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11/26/19

Rogan’s List will not publish on Thursday so that we all, contributors and readers alike, can spend time with friends and families.  
If necessary, we will do a special edition at some point, 
but otherwise, see you next week! 
Happy Thanksgiving!  We are all thankful for YOU!

NATIONAL ISSUES




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THANKFULNESS: From DemCast:  On American Thanksgiving (Thurs 11/28), 
@DemCastUSA will be posting comments from our readers about what they are thankful for on our website.  Tell us what YOU are thankful for at bit.ly/DemCastThankful (see form for details).  Submissions due by Wed 11/27 at 5PM Eastern

MORE THANKFULNESS:  From one of our own:  A friend who works with Adam Schiff’s staff is creating a lovely thank you action & calling for video snippets of activists saying thank you - deadline Wednesday! Click here for the details and instructions:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=15qHsYh2Wiphn7uVuB6Lh-uYzROpymv-J

TRUMP’S ETHICS (OR LACK THEREOF): Even if you have any reason to believe the Republican response to the impeachment inquiry, there are countless other ethical violations in this administration that should not be ignored. In recent weeks news stories have revealed that Caliburn, the infamous company that ran the migrant detention center in Homestead and is now slated to open a detention center in El Paso, is paying Trump’s golf club to hold a holiday party https://www.cbsnews.com/news/caliburn-international-holiday-party-trump-national-golf-club  And in another recent report, he secret service spending $250,000 to stay at Trump properties in just the first five months of 2017 https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/471597-secret-service-spent-over-250000-at-trump-hotels  Then, there are still the issues raised by the Mueller Report:  https://www.politico.com/news/2019/11/22/impeachment-robert-mueller-072698  Let’s raise these issues with our MoCs and suggest that these clear violations of the emoluments cause be investigated and potentially added to the articles of impeachment.

JOIN TWITTERSTORM TODAY TO GET ACA ENROLLMENT INFO OUT: 
DemCast, UniteBlue and Action Together Network are sponsoring a Twitterstorm TODAY at 8pm Eastern Time to raise awareness about the current ACA Enrollment period, (Nov 1-Dec15). The Trump administration, in their efforts to destroy the ACA, have cut enrollment period times and slashed outreach budgets, so it is up to us to get the word out. We can click here to send out ready-made tweets to inform people of their rights and choices during the current ACA Enrollment period. If we are on Facebook or Instagram, we can find messages to share too. Let’s help as many people as possible find the health care coverage the need by Dec 15!

IMPEACHMENT THANKSGIVING: Well if we are going to talk politics at the table as inevitably happens, let's have some good talking points at the ready about how we should all support impeachment. Courtesy of Political Charge: 

PROTECT LT. COL. ALEXANDER VINDMAN: Fox News has falsely accused Vindman of committing espionage. The accusation has gone viral. Vindman was deposed by and testified before the House Intelligence Committee because of his knowledge of the Trump’s quid pro quo call with the Ukrainian president. He and his family are now in fear for their lives and may have to move to a military base for protection. Vindman’s lawyers have demanded that Fox News retract its false coverage of Vindman, correct the record, and publish the truth. https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6555531-VIndman-Boies-LETTER.html Let’s do the same: Lily Fu Claffee, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Fox News, The News Corporation Building, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036; email:

LGBTQ RIGHTS: Right now, there is a movement taking place across the U.S. to ban conversion therapy for minors at the state level (https://bit.ly/2qzNcb9). The American Medical Association (AMA) has also announced that they are supporting a U.S. ban on this widely discredited practice at both the state and federal level (https://reut.rs/2KSF1O5). Let's contact our MoC and ask them to work with both the AMA and LGBTQ+ advocacy groups to draft legislation that will ban conversion therapy at every level. We can use talking points drafted by the American Medical Association here.

REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS: A bill introduced in Ohio would charge any doctor attempting an abortion with aggravated murder and even require physicians to attempt to re-implant an ectopic pregnancy, which is medically impossible and would risk the life of the mother. https://www.insider.com/ohio-abortion-ban-proposal-can-you-reimplant-ectopic-pregnancies-2019-11. If we live in Ohio, let’s contact our state legislators and express our extreme dismay. If we don’t live in Ohio, let’s spread the word about this dangerous bill introduced by those who ostensibly call themselves “pro-life,” but seem to have no regard for the life of the pregnant women affected by this condition.  

FUND WITNESSING AND VOLUNTEER EFFORTS AT THE BROWNSVILLE/MATAMOROS BORDER: Josh Rubin, who was a leader in organizing witnessing efforts at the child detention centers in Tornillo, Texas and Homestead, Florida, two facilities that were shut down in part due to public outcry, has now turned his attention to the horrific conditions on the border resulting from the “Migrant Protection Protocol” (aka “Remain in Mexico”) program. He is now calling for a consistent witness presence at the border starting on January 12th. The main role of a witness is to show DHS that we see what they are doing and also to go home and report back on what they saw. We can contribute to this effort at this link. Those of us thinking about becoming witnesses, or simply wanting more information, and updates on the situation can check out the Facebook page: Witness Tornillo: Target MPP.

SHOP BLACK WEEK: This week is Shop Black Week, where every consumer is asked to support a black-owned business by making at least one purchase between November 22nd and 29th in order to "permanently and systematically change the economic condition of the Black community forever," (https://prn.to/35qcUNY). Let's learn more about this important campaign, and make sure that we support black business this week: https://www.shopblackweek.org/

HOLIDAY GIVING OPPORTUNITY: Mari Copeny, Little Miss Flint, has adopted a school with about 340 students in the Flint School District for Christmas this year. To help make this happen, she is asking for help by either donating gifts, or contributing to her GoFundMe. For those of us with the means, let's considering helping to make Copeny's Winter Wonderland

RULES FOR ONLINE POLITICAL ADS: In the interests of fairness and transparency, the FCC has long regulated political ads on TV, but no such controls exist online. Given the immense and expanding power to identify and target audiences through social media, more control is badly needed.   https://theconversation.com/on-tv-political-ads-are-regulated-but-online-anything-goes-126553   Let's tell our senators to back the Honest Ads Act (S. 1356), which would bring online political ads under the same regulations applied to TV ads, and then tell our reps to draft and sponsor an equivalent bill in the House. 

