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President Obama Acknowledges Growing Cybersecurity Threats to the Government and Economy, Proposes New Measures to Fight Cyber...

Just days after news broke that ISIS hackers forced the shutdown of the U.S. Central Command’s Twitter account, President Obama met with congressional leadership, members of the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of...more

NC Politics In The News

WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: New economic development strategy is in the works Gov. Pat McCrory said Thursday that he is working on a new economic development strategy for North Carolina, but it is too early to release details....more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Energy and Commerce Holds Two-Day Hearing on SGR Replacement…CDC Report Finds Providers Making Progress on Lowering Rates of Hospital Infections…Montana Governor Introduces Plan for Medicaid Expansion....more

A Boost for Business: Time to Reaffirm or Secure Terrorism Insurance

On January 12, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 26, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015 (TRIPRA of 2015), providing a federal backstop for insurance against risks of terrorism. TRIPRA...more

The Cyber Security State of the Union: Obama Commits “to Protect a Free and Open Internet”

In last week’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama continued his ongoing push for nationwide privacy legislation to “better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our...more

Softening of Cuba Sanctions Opens the Way for Some Travel and Trade

As part of a broader, ongoing effort to forge closer relations with Cuba, the Obama administration has enacted a new set of regulations intended to facilitate certain forms of authorized travel to Cuba. The regulations, which...more

Cybersecurity in the Workplace: Obama's Proposals and More

In the past five years, employers both big and small have become accustomed to social media and increased technology in the workplace. Everyone and their parents are on Facebook, and one cannot go anywhere without being asked...more

EU Data Protection Reform Update

EC Commissioner Oettinger makes noteworthy comments during a conference in Munich regarding the pending EU Data Protection Reform. Background - In 2012, the European Commission (EC) proposed a major reform to...more

Data Breach Legislative Debate Begins Today at the House Energy & Commerce Committee

On Tuesday, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing entitled "What are the Elements of Sound Data Breach Legislation?" This hearing was the first of the new Congress to...more

ERISA Section 4062(e) Significantly Reformed Effective December 16, 2014

On December 16, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, which contains provisions that significantly reform ERISA Section 4062(e). The new law is meant to ensure that...more

Renewable Energy Update - January 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus - California Governor Brown calls for 50 percent renewables by 2030 - Greentech Media - Jan 5: California Governor Jerry Brown has upped the ante on the state’s green energy goals, calling...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2015 #2: The House and Senate again spent most of their week doing committee work and only had...

What's New - The House and Senate again spent most of their week doing committee work and only had short perfunctory sessions. Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Darlington) stated that because of the committee work, there will be...more

City of Fishers Appoints New Members to Advisory Plan Commission

The City of Fishers recently appointed the following members to the Advisory Plan Commission...more

Proposed Personal Data Notification & Protection Act

Leading up to his State of the Union address last week, President Obama proposed a number of federal legislative goals intended to provide a uniform standard as to how data breaches and other related incidents would be...more

Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bill to expedite federal review of some spects of proposed natural gas pipelines. Known as H.R. 161, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act is officially...more

Greenhouse Gas Reductions – Is There Still Time to Change the Policy Direction?

In his State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted the pending Clean Power Plan and his intent to make climate change a centerpiece of his domestic policy, and indeed an aspect of his Presidential legacy, with the...more

Manatt on Medicaid: Arkansas Update – Private Option To Continue, Additional Medicaid Reforms To Be Explored

In a highly anticipated speech on January 22, 2015, the newly inaugurated Governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, laid out his vision for charting the future of Medicaid in Arkansas. Governor Hutchinson outlined a plan that...more

The battle over 4062(e) 'facility closure' liability

Employers who sponsor defined benefit plans, or who are involved in a corporate transaction involving defined benefit plans, should be aware of developments in Washington concerning Section 4062(e) of ERISA. The Pension...more

CTC Makes First Allocations of 2015 But California’s Infrastructure Future is Murky

At its meeting last week, the California Transportation Commission allocated $174.8 million to 85 projects around the state.  Some of the projects receiving allocations this month include: You can find a full list of projects...more

New Comprehensive Federal Spending Bill Includes Extensive Pension Related Provisions

Both houses of Congress recently passed, and President Obama recently signed, comprehensive spending legislation that includes an amendment with the provisions of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA) along with...more

Three Things to Know About DAPA

While many of the specific details of President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions are still being worked on, one of its most significant components will be the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and...more

President Obama Revisits Interest in Personalized Medicine

President Obama announced during his 2015 State of the Union Address that he is launching a new “precision” or personalized medicine initiative to advance personalized, effective therapies for the American public. As reported...more

Victims Of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund

In the waning days of the 2001-2002 legislative session, then Assemblymember Kevin Shelley gutted and amended AB 55. As introduced, AB 55 would have amended the Elections Code. Instead, AB 55 became the vehicle for the...more

President Obama Issues Executive Order On Immigration

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced an Executive Order on Immigration Reform, which will impact U.S. businesses, as well as certain individuals currently present in the U.S. in undocumented status....more

Week in Review - January 2015

Committee deadlines for the 2015 session were established this week: - March 20, committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin; - March 27, committees must act favorably on bills, or companion...more

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