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Ryan's Medicare Revolution
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

True, Mr. Obama's health-care law has created an Independent Payment Advisory Board with the task of limiting Medicare spending, now rising at 6% a year, to the economic growth rate plus a half percentage point. Not only does the board lack the tools ...more »

44 Convicted Criminal Aliens Arrested in CT and MA
abc40March 1, 2012

By Jessica Michalski - email HARTFORD, CT (WGGB) – The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department has arrested 44 convicted criminal aliens in Connecticut and Massachusetts. During a four-day targeted enforcement operation in both CT and MA that ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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Obama fights Carter tag on energy - Delivers another energy address today ...
PoliticoMarch 1, 2012

The president's speech will hit familiar themes, touting expanded oil and gas production while repeating his push for efficient and alternative vehicles and fuels. And finally, a White House official says, he will call for a repeal of provisions of the ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Gov't aims for win-win mining policy
ABS CBN NewsMarch 5, 2012

by Caroline Howard, ANC MANILA, Philippines - Mining advocates hail the Philippine Mining Act of 1995 as one of the best mining laws in the world. They cite important provisions, like seeking the consent of indigenous communities and meeting stringent ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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Ohio Quakes Linked to Drilling-Disposal Well, Report Says
BusinessWeekMarch 9, 2012

US states are trying to avoid any environmental impact from hydraulic fracturing while reaping the economic benefits. So-called fracking involves injecting water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure. “Ohioans demand smart environmental...more »

Natural Resources
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U.S. House approves bill that would remake California water law | The Republic
The RepublicMarch 1, 2012

California Attorney General Kamala Harris wrote a letter to lawmakers saying the bill would impose unprecedented federal constraints on the state's ability to manage its natural resources and “abrogate long-standing provisions of California law...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Senate committee approves bill to expand scope of open records laws
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comMarch 5, 2012

Both bills were approved by the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committees by a vote of 3-0, with two abstentions. The legislation widens the acts to include independent authorities, improvement authorities and ...more »

Floodplain
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Environmental damages remain issue after BP deal
Albany Times UnionMarch 6, 2012

David Uhlmann, a University of Michigan Law School professor who previously served as chief of the Justice Department's environmental crimes section, estimates that a deal between BP, the federal government and the states — one that includes criminal ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Planet Amazing Announces New Amazon.com Store with New Environmentally ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)March 4, 2012

"And the Planet Amazing company has launched a new research project to compile the masses of data from the worldwide use of their non-toxic pest control products that use the patented microcrystals. This includes flea control, aphid control, ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Bridgewater state representative sues town over land purchase
Fall River Herald NewsMarch 6, 2012

The Town Council voted in October to use community preservation funds to purchase the land under the state law known as Chapter 61A, which allows the town first right of refusal for agricultural property once an offer is on the table.more »

Otter who fostered pups, inspired legislation, dies at aquarium
San Francisco ChronicleMarch 5, 2012

The California sea otter, who died Saturday in Monterey, not only raised more than a dozen orphaned otter pups, but inspired important legislation and changed the way scientists handle abandoned otter babies. And she did it all while battling a chronic ...more »

Hazardous Waste
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Bill would make Georgia lawmaker stop diverting fees
The Augusta ChronicleMarch 5, 2012

AP ATLANTA — Georgia lawmakers are mulling a new law that would force them to uphold old laws they already passed. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that House Bill 881 would prohibit lawmakers from diverting about $40 million in fees and fines ...more »

Public Utilities
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Idaho Power customers can expect to see the cost of their electricity rise ...
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkMarch 11, 2012

And the law encourages development of green energy sources: wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and the like. If it drives up electric rates, how does the law help? Well, there's disagreement over the actual effect on rates in Idaho.more »

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