Texas environment official says new EPA ozone rule just the first step

By   /  February 27, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, Federal Government, Government Regulation, News, Regulations, Texas  /  No Comments

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An official with the Texas environment department says new EPA ozone guidelines are just the first step in regulations the agency wants to adopt.

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Mississippi lawmakers may give terminally ill patients ‘right to try’ experimental drugs

By   /  February 26, 2015  /  Government Regulation, Legislature, Lobbying, Mississippi, News, Politics, Regulations  /  No Comments

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Terminally-ill patients in Mississippi might gain the “Right to Try” experimental medication if a bill in the Mississippi Senate is signed into law.

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Vermont to lose 3.4 percent of manufacturing jobs due to federal climate regs

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Economy, Jobs + Growth, News, Regulations, Vermont  /  No Comments

The Wisconsin state Senate on Wednesday took up a controversial bill aimed at streamlining the mining process. But while the bill's passage is all-but-certain, the rights and requirements of Native American tribes and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers call into question the future of the northern Wisconsin that is the impetus for the bill.

Vermont will lose 3.4 percent of its manufacturing jobs by 2023 due to Obama administration climate regulations, according to a report on the impact of EPA rules on labor.

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Danger and train crew size: A tale of two states

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  Nebraska, Regulations, transportation  /  No Comments

fireball in WV

When a train carrying potentially dangerous oil derailed and exploded recently in West Virginia, triggering huge fire balls, it was up to a two-man rail crew to deal with the immediate danger.
Tuesday (today) a battle over train crew size in Nebraska goes public.

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Background check bill in peril after police chiefs shoot it down

By   /  February 18, 2015  /  Government Regulation, News, Regulations, Vermont  /  No Comments

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A highly controversial background check bill is in peril in Vermont after an influential association of police chiefs criticized the legislation as unnecessary and off target.

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Body-cams may increase transparency, but raise questions too

By   /  February 13, 2015  /  Accountability, Audio, News, Open Records, Pennsylvania, Regulations, Transparency  /  No Comments

Photo by Rachel Martin

The Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee held an on-the-road hearing in Pittsburgh Wednesday, to address issues of best practices in policing and how work in Allegheny County may be a model for others in the commonwealth. Over a dozen witnesses and nearly four hours of testimony confirmed the basic premise of the devil being in the details.

While witnesses were uniformly in favor of increased use of body cameras, it was clear that implementing their use is a bit thornier. One issue was how available such video should be to the public under the state’s right to know law.

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