Federal Legislative Update

The US Supreme Court is going to pass on hearing an environmental challenge on immigration.

Ranchers and environmental advocates have said that DHS policies on immigration, including DACA, violate NEPA (the federal version of CEQA). The suit was originally brought in 2016 and has finally made its way to its end at the Supreme Court.

The EPA announced the appointment of Martha Guzman as the agency’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest region. With her extensive portfolio as a Commissioner at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and leadership on issues for disadvantaged communities, Guzman will lead the implementation of the Biden-Harris environmental agenda in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Pacific Islands, and 148 Tribal Nations.

Dec. 31 is the last day for individuals to make tax-deductible charitable donations for 2021.The rule that allowed non-itemized tax filers to deduct up to $300 in non-profit donations from their taxes –$600 for married folks– is termed at the end of this year.