House Passes $100M DERA Funding Proposal
House Appropriations Committee included $100M for DERA - a proposed doubling of program funds. The Senate bill contains $25M. The House bill, known as the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, was debated on the House floor the week of July 11th and passed by a vote of 231-196.
With respect to the reauthorization of the DERA program, language to extend the program for five more years is included in the Senate comprehensive energy bill (S. 2012) which passed the Senate by a vote of 85-12 on April 20th.
On June 28th, EPA, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and other parties announced a partial settlement agreement with Volkswagen in connection with alleged violations of the Clean Air Act in connection with emissions from Volkswagen 2.0 liter diesel engines.
Overtime Rule Clarification
In recent reporting of the Department of Labor's new Final Rule on Overtime several questions have been raised about whether or not the duties tests have changed. The Final Rule does not include any changes to the duties tests, which also affect the determination of who is exempt from overtime.
Department of Education Releases Guidance on Homeless Children
The Department of Education recently released guidance to states and school districts on the new provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act for supporting homeless children.