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News from Second and State

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate were in session Monday through Wednesday, but the biggest news this week is the budget that wasn’t. Gov. Wolf delivered his 2016-2017 budget address, but with the 2015-2016...more

Worth Another Look: Jobs that Pay

Like last year, Gov. Tom Wolf is encouraging the state legislature to provide for “jobs that pay” as part of the 2016-2017 budget. A robust economy that includes employment opportunities can help stave off property tax...more

SC Public Policy Update - February 2016

What's New - JUDICIAL ELECTIONS - Judge John Few of Greenville edged out fellow Court of Appeals Judge Bruce Williams for a seat on the five-member South Carolina Supreme Court by a vote of 92-73. Click here for a...more

Treasury and Commerce further relax US Cuba sanctions

On January 26, 2016, the Obama Administration released its third update to the US Cuba sanctions in the past two years. To effectuate these changes, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) further...more

Minnesota Legislature Gears Up for March 8 Start

Retirements, an election year and economic forecasts will shape legislative session - Anticipation is growing for the March 8 start to the 2016 legislative session. This year there is an election looming and all 201...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Infrastructure, workforce development, Sharia Law, and automobile dealer closing fees seemed to dominate last week’s activities of the South Carolina General Assembly. Below are a few highlights...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - February 2016 #2

The author of legislation that would facilitate a major expansion of MARTA into Atlanta’s public transit-starved northern arc, the Emory/CDC corridor and east on I-20, has introduced a slightly revised measure after the...more

If It Walks Like a Carbon Tax and Talks Like a Carbon Tax, (Then the GOP Hates It.)

On February 4, 2015, the White House released a fact sheet describing its efforts to create a “21st Century Clean Transportation System”. There’s a lot of interesting material in the plan, but all the headlines have been on...more

"OFAC and BIS Ease Cuba Restrictions With New Amendments"

On January 27, 2016, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) further eased U.S. sanctions and export control regulations...more

Another Shoe Drops: More Changes to the U.S. Cuban Sanctions from the White House

On January 25, the Obama Administration made concurrent announcements about its evolving posture on the Cuban sanctions. On that date, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) released more changes to the Cuban Assets...more

Land Use Matters: Alston & Bird LLP, January 2016

On January 4, 2016, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the nomination of Vince Bertoni as the new General Manager of the Department of City Planning (DCP). Bertoni has served five years as the City of Pasadena’s Planning and...more

Governor Baker Files FY2017 Budget, Economic Development Bill; Speaker DeLeo Outlines Agenda

With Beacon Hill off and running in the new year, Governor Charlie Baker and House Speaker Robert DeLeo this week unveiled key parts of their policy agendas for 2016. As part of his second budget proposal since assuming...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2016 #4

What's New - Judicial Elections - Judicial Elections are scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 3 at noon. Included in this round of elections is a race for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court as a result...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The South Carolina General Assembly had a very active second week of session, although much of the deliberation occurred primarily in the various subcommittees and committees. A few highlights are as follows...more

Obama Administration Further Relaxes Sanctions in Support of Cuba Policy

If you read one thing… - Further relaxation of sanctions on Cuba, effective on January 27, 2016, allows U.S. financial institutions to finance authorized exports and reexports to Cuba of items other than...more

The FAST Act Seeks to Streamline the Environmental Review of Infrastructure Projects

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act—a five-year, $305-billion transportation authorization and spending bill. The FAST Act largely focuses on funding...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2016 #3

What's New: Judicial Elections - This week, the Judicial Merit Selection Commission gave legislators a report of qualified candidates for the upcoming judicial races. Judicial elections will be held on...more

Implementation Day: Not Such a Special Day for U.S. Companies

After months of preparations, January 16, 2016 was “Implementation Day” – the day when the world’s sanctions on Iran were officially rolled back. On January 16, the International Atomic Energy Agency determined that Iran had...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: 2016 Legislative Session Preview

Legislative activity is picking up in St. Paul as the 2016 Minnesota legislative session draws near. The Governor and legislative leaders created several working groups, each with members from the House and Senate, to...more

Current Developments Affecting Hydraulic Fracturing Operations (January 2016)

With most state legislative sessions in recess and federal legislative action unlikely until after the November 2016 election, it was no surprise that there were only a handful of new developments in the fracking world during...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The South Carolina General Assembly reconvened for the second regular session of the 121st General Assembly last Tuesday. The Senate mourned the loss of Senator Billy O’Dell (R-Abbeville) who passed away unexpectedly the...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative long session on January 14 and adjourned September 30. Lawmakers will return to Raleigh for the short session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on...more

Recent Buy America Developments

At the end of 2015, two modal administrations of the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT) have encountered changes to their Buy America programs. Both the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and the Federal...more

International Trade & Regulatory Advisory: Implementation Day Arrives: The Promises and Perils of Iran Sanctions Relief

On July 14, 2015, the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States), the European Union (EU) and Iran reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to restrict and ensure the...more

2016 Outlook: NHTSA, Automotive Safety, and Cybersecurity

2016 will likely be an active year for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and increased enforcement actions and new technology and privacy measures are expected. Below are four things to keep in mind...more

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