Week in Review

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President Obama announces executive actions aimed at strengthening gun control measures, the U.S. House passes dual regulatory bills, and more…

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  • Democrat Jim Kenney, previously a longtime member of the Philadelphia City Council, was sworn in as the City’s 99th mayor, declaring during his inauguration ceremony that “the vision that will guide [his] administration is that city government should first and foremost deliver efficient, effective services to every single Philadelphian,” and emphasizing the high priority that he plans to place on issues surrounding poverty, gentrification, and the implementation of universal pre-K, among other objectives.
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) stated that the public can soon submit comments about their recently published preliminary risk assessments of the insecticide, imidacloprid, in which the agencies found that insecticide levels above 25 ppb—a level exceeded on cotton and citrus crops—kill pollinators including bees and lower the amount of honey created.


  • Former U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) head Ann Brown argued in The Washington Post that President Barack Obama should introduce laws permitting the CPSC to regulate gun ammunition. According to Brown, ammunition regulations, such as laws that require individuals to obtain licenses before buying bullets, would not face the same challenges under the Second Amendment and from public opposition as guns. Brown also stated that CPSC regulations would allow for a “flexible approach” like the agency currently uses for other products.
  • Devin Henry outlined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that “will face serious challenges [this] year” in The Hill. While courts are expected to consider the EPA’s rules that regulate power plant emissions and define its authority to regulate the “waters of the United States,” Henry argued that Republican members of Congress are likely to object to the EPA’s regulations of ozone, and oil and gas methane emissions.