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IRS releases updated safe harbors for management contracts in tax-exempt bond-financed projects

On August 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service released Revenue Procedure 2016-44. The purpose of this revenue procedure is to provide revised and broader “safe harbors” under which certain private management contracts will...more

IRS Relaxes Restrictions on Management Contracts for Bond-Financed Facilities

The IRS on August 22, 2016 released long-anticipated Revenue Procedure 2016-44 (Rev. Proc. 2016-44), which substantially increases flexibility in, and provides a less formulaic approach to, the ability of a tax-exempt bond...more

California Ballot 2016: Pros and Cons of Props 51-56

Californians must decide on 17 initiatives in the November election this year, and those are just the proposed measures of state-wide concern. Never mind the many local initiatives affecting counties and neighborhoods. The...more

Heal Thyself: Insider Threats to Heed, Especially for Industries with Large Amounts of Personal Information

A recent study by the Ponemon Institute found that insider threats due to malicious or negligent employees are the leading cause of private-sector cybersecurity incidents. Of the over 600 information security professionals...more

University of Mississippi to Pay $2.75 Million for Alleged HIPAA Violations

On July 21, 2016, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a settlement with the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), stemming from a 2013 breach of...more

2.7 Million Dollar HIPAA Settlement

Last week, Oregon Health & Science University (“OHSU”) agreed to pay $2.7 million to resolve potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Security Rule, Privacy Rule, and...more

Legal Update: Amendments to the Public School Code - Diabetes Management

On July 13, 2016, Governor Wolf signed into law House Bill 1606, now known as Act 86 of 2016 (“Act 86”). Included among the numerous amendments to the Public School Code, Act 86 establishes new requirements for LEAs related...more

Expanding Access and Encouraging Health Care: H.R. 5529

This is the third installment in a series examining five bipartisan bills advanced by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on June 22, 2016. The original post briefly summarizing all five bills was posted in...more

10 Items of Note From the 2016 South Carolina Legislative Session

The South Carolina General Assembly completed its 2016 regular session on June 2. The following are highlights from that session. 1. Highway Funding and SCDOT Restructuring - Legislation (S.1258) addressing road...more

FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Conference Committee Budget

Just before the close of the fiscal year, the House and Senate reached an agreement on a $39.146 billion state budget for FY17. Due to a recently identified $750 million drop in projected state revenue, the budget, which was...more

Worth Another Look: Amendments to the Human Services Code

Typically when a state General Appropriations (GA) bill for the new Fiscal Year is passed, the legislature considers bills amending the Public School Code, Human Services Code, Fiscal Code and Tax Code. While the GA bill...more

News from Second and State

Yesterday marked the last day of the 2015-2016 fiscal year, and the legislature passed a budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year just in the nick of time. Last night, the House concurred in S.B. 1073 (Browne, R-Lehigh), which,...more

In Wake of Escobar, Cases Return to Circuit Courts

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued summary dispositions vacating the judgments in three cases brought under the False Claims Act (“FCA”). The Court remanded the cases back to their respective circuit courts for...more

Higher Education Highlights - Summer 2016

On March 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”), announced the launch of the 2016 Phase 2 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) Audit...more

HHS Issues Final Rule on ACA Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

On May 18, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) issued final regulations interpreting the nondiscrimination provisions of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). The rule mainly impacts insurers...more

Healthcare Subsidies for Grad Students: An ACA Conundrum

Colleges and universities historically have provided graduate student employees (e.g., teaching assistants) with a stipend or reimbursement to help defray (or even fully cover) the cost of their medical coverage under the...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap: - While there was a lot of activity in Harrisburg this week, the most toast-worthy event was the final passage of H.B. 1690 (Turzai, R-Allegheny), which would reform and modernize the sale of wine and...more

The Capitol Update - June 2016

Ending with more of a groan than a whimper, the members of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded a difficult 2016 session on June 2. Members left Hartford after confronting for the third time in six years State budget...more

Legislative Update

Senate Passes Budget Bill (HB1030) - The State Senate passed its version of the 2016-17 spending plan this week, setting the stage for a conference committee to work out the differences between the two chambers’...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016

This Week - While the Senate was predominantly focused on the budget this week, the House moved forward with a number of high-profile issues. By a vote of 60-49, the House approved House Bill 1080, sponsored by Rep....more

FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Senate Budget

The Massachusetts Senate voted unanimously to pass its FY2017 state budget just before midnight on Thursday, May 26. The spending plan, which totals $39.558 billion, spends $60 million more than Governor Baker’s proposal and...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap: - It was a short and very quiet week in Harrisburg, thanks to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday. Without much to wrap up for this week, we’ll move right into what to expect for next week....more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016 #4

What's New - SENATE - The Senate had a busy week working through the Senate calendar and addressing bills returned from the House. The Senate concurred with the House amendments on S. 1035, the “South Carolina...more

News from Second and State

This was the last week of session before high-budget season starts in June, and all of the action was in the House of Representatives. Though it’s never really certain how the state spending plan will shake out until it’s...more

News from Second and State

Harrisburg was a hive oinally activity this week, with both the House and Senate in town for voting session. There were committee meetings aplenty, too. On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee reported out H.B. 1956...more

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