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President Obama’s Proposed Privacy Bill of Rights

Part 2: Notice, Consumer Control, and Context - Yesterday we brought you the first part in DWT’s series analyzing the Obama Administration’s proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, which would require greater...more

“We are the state that built America”

This morning, Gov. Tom Wolf presented his inaugural budget to the General Assembly. Calling the proposal “a different kind of budget” that “includes Democratic ideas, Republican ideas and ideas that exist beyond party lines,”...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown

In case you spent last week (this morning) dealing with winter weather instead of reading the latest and greatest in the realm on federal contracting, here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government...more

Update on IANA Stewardship Transition and ICANN Accountability: US Senate Holds Hearing on Transition and Future of...

On February 25, 2015, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a hearing on "Preserving the Multistakeholder Model of Internet Governance," during which it heard testimony regarding the Internet...more

Status of Oil and Gas-related Bills Proposed in California’s 2015-2016 Legislative Session

February 27, 2015 was the deadline for lawmakers to introduce legislation to the 2015-2016 California Legislative Session and several bills related to oil and gas activities were introduced.  Below is a summary of those...more

The Only U.S. President Elected under the 12th Amendment is...

The 12th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States provides for the election of the president and vice president by the electoral college, and if no candidate obtains a majority, the House of Representatives chooses...more

Indiana Reforming Beer Laws

Last week, the Indiana House of Representatives voted 87-7 to raise the production limit on the amount of beer that can be produced by craft breweries. The proposed legislation would increase the production level to 90,000...more

The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Redux

On February 27, 2015, the Obama White House released an “Administration Discussion Draft” of its Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015 (Proposed Consumer Privacy Act). ...more

The 12th Amendment in U.S. History

The 12th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States was ratified in 1804. It provided for the election of the president and vice president by the electoral college and not directly by popular vote....more

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Chapter 11 Reform in the House and Senate

As we discussed in our previous post, in the wake of the financial crisis that began with large financial institutions failing in 2008, practitioners and politicians alike have been calling for Bankruptcy Code reform. Both...more

DHS Funding Hangs In Balance While Congress Squares Off Over Executive Action on Immigration

Congressional standoff over immigration plays out through debate on DHS funding bill - A chess match continues to be fought in Congress over the fate of President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The standoff...more

Congress Begins With Renewed Efforts to Repeal Insurer’s Antitrust Exemption

Early into the 114th Congress, multiple bills have already been introduced that would repeal the insurance industry’s limited antitrust exemption granted by the McCarran-Ferguson Act (15 USC 1011 et seq.)....more

California’s Fracking Preemption Battle Moves Forward in San Benito County

Oil company Citadel Exploration, Inc. has reportedly filed a lawsuit against San Benito County, arguing that the County’s voter-sponsored ban on various types of well stimulation—often referred to generally as hydraulic...more

How Will Immigration Executive Action Impact Higher Education Institutions?

Multi-national personnel and students are uniquely important to the mission and objectives of higher education institutions. The recent focus on immigration reform at the federal level raises the potential for broader...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

"CFIUS’s Annual Report to Congress Details Longer Process, More Aggressive Risk Mitigation"

Key Developments - The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is an interagency, Executive Branch organization charged with identifying potential national security risks posed by foreign...more

First Ever Federal “Coordination” Case Results in Guilty Plea

In a first of its kind case, a campaign consultant for a Congressional candidate pled guilty to violating The Federal Election Campaign Act’s probation on coordination between the campaign of a candidate for federal office...more

Nevada Legislature to Consider Multiple Gaming Bills

The 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature began on February 2, 2015. Regular sessions of the Nevada Legislature are held biennially in odd-numbered years. As of the date of this article, the following bills related to gaming...more

Congress Passes Full Department of Homeland Security Funding Bill

Late Tuesday afternoon, the House of Representatives voted 257-167 to fund the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) through September 30, 2015, covering the remainder of the fiscal year. A clean funding bill was passed by...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Due to last week’s extreme weather, the South Carolina General Assembly met only on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Senate gave second reading to the criminal domestic violence bill and the House passed legislation regarding...more

New Cyber Agency to Combat Cyber Threats

The Obama administration, on February 10, announced its intention to create a new federal agency to combat cyber threats and coordinate digital intelligence among all federal agencies....more

King v. Burwell: What to Expect From the Supreme Court Argument

On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear argument in King v. Burwell, a case involving premium tax credits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Among its many provisions, the ACA includes...more

Development Trend to Circumvent CEQA Through Ballot Initiative Emphasizes Need for Reform

The Los Angeles Times recently reported that proposed football stadium developers have chosen to incur the cost of collecting signatures to qualify an initiative for the ballot to obtain land use approvals rather than face...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Ways and Means Advances Four Health-Related Measures... Senate Commerce Committee Clears Legislation on E-Cigarette Packaging... CMS Pushes Back Deadline on Meaningful Use for Physicians....more

NC Legislative Update for February 2015 #4

This Week: After last week’s hiatus, more snow on Tuesday and Thursday further delayed legislative activity in the halls of the North Carolina General Assembly. The House went home Tuesday morning concluding its...more

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