Laura DeVivo

Laura DeVivo

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP

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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

3/9/2015

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

The Sky Was Falling Legislative Update February 2015

This week in Raleigh the sky was falling! – well it was snowing! 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...more

3/9/2015 - Fees Filing Fees Legislative Agendas Same-Sex Marriage Secretary of State State Budgets

Last NC Law Changes of 2014 - just in time for the holidays

Although the NC General Assembly adjourned last summer it is customary to allow some laws that require lead time for implementation to go into effect on December 1st. The following is a list of NC laws that are new today...more

12/2/2014 - New Legislation

Sine Die Die Die!

Sine Die, folks! The North Carolina General Assembly has adjourned until a new legislature convenes January 14, 2015 with the members elected this November....more

9/2/2014 - Legislative Agendas New Legislation State and Local Government

Important Bill For Local Tax and Economic Development Changes is Mired in the Muck

The clock ran out on HB 1224 and we've had our fingers crossed for two weeks hoping that having the House and Senate both in session tomorrow might yield some legislative love and perhaps another look at HB 1224 -- which is...more

8/14/2014 - Economic Development Local Taxes Tax Reform

Business Court Modernization Bill is now Law

This session we've watched SB 853 - Business Court Modernization work through the legislative process and we are impressed by freshman Senator Tamara Barringer's first big effort. All you lawyers who take on complex...more

8/11/2014 - Business Court Division Complex Litigation New Legislation

Legislative Update (Not the) End of Session

Jones Street has the unsettling calm of the realization after a just-fought battle that the victory was not worth the bloodshed, and you can’t remember why you’re fighting....more

8/8/2014 - Legislative Agendas Pending Legislation Proposed Legislation State and Local Government

LegalZoom or IllegalZoom?

LegalZoom, the online legal documents preparation service, is seeking a toehold in North Carolina by amending the statutory definition of the practice of law in G.S. 84-2.1 over the objections of the North Carolina Bar. The...more

7/25/2014 - Business Court Division LegalZoom Proposed Legislation Unauthorized Practice of Law

Womble Legislative Update

Three and a half weeks into the new state fiscal year we have no newly adjusted budget, and the passage of important bills has slowed to a trickle, but there's a distinct uptick in hostage-taking of bills....more

7/25/2014 - Legislative Agendas Pending Legislation Proposed Legislation State Budgets

Vitriol, Asperity and Acrimony

Unease on Jones Street has shifted just a tad for the worse. We prefer to update you on bills and committees but the lack of legislative progress the last three weeks is becoming its own thing....more

7/23/2014 - Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees

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