Washington Column

Reconciling the Gap in Federal/State Marijuana Laws

As Congress feverishly rushed to finish up some critical legislative priorities before decamping for home for their annual August recess, they found time to initiate preliminary action to address the expanding policy gap between states that allow for the medical and/or recreational use of marijuana and the federal government’s prohibition on the use and possession […]

Biden Administration Updates Its Regulatory Plan for the Remainder of 2022

On June 21, 2022, the Biden administration released its Spring 2022 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, providing a detailed glimpse into the regulatory and deregulatory activities under development across approximately 67 federal departments, agencies and commissions. These semi-annual regulatory agendas report on the actions administrative agencies plan to issue in the near and […]

TCIA Supports Federal Programs to Enhance and Protect Urban Forests

In order to fund federal programs and agencies for fiscal year (FY) 2023, the federal government is currently undergoing what is known as the annual appropriations process. This process of determining discretionary spending begins early each year with the release and distribution of the president’s budget proposal, which includes information on the administration’s priorities and […]

TCIA Supports Bill to Prohibit the Local Regulation of Pesticide Use

On May 5, 2022, TCIA, along with 158 other industry partners, signed on to a letter expressing support for H.R.7266, a bill to “amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to prohibit the local regulation of pesticide use, and for other purposes.” As stated in the letter, the bill would, among other changes, […]

Additional H-2B Visas Are on the Way

On March 31, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the forthcoming publication of a joint temporary final rule to make available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2022. As explained in the announcement, these visas will be […]

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