Laura DeVivo

Laura DeVivo

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

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Womble Carlyle Legislative Update - August 7, 2015

Angel and Laura worried all week about what we could tell you about in our weekly update, but then yesterday happened. Lo and behold this week has written itself. Silly us! New Senate Budget Strategy: truce, sort...more

8/10/2015 - ABLE Act Economic Development Legislative Agendas Medicaid Reform State Budgets Taxpayers' Bill of Rights

July 17th, 2015 Womble Legislative Update

In Limbo - You may recall that the General Assembly did not enact a new budget in time for the fiscal year that began July 1st. Instead, a continuing resolution was passed that keeps spending static until its expiration...more

7/20/2015 - Drunk Driving Governor McCrory Historic Preservation Legislative Agendas State Budgets Zoning Laws

July 2, 2015 Womble Legislative Update

Premature Fireworks on Jones Street - We know it’s only July 2nd, but thanks to the fight over Greensboro City Council Redistricting we have fireworks! On the eve of the Legislative Summer Recess a carefully crafted...more

7/10/2015 - General Assembly Legislative Agendas Redistricting State Budgets Uber

June 26, 2015 Womble Legislative Update

The budget gridlock rumors on Jones Street are real. A decorated Christmas tree arrived in the Senate chamber this week to emphasize how far apart the two chambers are on next year’s spending plan. Next year starts on...more

7/10/2015 - Blue Laws Legislative Agendas Medicaid Reform State Budgets Teachers

May 29, 2015 Legislative Update

Vetoes - Within 24 hours, Governor McCrory has vetoed two bills sent to his desk by the General Assembly. Both bills will now go back to the legislature for each chamber to consider whether they will attempt to override...more

7/10/2015 - Abortion General Assembly Governor McCrory Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees Pending Legislation State Budgets

June 19, 2015 Womble Legislative Update

A contentious week on Jones Street ends on a sad note. As the General Assembly takes up (or doesn’t) issues relating to abortion, economic incentives, access to guns, access to healthcare, tax fairness, Medicaid reform and...more

7/10/2015 - Blue Laws General Assembly Guns-in-Trunks Legislation Legislative Agendas Medicaid Medicaid Reform Pending Legislation Proposed Legislation Protests Voter Registration

June 12, 2015 Womble Legislative Update

The Senate needed a little more time to put the finishing touches on its budget, so we didn’t get to see it this week. We’re now expecting it to be released on Monday and passed by the Senate by the end of the week. ...more

7/10/2015 - Historic Preservation Legislative Agendas Legislative Vetoes Pending Legislation Real Estate Development State Budgets Urban Planning & Development

Rep Rick Glazier announces his departure from the NC House

Rep. Rick Glazier announced he will leave the General Assembly at the end of the session after seven terms representing Cumberland County in the House of Representatives. This is no normal retirement. In each term, regardless...more

7/10/2015 - General Assembly Retirement

June 5, 2015 Womble Legislative Update

It’s June – the month the legislature logically should be wrapping up along with the state’s fiscal year but we’re nowhere close. There are still big fights ahead on budget, taxes, economic development tools, solar produced...more

7/10/2015 - Legislative Agendas Legislative Vetoes New Legislation State Budgets

Womble Carlyle Legislative Update - May 18th

House Budget - It was a week of herding cats for the House Leadership as they worked their budget through caucus, subcommittees, caucus, committee, caucus, then caucus again, caucus again, and caucus yet again, then an...more

5/26/2015 - Appropriations Bill General Assembly Pending Legislation

Guests Laura DeVivo and Angel Sams Explain the N.C. General Assembly's Recently-Concluded and Critical "Crossover" Period

The "crossover" period has just ended in the North Carolina General Assembly, which is an inflection point for pending bills in each session. Here with a wonderful explanation of what "crossover" means, both technically and...more

5/11/2015 - Legislative Process

Safely Boarding the School Bus - we're never done.

