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On September 17, 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) announced a joint proposed rule that purports to clarify which streams, wetlands and other waters are “waters of the United States” and subject to jurisdiction under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA).
October 1 marks not only the date that insurance exchanges (“Marketplaces”) open under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but also the date by which certain employers are required to provide their employees notice of coverage options available through the Marketplaces.
NAR sent two letters to the House of Representatives this week urging against cosponsoring Rep. Joe Hensarling’s (R-TX) housing finance reform bill, H.R. 2767, the Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners (PATH) Act.
NAR sent letters to key Congressional Appropriators last week, urging them to protect rural communities.
The Federal Trade Commission has announced updated fees starting on Oct. 1, 2013, for telemarketers accessing phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released guidelines for how flood insurance rates will be calculated under the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012.