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Drone legislation fails to get off the ground | KSL.com
KSL.comFebruary 1, 2017

Critics of a bill to further regulate the use of drones say the proposal takes a sledgehammer to a problem that could be fixed with a scalpel, resulting in the ...more »

Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services discuss government benefits
Wicked Local CambridgeFebruary 1, 2017

Keefe said many of the questions were about how repeal of the Affordable Care Act could impact elder services. Knowing that would likely be a topic, Keefe and Lowe provided recent projections from the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit that ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Dumping & Disposing
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The Spirit of Standing Rock on the Move
Truth-OutFebruary 3, 2017

In December 2016, after consulting with the Indigenous Environmental Network, which was central to organizing the Standing Rock resistance, Orona's group established a camp and built a Native/non-Native support system, similar to Standing Rock's, with ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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The Last-Ditch Attempt to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline
The AtlanticFebruary 10, 2017

Over the summer, it argued the pipeline violated its rights to a historic review under the National Historic Preservation Act. Throughout the fall, it sought an environmental-review statement required under the National Environmental Policy Act. The ...more »

Forest Preservation
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John Marshall Law School Attorney to Speak on Financial Exploitation of Senior Citizens
Marketwired (press release)February 8, 2017

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - February 08, 2017) - R. Dennis Smith, project manager for The John Marshall Law School's Fair Lending & Home Preservation Law Project, will speak on February 9 at the Cook County Circuit Court's Elder Justice Center on ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Once-endangered bald eagles now soaring in Colorado
The ColoradoanFebruary 3, 2017

It's a success story that feels especially relevant as some lawmakers prepare efforts to roll back the Endangered Species Act, which by some accounts helped America's national symbol return to glory. ... They include habitat encroachment; loss of ...more »

Republicans poised to roll back environmental protections
EngadgetFebruary 1, 2017

Forty parks in the US have split-estate ownership, where the federal government owns the land but cedes below-surface mineral rights to private companies. The rules require detailed planning, but Congress wants to strip out recent protection updates ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Will moon mining be BANNED? International space law could prevent billionaires from extracting precious metals from ...
Daily MailFebruary 3, 2017

As approved by the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation, the privately held Moon Express, headquartered in Cape Canaveral, plans to fly a suitcase-sized lander to the moon for a two-week mission this year, said the company founder and chief ...more »

Public Utilities
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CPUC reform is on legislative docket third year running
The San Diego Union-TribuneFebruary 2, 2017

Two years ago, Brown vetoed six bills aimed at reforming the California Public Utilities Commission. Last year, key reforms died in the Legislature, although moderate changes were signed into law. Now, a new bill from Sen. Hill is making its way ...more »

Natural Resources
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Williams Takes Over as Fish, Wildlife and Parks Director
Flathead BeaconFebruary 8, 2017

Williams received her bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and her Juris Doctor with honors from UM's law school. She spent the last four years teaching at UM, leading courses on natural resource law, public land and resources law, and ...more »

Seqra Regulations
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Seneca Meadows sues; landfill fights Seneca Falls Local Law 3
Finger Lakes TimesFebruary 6, 2017

SEQRA: The landfill claims that prior to adopting the local law, the state Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) requires the Town Board to identify the relevant areas of environmental concern, take a hard look at those areas and provide a reasoned ...more »


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