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Senate Finance Committee Approves Energy Tax Provisions—LNG Is A Winner

On July 21, the Senate Finance Committee approved by a vote of 23 to 3 a bipartisan tax bill to renew for two years more than 50 expiring and expired tax provisions known as “tax extenders.” The provisions that are being...more

House Committee Advances Competing Patent Reform Legislation

With yesterday’s House Judiciary Committee vote, there are now competing, and in some respects significantly different, patent reform proposals under serious consideration in the House and the Senate. Among the most important...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

Federal Campaign Finance PAC Reports – Due July 31, 2015

All Federal Political Action Committees (PACs) are required to submit a campaign finance report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on or before Friday, July 31, 2015. Unless the PAC has elected a monthly filing...more

Political Logrolling Approved by Seventh Circuit

It has been a banner season for politically important public corruption rulings. Two weeks ago the Fourth Circuit issued its opinion upholding the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Now the Seventh Circuit...more

Clinton Outlines Her Capital Gains Rate Hike

Following up on my post from last week, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has now provided more specific information on her proposed capital gains rates hike. For high income filers (couples making at least $465,000...more

The New Cuba Reality and Your Intellectual Property

With the recent changes to the Cuba-U.S. relationship, certain aspects of the Cuban economy are opening up to U.S. companies. You may now be contemplating joining other businesses that are or will be selling or manufacturing...more

Africa Update - July 2015 #4

Leading the News - Burundi: On July 19th, representatives of the Burundian Government failed to appear for talks backed by the East African Community (EAC) aimed at ending the unrest caused by President Pierre...more

Federal Data Breach Bill Stalled in Congress

A key distinguishing feature of U.S. data privacy laws is their patchwork nature. There are industry-specific data privacy laws at the federal level (think HIPAA or the GLBA), yet there are no comprehensive federal standards...more

Oregon Amends Data Breach Law — Companies Can Expect More Enforcement Actions

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown recently signed into law amendments to the state’s data breach law. These amendments recognize the growing definition of data, expand the role of the Attorney General in addressing data breaches,...more

Iran – Don’t Forget the General License!

Iran entered into a historic nuclear agreement with the U.S. and other world powers on July 14th 2015. The agreement will allow the licensing of the export, re-export, sale, lease or transfer to Iran of commercial passenger...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. General Effective Date Clarification - Around 6 pm on Thursday, July 16, the First Regular...more

U.S. Business Interests and the 2015 Iran Nuclear Settlement: A Critical First Appraisal

This has been a historic month for the United States and several other leading nations as they reached an apparent settlement with Iran over the development of its nuclear program. On July 14, the five permanent members of...more

BIS Removes Cuba as State Sponsor of Terrorism in Regulations

On July 22, 2015, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), an agency of U.S. Department of Commerce, amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to reflect Cuba’s removal from designation as a State Sponsor of...more

News from Second and State

On the legislative front, the Senate was not in session this week, and the House of Representatives only held voting session on Tuesday and Wednesday. Committee meetings were few and far between; however, on Tuesday the...more

U.S. House Passes GMO Labeling Legislation

Today the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 passed the House, in a vote of 275 to 150 (more information here). Still a hot-button issue, opposition to the Act is emotionally charged, with those opposed to the bill...more

Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearing on Dodd-Frank constitutional issues

The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing yesterday entitled “The Administrative State v. The Constitution: Dodd-Frank at Five Years.” The hearing was focused on constitutional issues relating to the Dodd-Frank Act,...more

21st Century Cures Act – Provisions Relating to Digital Health: Interoperability and Information Blocking

On July 10, 2015, the House of Representatives approved the 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6) (the “bill”) by a vote of 344-77. In addition to increasing medical research funding and expediting the process of making breakthrough...more

Cures Are on the House: House Passes 21st Century Cures Act, but Senate Awaits

On July 10, 2015, the House of Representative passed H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”), with strong bipartisan support, by a vote of 344-77. This medical innovation reform legislation represents the culmination...more

Equality Act of 2015 Seeks New Workplace Protections for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Yesterday, companion bills were introduced into the House and Senate seeking the passage of the Equality Act of 2015, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The...more

Medicare, Medicaid, and Enforcement Implications of the 21st Century Cures Act Recently Passed by the House

On July 10th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act – medical innovation reform legislation that has been in the works for over a year – by a wide margin (344-77). As Ropes & Gray previously...more

Is the Tide Turning on the Marijuana Legalization Conversation?

The California Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy just changed the conversation on marijuana legalization. In the past, the discussion centered on decriminalization but not regulation. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, however,...more

House Passes 21st Century Cures Act: What Does it Mean for Clinical Research?

On July 10, 2015, the U.S. House of Representative passed H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act, with strong bipartisan support in a vote of 344-77. As Ropes & Gray has summarized Cures Act provisions related to Medicare and...more

Finalized Iran Nuclear Deal Outlines Changes for U.S. and EU Sanctions

On July 14, 2015, negotiators from Iran, the EU, and the P5+1 countries —China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany—announced that they had reached a consensus on the final text of the Joint...more

Small Business Committee holds hearing to explore commercial drone operations

On Wednesday, July 15, the House Committee on Small Business (the Committee) held a hearing, titled “Taking Flight: Small Business Utilization of Unmanned Aircraft,” aimed at exploring small business use of drones. The...more

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