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California High Speed Rail Case Back in Court

Posted Feb 12, 2016

California’s $68 billion high-speed rail lawsuit is back in Sacramento Superior Court as state officials defend their plans to build a railway that would quickly transport passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Attorneys for a group of landowners argued that current state plans for the high-rail system would not get passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles in the time voters were promised when they approved Proposition 1A  in 2008.  Read articles in the Sacramento Bee and San Jose Mercury News.


Supreme Court Blocks EPA’s “Clean Power Plan”

Posted Feb 12, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order  blocking the Environmental Protection Agency’s landmark carbon rule for power plants, “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”, 80 Fed.Reg. 64,662 , also known as the “Clean Power Plan”.  News sources are calling it a major setback to President Obama’s climate change agenda.  Read articles in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times.  Read about the decision in SCOTUSblog.


GPO’s New Beta Website

Posted Feb 12, 2016

The U.S. Government Printing Office has a new website in beta (govinfo.gov) that will eventually replace the Federal Digital System (FDsys), the current public gateway to government documents and information.  Some of its new features include the capability to link related content, a new open-source search engine and enhancements to the search filters.  Read the Q&A at govinfo.gov.    Read about the new beta site in Robert Ambrogi’s blog, LawSites and in CQ’s Roll Call.