Current Issues and News
For the 4th session in a row, Rep. Tom Craddick (Midland) filed a bill to create a traffic violation for smartphone use while driving. While there is not a statewide smartphone use law for all drivers, Texas has several laws in place that regulate cell phone use while driving. State law bans cell phone use for drivers under 18; school bus drivers are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving with children on the bus; and drivers cannot use a cell phone or other handheld wireless device in an active school zone where signs are present.
The Midland Chamber of Commerce opposed the Department of Labor’s overtime regulation. H.R. 6094
UPDATE: U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant, in Sherman, Texas, agreed with 21 states and a coalition of business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that the rule is unlawful and granted their motion for a nationwide injunction. To read more CLICK HERE
In December 2015, the U.S. Chamber led a coalition of 16 national trade associations in a lawsuit challenging the legality of EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). In total, more than 150 challengers have filed suit against EPA, including the Chamber coalition, 27 states and a host of other business, labor and consumer groups. These suits have been consolidated into a single high-profile case, on the fast track to the Supreme Court, with massive implications for the American economy. The Midland Chamber of Commerce joined 166 other state and local business associations from 40 different states in an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit explaining the devastating economic impact posed by the EPA’s carbon regulations.
UPDATE: On September 27th, oral arguments were presented to the U.S. Supreme Court. We are currently awaiting a decision.
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