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  • n  a legally authorized postponement before some obligation must be discharged
  • n  suspension of an ongoing activity

  • He endorsed a moratorium on offshore oil drilling.
  • A moratorium on mining the nuclear fuel may end if a commission decides that it is safe to extract it.
  • After a 20-year moratorium on commercial whaling, the 73-member International Whaling Commission (IWC) will hold its annual meeting in Anchorage in May to continue the cetacean .
News & Articles

  • NY regulator calls for moratorium on "shadow insurance" practice
    (Reuters) - New York's top financial regulator has called for a national moratorium on certain transactions by life insurance companies that potentially put policyholders and taxpayers at greater risk, according to a regulatory report. ...
    June 12, 2013 - Reuters via Yahoo! News
  • County passes subdivision moratorium
    A moratorium on subdivision development was imposed by emergency action in a 2-1 vote of the Lincoln County Commission during a special meeting Friday.
    June 12, 2013 - Ruidoso News
  • Lakeville approves moratorium for medical marijuana centers
    LAKEVILLE — There will be a temporary moratorium until June 30, 2014, on potential medical marijuana treatment centers in Lakeville after the annual Town Meeting's unanimous vote Monday night.
    June 12, 2013 - The Standard-Times

  • Bobby Jindal in The State Column
    The federal government not being able to do its job is not a reason for thousands of Louisianians to lose their jobs,Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said in response to the ruling. "We're pleased the court did not reinstate the moratorium....
  • Barack Obama in BusinessWeek
    My hope is that once direct talks have begun -- well before the moratorium has expired -- that that will create a climate in which everybody feels a greater investment in success,Obama said.
  • Lamar Alexander in The Associated Press
    As you think about a moratorium ...... make sure that the economic consequences aren't more damaging than the environmental consequences of the oil spill,Alexander told Salazar.

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