HEALTHY DEMOCRACY = HEALTHY PEOPLE: A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists has found that life expectancy is lower in voter-suppression states, https://www.ucsusa.org/about/news/study-finds-residents-reduced-voter-access-and-gerrymandered-states-have-worse-health Automatic voter registration, early voting, pre-registration for 16- and 17-year olds, restoration of voting rights, ending extreme partisan gerrymandering, and sufficient voting machines and other voting resources are among the many voting reforms that can end voter suppression. 
https://www.brennancenter.org/issues/ensure-every-american-can-vote/voting-reform ;   https://www.brennancenter.org/issues/gerrymandering-fair-representation Let’s share the UCS report with our state and federal legislators, and let’s tell them that we want to end barriers to voting and expand the franchise.

COLLEGE INTERNSHIP WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL VOTER PROJECT: The Environmental Voter Project is working to build a pro-environment electorate. They are seeking undergraduates to serve as Spring 2020 Interns. Internship description and how to apply here: https://www.environmentalvoter.org/jobs/intern  Let’s spread the word!

TENNESSEE WITHHOLDS AID TO THE POOR:  While over a quarter of children under six in Tennessee live in poverty and 12.9% of them in extreme poverty, the state has failed to spend $732 million in federal funds allocated for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), withholding aid to poor children and reducing services for working families: https://www.tnjustice.org/tanf/ or https://www.wnyc.org/story/1d54fd202b34b8def553160b  Let’s let Republican governor Bill Lee know what we think of his administration’s refusal to aid Tennesseans in need, especially if we are constituents: billl@fnal.gov or (615) 741-2001 or State Capitol, First Floor, 600 Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Blvd., Nashville, TN 37243

POSTCARDING:  From one of our own: Here are this week's postcarding write-ups:

ELECTION/VOTING

2020 ELECTIONS: If we are looking for 2020 Election information or if we have some to share, we can check out Equal Vote Local’s BlueWave Database 2020. We can click here to find information about candidates, voting and more arranged by state. This editable document also allows us to add our groups and any candidates running for office:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ir8YGs1F0Lfayl6T7XR7tklnYrEk4VcEzTkPumLVWAI  We can also find out more about Equal here at their website:  https://www.equalvotelocal.com/

THANKSGIVING VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE: As we gather together this Thanksgiving, let’s check in with any returning college students and others at our table and ask if they are registered to vote. Let’s share with them that they can register to vote and sign up for voter reminders at https://turbovote.org/ . We can model the importance of voting by using the link to check our own registration status as well!

REGISTER DEMOCRATS, SAVE THE WORLD: That’s the tag line of Field Team 6 https://www.fieldteam6.org/ , an organization that trains and deploys volunteers to register Democrats in swing states and swing districts. Endorsed by Rep Adam Schiff, https://www.fieldteam6.org/press-recognitionwe can sign up for voter registration drives and trainings here: https://www.mobilize.us/ft6/  We can also help by donating or offering up our skills and talents: 

REGISTER VOTERS IN PHOENIX TO FLIP MARICOPA AND WIN BIG IN 2020:  Maricopa County, AZ has been determined to be one of the five crucial counties to help swing the 2020 Presidential election BLUE. AZ Blue 2020 and Field Team 6 are ready to make it happen, holding a massive Voter Registration Drive from January 13 to 17. The goal is registering 1,000 New Democratic voters and we can help! When we sign up, we will get training, materials, and everything we need to successfully register voters.
We can click here learn more about registering 1,000 Democrats in Phoenix this January and then, if we want, sign up. Volunteers from other states are welcome to join.  https://www.mobilize.us/ft6/event/140789/?fbclid=IwAR1bKZ1YQxF4jzVB-TJT50CYr7UV92PByiV8DJEt5bwx73XBRV0LmGG20O0  We can also sign up here for an Arizona-Specific Training Call here:
https://www.mobilize.us/ft6/event/89253/   We can check out this voter registration training video made with Swing Left: 

THANK YOU FOR BEING A VOTER is one of many optional talking points we can include on our Postcards To Voters' (P2V) get-out-the-vote postcards. Current open campaigns are 1) FL: Palm Beach County Vote By Mail. We're writing to all registered Democrats in the county who are not yet signed up to vote by mail.  2) PACampaign 183: Michael Schroeder for State Senate.  The Special Election is Tuesday, Jan. 14.  Let's help start the buzz!  3) TX, HoustonCampaign 185: Mayor Sylvester Turner and Janaeya Carmouche. Re-elect the Mayor and elect Carmouche to City Council. The Runoff Election is SATURDAY, Dec. 14.  4) IDCampaign 184: Evangeline "Van" Beechler for Caldwell City Council. The list for this Tuesday, Dec. 3 election has already been completed. (First P2V campaign in Idaho!). We are grateful for all our P2V volunteers. Whether we write with P2V or not, this Thanksgiving let's offer 
Postcards To Voters as a potential solution to anyone who says they don't know what they can do in the current political environment.  

STATE/LOCAL

CO: REPEALING COLUMBUS DAY: from Indivisible Front Range Resistance: 
https://twitter.com/indivisiblefrr/status/1198743366193704960?s=12  "This week, spend time thinking about the fact that Thanksgiving, while deeply embedded in American culture, is a sorrowful and traumatic season for many indigenous and native people. For many years, indigenous-led efforts to repeal the CO state holiday of Columbus Day have failed. In 2019, the repeal efforts went farther than they ever had before - the bill passed the House but was killed in a DEMOCRATIC-led senate committee. As a result, several Indivisible groups wrote an open letter to democratic leadership, declaring their commitment to being there in 2020 (the new state legislative session) to urge lawmakers to pass the repeal. So, now is the time to start talking with senators again. Let’s 1Read the letter groups around CO sent by US Mail to every state dem senator:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/19aEtHgFk6PuOIltn09HGg9LC4idCKbsksoYIUzpQVko/edit?fbclid=IwAR02IZRRKDl8wDGUX6X1fi2vF8R-0uejaHV2THDWFpnI9YqJVNF-X8NsaHw, then 2) Find our state senator’s letter template in the link above, and copy/paste the language into a document of our own. Send a hard-copy letter or email to our state senator (hand-written signature would be great!).