The safety of schoolchildren has been a priority every year at the General Assembly. But several years ago former NC House Speaker Pro Tempore Dale Folwell shone a bright light on the safety of children boarding and...more

4/30/2015 - Bus Accidents Proposed Legislation School Safety Students

Womble Carlyle Legislative Update - April 24, 2015

Crossover is the deadline established by House and Senate Rules by which a House bill must be received by the Senate, and a Senate bill must be received by the House, in order to remain eligible for action for the rest of the...more

4/27/2015 - Legislative Agendas Pending Legislation

April 17, 2015 NC Legislative Update

Legislators are back in Raleigh after a week off and it doesn’t look like anything has changed after the extra time they were given to reflect on the session. Just as we’ve seen before: - There’s a new bill that would...more

4/20/2015 - Elections Code LegalZoom Legislative Agendas Pending Legislation Revenue State Budgets Unauthorized Practice of Law Wine & Alcohol

New NC Business Court tweak in the works

A new Senate Bill making a further update to defining a mandatory complex business case for referral to the Business Court was filed and has begun to move. Senate Bill 435 sponsored by Bob Rucho and Tamara Barringer who you...more

4/17/2015 - Business Court Division Business Litigation Proposed Amendments

April 3, 2015 Legislative Update

Spring Break Y’all - For the first time we can recall the House and Senate will take Spring Break next week. The House announced last month it will have Spring Break while the Senate announced it will hold skeletal...more

4/14/2015 - Biosimilars Legislative Agendas Sales & Use Tax Tax Credits Vaccinations

March 20, 2015 Legislative Update

The General Assembly is in full spring tilt. Next Thursday is the bill introduction deadline for non-money bills and folks are busy pitching their ideas and lining up support. ...more

4/14/2015 - General Assembly Legislative Agendas Pending Legislation

March 27, 2015 Legislative Update

Many large groups of the general public descended on the General Assembly this week in an attempt to have their voices heard on various issues. One such issue was vaccinations, which resulted in a lot of women walking around...more

4/14/2015 - Economic Development Gas Taxes Marijuana Medical Marijuana Pending Legislation Vaccinations

March 6, 2015 Legislative Update

In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb. - That’s what we’ve always heard about the month of March in North Carolina. - 1. In like a lion. 2. Madness. 3. Out like a lamb....more

4/13/2015 - Economic Development Gas Taxes Judges Legislative Agendas Pat McCrory Redistricting Same-Sex Marriage State Budgets

Feb 27th 2015 Legislative Update

The news in Raleigh was dominated by snow and ice and skeleton sessions and empty calendars. However there were a few items of interest: Fee Increases at the Secretary of State’s Office - Secretary of State...more

4/13/2015 - Filing Fees Same-Sex Marriage Secretary of State State Budgets

March 13, 2015 Legislative Update

Redistricting Local Bills - SB 181 – Wake County Commissioner Districts and SB 36 – Greensboro City Council Districts, the two bills that remake the governing boards of two large local governments, passed the Senate...more

4/13/2015 - Economic Development Pending Legislation Redistricting Revenue

In Like a Lion Legislative Update February 2015

This week was exhausting for your normally energetic government relations team; we had to be in so many different hearings at once that we had to wear comfortable shoes. Angel and I are excited to take it easy this weekend...more


Snowmageddon Legislative Update February 2015

Welcome to the Snowmageddon version of the Legislative Update. What a strange week in Raleigh with cancelled schools, legislative hearings and events. Going by twitter, the only event at which a legislative quorum was reached...more

3/9/2015 - Pending Legislation

Post-Super Bowl Legislative Update February 2015

Welcome to your Post-Super Bowl Legislative Update -- Your Womble Carlyle Government Affairs Team Member, Angel, is just happy that the Carolina Panthers are back in the running! Now that the Super Bowl is over,...more

3/9/2015 - Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees

Valentine's Day Legislative Update February 2015

Welcome to the Valentine’s Day edition of Legislative Update (not to be confused with the Friday the 13th edition). So far in 2015 one member abandoned the Democratic caucus, several high ranking Republican...more

3/9/2015 - Legislative Agendas

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