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The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more
Environmental and Policy Focus - Governor Brown, top lawmakers unveil emergency drought legislation: Los Angeles Times - Mar 19:
Governor Jerry Brown and top lawmakers from both parties announced Thursday a $1 billion...more
Friday marked the first committee deadline and thus a flurry of activity at the Capitol to act favorably on bills in their respective policy committees.
When Governor Mark Dayton’s supplemental budget...more
Today was the first of three committee deadlines during the legislative session. By midnight tonight, bills must be approved by policy committees in the House or Senate. ...more
In This Issue:
- It’s All About the Money
- Panel Approves Payroll and Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes to Fund Health Care Initiatives
- Vermont Health Connect Costs Continue to Rise
The state Republican Party has approved a “Give It All Back” ad campaign encouraging Gov. Dayton and the Legislature to return all of the projected $1.9 billion budget surplus to Minnesotans in the form of...more
EPA's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program Updates EDSP Comprehensive Management Plan: On February 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP)...more
Robert J. MacLean became a federal air marshal for the TSA in 2001. In that role, MacLean was assigned to protect passenger flights from potential hijackings. In July 2003, the Department of Homeland Security issued a...more
On February 15, 2015, during a hastily organized press conference, the FAA announced its proposed rules for domestic UAS. But that wasn't the only UAS news coming out of the administration that weekend. ...more
The Osceola County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) is scheduled to vote on a proposed Mobility Fee Ordinance on March 16, 2015. Public officials have indicated that the proposal is likely to be enacted, with an effective...more
What's New -
After weeks of delays and cancellations due to inclement weather across the state, the General Assembly finally had a full week debating and passing bills and working in committees....more
This Week -
Legislative activity resumed to a normal pace at the North Carolina General Assembly after being interrupted by two weeks of winter weather. The Governor released his budget proposal and the lawmakers were...more
On March 9, 2015, the Supreme Court decided Dept. of Transportation et al v. Ass’n of Am. Railroads No. 13-1080, holding that, based on the federal government’s control and supervision of Amtrak, Amtrak may act as a...more
On February 15, the White House issued a Presidential Memorandum setting out rules to safeguard privacy, civil rights and civil liberties in the domestic use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”), sometimes referred to as UAVs...more
Wednesday, the Baker-Polito administration revealed the details of their $38.1 billion FY2016 budget. Seeking to overcome a structural deficit, which at $1.8 billion, represents nearly five percent of the total budget, the...more
This week was exhausting for your normally energetic government relations team; we had to be in so many different hearings at once that we had to wear comfortable shoes. Angel and I are excited to take it easy this weekend...more
Welcome to your Post-Super Bowl Legislative Update --
Your Womble Carlyle Government Affairs Team Member, Angel, is just happy that the Carolina Panthers are back in the running! Now that the Super Bowl is over,...more
The pace is beginning to pick up at the Capitol, and this week both the House and Senate added floor sessions to hear bills and confirmed commissioner appointments. Committees are starting to take on more controversial...more
Minnesota Budget Forecast/Surplus -
Management and Budget shows the State’s previously forecast $1.038 billion surplus for the next biennium has grown to $1.87 billion. Governor Mark Dayton said he will propose using...more
Environmental and Policy Focus - President Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline, leaving it in limbo: Reuters - Feb 24:
President Barack Obama on Tuesday, as promised, swiftly vetoed a Republican bill approving the...more
California Governor Jerry Brown, sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term, recently revealed an ambitious new plan to address the impacts of climate change over the next 15 years. The Governor’s bold initiatives include a...more
Both Governor Dayton and DFL legislative leaders expressed their desire to target surplus dollars on long term investments. Specifically in education and transportation, Dayton would fully fund universal pre-K programs,...more
MNsure Reform -
Minnesota’s already low rate of people without health insurance fell even more over the past year, a survey from Gallup finds. At the beginning of 2014, just 9.5 percent of Minnesotans lacked health...more
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