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS

CLIMATE STRIKES CONTINUE:  From Future Coalition:  On Nov 29 & Dec 6, we strike again! Youth across the U.S. will lead a #ClimateStrike on Nov 29 & Dec 6 to demand legislative action to combat the climate crisis.  Strike with us!  Let’s find or host an event:  https://strikewithus.org/

MORE CLIMATE STRIKE: The climate crisis is accelerating and slowing it down will require our sustained attention and effort, and that climate strike we marched in back in September was just the beginning. On December 6th, as world leaders gather at the UN’s annual climate conference, young people across America will join a national #ClimateStrike to take the momentum from September to our elected officials’ doorsteps. Climate change is the biggest issue humanity has ever faced, so let's all pledge to help our kids tackle it, here: https://www.sunrisemovement.org/climate-strike

FLU SHOTS FOR DETAINED MIGRANTS: The group Doctors for Camp Closure (D4CC) has been trying to get flu vaccinations for people in CBP detention. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1263702860469475/permalink/1355046984668395/ They are being ignored, so that are planning an action. If we are in the Southern California area from Dec 9 through Dec 11, let’s sign up to protest: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNm81nXjIu4BLGLSJ2VDw9d0ec1t0c6XF88xGn6SLf0zKytg/viewform

ATTEND A NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW RALLY: MoveOn is sponsoring “No One is Above the Law Rallies on the night before the House votes on Articles of Impeachment. We can sign up here to organize or attend an event in our area. 

READING/WATCHING

That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It: Here’s what Russia’s 2020 disinformation operations look like, according to two experts on social media and propaganda  - https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/russia-troll-2020-election-interference-twitter-916482/

U.S. income inequality at highest level in 50 years, economic gap growing in heartland - https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/u-s-income-inequality-highest-level-50-years-economic-gap-n1058956

Under Trump, LGBTQ Progress Is Being Reversed in Plain Sight - https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/lgbtq-rights-rollback


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We can stay up to date on Congress by checking out their schedules. a) The House publishes a weekly schedule at The Weekly Leader (published and dated Friday) as well as daily schedules at The Daily Leader. b) The Senate updates their schedule daily at the Senate Floor Schedule





11/25/19

On Mondays, Rogan’s List features a listing of proposed rule and regulation changes that are currently accepting public comment.  Commenting is the way to show government agencies how we feel about these proposed changes. Our comments also become part of a record that will be reviewed by courts if and when a reg change is contested. Courts use comments to judge whether an agency is acting arbitrarily and capriciously.

Organization

Closing Soon
Recent   
Section I - ICE, DHS, DOL, NLRB
Section II - everything environmental - EPA, BLM, DOE
Section III - Civil rights, housing, education, healthcare
Other: More on regulations (tracking the trackers/general information)  
(Note: After a couple of weeks items are moved from “Recent” and “Closing soon” into the Roman numeral sections. A note on regulatory processes: there are three stages - Notice, Proposed Rule, and Rule. There’s usually a time lag of a few months to a few years between them, and they must be published in the Federal Register before appearing on Regulations.gov. Comment time varies from 10 days to 2 months, sometimes with extensions.)

Closing Soon


2.       Comments due November 27, 2019. Increasing amounts of pesticides on food. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/28/2019-23355/receipt-of-a-pesticide-petition-filed-for-residues-of-pesticide-chemicals-in-or-on-various Other countries are pushing back against EPA relaxation of environmental safeguards. Read more here: https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/1780134/us-glyphosate-letter-riles-govt and here: https://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12940-019-0488-0

3.        EPA vs. USDA in biofuels regulation. Comments due November 29, 2019. Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2020 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2021. Read it here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/28/2019-23379/renewable-fuel-standard-program-standards-for-2020-and-biomass-based-diesel-volume-for-2021-and and read more here: https://advancedbiofuelsusa.info/tag/epa/ and here: https://bioenergyinternational.com/opinion-commentary/epa-biofuels-proposal-falls-short-of-industry-expectations-ngfa


5.        Comment due 12/9/2019. Fish and Wildlife Service Opinion. Diverting Sacramento River. Email comments to eleal@usbr.gov.  https://www.fws.gov/sfbaydelta/CVP-SWP/index.htm Biological Opinion. "Eight-hundred pages into the text of a lengthy new report, federal biologists have quietly granted government water managers permission to nearly exterminate an endangered run         of Sacramento River salmon so they can send more water south from the river's delta to farmers          in the arid San Joaquin Valley." Trump Administration Plan Allows Delta Water Managers to Kill Off Winter-Run Chinook Salmon. Environmentalists call the new water diversion regulations "an extinction plan." Read more here: https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/trump-administration-plan-allows-delta-water-managers-to-kill-off-winter-run-chinook-salmon/Content?oid=27893195&fbclid=IwAR0lZjN8NLgDTKOhqdVgUsx8F83XXMcjIxVINfeJm22oWlQbJP5pilLHte0 and http://www.startribune.com/interior-proposes-coveted-deal-to-ex-client-of-agency-head/564627982/. The contract is available at: https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html   Written comments must be received by close of business on January 8, 2020, and sent to Erma Leal, Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721, or faxed to 559-262-0371, or emailed to eleal@usbr.gov. https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=68567

6.        Comments due 12/5/2019. Proposed Rule, Fluctuating Workweek Method of Computing Overtime. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=WHD-2019-0006-0001 Undoes Obama-era overtime regulation. The regulation would update the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “fluctuating workweek” compensation method. That option is available for employers to pay certain workers whose hours vary widely each week at half their regular rates, instead of at one-and-a-half times, for any hours worked over 40 each week.” https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/trump-reverses-obama-stance-on-fluctuating-workweek-overtime

