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Alabama Legislative Update – Sine Die – The 2014 Legislative Session Ends

The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. In previous years, sessions have ended just minutes before midnight on the 30th legislative day. This year was different. As soon as both...more

OSHA Law Update: Potential Changes to OSHA's Process Safety Management Standard

Last year, President Obama issued Executive Order 13650 which requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) to publish a Request for Information (“RFI”) to identify issues related to modernizing the...more

U.S. Federal Government Update: Didn’t catch the State of the Union speech last night? Not a problem. We watched for you. Here’s...

The Elevator Speech Overview - On Tuesday evening, President Obama went from “Yes, We Can” to “Yes, I can” and from bold to bite size policy initiatives in his sixth State of the Union (SOTU) address. Focusing...more

North Carolina Legislative Report - December 6, 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

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-21 -- Nov 12, 2013

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more

U.S. Health and Safety Law: Inspections and Investigations During the Shutdown

Last night, Congress failed to reach an agreement to continue funding government operations beyond the end of Fiscal Year 2013. The federal government is, consequently, in the process of shutting-down a significant portion of...more

Minnesota Legislative Interim Activities

The Minnesota Legislature has an unusually long interim period between sessions this time around. The 2013 session ended on May 20th and the 2014 session is set to convene on February 25, 2014 – more than nine months later....more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 5-3-13

In This Issue: Legislature Enters Final Stretch; Appropriators Receive Bad News Regarding Revenue Forecast; Tax Reform Proposal Officially Rolled Out; Major Initiatives of the Governor Topic of Debate... ...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 11: As Deadline Nears, Action Increases in Both Senate and House

Momentum is growing in the legislature as the clock ticks toward adjournment. Emotions ran high as legislators worked well into the night during a demanding three-day legislative week. While several significant pieces of...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 4-19-13

A quiet week in Augusta. The House and Senate did not meet and only five Committees met to work on legislation. When the Legislature returns next week, there will be less than two months to go until the statutory adjournment...more

Treasury Releases “Green Book” of Obama Administration FY 2014 Tax Priorities

On April 10, the Treasury Department released its “General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2014 Revenue Proposals.” Known as the “Green Book,” the document provides an explanation of the Administration’s FY...more

Patton Boggs Insights - December 2012: Administrative/Congress: Post-Election Avalanche Of Rules Could Be Coming

In the face of strong criticism by the business community that regulations were holding back the economy and job creation, in 2011 the White House began putting the brakes on numerous initiatives that were working their way...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

Post Election Update

CONTENTS: -Overview and Takeaways -Consumer Product Safety -Defense -Electric Transmission -Energy and Environment -Environmental Enforcement -Financial Services -Labor, Employment and Human...more

Sometimes No News Is…

Sometimes no news is big news at the capitol. This week, the lack of action on two topics made news. Last week we reported the nuclear power bill (HF561) was amended in subcommittee and voted out to be considered in...more

Patton Boggs Insights - January 2012 - Administration/Congress: New Mining Safety Legislation

West Virginia Republican House member Shelley Moore Capito has introduced legislation that would increase civil and criminal penalties, strengthen pattern of violation provisions, and form an independent board to investigate...more

"It's Dark as a Dungeon Way Down in the Mines" - CalPERS Declines to vote against Massey Energy Co. Proposal

Last week, I expressed surprise in this post about the California Public Employees Retirement System’s recent announcement that it plans to abstain on a proposal by Massey Energy Company to jettison cumulative voting. My...more

Energy and Environment Update - May 9 2010

In This Issue: *Energy and Climate Legislation *Senate ..Senators Oppose Onshore Drilling Reform ..Energy Committee Approves Amendments ..Legislation Introduced ..Upcoming Hearings *House ..House Passes Home Star...more

LAW AND ECONOMICS OF REGULATING LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES

The states are engaging in fierce competition amongst themselves to keep and attract business and industry. Economic development incentives (“EDI”), which include tax breaks and other economic incentives not generally...more

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