Week in Review

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Colorado passes marijuana proposition, Californians reject GMO labeling regulation, and more.

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  • President Barack Obama won his bid for reelection and called for “leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together.”
  • Voters in California voted against a measure to require food manufacturers to label genetically modified organisms. See related The Regulatory Review essay.
  • Colorado’s Amendment 64 which legalizes at the state level some limited marijuana possession and use, but the taxing and regulation of the market has yet to be developed.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved fuel waivers for New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York as a response to shortages in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that investigators found the New England Compounding Center, the facility linked to a recent meningitis outbreak, has other issues of bacterial contamination.
  • State tax agencies are on “high alert” after a cyber attack on the South Carolina Department of Revenue resulted in the theft of personal information for millions of residents.
  • The Japanese Nuclear Regulatory Authority conducted an investigation of a fault line beneath Japan’s only nuclear reactor.