7.        Comments close 12/10/2019. Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Mandates tip sharing with non-tipped workers such as dishwashers https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/08/2019-20868/tip-regulations-under-the-fair-labor-standards-act-flsa Read more here: It would allow restaurant owners to mandate tip-sharing with kitchen workers and others who traditionally have not been tipped, but only if all the workers are paid at least the minimum wage. Restaurants that pay tipped workers less than the minimum can only require tip-sharing with those who have traditionally shared in tip pools, such as busboys and hostesses. (Federal law allows employers to pay a sub-minimum wage of $2.13 an hour to tipped workers.) The Labor Department estimates that more expansive tip pools could result in the transfer of as much of $213.4 million a year in tips from wait staff to kitchen workers, though the department says the actual transfer would likely be about half that much. Critics say that amounts to an indirect transfer of money from tipped workers to business owners, who can then use less of their own money to compensate kitchen workers. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/10/07/767996929/restaurants-would-get-more-flexibility-with-workers-tips-under-proposed-rule For a more critical view: https://www.sourcepolitics.com/new-trump-administration-rule-will-allow-restaurants-to-take-servers-tip-money/ and https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8xwknb/how-the-trump-administrations-new-labor-policies-could-screw-over-restaurant-workers

8.       Update. Comments now due January 30, 2o20 - comment period extended from Sept. 16. Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2018-1058-0012  Read this comment from Audubon Society and Ocean Conservancy, among other organizations: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2018-1058-0002 “The remoteness of the region and lack of infrastructure means that the impacts of a serious vessel accident, especially an oil spill, could be devastating to the marine environment and the people whose lives and livelihoods depend on a healthy ocean.” BLM has already released plans to drill the Arctic Coastal Plain - elsewhere in this document.



Recent

1.         New Regulations.gov beta site - is easier to read. https://beta.regulations.gov/


3.       Comments due 1/13/2020. This proposed rule involves implementing the “Migrant Protections Protocol,” of which “Remain in Mexico” policy is a part. Proposed Rule from Homeland Security Department, Asylum Application, Interview, and Employment Authorization for Applicants. From text of proposed rule: “The rule is being proposed in order to reform the asylum application and associated employment authorization application process in order to prioritize bona fide claims and reduce frivolous and non-meritorious asylum filings. The proposed rule is necessary because it has been a long time since significant statutory changes have been made to the asylum provisions that would effectively address the current aspects of the immigration laws that incentivize illegal immigration and frivolous asylum filings.” In other words, it appears that all asylum claims are regarded as frivolous and without merit. It also requires asylee to submit to biometric data collection. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/14/2019-24293/asylum-application-interview-and-employment-authorization-for-applicants Read more here: https://www.aila.org/advo-media/agency-liaison/submit-feedback-notices-requests-for-comment/dhs-proposed-rule-employment-authorization-asylum: “ DHS proposed rule which would make multiple changes to the regulations governing asylum applications and eligibility for employment authorization based on a pending asylum application. A table summarizing all of the proposed changes is included beginning on page 62394 of the notice of proposed rulemaking.” Read USCIS memo here:   https://www.aila.org/File/Related/19111302a.pdf/.  https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCIS-2019-0011-0001 - read the footnotes as a summary of Trump anti-immigrant actions. More: https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/illegal-migrants-work-permits/2019/11/13/id/941516/ and https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-trump-asylum-restriction-us-to-deny-work-permits-to-most-asylum-seekers-in-move-to-deter-migrant-border-crossers/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab4i

4.      Comments due 12/19/2019. Final Rule but taking comments. Implementing Bilateral and Multilateral Asylum Cooperative Agreements Under the Immigration and Nationality Act - This is official removal of asylum seekers to third countries including the "remain in Mexico policy. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCIS-2019-0021-0001. Read statement from American Immigration Council: "“This is yet another heavy-handed attempt by the Trump administration to gut America’s asylum system by preventing people at the border from qualifying for any humanitarian protection in the United States. No person should be forced to seek protection in countries ill-equipped to hear their claims and where they will face the same harms from which they flee." Read more here: http://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/news/safe-third-country-agreements-central-american-countries-eviscerate-america%E2%80%99s-asylum-system

5.        Comments due 12/19/2019. Now published, titled, “Office of the Assistant Secretary for Financial Resources; Health and Human Services Grants Regulation”. Anti-LGBTQ adoption and foster care measure. HHS Issues Proposed Rule to Align Grants Regulation with New Legislation, Nondiscrimination Laws, and Supreme Court Decisions. See also #6, below. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/19/2019-24385/office-of-the-assistant-secretary-for-financial-resources-health-and-human-services-grants. In plain English, “A proposed rule by the Trump administration would allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny their services to L.G.B.T. families on faith-based grounds.” Read more here: https://www.ebar.com/news/news/284007/online_extra:_trump_administrations_hhs_proposes_rule_that_would_allow_bias_against_lgbts and here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/02/us/trump-hhs-lgbtq-rule.html

6.        Comments due 12/19/2019. Proposed rule. Health and Human Services Grants Regulation. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=HHS-OS-2019-0014-0001 "The proposed rule simply says that HHS will follow “all applicable Supreme Court decisions” in administering grants, leaving it to Trump administration appointees to decide which decisions are relevant—and which to ignore—and creating further confusion about grantees' obligations under the law." Read more here (thorough review): https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/news/2019/11/05/476854/hhs-proposal-puts-millions-americans-risk-discrimination-accessing-federally-funded-services/

7.        Comments due 1/22/2020. Proposed changes to Medicaid supplemental payments received from other sources. Medicaid Program: Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation. Comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CMS-2019-0169-0001. "For decades, the Medicaid statute has allowed state Medicaid agencies to rely on contributions from other state agencies or from local governmental entities, such as counties or hospital districts, to fund the non-federal portion of Medicaid expenditures. In the MFAR, CMS proposes to rewrite the regulation addressing which funds may be contributed as the non-federal share and would introduce new requirements and restrictions. These changes could affect the financing of billions of dollars of locally supported Medicaid payments and will require careful evaluation by states and other governmental entities responsible for funding their Medicaid program." (emphasis added). Read more:  https://www.natlawreview.com/article/cms-proposes-enhanced-scrutiny-over-medicaid-supplemental-payments and https://www.foley.com/en/insights/publications/2019/11/cms-enhanced-scrutiny-medicaid-payments

