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On April 16, 2020, the Suffolk Superior Court denied a bid by the recreational cannabis industry to stay open as “essential services” during the Coronavirus State of Emergency. The decision underscores the Governor’s broad powers during the State of Emergency and rejects the industry’s constitutional challenges to the Governor’s emergency orders barring sales of non-medical cannabis while allowing sales of alcohol and medical marijuana during the public health emergency. Background Three recreational cannabis companies and…
On April 16, 2020, the Suffolk Superior Court denied a bid by the recreational cannabis industry to stay open as “essential services” during the Coronavirus State of Emergency. The decision underscores the Governor’s broad powers during the State of Emergency and rejects the industry’s constitutional challenges to the Governor’s emergency orders barring sales of non-medical cannabis while allowing sales of alcohol and medical marijuana during the public health emergency. Background Three recreational cannabis companies and…
As government agencies at every level continue to implement programs to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, many environmental practitioners are struggling to make sense of what this means for their environmental permitting timelines. Below, we have compiled an overview of the main federal, state, and local changes that are likely to impact environmental permitting in Massachusetts. Federal Permitting Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE): The ACOE is still conducting business, but like the rest of…
As government agencies at every level continue to implement programs to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, many environmental practitioners are struggling to make sense of what this means for their environmental permitting timelines. Below, we have compiled an overview of the main federal, state, and local changes that are likely to impact environmental permitting in Massachusetts. Federal Permitting Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE): The ACOE is still conducting business, but like the rest of…
Image by wal_172619 from Pixabay April 12, 2020- Sections 4005 and 4114(b) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, H.R. 748 (the “CARES Act”) authorize the Department of Transportation to require an air carrier receiving CARES Act funding to maintain scheduled air transportation, if DOT deems necessary, to any point served by that carrier prior to March 1, 2020. On March 31, DOT issued a Show Cause Order describing how it would implement…
Image by wal_172619 from Pixabay April 12, 2020- Sections 4005 and 4114(b) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, H.R. 748 (the “CARES Act”) authorize the Department of Transportation to require an air carrier receiving CARES Act funding to maintain scheduled air transportation, if DOT deems necessary, to any point served by that carrier prior to March 1, 2020. On March 31, DOT issued a Show Cause Order describing how it would implement…
Image by Alexey Hulsov from Pixabay The Governor signed into law today Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, which includes multiple provisions aimed at reducing burdens on municipalities and state agencies caused by the ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  In addition to extending the state tax return deadline to July 15, the bill has a number of provisions directed at municipal government.  The section numbers listed in brackets below correspond to the sections…
Image by Alexey Hulsov from Pixabay The Governor signed into law today Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, which includes multiple provisions aimed at reducing burdens on municipalities and state agencies caused by the ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  In addition to extending the state tax return deadline to July 15, the bill has a number of provisions directed at municipal government.  The section numbers listed in brackets below correspond to the sections…
Image by wal_172619 from Pixabay On March 29, 2019, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, H.R. 748 (the “CARES Act”) providing an unprecedented $2 trillion in aid to individuals, businesses and state and local government entities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Among the recipients of this aid are airports and the air transportation industry, which have been hit especially hard by the pandemic. Aid to Airports The CARES Act allocates $10…
Image by wal_172619 from Pixabay On March 29, 2019, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, H.R. 748 (the “CARES Act”) providing an unprecedented $2 trillion in aid to individuals, businesses and state and local government entities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Among the recipients of this aid are airports and the air transportation industry, which have been hit especially hard by the pandemic. Aid to Airports The CARES Act allocates $10…