In a blow to states’ leadership over clean energy, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a brief before the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that states cannot sue power plant operators that generate pollution. The Justice Department alleges that: (1) the Environmental Protection Agency has already started to regulate greenhouse emissions; and (2) states lack standing to assert a federal nuisance claim.
Two years of courtroom battles ended on Monday as Georgia received a green light from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to go ahead with its controversial voter verification system, a major step backward for the state.
The longest legislative session in Georgia’s history adjourned on
April 29th. Dominated by budget reductions, tax and revenue
policy debates, and education and transportation issues, it was a
difficult and mostly painful session for progressive change as extensive
cuts were made targeting education, health and social service programs.
a week of negotiations in the House and Senate Budget Conference
Committee, an agreement was reached on the $17.8 billion state budget
just hours before the legislative session was scheduled to adjourn.