8.       Comments due 1/13/2020. EPA Proposed Rule. National Primary Drinking Water Regulations: Lead and Copper Rule Revisions. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2017-0300-0001. Reduces the number of lead pipes that communities must replace Read more here: "While the EPA argues that the new requirements, along with the 10-ppb trigger, will reduce the levels of lead in drinking water, critics charge that the changes do not go far enough, and that reducing the annual replacement rate is wrong." https://www.gtlaw-environmentalandenergy.com/2019/10/articles/clean-water-act-2/after-flint-epas-new-lead-rule-proposal-may-not-satisfy-critics/

9.        Posted 11/15/2019. Agency Action Regarding the Exploratory Process for the Development of an Advanced Nuclear Reactor Generic Environmental Impact Statement. Proposed rule to fasttrack nuclear reactor development to be coming. No comments accepted yet. https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NRC-2019-0226. Read more - https://www.utilitydive.com/news/nrc-explores-streamlined-environmental-reviews-to-accelerate-advanced-react/567388/

10.    Update 11/11/2019. Immigration-refugees. States have until 12/25/2019 to respond. https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-11-11/after-trump-order-states-scramble-say-they-will-receive-refugees From October 9, 2019. Trump Executive Order requiring consent of "States and localities” (Mayors and Governor’s) for refugee resettlement. This before he attacked Somali community in Minnesota. https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-enhancing-state-local-involvement-refugee-resettlement/


11.     Closing 12/17/2019. Special Areas, Roadless Area Conservation: National Forest System Lands in Alaska. Proposal to open up Tongass National Forest to logging, roads, etc. Now open for comment. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FS-2019-0023-0001. You have to download the documents to read them but the first six pages of the first document confirm the intent. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/trump-open-alaskas-tongass-national-forest-worlds-largest-remaining-temperate-rainforest-logging-mining.html?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=Lands  https://cdxnodengn.epa.gov/cdx-enepa-II/public/action/eis/details?eisId=277660 and Tongass development search

12.    Closing 12/16/2019. Proposed Rule. High fees for immigrants, asylum seekers, and citizenship petitions. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/14/2019-24366/us-citizenship-and-immigration-services-fee-schedule-and-changes-to-certain-other-immigration. New Trump Administration Proposal Would Charge Asylum Seekers an Application Fee. The proposal also includes increasing fees for those applying for citizenship by more than 60 percent.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/08/us/politics/immigration-fees-trump.html. https://www.texastribune.org/2019/04/30/trumps-new-asylum-rules-seek-fees-immigrants-bans-some-work-visas/.                     

13.    Comments due 1/21/2020. Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category. Comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OW-2009-0819-7106. EPA Unveils Plan to Relax Rules on Coal Power Plant Waste. Agency releases regulatory rollback proposals. Proposal would apply to Obama-era standards for coal plant wastewater and coal ash. The EPA wants to relax waste standards for coal-fired power plants, a rollback of Obama-era regulations on water pollution and waste management that could help struggling coal plants stay in operation. The Nov. 4 proposal would roll back an Obama administration regulation outlining the types of technology that coal-fired power plants must use to capture and treat the wastewater that flows out of their facilities. EPA discussion of proposed rule, here: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-11/documents/steam-electric-proposed_prepub_11-04-2019.pdf. Overall policy and plan: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-seeks-input-proposals-establish-clear-and-stable-regulatory-framework-coal Read more below: https://www.gtlaw-environmentalandenergy.com/2019/11/articles/waste/coal-ash/is-the-clock-ticking-on-coal-ash-key-deadlines-and-takeaways-from-epas-recent-ccr-rule-revisions/ Read more below: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/nrdc/coal-plants-get-pass-pollute-our-waterways?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=tweet&utm_campaign=CleanWater&fbclid=IwAR2NDz5N_Vz6sTyHzK1wcUl1fC5PWIWu7Zolpx4fs3KJ0A9N3ziROaj7Akg https://www.npr.org/2019/11/04/776174139/trump-administration-proposes-relaxing-rules-on-waste-from-coal-plants https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2019/11/04/trump-administration-proposes-rollbacks-for-two-obama-era-coal-pollution-rules/?fbclid=IwAR0UcSzjFJ5ljOBmqj40zmYZN6NaXF1vSnxiIaB4QxmWN5SjR_VCcSEeles


15.   Comments due 1/30/2020. Proposed Rule. Agricultural Worker Protection Standard; Revision of the Application Exclusion Zone Requirements: Pesticides affecting Agricultural worker, employer, environmental protection, farms, forests, greenhouses pesticides, nurseries, pesticide handler, worker protection standard.” Previously a submission to the Secretary of Agriculture.”Read it and comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0543-0004.  Given this administration’s track record, this doesn’t bode well. Original posting: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/22/2019-15371/submission-to-the-secretary-of-agriculture-pesticides-agricultural-worker-protection-standard. Read more here: https://www.beeculture.com/catch-the-buzz-epa-proposal-would-shrink-buffer-zones-around-farm-pesticides/


17.     Comments due December 20, 2019. Proposed Rule. Federal Acquisition Regulation: Recreational Services on Federal Lands.  Read it and comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FAR-2019-0004-0001.Initially privatizing national park campgrounds and then expanding privatization to other agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation; regulation exceptions through ‘categorial permissions’ to electrify campgrounds by expanding utilities; mobile food trucks and camp stores within park grounds; and blackouts and restrictions on senior citizens admission discounts.” Read about it here: https://westernvaluesproject.org/plans-to-privatize-national-parks-outlined-in-trump-admin-memo-would-enrich-donors-special-interests/

18.    Executive Order Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents - requires all agency directives be posted, searchable - to avoid what it calls "back door" regulation. This is a sweeping order applicable to almost all agencies. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/15/2019-22623/promoting-the-rule-of-law-through-improved-agency-guidance-documents "The White House cited 2015 guidance from the Department of Labor as a prime example of back-door regulation. That measure declared many independent contractors should be classified as employees. This created confusion, raised costs for thousands of small businesses, and was done without public input, the White House said." https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/trump-orders-to-limit-effect-of-agency-guidance-to-industry


