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Hot CPSC Jurisdictional Issues: Does the CPSC Have Regulatory Authority Over Amusement Park Rides and Guns?

In the wake of two tragic amusement park ride accidents in Kansas and Tennessee, and the ongoing political debate in America over gun safety issues, we felt it timely to help answer a question that continues to be asked in...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. Maine’s Health Exchange Co-op Sues Federal Government & Files for Rate Increase - Community...more

Campaign Season Poses Challenges for Local Governments

It is that time of year again… “Election Season.” In addition to candidates on the ballot on a state and national level, many local governments are gearing up to place questions on the ballot with respect to debt issuances...more

Local Government Travel and Entertainment Expenses Come Under Greater Scrutiny with New Law

Over the past few years there has been no shortage of FOIA requests and media attention on how school districts and other units of local government spend or reimburse spending on conferences, dining, and travel. Last week...more

New Illinois Law Requires Local Public Agencies to Regulate Travel Expenses

In the wake of numerous recent examples of extravagant spending by some Illinois local governments and agencies, the Illinois General Assembly sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a bill designed to increase the accountability of local...more

Act 39 of 2016: RAMP and Surcharge Changes Applicable to all License Holders - NMM Liquor Law Blog

On June 13, 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law House Bill 1690, otherwise known as Act 39 of 2016, which is considered one of the most significant liquor reform bills since Prohibition. Today’s blog, a continuation of our...more

Bill to Make Local Coverage Determinations More Transparent Introduced in House

On July 11, 2016, Reps. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.) and Ron Kind (D-Wis.) introduced the Local Coverage Determination Clarification Act (H.R. 5721), with the goal of modifying the LCD process performed by Medicare Administrative...more

Utah votes to let authorities disable drones near wildfires

This week, in Salt Lake City, lawmakers approved a bill that would allow Utah authorities (i.e., firefighters or law enforcement) to disable and down drones if they are being flown too close to wildfires. Governor Gary...more

Thoughts on the death of DECC

Over the course of 13 and 14 July 2016, UK’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, appointed the Secretaries of State who will lead the various Departments of Government. By the end of the process, which was precipitated by the...more

Laws and Legal Reforms against Corruption Are Approved

Derived from the historic constitutional reform which created the National Anticorruption System (“SNA”) in May 2015, the Mexican Congress approved a group of laws that comprises the legal framework that will make effective...more

FDA Reorganization Takes on Cancer Moonshot and Other Initiatives

On July 11, 1969, the United States accomplished the almost unthinkable –two men walking on the moon. Conjuring images of that moon landing, President Obama moved forward the “Cancer Moonshot” program at his January 2016...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. Maine Senate Will Reconvene August 4 to Consider LePage Nominations - Governor Paul LePage has...more

SALT Alert: North Carolina Enacts New Administrative Procedure to Challenge Statute Of Limitations Determinations in Tax Cases

On June 30, 2016, Governor McCrory signed House Bill 533 into law as S.L. 2016-76. The legislation provides a new administrative procedure for a taxpayer to seek review of a North Carolina Department of Revenue...more

No Longer Business-As-Usual for the CPUC?

Proposed legislation promises to change the meaning of business-as-usual for the California Public Utilities Commission. After rejecting CPUC reform in October, Gov. Jerry Brown aligned with Assemblymember Mike Gatto...more

Public Records Overhaul Signed Into Law

After a year of intense debate, legislation overhauling the state’s public records law for the first time in over 40 years was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on June 3rd (becoming Chapter 121 of the Acts of 2016, the “Act”)....more

NLRB Ambush Election Rule Withstands an Appeal

An employer-led challenge to the National Labor Relations Board’s 2015 changes to union election rules has been rejected by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The rejection means that the controversial rule changes...more

The Aftermath: Developments From The 2016 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting The Workplace

The 2016 session of the Connecticut General Assembly has just concluded, along with subsequent “special sessions.” Most prominently from an employment law standpoint, the General Assembly passed (and the Governor signed)...more

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Ramirez Testifies Before Congress Regarding 17 FTC Reform Bills Pending in Congress

On May 24, 2016, Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or the “Commission”) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez delivered testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade in a...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases on June 6, 2016: Simmons v. Himmelreich, No. 15-109: Respondent Walter Himmelreich, an inmate at a federal prison, brought two suits against prison...more

The Republic of Kazakhstan Ministry of Information and Communications is a new regulator in the field of mass communications

In May 2016 the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev directed that a Ministry of Information and Communications (hereinafter, the Ministry of Information) be created. The President noted that the coordination of...more

The McDonald’s NLRB Case: At The Intersection Of Hot Legal And Political Issues

Despite popular belief, the fate of fast food franchises around the country does not rest in the hands of Lauren Esposito, an unelected administrative judge for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Whatever decision...more

DOJ Files IPR Petitions Against Discovery Patents

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed six petitions for inter partes review (IPR) of three patents assigned to Discovery Patents, LLC. The patents cover security alarm systems and methods for providing secure real-time...more

A Day of Reckoning for the CFPB?

Virtually ever since its inception on July 21, 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has inspired wariness and skepticism in the financial institutions and financial services providers, subject to this new...more

FPPC Amends Regulations for Conflict of Interest Codes

The Political Reform Act requires all government agencies to adopt and circulate a Conflict of Interest Code showing which positions in the agency involve participation in governmental decision-making. It also must identify...more

Better Late Than Never: Massachusetts Moves to Obtain NPDES Delegation

Like most federal environmental programs, NPDES program authority is largely delegated to the states. Only four states aren’t delegated: Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico. How is it that progressive...more

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