 2014An 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,...
|Voters Pass Proposition 1 - Water Supply and Infrastructure Bond: Is Your Agency's Water Project Eligible for Funds?|
Steven M. Anderson; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 5, 2014On 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.
|New Law Changes Special District Noticing Requirements for Terminating Service on Delinquent Accounts|
Steven G. Martin; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 24, 2014The 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...
|California Attorney General Offers Guidance on Scope of Government Code Section 1090|
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
December 22, 2014, previously published on October 28, 2014California 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...
|New Groundwater Legislation Update: Comments Recommended Regarding Groundwater Basin Prioritization|
Steven M. Anderson, Lucas I. Quass; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 12, 2014Under 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...
|Coops React to Rare Bird’s Status as a Threatened Species|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 21, 2014Some electric cooperatives are unhappy about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species, which entitles the rare bird to protection under the Endangered Species Act. The ground-dwelling bird resides in southwestern Colorado and...
|A Bridge Over Deregulated Waters: The New Navigation Protection Act|
Jordanna Cytrynbaum, Miriam Isman; McCarthy Tétrault LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 17, 2014On April 1, 2014, the Federal Navigation Protection Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. N-22 (the “New Act”) came into force, replacing the Navigable Waters Protection Act (the “Old Act”) and making notable changes to Canada’s regulation of waterways. The legislative objective is to...
|What a Belter|
Stephen Ashworth; Dentons Canada LLP;
November 21, 2014, previously published on October 31, 2014The Green Belt is back in the news. DCLG has updated the NPPG, and included responses to two further questions that “interpret” the Green Belt policy in the NPPF. In substance, neither additional paragraph makes any real contribution to our understanding of the policy in the NPPF.