20.   Presidential Executive Order requiring Medicare to pay amount equal to what private insurers pay for services (rather than negotiating lower prices for Medicare recipients). Predicted to bankrupt Medicare. “(b)  The Secretary, in consultation with the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, shall submit to the President, through the Assistants to the President for Domestic and Economic Policy, a report within 180 days from the date of this order that identifies approaches to modify Medicare FFS payments to more closely reflect the prices paid for services in MA and the commercial insurance market, to encourage more robust price competition, and otherwise to inject market pricing into Medicare FFS reimbursement.” https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-protecting-improving-medicare-nations-seniors/ When it is a proposed rule, will be posted here. Read more: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/news/2019/10/11/475646/trumps-plan-privatize-medicare/ https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-10-04/hiltzik-trump-medicare; https://khn.org/news/trump-speech-offers-dizzying-preview-of-his-health-care-campaign-strategy/

21.    Closing 12/10/2019. Dark money allowed to be hidden in new proposed rule. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/10/2019-19501/guidance-under-section-6033-regarding-the-reporting-requirements-of-exempt-organizations  IRS proposes regulations allowing tax-exempt groups to keep donor identities secret .The proposed regulations are likely to generate comments critical of political groups using tax-exempt entities for fundraising without disclosing the identities of their donors, effectively using so-called "dark money" to finance their causes and preferred candidates. The rules would also apply to groups such as the National Rifle Association, labor unions and trade associations. https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/irs-proposes-regulations-allowing-tax-exempt-groups-to-keep-donor-identities-secret and https://www.insidepoliticallaw.com/2019/09/06/irs-issues-notice-of-proposed-rulemaking-on-donor-disclosure-rules-in-response-to-court-ruling/

Section I - ICE, DHS, DOL, NLRB

1.        Closing December 10, 2019. Anti-labor union proposed rule, specifically making it harder for unions in the construction industry. Representation-Case Procedures: Election Bars; Proof of Majority Support in Construction Industry Collective-Bargaining Relationships Read it and comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NLRB-2019-0001-0001. Read more here: https://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/2019/10/07/nlrb-extends-union-election-rule-comment-period/.

2.       Posted 10/31/2019. DHS Notice - Action. Comments not accepted. Waiver of environmental rules. Determination Pursuant to Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as Amended. “The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements in order to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international land border in Starr County, Texas, Hidalgo County, Texas, and Cameron County, Texas. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DHS-2019-0058-0001. Read more here: DHS Notice of Determination Regarding Border in Three Texas Counties. https://www.aila.org/infonet/84-fr-58400-10-31-19 and https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all/featured-issue-border-processing-and-asylum

3.        From 9/26/2019. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services officials are planning to change all references of the term "foreign national" to "alien" in the agency’s policy manual. Read more here: https://www.aila.org/infonet/tracking-uscis-policy-manual-changes and here: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/immigration-uscis-foreign-national-alien. Write your representative.

4.        11/2/2019 Update. Proclamation below blocked in courts but posted 10/29/19 at Regulations.gov as a Notice. “Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Immigrant Health Insurance Coveragehttps://beta.regulations.gov/document/DOS-2019-0039-0001 Read this: https://www.aila.org/advo-media/press-releases/2019/civil-rights-coalition-halts Background: Presidential Proclamation. Denying entry to immigrants without health insurance. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/09/2019-22225/suspension-of-entry-of-immigrants-who-will-financially-burden-the-united-states-healthcare-system-in and https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/presidential-proclamation-suspension-entry-immigrants-will-financially-burden-united-states-healthcare-system/. Read more here. If/when comment period becomes available, it will be posted here. https://www.vox.com/2019/10/9/20903541/trump-proclamation-legal-immigration-health-insurance and https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/trump-will-deny-visas-to-immigrants-who-lack-health-care-coverage/2019/10/04/81e4f48a-e710-11e9-b403-f738899982d2_story.html

Section II - EPA, BUREAU OF RECLAMATION - ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY

1.         Comments due Dec. 18, 2019. Extending habitat for threatened orca. “Endangered and Threatened Species: Critical Habitat for the Southern Resident Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment.” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NOAA-NMFS-2014-0041-0278. Supported by Center for Biological Diversity: https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/federal-rule-protects-endangered-orcas-west-coast-habitat-2019-09-18/ 

2.        Sept 9, 2019. Plan. (No comment section). National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska Integrated Activity Plan Bureau of Land Management plan to open Alaska Coastal Plain to oil and petroleum exploration and drilling. BLM eplanning site Alaska Coastal Plain National Petroleum Reserve https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=renderDefaultPlanOrProjectSite&projectId=117408 Read more here: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/reports/2019/09/10/474256/vast-liquidation-public-lands-underway-alaska/ Leasing site: https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends_ch4/  https://www.ecowatch.com/trump-alaska-refuge-oil-drilling-2640355340.html and https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/09/travel/alaska-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge.html 

3.        10/7/2019. Notice of Availability for the Record of Decision for the Central Coast Field Office Approved Resource Management Plan Amendment for Oil and Gas Leasing and Development, California. Allows fracking in previously prohibited areas of California. Comments should become open in 30 days from publication.This plan amendment identifies the Federal mineral estate, located primarily in Fresno, Monterey and San Benito counties, California, that is available for oil and gas leasing and development. It also identifies leasing stipulations to protect resources.” Write your legislators. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/07/2019-21654/notice-of-availability-for-the-record-of-decision-for-the-central-coast-field-office-approved. Link to BLM site: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=dispatchToPatternPage&currentPageId=96878.

