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Budget Season: It’s Over, But Not…

The General Appropriations bill was passed on time, with the fiscal code bill quickly following in early July. However, in what was one long hot summer week, both bills sat unsigned on the governor’s desk for the better part...more

Taking A Look At Significant Environmental Legislation This Session:

SB 38 – Amend Environmental Laws started as Emergency Management Amendments. The House added environmental amendments. The House sent the bill back to the Senate for concurrence. The Senate Clerk’s Office is holding the bill...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - July 2014: As budget hostility between the chambers seemingly settled down Wednesday...

This Week - As budget hostility between the chambers seemingly settled down Wednesday afternoon, the eerie end-of-session feeling began to loom the halls of the General Assembly. Earlier in the week, Senate Pro-Tem...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - June 27, 2014: As the legislature begins to wind down, nearing adjounrment, tension seems...

Waning Days - As the legislature begins to wind down, nearing adjournment, tension seems to just be getting wound up. Disagreements have been prevalent between the House and the Senate over Medicaid, teacher pay, Common...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - June 2014: Signs you are near adjournment may include but are not limited to...

Symptoms of Adjournment - Signs you are near adjournment may include but are not limited to a budget conference committee, bills being stripped to carry sweeping policy changes moving very quickly, bills held hostage...more

From Second and State: The Week Ahead – June 23-27, 2014

We’ve turned the corner of the final 10 days before the June 30 budget deadline, so you can expect us to be full throttle between now and then – then meaning whenever the budget is completed. This week, it became clear in...more

From Second and State: The Week Ahead – June 9-13, 2014

If comments made earlier this week by House Appropriations Chair, Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) hold true, the General Appropriations bill, the chief vehicle for the budget, could be introduced in the House sometime next...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - May 2014

The Senate rolled out its $21 billion budget proposal S744 the Appropriations Act of 2014... The Appropriations Act of 2014 - On Wednesday night, the Senate rolled out its $21 billion budget proposal S744 the...more

2014 Summary Of New Maine Laws: State Of Maine 126th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session

In This Issue: - Overview - 2014 Summary of New Maine Laws ..User Guide ..For More Information ..Disclaimer - Overview - 126th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session ..Political Highlights ...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap – Week of May 5

House Debates Amendment to Post-Production Costs Bill - An amendment to a bill, which would prevent oil and gas companies from deducting post-production costs from their royalty payments, was debated on the House floor...more

South Carolina Legislative Update - April 2014

South Carolina General Assembly - The S.C. House and Senate are on furlough for the remainder of this week and will return on April 29. The House Judiciary Constitutional Laws Subcommittee on Ethics Reform will meet...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

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

The Elevator Speech Overview

The House and Senate were both in session this week, the President was traveling overseas. President Obama announced his backing for an overhaul of the NSA bulk phone data collection program, a plan that differs from the...more

President Obama's Fifth State of the Union Address – A Little Something for Everyone

As required by Article II, Section 3, of the United States Constitution, President Obama appeared last night before members of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, the Judiciary, certain members of his...more

North Carolina Legislative Report - December 20, 2013

The General Assembly has officially completed its business for the 2013 long session. The 2014 short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 6-21-13

In This Issue: Legislature Almost Done with First Regular Session of the 126th; Governor LePage Reacts to Maine Today Media Series on Department of Environmental Protection; Gubernatorial Vetoes Sustained, More Issued;...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 5-24-13

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House is a weekly update that provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor’s Veto Count Continues to Climb - The Governor’s veto count for...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 5-17-13

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House is a weekly update that provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor’s Fourth and Fifth Vetoes of the Session Sustained - Last week,...more

Capital Thinking Update - February 11, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations, and Sequestration - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House 1-11-13

In this week’s issue: - Legislature Completes Its First Week - Majority Party Discusses Its Legislative Agenda - New Constitutional Officers Sworn into Office - Federal Decision Issued Regarding MaineCare...more

The Imminent Wave of Federal Regulations

President Obama’s second term promises to be among the most intense periods of regulatory activity since the late 1970s. The major focal points for new rules will be three of the country’s largest industries: health care,...more

Election 2012 Results And Impacts

Results - President Obama became only the second Democratic president to win reelection since Franklin Roosevelt (Bill Clinton being the other), winning both the popular and Electoral College votes. Along with...more

2011-2012 Massachusetts Legislative Session

The formal legislative session for 2011-2012 concluded on July 31st. The session was defined by landmark legislation in healthcare cost containment, economic development, energy, and consumer protection. The Legislature will...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 23, 2012

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health Care - International, Defense, Homeland...more

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