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Published Articles

2016

Municipal and Special District Law

  • Drones: Critical Issues for Local GovernmentsAugust 1, 2016Drones can provide an efficient and low cost method for local governments to perform various tasks, such as surveying work and conducting structural analysis, as well as assisting in difficult or dangerous situations, such as firefighting and search-and-rescue missions. However, obtaining and using a drone requires more than simply purchasing the drone and assigning an employee to operate ... read more
  • Privacy Expectations in an Era of DronesMay 1, 2016The Federal Aviation Administration's Aerospace Forecast projects that the number of small unmanned aerial systems, also known as drones, in the U.S. will increase from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020 (4.3 million hobbyist and 2.7 million commercial). The updated ... read more

Labor and Employment

  • Labor Negotiations Strategies in A New and Improving EnvironmentOctober 31, 2016Labor negotiations during and just after the great recession were difficult and even unpleasant at times, but they also were fairly straightforward. The message to unions was clear and simple - the condition of the economy and the resulting financial challenges for employers generally eliminated funds for wage increases. However, those dire conditions have been gradually improving. And, with a ... read more

Environmental Law

  • Stormwater Discharge: Preventing Enforcement ActionsOctober 17, 2016Constantly changing federal, state and local regulations governing stormwater discharges are intended to improve the management and control of runoff water, but the practical result often increases both the complexity of compliance and cost of noncompliance. It is absolutely critical to know when you are subject to stormwater regulations, under what circumstances permits are required, and what to ... read more