Washington Column

U.S. Senate Confirms Michael Regan to Lead EPA

On March 10, 2021, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Michael Regan as the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by a 66-34 vote, with 16 Republicans joining Democrats in support. Administrator Regan, who previously served as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, will oversee developing and enforcing regulations, […]

Snapshot: The Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program

In December of 2000, Congress authorized a Small Business Administration (SBA) program to support women-owned businesses in bidding for federal contracts. The Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contracting Program allows government contracting officers to set aside contracts specifically for qualifying women-owned businesses in underrepresented and substantially underrepresented North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. A […]

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 […]

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