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Committee Announces Hearing Addressing the Risk of Waste, Fraud and Abuse in the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline Program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, will convene a hearing titled, “Addressing the Risk of Waste, Fraud and Abuse in the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline Program,” at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. The Lifeline program, which subsidizes telephone and broadband service for low-income consumers, was the subject of a recent study by the independent Government Accountability Office (GAO). In its report, GAO describes recurring failures of evaluation and oversight creating persistent risk of waste, fraud, and abuse and threatening the ability of Lifeline to serve its intended purpose.

Witnesses:

-  Mr. Seto Bagdoyan, Director, Audit Services, Forensic Audits & Investigative Service, Government Accountability Office
-  Commissioner Chris Nelson, Commissioner, South Dakota Public Utilities Commission
-  Ms. Deborah Collier, Director of Technology and Telecommunications Policy, Citizens Against Government Waste
-  Dr. Jeffrey Eisenach, Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Adjunct Professor, George Mason University School of Law

*Witness list subject to change 

Hearing Details:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Full committee

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on www.commerce.senate.gov.

Florida Supreme Court, Casting Separation of Powers Aside, Invalidates Medical Malpractice Damages Limits

WLF Legal Pulse - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 4:12pm
Guest Commentary By Andrew S. Bolin, Beytin, McLaughlin, McLaughlin, O’Hara, Bocchino & Bolin, P.A. In 2003, the Florida Legislature undertook the arduous task of examining the impact of medical malpractice lawsuits in the State of Florida. Governor Jeb Bush appointed a Select Task Force on Healthcare Professional Liability Insurance that consisted of a distinguished group […]
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ICYMI – Small Business Need Real Regulatory Change, Not “Meaningless Relief Efforts”

House Small Business Committee News - Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:00am

WASHINGTON – Last week, Karen Kerrigan, President and CEO of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE) Council, acknowledged the Administration’s efforts to ease the regulatory burden on small businesses in an SBE Council article. These efforts coincide with the House Small Business Committee’s efforts over the past several years that have helped provide certainty and encouraged entrepreneurship.  Ms. Kerrigan, however, explained that small businesses are still waiting for long-lasting regulatory relief, especially through the passage of S. 584, the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act.  A similar bill was authored by House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) and passed the House on January 11, 2017.

What About Small Business Regulatory Reform?

By Karen Kerrigan

“From the first full day President Trump took office until now, the Administration has focused on removing regulatory impediments and overreach that are hurting our economy and its small businesses.  A series of executive orders, Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolutions signed by the President (14 in total), as well as specific actions by the agencies to roll back or review some of the more onerous rulemakings under the Obama Administration have made a significant difference in bringing certainty and lower costs for many businesses,” said Kerrigan.

The article goes on to explain that the Small Business Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act “updates the Regulatory Flexibility Act and closes loopholes used by rule writers to avoid complying with steps that protect small businesses from rash or one-size-fits-all regulations. It would make federal agencies account for a full and complete economic impact of their proposed regulations (direct and indirect costs); include IRS rulemakings for analysis; require full transparency as to why a rule was drafted, how it was drafted, and the real impact on small businesses; review old rules currently on the books; and waive certain fines for first-time paperwork violations.”

“This is a critical bill for Main Street, as large companies have their K Street outposts to comb through the Federal Register on a daily basis and intervene with regulators on their behalf.  S.584 embeds common sense steps in proposed federal rulemakings, which systematically protect startups and small firms from overreaching regulatory efforts.”

To read the full SBE Council article, click HERE.

Army Corps of Engineers and EPA Announce Public Meetings to Discuss the Definition of “Waters of the United States”

Office of Advocacy - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 4:43pm

On August 28, 2017, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a schedule of public meetings to discuss the Definition of “Waters of the United States”, including teleconferences tailored to specific sectors. EPA and the Corps will be conducting specific small entity outreach via a teleconference on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern). Interested parties should RSVP to Joan B.

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Ambiguity Eclipses Clarity in Two Post-“Spokeo” Standing-to-Sue Decisions

WLF Legal Pulse - Mon, 08/28/2017 - 9:05am
In addition to an America-only total solar eclipse, August brought us a remarkable flurry of significant federal appeals court decisions. Among those decisions were two that addressed a hotly contested procedural issue: plaintiff’s standing to sue for violation of a federal statute. The rulings, both of which interpreted and applied the 2016 US Supreme Court […]
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Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in St. Louis, Missouri

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:39pm

Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in St. Louis, Missouri

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday September 12th, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in St. Louis, Missouri at the Marriott St. Louis Grand – 800 Washington Avenue. The event will be from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central Time.  

 

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Advocacy Invites Small Businesses to Attend Ohio Roundtables

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:36pm

Advocacy Invites Small Businesses to Attend Ohio Roundtables

 

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Les Davies Appointed Small Business Advocate for Region 5

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:33pm

 Les Davies Appointed Small Business Advocate for Region 5

 

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Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in Lexington, Kentucky

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:30pm

Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in Lexington, Kentucky  

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday July 31st, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in Lexington, Kentucky with U.S. House Representative Andy Barr in attendance. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites.

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Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in Cleveland, Ohio

Office of Advocacy - Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:26pm

Advocacy to Host Regulatory Roundtable in Cleveland, Ohio

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Thursday August 3rd, the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration will host a roundtable in Cleveland, Ohio. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Hilton Downtown.

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High Court Must Review ESA Decision that Endangers Ability to Appeal Agency Actions

WLF Legal Pulse - Thu, 08/24/2017 - 4:44pm
A group of Louisiana landowners is asking the Supreme Court to review a US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit decision that dramatically expands the scope of the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Weyerhaeuser Co. and Markle Interests, L.L.C.. v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Their concerns are well-justified; the appeals court upheld land-use restrictions […]
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