In fulfillment of his campaign promise, President Donald Trump has defied the world and pulled our country out of Paris Accord. The United States will now join only Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries outside of the agreement. You really cannot include Nicaragua because it did not sign in protest of the agreement not going far enough (a valid objection). That leaves us and our environmental fellow traveler, Syria.
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Federal judge is 'sick and tired of lawyers from white-shoe law firms' helping clients avoid charges
By MICHAEL D. SHEAR
The withdrawal process could take four years to complete, meaning a final decision would be up to the American voters in the next presidential election.
|Legislature Adjourns Sine Die|
, the 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature adjourned Sine Die. The Governor has 20 days after the session concludes to veto legislation, making the last day Governor Abbott can take action.
Over the course of the 140-day legislative session:
SB 302 by Watson (D-Austin), relating to the continuation and functions of the State Bar, and SB 303 by Watson (D-Austin), relating to the continuation and functions of the Board of Law Examiners, were finally passed on Sunday, May 28 and were sent to the Governor on Tuesday, May 30.
A two-year, $217 billion state budget was approved by legislators and sent to Governor Abbott, up from $209 billion for the current biennium. The Judiciary portion of the budget, found in Article IV, appropriates approximately $823.6 million in all funds, which amounts to 0.4% of the total state budget.
The conference committee report for SB 1 is available here. Additional information about the budget process can be found here on the Legislative Budget Board’s website.
|State Bar Legislative Program|
The following bills, included in the State Bar’s 2017 legislative program, changed status this week.
Make plans to attend the 2017 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting in Dallas, here.. A number of Legislative Updates will be provided by State Bar Sections. For more event information, click
|September Bar Journal|
The September issue of the Texas Bar Journal will include a legislative update. The articles published will identify major changes to specific areas of law and offer some preliminary analysis on how those changes may affect Texas lawyers and their clients.
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By ANDREW HIGGINS
The Russian president denied any state role, but said that cyberattacks might have been the work of private citizens. "Anything is possible in this virtual world," Mr. Putin said
By ROBERT PEAR
A new rule nearing approval would greatly expand the number of employers and insurers that could claim moral objections to contraception coverage.
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