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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 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

Cybersecurity Assessments – Using the Tool Well

Are you considering a cybersecurity assessment? If you heard Venable's presentation, "New Cybersecurity Framework Released: What You Need to Know," you might be. The Framework places increased emphasis on...more

House Ways and Means Chair Camp Releases Comprehensive Tax Reform Proposal

As expected, House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp (R-Mich.) released his long-awaited tax reform discussion draft on Wednesday, February 26, in which he seeks to lower the individual and corporate tax rates as well...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

Hydraulic Fracturing in Illinois: Draft Regulations to Protect Chemical Proprietary Information

Last month, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (“IDNR”) published its first draft of the regulations (62 Ill. Adm. Code 245) (the “HFRA Draft Regulations”) under the Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act (225...more

FTC Focuses Enforcement Efforts on Health Care, Technology and Energy Sectors

On November 15, 2013, Chairwoman Edith Ramirez testified on behalf of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) before the House Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform on the topic of antitrust oversight and enforcement. Ramirez...more

The Download - August 2013

In this issue: - Digital Advertising Alliance Releases Mobile Guidance - House Energy and Commerce Task Force on Privacy - The Senate Committee on Commerce Considers Cybersecurity - House Energy...more

Appellate Division Rules BPU Did Not Have Exclusive Primary Jurisdiction Over Negligence Claims

Appellate Division Rules BPU Did Not Have Exclusive Primary Jurisdiction Over Negligence Claims by Dennis C. Linken on July 19, 2013 The doctrine of primary jurisdiction, pursuant to which courts defer to administrative...more

False Claims Act Focus - July 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE - The second quarter of 2013 has, not surprisingly, seen a continuation of significant enforcement action under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) across various industries, including the financial services...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

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-10 -- May 24, 2013

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

False Claims Act Focus - April 2013

EDITOR’S NOTE - The last few months have not failed to provide interesting False Claims Act (FCA) activity in the courts. We begin our newsletter by examining a case brought in the energy sector, alleging that a...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 4: Multiple Bills Passed and On the Way to Governor Bentley's Desk

On the afternoon of February 28, the House of Representatives and Senate sent differing versions of the Local Control School Flexibility Bill to conference committee. A few hours later, the conference committee reported a...more

Capital Thinking Update - February 11, 2013

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

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-03 -- Feb 8, 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

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-01 -- Jan 11, 2013

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

Leaked New York Department of Health Report: Hydraulic Fracturing Can Be Safely Conducted

A previously confidential New York state agency report analyzing the human health impact of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) operations released to a limited number of media outlets last Thursday concludes that HVHF...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

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