4.        9/6/2019 EPA, NHTSA, and DOJ threaten California Air Resources Board and automakers for auto-emissions standard, politicizing EPA and DOJ in anti-environment move. NHTSA: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NHTSA-2018-0067-12444 EPA letter to CA: https://www.epa.gov › documents › epa.dot_puts_california_on_notice.pdf and DOJ story here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/justice-dept-launches-antitrust-probe-of-automakers-over-their-fuel-efficiency-deal-with-california/2019/09/06/29a22ee6-d0c7-11e9-b29b-a528dc82154a_story.html?noredirect=on. “California officials, who have repeatedly asserted the state’s rights under the 1970 Clean Air Act, criticized the inquiry as politicization to impose the Republican president’s policies.” Read more here: https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/09/20190919-onerule.html . Other federal announcements pertaining to CA auto emissions standards: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/trump-administration-announces-one-national-program-rule-federal-preemption-state-fuel and https://www.nhtsa.gov/corporate-average-fuel-economy/safe and https://www.nhtsa.gov/document/safe-vehicles-rule-part-1-fr-notice-09192019 Comment email addresses for EPA officials by area: Email addresses for EPA https://www.epa.gov/dockets/where-send-comments-epa-dockets#regional

5.       Multiple items posted undoing the Clean Air Act piecemeal. “NESHAP” is “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.” https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/risk-and-technology-review-national-emissions-standards-hazardous . This link shows postings and comment dates: https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/risk-and-technology-review-national-emissions-standards-hazardous#status Read more here, including a good explanation of how this works: https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/miscellaneous-coating-manufacturing-20449/ and https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/municipal-solid-waste-landfills-neshap-65928/



8.      July 14, 2019 Multiple BLM Notices and Proposed Rules with links to comment pages. Constantly updated. https://www.esa.org/public-policy/stay-informed/federal-register-opportunities/

9.      July 14, 2019 Multiple Ozone Standards - EPA is doing this state-by-state. https://www.regulations.gov/searchResults?rpp=25&po=0&s=ozone&fp=true&ns=true

10.    Comments must be received on or before midnight EDT September 25, 2020. Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust Request for Information; reopening of the rulemaking record for public comments. Because of comments, comment period extended to Sept. 25, 2020. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=MSHA-2014-0031-0185 Federal Register version comment period ends 09/25/2020 https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/25/2019-05443/exposure-of-underground-miners-to-diesel-exhaust  Update - “The comment period for the request for information, published on June 8, 2016 (81 FR 36826), which was scheduled to close on March 26, 2019 (58 FR 12904) is extended. An important comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=MSHA-2014-0031-0180 "This reopened RFI takes into account information originally gathered and shared from NIOSH, NCI, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which shows a correlation to exposure to diesel exhaust, a classified human carcinogen, and negative impact on miners health (Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust, 81 Fed. Reg. 110, 36826-36827 (June 8, 2016). On page 36827, stakeholders, MSHA, and the Diesel Exhaust Health Effects Partnership (Partnership) decided that more research and complex questions needed to be gathered and answered before allowing miners to continue working in DPM in the air. Potential for new technology and stricter standards that are in compliance with EPA DPM standards. "https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=MSHA-2014-0031-0182 And this study: https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/press-releases/2012/DieselMinersPressRelease

11.     5/20/2019. EPA Plan to change method of reporting pollution deaths. "E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Pollution Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math".  Not posted yet as a proposal. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/climate/epa-air-pollution-deaths.html: Several people with knowledge of the EPA plan told the New York Times that using a new analytical model to calculate air pollution deaths could make it easier for the federal government to move forward with eliminating the Clean Power Plan, a key climate change rule put into place under the Obama administration.  Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/27/us/politics/trump-climate-science.html https://www.columbiamissourian.com/editorial-air-likely-to-be-more-polluted-under-new-epa/article_7ae47774-8238-11e9-befa-8b81c28c91d2.html

12.    2019 BLM oil and gas lease sales - still for sale. Document listing all projects : https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/116438/162409/198093/2018.11.15_DNA_doc_March_2019_OGLsSa.pdf Website listing upcoming sales: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do  And the site doing the selling where you can buy leases starting at $2 and acre: https://www.energynet.com/govt_listing.plSee the calendar of government leases sales here: https://www.energynet.com/calendar.pl

13.    BLM’s own e-planningsite: 


Section III - CIVIL RIGHTS, TITLE IX, HEALTH, EDUCATION, FOOD, BANKING, HOUSING and FCC

1.         Comments due 12/9/2019. Margin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities. - Federal Banking Agencies propose rule to amend swap margin rules. Big giveaway to banks. Read it and comment here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/07/2019-23541/margin-and-capital-requirements-for-covered-swap-entities Read more here: Banking Regulators Should Not Give Wall Street’s Five Biggest Banks, a $40 Billion Deregulatory Gift for Their Dangerous Derivatives Trading. https://sensiblesafeguards.org/banking-regulators-should-not-give-wall-streets-five-biggest-banks-a-40-billion-deregulatory-gift-for-their-dangerous-derivatives-trading/

2.        Dated 8/28/2019 and posted 9/10/2019. No comment information included, proposed rule. USDA withdraws several regulations on important areas - Performance Standards for the Production of Processed Meat and Poultry Products.NPRM ............ 8/03/2006 71 FR 43992 APHIS .................... 0579–AE02 .... Livestock Marketing Facilities .................................... NPRM ............ 1/2/2015 80 FR 6 FNS ........................ 0584–AD88 .... Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Farm Bill of 2008 Retailer Sanctions.NPRM ............ 8/14/2012 77 FR 48461 FNS ........................ 0584–AE00 .... Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for Victims of Disasters Procedures. No comment instructions. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/10/2019-19572/withdrawal-of-certain-proposed-rules


4.        Coming as a proposed regulation. From June: Proposal to recalculate how the Federal government calculates poverty rates so as to reduce benefits to poor people. This was a notice - proposed rule will follow sometime. I'm putting this here as a place-holder because it’s coming. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=OMB-2019-0002-0001  Article about it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/us/politics/trump-poverty-level-proposal.html

5.        May-June 2019 Concerted Attack on Civil Rights. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WH2B132JsR2fSqylMATCHmU-9BCq4bMs Learn more about the proposed regulation and how to fight it here (you can submit a comment).:  https://protecttranshealth.org/

6.        Extending Medicaid provisions: Some include work-requirements. These are by state. Some have comments open - usual time period is one month. Those with open comments are at the top of the list. Some good news: https://khn.org/morning-breakout/medicaid-expansion-becoming-more-politically-palatable-as-link-to-obama-administration-fades-in-peoples-minds https://public.medicaid.gov/connect.ti/public.comments/whatsNew


