Washington Column

The SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program Returns for 2021

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the “Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act” (the Economic Aid Act) as part of a larger legislative package funding the federal government through September 30, 2021. The Economic Aid Act includes a provision that reopens the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Paycheck Protection […]

What Could an OSHA COVID Standard Look Like?

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike following the Thanksgiving holiday and a widely available vaccine is still months away, calls for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue a COVID-19-related Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) have increased. If action to implement an ETS is not taken during the waning days of the Trump administration, […]

More States Legalize Marijuana with November Ballot Initiatives

On November 3, voters in five states overwhelmingly approved ballot measures to legalize medical or adult-use marijuana and impose taxes on marijuana sales ranging from 6.6% to 20%. In New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana, voters approved referendums legalizing recreational marijuana use for anyone at least 21 years old. Voters in South Dakota also […]

Comprehensive Rewrite of Pesticide Regulations Introduced in Congress

Opponents say bill could limit controls available for invasive pests. On August 4, 2020, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representative Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) introduced companion legislation that would fundamentally rewrite and amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) – the law governing pesticide use in the United States. S.B. 4406 and […]

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No Safety Standard on COVID-19 for Federal OSHA

Virginia Issues First Workplace Safety Standard on COVID-19, but Federal OSHA Charts a Different Path Since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, worker advocates and labor unions have called on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an emergency temporary standard (ETS) for workplace safety designed to mitigate the COVID-19 threat posed to […]

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