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Will It Soon Be Game over for Tax-Exempt Financing of Professional Sports Stadiums?

Public financing, including tax-exempt bond financing, of facilities used by professional sport teams has long been a controversial topic, with advocates and opponents disagreeing over whether the public benefits sufficiently...more

Vermont Becomes Second State to Legalize Daily Fantasy Sports in 2017

On Thursday, June 8th, Vermont Governor Phil Scott signed into a law a bill that legalizes and regulates the operation of paid-entry fantasy sports contests within the state. Vermont is at least the eleventh state to pass a...more

May 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

This update of May 2017 developments in the area of independent contractor misclassification and compliance highlights three key legislative developments: the enactment of two new laws (one in New York City and the other in...more

Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 10, Number 4: Nevada Passes New Law That Provides Flexibility for eSports Wagering

by Dickinson Wright on

The Nevada Legislature has just passed Senate Bill 240 (SB240). This bill clarifies that the pari-mutuel system of gaming may be used for events other than horse racing, dog racing, or sporting events. Pari-mutuel is a...more

The Fate of Chinese Investment and CFIUS in the Time of Trump

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

Over the last few years the pace of Chinese direct investment in the U.S. has increased at a remarkable rate. In 2016 the $45 billion of Chinese acquisition and expansion in the U.S. was three times the amount in the...more

Of Free Speech and Thick Skin

by Jackson Walker on

It was a memorable 42nd season for Saturday Night Live, bookended by oddly compelling versions of “Hallelujah” by Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump. It has not been such a good season for the...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage and Overtime Updates (May Edition)

by Littler on

Just under halfway through 2017, minimum wage and overtime developments have shifted into overdrive. Proposals submitted by federal legislators from both sides of the aisle highlight the different approaches the country’s...more

NC Legislative Update: May 2017 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Following the passage of the Senate budget proposal last week, the Senate had a fairly light calendar this week. The House continued to work while House budget writers draft their own budget proposal. The...more

News from Second and State

This week’s big news is not from the General Assembly, but from the Commonwealth’s judicial branch. Candidates in party primary elections squared off on Tuesday for a shot to run for positions on the Commonwealth, Superior...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - Pennsylvania’s budget deadline is just about two months away, and the General Assembly got to work this week positioning bills that could eventually be used as part of a 2017-2018 state spending plan....more

Can You Hear Me Now?: Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act

On December 16, 2016, President Obama signed the HEAR Act into law, establishing a uniform statute of limitations to govern claims seeking recovery of Nazi-confiscated art....more

Gaming and Hospitality Legal News: Volume 10, Number 1, April 2017: Nevada Leads The Way On Esports Wagering

by Dickinson Wright on

Perhaps the hottest topic in gaming today is the growth of professional esports. Esports are – essentially – professional video game tournaments and contests. Audiences for such tournaments have been filling stadiums in Asia...more

Other North Carolina Alcohol Bills

by Williams Mullen on

In addition to the ABC Omnibus Legislation, and the Economic Growth for NC Distilleries / “Brunch Bill,” other alcohol-related bills being considered by the North Carolina General Assembly during the 2017 long session are as...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - April 2017

by Dentons on

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned for the year in the early morning hours of Friday, sending to Governor Nathan Deal a major slate of bills, including a failing schools turnaround program, a pilot program for highly...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - Only the Senate was in Harrisburg for session this week, but it was a busy one nonetheless. Meanwhile, some of the committees of the House of Representatives took to the road to examine issues impacting the...more

Chinese Foreign Investments in Hollywood

After a record-breaking 2016 for Chinese companies’ investments in the film industry, changes to Chinese foreign investment policy have created uncertainty for the future of Hollywood’s relationship with the Middle...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Budget Hearings Exceed 100 Hours and Counting - The Appropriations and Financial Affairs...more

Trump EO Biometric Entry-Exit Section Raises Concerns of Lawmakers over Costs, Logistics

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Members of Congress from states bordering Canada, the Northern Border Caucus, have focused on a section of President Donald Trump’s “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” Executive Order...more

Battle Over Controversial Student Art in U.S. Capitol Lands in Court—First Amendment in Focus Again

by Sullivan & Worcester on

For several weeks earlier this year, an odd battle was waged in the halls of the U.S. Capitol over a controversial work of art by a high school student placed there after an art competition in St. Louis. At issue is whether...more

2017 Proposed State Legislation

by Payne & Fears on

A number of bills currently before the Nevada Legislature will affect employers if signed into law. The following summarizes these bills as they have been introduced....more

NC Legislative Update: February 2017 #2

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Following a lawsuit by Gov. Roy Cooper (D), a law passed in one of last year’s December special sessions creating the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement (BSBEEE) was put on hold. The...more

Six Tips for Tribal Governments to Reduce Tribal Member Taxes in 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As the Republican-led Congress and White House move forward on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and major tax-reform legislation, there are several new opportunities that may benefit tribal governments and their...more

Place Your Bets: Will the Trump Administration Support New Jersey’s Push to Expand Sports Gambling?

by Goodwin on

New Jersey’s years-long battle to allow sports gambling received a significant boost from the U.S. Supreme Court last week, which issued an order inviting the Solicitor General to file a brief in the case (known to Court...more

Fake News, Fake Art?  Richard Prince Disavows Work Depicting Ivanka Trump

by Sullivan & Worcester on

There has been much discussion about the impact of the Presidential election on the art market, amidst much generalized anxiety about "fake news." What about "fake art?" Never one to be behind the curve, artist Richard...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - The holidays have come and gone and folks in Harrisburg are ready to get back to the legislative grind. On Tuesday, the General Assembly convened the 2017-2018 legislative session and six new Senators and...more

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