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Capitol Comment 232 - Alabama's First Steps Toward Common Sense Legal Reform
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Capitol Comment

Capitol Comment 232 - Alabama's First Steps Toward Common Sense Legal Reform

The Alabama Senate began the difficult task of enacting fair and reasonable reform of Alabama’s costly system of civil justice. Specifically, the Senate passed legislation that begins to reform where a plaintiff may bring a lawsuit, amends the rules governing class action lawsuits and puts limits on punitive damages. While these bills themselves will not completely fix our legal system, they do represent a step toward reforming Alabama’s out-of-control civil justice system.

05/20/1999
Letter to the House Appropriations Committee regarding the sunshine-in-government provision
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Letter to the House Appropriations Committee regarding the sunshine-in-government provision

May 20, 1999 Dear Appropriations Member: The fiscal year 1999 Omnibus Appropriations Act contained a sunshine-in-government provision that would allow the American people to access the federally funded scientific data used to support regulations that have a direct impact on their lives. This sunshine law is absolutely critical in ensuring that government remains accountable to the citizens it serves. We urge you to resist any legislative efforts to weaken or repeal this important law.

05/20/1999
Letter to the House Appropriations Committee regarding the sunshine-in-government provision
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Press Release

Letter to the House Appropriations Committee regarding the sunshine-in-government provision

May 20, 1999 Dear Appropriations Member: The fiscal year 1999 Omnibus Appropriations Act contained a sunshine-in-government provision that would allow the American people to access the federally funded scientific data used to support regulations that have a direct impact on their lives. This sunshine law is absolutely critical in ensuring that government remains accountable to the citizens it serves. We urge you to resist any legislative efforts to weaken or repeal this important law.

05/20/1999
So-Called Stranded Costs Shouldn’t Short-Circuit Electricity Deregulation
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So-Called Stranded Costs Shouldn’t Short-Circuit Electricity Deregulation

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Wayne Brough, Ph.D., Chief Economist at Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) Foundation, and Michael T. Maloney, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at Clemson University, released a new study on electricity deregulation.

05/20/1999
Issue Analysis 91 - Understanding the Urge to Merge in the Telecommunications Industry
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Issue Analysis 91 - Understanding the Urge to Merge in the Telecommunications Industry

The past several years have seen several large telecommunications mergers announced and consummated in the United States. Bell Atlantic merged with NYNEX and now seeks to acquire GTE. SBC merged with Pacific Telesis and Southern New England Telephone, and now wants to merge with Ameritech. Long-distance firms also contribute to the trend. WorldCom acquired MCI. AT&T acquired TCI and now plans to buy MediaOne Group so it can offer local telephone service over the cable company’s wires.

05/20/1999
Landmark Court Decision Brings Sound Science to the Environment
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Landmark Court Decision Brings Sound Science to the Environment

Background. On May 14, 1999, in what is a clear victory in the cause of smaller government and more intelligent regulation, a U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington suspended the controversial air quality regulations issued by the Clinton-Gore administration in July 1997.

05/18/1999
Landmark Court Decision Brings Sound Science to the Environment
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Landmark Court Decision Brings Sound Science to the Environment

Background. On May 14, 1999, in what is a clear victory in the cause of smaller government and more intelligent regulation, a U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington suspended the controversial air quality regulations issued by the Clinton-Gore administration in July 1997.

05/18/1999
Issue Analysis 90 - The Final Integrated Feasibility Report on the Everglades Re-Study: Awash in Uncertainty
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Issue Analysis 90 - The Final Integrated Feasibility Report on the Everglades Re-Study: Awash in Uncertainty

The Everglades Re-Study is a project designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and is intended to restore the Everglades while at the same time providing water for a growing South Florida population. On April 7, the Corps released a new report on the Everglades Re-Study, the "Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement." This report was intended to address concerns about the Re-Study raised by consumer groups, individual citizens, environmentalists, and even public utilities. However, the Final Feasibility report fails to resolve a number of grave uncertainties, and should demonstrate to policymakers that pressing forward with the Re-Study could squander the last chance to save the Everglades while at the same time endangering the health of South Florida’s families.

05/05/1999
Issue Analysis 90 - The Final Integrated Feasibility Report on the Everglades Re-Study: Awash in Uncertainty
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Issue Analysis 90 - The Final Integrated Feasibility Report on the Everglades Re-Study: Awash in Uncertainty

The Everglades Re-Study is a project designed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and is intended to restore the Everglades while at the same time providing water for a growing South Florida population. On April 7, the Corps released a new report on the Everglades Re-Study, the "Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement." This report was intended to address concerns about the Re-Study raised by consumer groups, individual citizens, environmentalists, and even public utilities. However, the Final Feasibility report fails to resolve a number of grave uncertainties, and should demonstrate to policymakers that pressing forward with the Re-Study could squander the last chance to save the Everglades while at the same time endangering the health of South Florida’s families.

05/05/1999
CSE Foundation Background on the Microsoft Antitrust Case
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CSE Foundation Background on the Microsoft Antitrust Case

The Issue: The Department of Justice has accused Microsoft of anti-competitive behavior for allegedly using its operating system, Windows, as leverage to dominate the market for Internet browsers. CSE Foundation's Position: Although Microsoft has integrated a browser into its operating system, this does not mean that the company is a monopolist engaged in anti-competitive behavior. Computer prices are falling, there is no consumer harm, and any remedies imposed by the Department of Justice would lead to government regulation of one of the most dynamic sectors of the U.S. economy.

05/05/1999

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