Nov 14, 2019
Regional Roundup
U.S. - MEXICO INTERPARLIAMENTARY GROUP MEETING  
The U.S. - Mexico Interparliamentary Group (IPG) convened in San Diego, California October 25-27, bringing together federal legislators from both countries to discuss priority issues and identify ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation. During this meeting, m embers discussed several critical and timely issues facing both countries, including ratifying the United States - Mexico - Canada Agreement (USMCA), improving the relationship, and shared security challenges. For additional details, please click the link below.
 
Committee Update
ENERGY COMMITTEE
As committee leadership begins plans for next year's meeting, a number of topics have presented themselves as worthy of discussion. Drawing from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) report, as well as the agenda of the World Energy Future Summit, key trends related to energy consumption, natural resources, and emerging technologies are all poised to have an impact on the future of energy in the west. For additional information, please click below.

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Regional Updates
2019 FEDERAL CANADIAN ELECTION REVIEW
After 41 days of campaigning, Canadians went to the polls last month to vote in the federal election. Four leaders were vying for votes to allow their party to lead Canada, including candidates from the Green Party, New Democratic Party, Conservative Party, and Liberal Party. With results tallied, the overall composition of the government experienced shifts in party balance producing a minority government led by the Liberal party for the next term. For additional information on the election results, please click below.

Resource Updates
UPCOMING WEBINARS
During the month of December, the State & Local Legal Center is hosting several webinars addressing topics impacting state and local governance from a judicial perspective. All webinars start at 1pm (EST). 

Be sure to check out the topics below and register today!
NET NEUTRALITY FOR STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
December 6 - The D.C. Circuit recently ruled (mostly) in favor of the Federal Communication Commission's order retreating from net neutrality. This webinar will provide a non-technical explanation of the court's ruling. Speakers will also explain how this ruling will impact state and local governments and what authority states and localities have to enact net neutrality laws and policies in their own jurisdictions. 

ADA COMPLIANT WEBSITES
December 9 - Local governments and many other entities across the country have been sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because their websites are not accessible to persons with disabilities. Minh Vu and Seyfarth Shaw will discuss the laws that require accessible websites, why government entities have been targeted for lawsuits, and what state and local government officials can do to avoid being sued.    

WOTUS & CLEAN WATER ACT UPDATE FOR STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
December 11 - Keeping track of which Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule applies where and for how long is a full time job. Samuel Brown, a former EPA attorney, and currently a partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, will provide an overview of how we got to the recent repeal of the 2015 WOTUS rule, what WOTUS rule applies throughout the United States currently, what final rules replacing the repeal of the 2015 WOTUS rule might look like, and how the upcoming presidential election may affect the definition of WOTUS and all the litigation surrounding it.


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