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President Biden Reverses Trump-era Revisions to Large National Monuments

President Joe Biden has reinstated the original boundaries of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, adding more than 2 million acres to the monuments' sizes.

Billing Codes Impede Medical Innovation, Study Finds

  “Billing codes are the enemy of innovations that reduce cost and improve the quality of care. The reason: No matter how good the innovation, bureaucratic obstacles delay its use,”

North Carolina Legislators Reasserting Power to Approve or Block Local Tree Ordinances

A provision added by Republican legislators to North Carolina’s pending budget bill would bar city and county officials from passing local tree ordinances without first getting the approval of the state legislature.

California Bans the Sale of All Small Off-Road Internal Combustion Engines

California has enacted a law may ban the sale of all off-road, gas-powered engines, including generators, lawn equipment, pressure washers, chainsaws, weed trimmers, and other small internal combustion devices.

Congress Considers Warp Speed Path for New Drugs

Originally introduced in 2020, The Promising Pathway Act (PPA) would streamline the provisional approval process for drugs that have been shown to be safe but have not completed years of efficacy trials required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Production Provides Jobs, Benefits the Economy, Says Study

A new study estimates oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico supported 345,000 jobs in the United States and contributed $28.7 billion to the nation’s economy in 2019.

Vaccine Mandates Causing Labor Pains

"NYC has proposed compensating for a vaccine-mandate physician staffing shortage by bringing in those who have retired or whose license has expired."

California County to Sue Gov. Gavin Newsom over Fracking Permit Ban

The Kern County, California, Board of Supervisors approved a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom over his administration’s rejection of fracking permits.

Biden Urges OPEC to Increase Its Oil Output to Offset Rising Prices

The Biden administration has asked the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to substantially increase oil production in and exports from its member states in an attempt to stem rapidly rising U.S. fuel prices.

Appeals Court Upholds Broad Federal Wetlands Jurisdiction

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a challenge to the application of wetlands permitting requirements imposed under the 1972 Clean Water Act on property near Priest Lake, Idaho, owned by Mike and Chantell Sackett.

Kevin Stone

Kevin Stone writes from Dallas, Texas.

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