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  • Backgrounder posted May 16, 2007 by David C. John, Nancy M. Marano The Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Do We Need a Regulatory or Legislative Fix?

    Since the passage of the Public Company Account­ing Reform and Investor Protection Act of 2002 (the Sarbanes-Oxley Act), small and mid-sized public companies have struggled to comply with its onerous provisions, which created an enormous and dispro­portionate regulatory burden. Most of these costs can be attributed to Section 404, a small section of only 168 words…

  • WebMemo posted June 14, 2006 by Nancy M. Marano, Alison Acosta Fraser Speeding Reconstruction by Cutting Red Tape

    More than nine months ago, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ripped through the Gulf Coast destroying lives and communities. As Members of Congress continue to explore options for facilitating the ongoing reconstruction, they should consider several basic guidelines, which have been reinforced by the lessons learned so far in the…

  • WebMemo posted September 23, 2005 by Nancy M. Marano, Ben Lieberman Improving the Endangered Species Act: Balancing the Needs of Landowners and Endangered Wildlife

    The Endangered Species Act was intended to bring endangered species back from the brink, but over 30 years it has helped rescue only 10 of the nearly 1,300 species that have been listed-a success rate of less than one percent.[1] At the same time, the Act has dragged landowners into endless conflicts and litigation. Its vague classifications allow private property…

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