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Alabama Legislative Update – Sine Die – The 2014 Legislative Session Ends

The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. In previous years, sessions have ended just minutes before midnight on the 30th legislative day. This year was different. As soon as both...more

Perspectives - April, 2014

In This Issue: - Making Our Downtown Better Every Day - It's Good To "B" In Deleware - The Wonderful World of Limited Liability Companies - Ohio Bill to Allow Schools and Camps to Procure Epinephrine...more

Alabama Legislative Update - Week 6: Halfway Through the Session, Tax Bills Take Center Stage

Last week marked the halfway point in this legislative session, with Tuesday being the 15th of 30 legislative days. Legislative leaders still expect the 2014 session to end on April 7....more

2014 Legislative Session Preview

The Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to convene for the second year of its biennial legislative session on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at noon. Given the May 19, 2014, adjournment date and the forthcoming Election Day for...more

South Carolina Legislative Update - February 7, 2014

This Wednesday the General Assembly met in joint session to elect the Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, Chief Judge of the Administrative Law Court, several circuit court and family court judges, other boards...more

Alabama Legislative Update - Week 3: Mother Nature and Old Man Winter Disrupt Legislative Schedule

Alabama was taken by storm last week. Among the thousands stranded on highways or the fortunate ones at home or at work were scores of State Legislators who could not get to Montgomery or who could not leave Montgomery. The...more

Ten Things to Know About the 2013 North Carolina Legislative Session

The North Carolina General Assembly has completed its 2013 session after passing a two-year budget and considering hundreds of bills on a variety of topics. Here are some highlights from this year’s session...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 5-17-13

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House is a weekly update that provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor’s Fourth and Fifth Vetoes of the Session Sustained - Last week,...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 13: Budgets Approved, Medicaid and Tax Bills Sent to Governor Bentley

With the constitutional deadline of midnight on the 30th day closing in, Alabama lawmakers worked at a feverish pace to complete work on some of the most substantial and controversial legislation in the 2013 session....more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 12: Gun Bills, Budgets and Medicaid

Last week, legislators turned their attention to the weightiest and most controversial issues, including debate and passage of several gun bills. Now, with only three legislative days remaining, both budgets will take...more

School Districts Cannot Spend Bond Money on Projects Not Disclosed to Voters - School Bonds with 55 Percent Vote Threshold Must...

The Fourth District Court of Appeal recently upheld a challenge to a school district’s spending voter-approved bond proceeds for field lighting at a high school stadium because the ballot proposition did not specifically list...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 10: Slow and Steady Movement by Senate and House

As the Alabama Legislature moves closer to adjournment, legislation is making slow but steady progress. Tuesday and Thursday marked the 21st and 22nd days of the 2013 Regular Session. With only eight legislative days left and...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 8: Burning The Midnight Oil

When lawmakers returned on April 2 for the second half of the 2013 Regular Session, the 16th legislative day resulted in one of the longest of the year, with both houses adjourning close to midnight and then putting in long...more

Miles To Go Before They Sleep

With the 2013 Minnesota legislative session moving into the home stretch, virtually all of the “heavy lifting” of the session remains. While the calendar indicates the session is two-thirds complete, the numbers tell a...more

SCA 3 Proposes Constitutional Amendment To Lower Voter Approval Requirement For Parcel Taxes From Two-Thirds To 55 Percent For...

SCA 3 seeks to amend the California Constitution relating to taxation by amending Section 4 of Article XIIIA, adding Section 4.5 to Article XIIIA, amending Section 2 of Article XIIIC, and amending Section 3 of Article XIIID,...more

Government Relations Alert: Adjusting For A Reduced Shortfall, Governor Dayton's Revised Budget Excludes Sales Tax Overhaul

Governor Dayton yesterday unveiled his revised budget for fiscal years 2014-2015. With Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB) recently projecting the FY 2014-15 shortfall at $627 million, down from last November's estimate of...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 5: "Right to Work" Amendment Passed

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the passage of the Alabama Accountability Act, the legislative process slowed considerably in the State House. However, there was some movement on a few significant pieces of...more

Government Relations Report - Week 6 Wrap-up: Property Tax, Education Reform, Red Light Cameras, Water Issues and Home Rule

We have now completed six weeks of the 2013 Session of Iowa’s 85th General Assembly. The end of week five marked the first milestone: the deadline for individual bill requests. After February 15th individual legislators...more

Proposition 39 – Analysis and Status of Implementation Current as of: 2/14/13

In November 2012, Proposition 39 was approved by the voters of California. Prior to Proposition 39, corporations were given two options to calculate their state tax liability under California law. Proposition 39 eliminated...more

School Loan Revolving Fund Changes Act 437 of 2012

The long debated changes to the State law implementing the School Bond Qualification and Loan Act were enacted in December as part of the Legislature's lame duck session, and became effective on December 27, 2012, as Public...more

Government Relations Report: Iowa Gavels in the 85th General Assembly

The 2013 legislative session began on Monday, January 14 with speeches pledging bipartisanship from leadership in the House and Senate....more

Government Relations Report: A Preview of Iowa's 86th General Assembly

The 2013 Iowa legislative session will gavel in on Monday, January 14, the first of the two-year 86th General Assembly. For the most part, the 86th General Assembly will look very much like the last with a split legislature....more

Tax-Free Employee Educational Assistance Programs Extended by Fiscal Cliff Legislation

At the end of last year, we alerted you that the beneficial tax treatment of educational assistance programs under Section 127 of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code) pursuant to which an employer pays, or reimburses, an...more

California Voters Stand Behind Education and Pass Proposition 30

Despite recent polls showing a decline in support for Proposition 30, it appears the California voters have rallied behind Governor Jerry Brown's plan to stave off sharp cuts to public education. Proposition 30 temporarily...more

A Short Course on the 11 Proposed Amendments to the Florida Constitution on the November 2012 General Election Ballot

The Legislature has placed 11 proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot for the General Election to be held November 6, 2012. There will be no citizen initiated proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot this...more

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