8.       Not posted as a regulation but followed as policy.  State Medicaid block grants. Many view this as a way to cut Medicaid to individuals. Also see link to state updates above. https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/medicaid-what-to-watch-in-2019-from-the-administration-congress-and-the-states/ https://www.kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/tracking-section-1332-state-innovation-waivers/

9.        Kaiser Health News take here: https://khn.org/news/block-grants-medicaid-faq/



Federal Government Sites:

1.         https://www.fedcenter.gov/news/regs/

2.        Overview of Trump Regulatory actions: See White House Complete Government “Reform” plan - it is sweeping and alarming: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Government-Reform-and-Reorg-Plan.pdf  and their regulations office: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/information-regulatory-affairs/

3.        Tracking regulations by Agency and Industry: https://quantgov.org/federal_regulation_tracker/

4.        USCIS Federal Register Announcements: https://www.uscis.gov/legal-resources/uscis-federal-register-announcements

Non-governmental sites providing up-to-date overviews and discussions of regulatory rollbacks:

1.         Trump’s regulatory agenda - status, challenges, enforcement or lack of, etc. https://www.govexec.com/management/2019/02/many-ways-gauge-results-trumps-deregulatory-push/155195/

2.        Overview of regulatory rollbacks: https://sensiblesafeguards.org/

3.        General advice on comment on regulations, includes a search tool: https://demcastusa.com/2019/10/03/how-to-public-comment-on-federal-regula    tions/

4.        Discussion of regulations.gov ongoing and upcoming issues from Yale Law and ABA http://yalejreg.com/nc/ and for discussion of banking, commerce, and energy regulation – http://yalejreg.com/

5.        Department of Transportation. Employment - hours of service - tracking trucking driver regulations: https://www.truckingoffice.com/blog/federal-dot-regulations-recent-changes-hours-service/

6.        Employment law tracker: https://www.nelp.org/tracker/ Weekly updates on Trump effects on labor. See also: https://tax.thomsonreuters.com/blog/dols-regulatory-to-do-list-tackles-flsa-fmla-and-work-visa-issues/



9.        Tracking Alaska Oil and Gas drilling: https://inletkeeper.org/our-work/energy-alaska/oil-gas/


11.     Brookings Institution “Tracking Deregulation in the Trump Era.” https://www.brookings.edu/interactives/tracking-deregulation-in-the-trump-era/ and 

12.    Rules at Risk: https://rulesatrisk.org/

13.    For state impact - listed by state: https://www.trinityconsultants.com/news/states


15.    EPA Dozens of proposals for significant new uses of chemicals. Too many to list here but this link will take you to the current proposals. https://www.regulations.gov/searchResults?rpp=25&so=DESC&sb=postedDate&po=0&np=7&dct=N%2BPR%2BFR&cp=O&a=EPA  This is an article on the EPA rush to reclassify chemicals and toxic substances from the Environmental Defense Fund: http://blogs.edf.org/health/2018/09/19/the-tsca-new-chemicals-mess-a-problem-of-the-chemical-industrys-own-making/ https://www.edf.org/blog/2019/06/17/7-ways-trumps-epa-breaking-our-bipartisan-chemical-safety-law

16.    Upcoming Public Federal Meetings and Comment opportunities on the environment/ecology:  https://www.esa.org/esablog/federal-register-opportunities/ https://www.esa.org/esablog/federal-register-opportunities/

17.     Law of the Land Project from Center for American Progress. Tracks regulations and litigation with status updates. https://www.lawofthelandproject.org/

18.    Environment: Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics https://www.fseee.org/take-action/help-save-the-tongass/

19.    EPA Regulation Watch blog. http://acoel.org/category/Regulation.aspx

20.   EPA’s own Inspector General report critical of EPA biosludge policy and public health risks: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-11/documents/_epaoig_20181115-19-p-0002.pdf



23.   Federal Facilities Environmental Stewardship Center - where the Feds deal seriously with climate change: https://www.fedcenter.gov/news/regs/ See American Institute of Physics Report on Trump admin. plan for research and development - https://www.aip.org/fyi/2018/trump-administration-identifies-rd-priorities-its-next-budget-request and DOE 2019 plan - https://www.aip.org/fyi/2018/fy19-budget-request-doe-applied-rd-slashed-again

24.   Healthcare: Overview of Medicare financial plans for hospitals for 2019-2020. https://www.advisory.com/research/revenue-cycle-advancement-center/at-the-margins/2019/04/ipps-rule

25.   HHS healthcare rollbacks, proposed regulations and proposed legislation from Congress. https://www.natlawreview.com/article/mcdermottplus-check-february-15-2019

26.   Immigration regulation tracking: Government Public Comment Opportunities On Immigration Rules And Policies https://www.nafsa.org/Professional_Resources/Browse_by_Interest/International_Students_and_Scholars/Government_Public_Comment_Opportunities_On_Immigration_Rules_And_Policies/


28. Immigration - good summary of all immigration rules at several government agencies - USCIS, DOJ, DOS: https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all and https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all/public-charge-changes-at-uscis-doj-and-dos

29.   Immigration law resources - great resource: https://www.aila.org/infonet

30.   Labor: Federal Labor Impacts: https://ucommblog.com/section/politics/national-politics

31.   Labor: National Employment Law Project: https://www.nelp.org/ 

32.  Medicare/ACA tracking changes: https://blog.medicarerights.org/category/medicare-watch/

33.   Native American issues. https://turtletalk.blog/

34.   Public Lands Tracking legal battles over the future of America’s public lands: https://www.lawofthelandproject.org/

35.   SEC Regulatory site: https://www.sec.gov/rules.shtml for information on proposed changes to financial rule and markets.

36.   Department of Transportation New and pending rules. https://www.transportation.gov/regulations/report-on-significant-rulemakings

37.    USDA Regulatory actions: http://www.afdo.org/blog/7879271

38.   For effective Commenting on Regulations, please read https://www.regulations.gov/docs/Tips_For_Submitting_Effective_Comments.pdf and  “How to Comment on EPA dockets”: https://www.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets

39.   Proposed “Regulatory Reform Agenda”: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/jsp/Utilities/index.jsp

40.   Search and track all Federal regulations at https://regulations.justia.com/

41.    Special filings this week: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/current