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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level State
State(s) Hawaii
Source Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
Hawaii has not only the highest cost of living in the country, but also the ninth highest rate of poverty, the second highest rate of homelessness, and the fourth heaviest tax burden on the poor. However, two major federal antipoverty programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy
For decades, federal energy and water efficiency standards have demonstrably saved consumers money, reduced pollution, and increased grid reliability. Recently, however, the political winds have shifted. Immediately upon taking office, the Trump Administration refused to publish in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) New York
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
The courts decided 37 cases under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) in 2010. This report analyzes these cases and finds that defendants were much more likely to win in cases where an environmental impact statement (EIS) had been prepared than when these was no EIS....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2000
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Arnold & Porter
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
As development pressures mount, local governments throughout the State of New York are searching for methods of retaining the open character of their communities. In most of these communities, the search for ways to preserve open lands includes an analysis of the extensive authority...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
This article explains this Supreme Court decision which ruled that federal common law nuisance claims could not proceed because the EPA possesses ultimate authority on the regulation of carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants. From this decision, the author describes various questions...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source PEN America
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Misinformation often accompanies contentious events and conflicts, and local leaders may inadvertently repeat misinformation and cause harm. This brief outlines ways that community leaders can reduce the impact of misinformation, such as consulting with targeted communities to learn...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2021
Level National
State(s) All States
Source United States Congress
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Recognizing the barriers many voters face in accessing the poles, the United States Congress passed Bill S.2747 to strengthen voter rights by expanding voter registration and improve voting access through programs like vote-by-mail and early voting. ...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Policy Studies
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
This toolkit is designed to help strengthen the sanctuary and refugee rights movements by providing a platform to look at and strengthen sanctuary campaigns and policies through an anti-war lens. The goal is to highlight the role of the U.S.’ actions in producing migration; the multiple...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Global Legal Group
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This legal guide provides a synopsis of U.S. Environmental law in 2010 oriented towards the international business community. It discusses a number of topics including, but not limited to, environmental policy and enforcement, environmental permits, waste, liabilities, and contaminated...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Johns Hopkins University
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
Unknown to many specialists in the field, the United States built a repository in the late 1970s, filled it with plutonium waste, and walked away. It has no signs, guards, or fences and it is on an island threatened by the rising seas. The site is in the Republic of the Marshall Islands,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level State
State(s) New York
Source Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
In September 2014, New York enacted the Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA), which requires in part that the New York Department of State and the Department of Environmental Conservation create model local laws relating to climate adaptation for use by local governments. The...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Community Development
This is a case study of the Localism Act of 2011 in England, which affords a series of community rights to localities that self-organize. Rights include formulation of a separate development plan and building community facilities outside of the mandate of the federal government. This...

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Year 2021
Level -
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance, Community Development, Housing
Regulatory barriers make housing less affordable to millions of households in the US and abroad. If regulatory barriers were reduced, small developers could provide housing at more affordable prices. This article assesses the current state of knowledge about the effects of federal,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Community Development
Lean Governing is an action-focused exercise of collective will by local elected officials and citizens. It is a process of discovery, of robust experimentation and learning by doing. Lean Governing works through a network of distributed leadership among public entities, citizens...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) New Mexico
Source Institute for Policy Studies
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance
The criminalization of immigration through policies such as the “Zero Tolerance” policy has swelled the numbers of people in U.S. detention centers. Recent reports have exposed the inhumane conditions in these centers, including those that have caused dozens of deaths. Many people...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League Of Cities
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance
Our nation’s local elected leaders work tirelessly every day to reflect their city’s values and represent community members. These leaders represent the level of government closest to the people they govern, and they focus on the critical issues that matter to the people of this great...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level State
State(s) New York
Source Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Energy
A jurisdiction that seeks to enact a municipal wind energy ordinance must first delineate areas suitable for wind energy projects in its comprehensive plan. Then, the municipality must choose a legal mechanism to regulate wind energy projects within those areas. Lastly, the municipality...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level State
State(s) New York
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
New laws were signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2013 regarding notice requirements in the Brownfield Cleanup Program, Bottle Bill enforcement, mercury thermostats, oversized lobsters, shark fins, and Eurasian boars, among other things. On the regulatory front, the state promulgated...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Louisiana
Source Equity New Orleans
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education, Democracy & Governance, Health
EquityNewOrleans is a citywide initiative of the Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In partnership with the Foundation for Louisiana, EquityNewOrleans assessed the role of equity in City government using a data-driven process that prioritizes stakeholder...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
Recently, several climate scientists have received demands to produce their raw data, working notes, e-mails, letters, or other communications. These demands come in the form of subpoenas, U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests, or requests during litigation. This article features...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
Regulation and government programs are supposed to protect the consumers, but too often, they favor big, incumbent businesses at the expense of small consumers and small businesses. A permit fee that is the same for one house or a hundred will fall a hundred times harder on the builder...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) All States
Source Environmental Law Institute
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
The central purpose of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is to improve governmental decision making by making relevant information available to officials and by ensuring that everyone affected by the decisions is given a voice. In this article, Michael Gerrard focuses on...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level Other Boards and Agencies
State(s) New York
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
The courts decided 46 cases under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) in 2018. However, the most important action under SEQRA was in the Legislature, followed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. This column analyzes these developments, specifically...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level State
State(s) New York
Source New York Law Journal
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
This annual survey describes new environmental laws that were signed into law in 2010 in New York, as well as two executive orders issued by Governor David A. Paterson and important new regulations from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation concerning endangered...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2000
Level State
State(s) New York
Source Arnold & Porter
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources
With the passing of the New York State brownfields legislation, the author, Linda Shaw, gives her insight into the legislation and the compromises made within the adopted legislative proposal. The article begins with Shaw's personal perspective on early New York State brownfields...

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