Green Coalition Sues EPA Over July 2017 TSCA rules

On August 10, 2017, Safer Chemicals Healthy Families; Alaska Community Action on Toxics; Environmental Health Strategy Center; Environmental Working Group; Learning Disabilities Association of America; Sierra Club; Union of Concerned Scientists; United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO/CLC (“USW”); WE ACT for Environmental Justice; Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization; and Vermont Public Interest Research Group filed suit in the Ninth Circuit of United States Court of Appeals for a review of the July 2017 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) regulations promulgated by the EPA.

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GLAD, NCLR Sue Trump Over Transgender Military Ban

Doe v. Trump

On August 8, 2017, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) filed Doe v. Trump, a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging President Trump’s directive to reinstate a ban on transgender people serving in the military. As GLAD reports, the suit was filed on behalf of 5 transgender service members with nearly 60 years of combined military service.

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Trump signed E.O., “White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities”

This executive order moves the White House initiative created by Obama from the Department of Education to the Executive Office of the President.

At the end of this executive order, there is a revocation of the Executive Order 13532 signed by Barack Obama on February 26, 2010, entitled “Promoting Excellence, Innovation, and Sustainability at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” It makes sense to look at the Trump order in context of how it was already set up under the Obama administration.

In Obama’s executive order, the White House Initiative on HBCUs was directed to track progress and report on funding for HBCUs. It also defined the scope of the Presidential Board of Advisors to consist of 25 leaders chosen by the President.

This executive order signed by Trump uses the same language as the Obama order with some significant changes: (1) the location of the Initiative, and (2) an increased emphasis on private funding sources.  Continue reading “Trump signed E.O., “White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities””

Trump signed E.O., “Order on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda”

This executive order will create a task force and insert a regulatory reform officer (RRO) at each federal agency, to be appointed by agency heads.

Section 2 directs the head of each executive agency to designate a “regulatory reform officer” or RRO to oversee the implementation of regulatory reform initiatives. The order then lays out the specific initiatives that it wants the RRO to focus on:

  1. Executive Order 13771 of January 30, 2017: “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs” (See our previous post on this E.O.)
  2. Executive Order 12866 of September 30, 1993: “Regulatory Planning and Review”
  3. Section 6 of Executive Order 13583 of January 18, 2011: “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review”

Executive Order 12866, “Regulatory Planning and Review,” was signed by Bill Clinton and mandated that significant regulations be submitted for review to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Importantly, this E.O. set forth what is considered a “significant regulation,” as only significant regulations must go through this review and reporting process; however, this definition is rather broad:

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Trump signed E.O., “Enforcing Federal Law with Respect to Transnational Criminal Organizations and Preventing International Trafficking”

This executive order redirects the Threat Mitigation Working Group to detect and prosecute international drug cartels.

At Vox, German Lopez reports that the three orders issued today, Feb. 9th, are intentionally vague but are setting the stage for a “tough on crime” administration.

Section 2 sets policies for the new administration to tackle international drug cartels, including increased cooperation with foreign intelligence agencies. Section 3 calls for the Secretary of State, AG, Secretary of Homeland Security and Director of National Intelligence to co-chair and redirect the Threat Mitigation Working Group (TMWG). Additionally, the working group will report and make recommendations in 120 days.

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