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The Emerging Interactionist Paradigm and the Ideals of Democracy and Rule of Law

van der Burg, Wibren, The Emerging Interactionist Paradigm and the Ideals of Democracy and Rule of Law (April 4, 2015). Erasmus Working Paper Series on Jurisprudence and Socio-Legal Studies No. 15-01. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2589808 “In this chapter, I present the theory of interactive legislation in the context of a broader interactionist paradigm.Continue Reading

S. 766, Driver Privacy Act of 2015

CBO – “S. 766 would establish that any data collected by event data recorders (EDRs) in motor vehicles are the property of the owner or lessee of the vehicle and would set broad conditions under which such data could be retrieved by others for purposes such as judicial proceedings, investigations, and traffic safety research. TheContinue Reading

Terrorism Risk Insurance Program

Insurance Information Institute – Terrorism Risk Insurance Program – Renewed and Restructured – April 2015. “Since its initial enactment in 2002 the terrorism risk insurance program has been revised and extended three times. The most recent extension—the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TRIPRA)—ensures its continuation until December 31, 2020. On January 8,Continue Reading

Legislating for Drones: A Guide and Model Ordinances

McNeal, Gregory S. and Rule, Troy A., Legislating for Drones: A Guide and Model Ordinances (April 2, 2015). Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2589975 “Drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, present enormous benefits for local government officials, but they are also creating new conflicts with existing land uses. The growing popularity of drones necessitatesContinue Reading

Are BHC and Federal Reserve Stress Test Results Converging? What Do We Learn from 2015?

Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Liberty Street Economics – Beverly Hirtle, Anna Kovner, and Eric McKay: “In March, the Federal Reserve and thirty-one large U.S. bank holding companies (BHCs) announced results of the latest Dodd-Frank Act-mandated stress tests. Some commentators have argued that BHCs, in designing their stress test models, have strong incentivesContinue Reading

Brookings Essay – Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Terrorists

The Big Snoop – The divergent views of four respected experts help frame the debate over the future of the NSA in the Snowden Era – Stuart Taylor, Jr.:  “With the approach of the first anniversary of the most copious and sensational leakage of intelligence secrets in history, the consequences of his actions continue toContinue Reading

EFF – Automakers Say You Don’t Really Own Your Car

News release: “EFF is fighting for vehicle owners’ rights to inspect the code that runs their vehicles and to repair and modify their vehicles, or have a mechanic of their choice do the work. At the moment, the anti-circumvention prohibition in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act arguably restricts vehicle inspection, repair, and modification. If EFFContinue Reading

Eyes in the Sky: The Domestic Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems, House Judiciary Committee

Eyes in the Sky: The Domestic Use of Unmanned Aerial Systems, House Judiciary Committee, May 17, 2013. Serial No. 113–40. “The United States remains at the forefront of technological progress. Every day we hear of some advancement in communications or computer technology that promses vast improvements in our daily lives. We have become a muchContinue Reading

White House Office of Administration Not Subject to FOIA Regulations

Removal of Published Rules To Align Published Policy with Current Sources of Law – A Rule by the Administration Office, Executive Office of the President on 03/17/2015. Final rule. “The Executive Office of the President, Office of Administration, is removing regulations from the Code of Federal Regulations related to the status of records created andContinue Reading

How the Volcker Rules Became an 8 Billion Annual Business

Via AmericanBanker.com, John Heltman (free to non-subscribers): “The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency — one of the five regulatory agencies that had to write and implement the Volcker Rule — estimated the cost of compliance at just under $1 billion when it conducted a cost-benefit analysis of the proposal back in 2011. AContinue Reading

Federal Administrative Law: A Brief Overview

Via Rick McKinney – “The Legislative Research Special Interest Section of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., Inc. (llsdc.org) is pleased to announce the availability of a new website entitled Federal Administrative Law: A Brief Overview. The site, which had been available only in PDF, has been substantially revised and its subheadings, each withContinue Reading

Library of Congress – Treaties, Text, and Timely Updates

Via Andrew Weber – “Treaties, Text, and Timely Updates – Congress.gov Spring Cleaning – Since introducing Congress.gov in September 2012, we have continued to add the databases from THOMAS to the new system.  We launched with legislation, followed soon thereafter by the Congressional Record, Committee Reports, and nominations.  Today, we are releasing treaty documents.  You canContinue Reading