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Law News September 17, 2015
In a statement made by the House of Lords this week, it was announced that the British government is partnering with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to establish drone tracking systems to ensure all hobbyist and commercial drones flying below 500 ft operate safely within...
Law News September 09, 2015
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a transportation agreement between the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation of the United Mexican States aimed at promoting and increasing bilateral collaboration on future border infrastructure projects....
Bridge Inspection News August 28, 2015
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the first ever toy powered paper airplane to fly commercially in U.S. airspace.   A Section 333 Exemption, which endows a specific person or entity to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in open airspace, was granted to Peter Sachs, a...
Funding News August 27, 2015
The issue of enacting a tax increase to boost infrastructure investment has been settled in at least one area of the country. Voters in Phoenix, Ariz., this week approved, by a return of 55% to 45%, Proposition 104, which stipulates a sales tax increase that will benefit transportation funding for...
DOT in Crisis News August 21, 2015
In a speech given at the recently held Irving Transportation and Water Summit, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) executive director Joe Weber told a room full of government officials and industry representatives that his agency would not stand as an advocate for rail transit or other mass...
Funding News July 30, 2015
The U.S. Senate passed its long-term highway bill today with a 65-34 decision. The six-year bill funds federal highway and infrastructure projects.    Democrats were split on the measure, with most of the caucus’s leadership voting against the bill negotiated by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-...
DOT in Crisis News July 06, 2015
The Senate and the House return from recess this week and will have less than a month to complete a long-term authorization of the Highway Trust Fund.   With a fast countdown toward the July 31 expiration of funding, lawmakers must decided how long to authorize the trust fund and how to pay for it...
Funding News June 29, 2015
In an day and age when the earmarking of scant funding is a perpetual political hot potato, the state of Tennessee is poised to step outside the arena of vague promises and make tax-based strides toward transit improvements.   Gov. Bill Haslam recently stipulated that proceeds from a potential fuel...
Law News June 26, 2015
A controversial $343.5 million transportation funding package has died, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced.   The bipartisan, bicameral group-scribed plan was unveiled this past Tuesday night and received its first hearing in a Senate committee the following day. The plan would generate $200 million...
Funding News June 25, 2015
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved the six-year, $275 billion spending plan for infrastructure projects, but lawmakers still need to find a way to fund the measure.   The plan known as the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act,...
Law News June 23, 2015
Disheartening news out of Indiana, especially in light of recent overtures at both federal and state levels of government to pursue investment in the ailing Amtrak transit system: According to a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation many of Amtrak’s facilities across the U.S do not comply with...
Law News June 18, 2015
A top official at the ride-sharing service Lyft and Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, say Tennessee’s new law, which allows car-booking companies such as Lyft and Uber to operate statewide, has been applauded by both officials at Lyft and Sen. Bo Watson (R-Hixson), as a model for other states looking to...
Law News May 28, 2015
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new piece of regulation relating to the Clean Water Act (CWA) that will require additional permitting requirements and could be used as a litigation tool by project opponents, both of which could result in delays to key transportation...
Law News May 08, 2015
  In a post to her Facebook page, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin addressed the signing of House Bill 1965, which effectively makes it a crime to text while driving within the state. Known as the “Trooper Nicholas Dees and Keith Burch Act of 2015,” in honor of the troopers who were involved in a...
Law News May 07, 2015
This week, the Mississippi Transportation Commission authorized the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) to change signage along U.S. Highway 78 to I-22 once federal application procedures are completed.   U.S. Highway 78 connects Memphis to Birmingham via New Albany, Tupelo and Fulton....
Funding News May 01, 2015
The Texas State House of Representatives on Thursday voted 138-3 in favor of shifting more than $3 billion in existing revenue to non-toll roads. This is multibillion-dollar boost to the cash-strapped Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) would potentially arm the agency in its battle with a...
Law News April 24, 2015
There is nothing new about the actions of government at any level being, to the average citizen, head-scratching. In North Carolina it seems many folks are scratching themselves bald, after the approval and then removal of Senate Bill 539, a measure linked to 2014’s budget law that stipulated a...
Law News April 17, 2015
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) is taking action to recover some of the nearly $43 million spent on I-495 emergency bridge repairs in Wilmington last year, drawing up a demand for insurance coverage details from those potentially responsible for damaging the span.   The subjects...
Law Article April 06, 2015
The Pay-if-Paid clause is widely used in the construction industry and essentially eliminates a prime contractor’s liability for payments to subcontractors in the event the owner does not pay the prime.   These clauses are generally enforced although a few states have, either by statute or legal...
Law News February 27, 2015
If a freshman Republican representative gets his way, it will soon become more of a penalty to carry an opened 40 oz. beer on a public bus in the state of Utah than to carry a concealed, unpermitted weapon.   Presently, carrying a concealed weapon on a train or bus within the state without a...
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