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2015 Texas Legislative Session Includes Twin Bills Concerning Municipal Fracking Bans

With the opening of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature on January 13, 2015, two of the more closely watched bills in the energy arena will be House Bill 539 (HB539) and House Bill 540 (HB540). HB539, filed on December...more

Because you are asking . . . DOL Says New Proposed Rule On White Collar Exemptions Under The FLSA Will Be Issued In February 2015

As many of you know, last year President Obama directed the DOL to issue new regulations to “modernize and streamline” the white collar exemptions to the minimum wage and overtime requirements under the FLSA. (Keep in mind...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2015

What's New - The South Carolina General Assembly convened this week for the first year of the 121st Legislative Session. While the Senate and House of Representatives met for periods of time throughout the week,...more

House Passes Bill to Ease Volcker Rule and other Regulatory Requirements

The U.S. House of Representatives on January 14, 2015, voted (271-154) to pass H.R. 37, the “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.” If enacted, the bill, among other things, would extend the Volcker...more

Board Member Term Limits: Are They Legal?

Some cities and towns in Connecticut limit the terms of office for board of education members and other elected officials. This may come in the form of limiting a board member to two consecutive terms. At least one town in...more

Two New Laws Give DHS Increased Cybersecurity Authority

Two recently enacted laws give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) increased authority and ability to contain cybersecurity threats and breaches. Congress passed both the Federal Information Security Modernization Act...more

Annual Compensations Must Be Posted by Local Government Agencies in California

Law That Takes Effect Jan. 1 Requires Sharing Public Employee Pay Information Online - Starting Jan. 1, local public agencies will be required to post information on the annual compensation of their elected officials,...more

President Obama Signs Several Bills Aimed at Cybersecurity

On December 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed several significant cybersecurity bills into law. These bills include the Federal Information Security Modernization Act, the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act, the...more

Congress Confirms NIST’s Role in Cybersecurity – and the Continuation of the Cybersecurity Framework

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 (CEA) was passed by the House and the Senate on December 11th, and signed by the President on the 18th. The bill formalizes the role of the National Institute for Standards and...more

Congress Passes the National Cybersecurity Protection Act: Codifies National Cybersecurity Center & Creates Federal Agency Data...

The National Cybersecurity Protection Act of 2014 (NCPA) was passed by the House on December 8th, by the Senate on December 10th, and signed by the President on December 18th. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and...more

Cybersecurity Legislation Focuses on Federal Government Initiatives – Leaves Private Sector Reforms for 2015

One of the few things the parties in Congress can agree upon these days is cybersecurity – at least when it comes to directing the federal government’s cyber activities. In its final days, the 113th Congress reached agreement...more

Congress Passes The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014: Bringing Federal Agency Information Security into the...

The Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA) was passed by the Senate on December 8th, by the House on December 10th, and by the President on December 18th. It is a comprehensive bill intended to bring...more

Illinois Supreme Court to Tackle Election Law and Sovereign Immunity on Thursday

The Illinois Supreme Court just announced that on Thursday morning, it will hand down decisions in two civil cases: Bettis v. Marsaglia, No. 117050 – “Does a plaintiff’s failure to name the Electoral Board as a party...more

Vermont Doubles Down: Representative Testifies Before Congress Against Federal GMO Labeling Bill

As we’ve explored in past posts, Congress is currently considering a bill that aims to harmonize the patchwork of state efforts at regulating GMO labeling by placing such regulation firmly within FDA’s jurisdiction. Dubbed...more

House Committee Hearing Debates "GMO" Labeling Bill

On December 10, 2014, the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on Examining FDA's Role in the Regulation of Genetically Modified Food Ingredients. The witnesses included Michael Landa, Director...more

House Subcommittee Pushes FAA for Faster Progress on UAS Integration - Proposed Small UAS Rule Expected Before the End of 2014,...

On Dec. 10, members of Congress in a hearing pushed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to quicken the pace of efforts to safely integrate unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, into the national...more

OMB Releases Fall 2014 Regulatory Agenda

The White House Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has released its semi-annual Unified Regulatory Agenda and Regulatory Plan for Fall 2014, covering more than 60 Federal...more

17 States Sue Over President Obama’s Immigration Order

On December 3rd, seventeen states sued the U.S. in a Texas federal court over President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. The states claim the President’s order is an unconstitutional exercise of power and seek...more

EPA Proposes Stricter Ozone NAAQS

On November 25, 2014, EPA proposed to strengthen the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone. The rule is available online and should be published soon in the Federal Register....more

TSCA Reform a Viable Contender For Serious Legislative Attention Next Year

I have been asked to say a few words about 2015 legislative expectations regarding environmental laws, particularly and most likely with respect to reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In my view, TSCA reform is...more

Health Care Update - December 2014

In This Issue: - FDA Releases Menu Labeling Rule - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Upcoming Congressional Hearings - Excerpt from FDA...more

Representative Brady Introduces Discussion Draft of the Hospital Improvements for Payment Act of 2014

On November 19, 2014, House Ways & Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady introduced a 146-page discussion draft of the Hospital Improvements for Payment Act of 2014 (HIP). HIP seeks to, among other things, make...more

The Perils of Incomplete Service: The Illinois Supreme Court Debates Bettis v. Marsaglia

During its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral argument in Bettis v. Marsaglia. Bettis presents an issue of potential significance to election lawyers: is a petition for Circuit Court review from an...more

Wotus: Scotus, Potus . . . Lotus?

It was inevitable I suppose. In a town where every policy discussion reaffirms the lampooning it receives in HBO’s “Veep,” it was only a matter of time until the EPA/Army Corps’ proposed rule on the scope of jurisdiction...more

California Enacts Bill to Combat Noncompliant Charities

The California State Legislature recently passed Assembly Bill 2077 (“AB 2077”). AB 2077, which was signed by Governor Brown, is designed to make it more difficult for charities that have not complied with their registration...more

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