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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 White House reported Tuesday that 7.1 million people signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, meeting their original target for enrollment before...more

North Carolina Legislative Report - February 14, 2014

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

North Carolina Legislative Report - January 31, 2014

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 1-31-14

Governor’s State of the State Address Scheduled for Next Week: On January 24th, the Governor’s Office announced that Governor LePage will deliver his annual State of the State Address on Tuesday evening, February 4th....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

Analysis: The State of the Union in 2014

INTRODUCTION - On Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union Address before a joint session of the 113th Congress. In setting forth his priorities for the remainder of the year, he...more

Washington Insight - January 2014

In This Issue: - Legislation to Renew Fast-Track Consideration for Trade Agreements Introduced - Congress Passes FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill - An Insider's View: Obama's Mid-Term Blues - What's in...more

Congress Passes FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

House and Senate negotiators wrapped up the $1.1 Trillion FY 2014 Omnibus Appropriations with House and Senate passage occurring at the end of last week. Appropriators sought a short-term extension of the current Continuing...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 1-17-2014 - Governor Vetoes Five Bills Held From Last Session

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor Vetoes Five Bills Held from Last Session - On January 10th, the very first week...more

New Budget Deal Can Bring Extension of Medicare Sequestration Cuts

While many in Washington, D.C. are celebrating today the unusual display of bipartisan budgetary comity as the new budget deal is announced, there is a direct and immediate adverse effect for hospitals and physicians. As...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 12-6-2013

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Budget Issues a Certain Component of Next Year’s Legislative Agenda - Maine’s budget...more

Paul & Patty’s Potluck: Budget Conference Could Have Big Implications for Tax Reform

After weeks of tense negotiations, Congress passed legislation on October 16, 2013 to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. As part of the deal, congressional leaders agreed to establish a conference to...more

As shutdown week 2 approaches, 4 subtle signs of a possible deal

Congressional sources indicate, however, that a deal might not come together politically until very close to the October 17 - 18 deadline at which Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has warned Congress that, absent additional...more

2013 Texas Legislative Session Review

THE CURRENT ERA OF AMERICAN POLITICS IS OFTEN LAMENTED AS EXCESSIVELY PARTISAN, IDEOLOGICAL, AND RANCOROUS. And Texas politics has often held its own in those regards. But to many observers, the recently completed 2013 Texas...more

Capital Thinking: Budget and Appropriations

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - FY 2014 Appropriations - On Friday, September 20, the House approved an amended short-term FY 2014 Continuing Resolution (CR) (H.J. Res. 59) that would fund the federal government at current...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-17 -- Sept 13, 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...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 9-13-13

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House is a regular update that provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Order of Bonds on November’s Ballot Set - As a result of the special...more

Senate hearing on debt industry focuses on documentation and medical debts

Collection documentation and medical debts proved to be the focus of much of yesterday’s Senate Banking Committee hearing on the debt industry. The witnesses were Corey Stone, CFPB Assistant Director, Office of Deposits,...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 6-14-13

In This Issue: Governor LePage Issues an Additional Veto; Congressman Michaud Explores a Run for Governor; Biennial Budget Proceeds Through the Legislature; Legislation to Repay Maine Hospitals Sent to Governor LePage;...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 13: Budgets Approved, Medicaid and Tax Bills Sent to Governor Bentley

With the constitutional deadline of midnight on the 30th day closing in, Alabama lawmakers worked at a feverish pace to complete work on some of the most substantial and controversial legislation in the 2013 session....more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 9: Bills Make Significant Progress in the House

Legislators convened for a three-day work week that ended in early adjournment on Thursday afternoon as lawmakers left Montgomery to beat anticipated severe weather. Day 20 concluded a week that saw progress on several...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 3-22-13

In This Issue: - Governor Does Not Act on Veto Threat - Appropriations Committee Continues Public Hearings on Biennial Budget - Governor Explores Medicaid Expansion - Legislature Gets a Snow Day - Governor...more

Now In Session: Florida’s 2013 Legislature - Summary Of Expected Higher-Level Policy Issues

Florida’s 2013 legislative session opened this week, beginning a 60-day trek to adjournment on May 3, unless extended. The state’s new 2013-2014 presiding legislative officers have endeavored to publicly present a coordinated...more

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