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Does FEMA Unconstitutionally Deny Relief to Churches? President Trump Thinks So And He May Be Right

by Jackson Walker on

Hurricane Harvey’s devastation has impacted thousands of people and businesses throughout Texas. Private nonprofits and religious organizations have been playing key roles in providing emergency relief to those who have been...more

Engaging in Political Activities? Know Your Safe Harbors and Stay Compliant

Interacting with public officials and public employees is necessary for many businesses and nonprofit organizations. No one should be discouraged from engaging public officials and public employees on public policy. In fact,...more

Quick Fix: How to Get Rid of Time-Wasting Committee Reports

You know the drill….the meeting that drags on forever because of unnecessary committee reports. There is good news straight from the parliamentary procedure powers that be: You do not have to include “Time-Wasting Committee...more

3 Wrong Ways to Facilitate Discussion at a Meeting

Discussing….presenting ideas….asking questions. Parliamentary procedure allows all of this, right? But, you’re thinking, there’s this guy who always speaks up. Or there’s the member who asks the strangest questions – the...more

Could Tax Reform Threaten Higher Education?

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Given declining funding from government sources and the continued pressure to minimize tuition increases, it is critical for higher education institutions to encourage private giving. The primary catalyst for private giving...more

Who Needs Parliamentary Procedure Anyway? Part 2

My last post provided the simple answer to why organizations still use (the seemingly outdated, archaic-sounding) parliamentary procedure: They use it because they are following state law, or because their bylaws say that...more

Still More Changes Affecting Not-For-Profit Corporations

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In 2016, New York amended its Not-For-Profit Corporation Law once more, building upon the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (“the Act”), and the changes (“the Amendment”) took full effect as of May 27, 2017. This...more

Changes to Financial Reporting Requirements for Associations

On June 23, 2017, Governor Scott approved House Bill 6027, which provides substantively identical changes to the annual financial reporting requirements for condominium, cooperative, and homeowners’ associations....more

Legislature Poised to Open Up Medical Marijuana Licensing to For-Profits

by PretiFlaherty on

Last week, the Massachusetts House voted 126-28 to make major revisions to Chapter 334 of the Acts of 2016. That’s the law allowing recreational use of marijuana, which was enacted via an initiative petition on the November,...more

Repeal of the Affordable Care Act Will Not Include Changes to Tax Exempt Hospitals’ 501(r) Charitable Care Obligations

While the Senate Budget Committee works to draft legislation to reconcile the American Health Care Act, the repeal and replace bill passed by the House, there is no expectation of a repeal of the charitable care obligations...more

Tax Reform and the Potential Impact on Tax-Exempt Organizations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Both the Trump Administration and key leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are continuing their focus on tax reform. Although details are being withheld until the Republican leadership in the House,...more

PACs, Campaigns and Dark Money: What is the Law?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In 2016, Missouri voters enshrined new campaign finance laws in the state constitution. The Missouri Ethics Commission issued several interpreting opinions and a federal court has enjoined parts of the law as...more

Reminder: N-PCL and EPTL Amendments To Go Into Effect May 27, 2017

Last year, we posted about amendments to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law (the “NPCL”) and the New York Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (the “EPTL”). As we noted, the amendments were signed into law last year and...more

What President Trump’s Executive Order Means for 501(c)(3) Political Activity

by Genova Burns LLC on

Recently, President Trump signed his Executive Order “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.” It directs the Secretary of the Treasury to exercise discretion to avoid taking any adverse action against an individual,...more

Executive Order Regarding Contraceptive Mandate Directed toward Religious Employers

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Late last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to look into exempting religious employers from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) contraceptive mandate. Qualifying religious employers...more

UPDATE: President Trump Signs “Johnson Amendment” Executive Order Limiting Treasury’s Actions Against Religious Organizations...

On May 4, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order that directs the executive branch to limit its enforcement of the “Johnson Amendment.” As previously reported, the Johnson Amendment prohibits organizations that are...more

President Trump’s New Johnson Amendment Executive Order: Is the Bark Worse than the Bite?

Earlier last week we reported on proposed bills regarding the repeal or modification of the “Johnson Amendment” which established the absolute prohibition on political campaign activity by 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. ...more

Update on Johnson Amendment Repeal Bills

During his presidential campaign, President Trump promised to repeal the “Johnson Amendment” which established the absolute prohibition on political campaign activity by 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. ...more

Update on the Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rules and Subsequent Challenges

On April 6, 2016, the Department of Labor under the Obama administration issued a new final rule and exemptions addressing when a person providing investment advice with respect to an employee benefit plan or individual...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

GOP Proposes Allowing Charities to Take Political Sides

by McGuireWoods LLP on

While speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 2, President Donald J. Trump vowed to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment. This pledge was seconded by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady, R-Texas, in...more

United States Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Ad Disclosure Requirement

by Snell & Wilmer on

In its recent four-word decision (“The judgment is affirmed.”) Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a campaign finance law requirement that donors backing certain campaign ads...more

Charities Participating in Policy and Protest: 2017 and Beyond

by Nilan Johnson Lewis PA on

Recent demonstrations highlight a significant passion for expressing dissent and opposition to the Trump administration and its public policy positions. Given the dramatic increase in queries we have received from our clients...more

Is It the End of the Johnson Amendment as We Know It?

While speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 2, 2017, President Trump reaffirmed his commitment to repeal the law that restricts organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - February 2017

by McDermott Will & Emery on

THE #1 FIDUCIARY DUTY ISSUE OF 2017 - Positioning boards to exercise heightened engagement within the current “climate of uncertainty” is possibly the most important health system governance challenge of 2017. To...more

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