William C. Rhodes

William C. Rhodes

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Water Resources Legislation Could Lead to Increase of U.S. Water P3s

President Obama recently signed into law the Water Resources and Reform Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA). The statute begins to address ways to fund the billions of dollars necessary to update the country’s drinking water...more

6/16/2014 - Barack Obama Drinking Water Federal Funding Financing Funding Infrastructure Inland Waterways Public Financing Public-Private Partnerships Tax Exemptions US Army Corps of Engineers Water Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act WRRDA

Federal Government Steps Up Monitoring of Distressed Municipalities

Multiple news outlets have reported that the U.S. Treasury Department has created an Office of State and Local Finance tasked with monitoring the distressed local government sector of the municipal finance market. Kent...more

4/23/2014 - Disclosure Requirements Municipal Bonds Municipalities SEC Secondary Markets U.S. Treasury

SEC Enforcement Division Encourages Self-Reporting by Municipal Securities Issuers and Underwriters

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Enforcement Division introduced an initiative to encourage self-reporting by municipal securities issuers and underwriters of possible securities law violations...more

3/12/2014 - Municipal Securities Market Municipalities SEC Self-Reporting

MSRB Proposes Municipal Advisor Supervision Rule

Yesterday, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) issued a request for comment on a supervision rule for municipal advisors, draft Rule G-44. The proposed rule contains similar concepts to Rule G-27, the MSRB’s...more

2/27/2014 - Broker-Dealer MSRB Municipal Advisers

Illinois Passes Landmark Pension Reform

The Governor of Illinois last week signed into law legislation involving significant overhauls to the state’s pension system. The reform is intended to help stabilize both the pension system and the state's financial health...more

12/12/2013 - Credit Ratings Disclosure Requirements Pension Deficiencies Pensions SEC Securities Fraud Spending Cuts

Additional Pay-to-Play Disclosure Required of Municipal Securities Dealers

Brokers, dealers, and municipal securities dealers are now required to disclose additional information about their bond ballot contributions under amendments to the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board’s (MSRB) “pay-to-play”...more

7/2/2013 - Bonds Disclosure Requirements MSRB Municipalities New Amendments Pay-To-Play Political Contributions

SEC Fraud Charges against Harrisburg, Pa., Have Implications for Secondary Market Disclosures

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently charged the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (the City), with misleading investors about its financial health in the annual State of the City Address, as well as in its...more

5/10/2013 - Disclosure Requirements EMMA SEC Secondary Markets

New Jersey Gets Federal Approval for $1.8 Billion in Hurricane Sandy Aid

The Obama administration recently approved more than $1.8 billion in aid to help New Jersey residents and businesses recover from Hurricane Sandy. The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for New Jersey, part of a...more

5/8/2013 - Chris Christie Community Development Block Grants Hurricane Sandy Natural Disasters

Government Finance Officers Association Issues Guidelines For Pension Funding

As market regulators press for stricter reporting guidelines for state and local governments concerning pension disclosure in public offerings, the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) is advocating that funding...more

12/18/2012 - GASB GFOA MSRB Municipalities Pensions SEC

New Best Practices Released for Pension Obligation Disclosure

As the incidence of municipal fiscal stress continues to spread around the country, rating agencies, bond investors, public finance professionals, and market regulators are paying closer attention to public pension disclosure...more

11/15/2012

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