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A Small Step Toward "Redevelopment 2.0"? Gov. Brown's Proposal to Expand the Use of Infrastructure Financing Districts

Over two years have passed since Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature dissolved the 400-plus redevelopment agencies throughout the state and ordered them to wind down their operations and finances, with the goal of...more

EU, U.S., Ukraine and Russia Sign Pact to Deescalate Crisis, but Sanctions Threats Still Loom

On April 17, 2014, U.S., EU, Russian and Ukrainian representatives endorsed an agreement outlining initial steps to deescalate tensions in Ukraine. For the moment, the agreement may temporarily stall additional U.S. and EU...more

House Committee on Financial Services Concerned with Decreased Consumer Choice

As we previously reported, the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee held a hearing on the effects of regulatory “red tape.” In her opening statement, Meredith Fuchs, General Counsel of the Consumer Financial...more

From Second and State: PA Political Update

March 31marked the end of the campaign finance reporting cycle covering the period from January 1 through March 31. According to reports filed with the Department of State, gubernatorial candidates have the following cash on...more

Africa Update

In This Issue: -Leading the News -United States – Africa Relations -North Africa -East Africa -West Africa -Sub-Saharan Africa -General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the News: World...more

House Committee Members Express Concerns About Operation Choke Point

On April 8 the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing with the general counsels of the federal banking agencies regarding, among other things, Operation Choke Point, the federal enforcement operation reportedly...more

Sifting Through The Ukraine Economic Sanctions

It is odd how a foreign crisis can have a dramatic impact on the world of ethics and compliance. Foreign policy headaches turn into compliance nightmares when the United States becomes embroiled in foreign events....more

Last Week At The FEC: Commission Confirms That Federal Funds Can Support State Candidates

Last week the Federal Election Commission did not meet, but held a tally vote to approve Advisory Opinion 2014-03 regarding the use of campaign funds to pay for public communications in support of both a federal candidate and...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 4-18-14

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Completes Last Full Week of Work for the Year - On April 18th at 1:05 a.m.,...more

"Recent Developments in Aggregate State Contribution Limits After Supreme Court’s Decision in McCutcheon v. FEC"

On April 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, striking down the aggregate limits imposed on individual contributions under federal law. Although this decision cannot necessarily be read to...more

Russia’s Imposition of Russian Law in Crimea: What Does This Mean for Companies Operating in Crimea and How Can Investors Protect...

Against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving domestic and international legal landscape in Ukraine, this OnPoint focuses on the practical steps that companies operating in Crimea may consider taking in view of the legal...more

Bill introduced to limit CFPB smaller bank supervisory authority

A bill introduced by Republican Senator Dan Coats would further limit the CFPB’s supervisory authority as to insured depository institutions and credit unions with total assets of $10 billion or less....more

UCC Amendments Pass Both Houses of the Arizona Legislature

SB 1046, which is Arizona’s version of the 2010 amendments to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions) (UCC), has passed both Houses of the Arizona Legislature and may be signed by the Governor in the...more

Top Ten Steps to Fast Tracking Your Bank’s Political Activity Compliance Plan

In today’s political climate, smart banks take a proactive approach to educating officers, employees and board members about political activity compliance. Just as a bank’s code of conduct addresses sexual harassment, privacy...more

In wake of McCutcheon case, states abandon aggregate contribution limits

Early this month, the United States Supreme Court invalidated federal aggregate limits on individual political contributions in the case McCutcheon et al. v. Federal Election Commission.... ...In McCutcheon, the Court...more

Public Trust Act – A Public Financing Trial and Tribulation

The NY State Legislature and Governor Cuomo enacted a new State budget on April 1, and with it, enabling legislation that includes changes in NY’s campaign finance law. In addition to new independent expenditure disclosure...more

EU expands Ukraine-related asset freeze list to four more persons, work on possible Russia sanctions continues

In an attempt to strengthen European Union (EU) sanctions targeting misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds, the EU has added another four names to the existing list of individuals subject to an asset freeze. These...more

Germany's Draft Bill on Combating Late Payment in Commercial Transactions: Potential Consequences for Businesses on Both the Legal...

On April 1, 2014, the German cabinet (Bundeskabinett) agreed upon a draft bill on combating late payment in commercial transactions in order to transform certain articles of the Directive 2011/7/EU1 into German law. The...more

Private Fund Update - April 14, 2014

In this issue: - The 113th Congress - The Administration - Securities and Exchange Commission - Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) - Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) -...more

House Republicans Urge FHFA Not To Direct GSEs To Start Contributing To Affordable Housing Funds Established By HERA

On April 2, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), joined by Congressmen Scott Garrett (R-NJ) and Ed Royce (R-CA), urged FHFA Director Mel Watt to continue the FHFA’s five-year-old policy of...more

Supreme Court’s Campaign Contribution Decision To Have Substantial Impact

Pundits have alternatively saluted and denounced the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week striking down aggregate campaign contribution limits as unconstitutional. Few, however, have addressed the decision’s impact on...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 4-11-14

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor Vetoes Medicaid Expansion Legislation - On April 9th, Governor vetoed LD 1487, a...more

What’s in Store on the Floor – Appropriations Update

After demonstrating hope, resolve, and bipartisanship with the passage of a 12 bill omnibus for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski and House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers have set a...more

Bill to create CFPB small business advisory board introduced

A bill to require the CFPB to establish a small business advisory board was recently introduced by Republican Congressmen Robert Pittenger and Denny Heck....more

New York’s New Public Trust Act Expands Independent Expenditure Disclosure

Effective June 1, 2014, the Public Trust Act included in this year’s State Budget legislation redefines “Independent Expenditures” (IEs) in state and local elections. The new definition includes expenditures conveyed to 500...more

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