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Capital Thinking: General Legislative

Senate Legislative Activity - The Senate will convene on Monday, July 28, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session to resume consideration of Executive Calendar #929—Pamela...more

House Committee holds third hearing on alleged discrimination at the CFPB

Yesterday, the House Financial Services Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held a third hearing in its series of hearings addressing alleged discrimination at the CFPB. The Subcommittee heard testimony from...more

House to hold third hearing on CFPB discrimination

The House Financial Services Committee’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will be holding a hearing tomorrow entitled “Allegations of Discrimination and Retaliation within the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,...more

House holds second hearing on discrimination at the CFPB

On Wednesday of last week, the House Financial Services Committee held another hearing on alleged CFPB employee discrimination. At the hearing, which was titled “Allegations of Discrimination and Retaliation within the...more

House issues subpoenas in connection with investigation of alleged CFPB employee discrimination

According to a Politico report, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations voted yesterday to issue three subpoenas in connection with the Subcommittee’s investigation into alleged...more

Weekly Update from the State House - March 28, 2014: The House met in a Joint Assembly with the Senate to hear Lt. Governor...

Details from Each Chamber - HOUSE: The House worked through their calendar this week. The House met in a Joint Assembly with the Senate on Wednesday to hear Lt. Governor McConnell's address on the State's Aging...more

Senators Request CFPB Issue Guidance and Rulemakings, Bring Enforcement Actions Relating to Payroll Card Programs

Last week, 16 Democratic Senators sent a letter on regulation of payroll cards to Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) Director Richard Cordray and Department of Labor (“DOL”) Acting Secretary Seth Harris. The letter...more

Supreme Court agrees to take on recess appointment controversy

On June 24, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Noel Canning v. NLRB invalidating President Obama’s January 4, 2012 appointment of three NLRB members....more

Update: Third Circuit recess appointment decision ups the ante on certiorari

Last week’s News Flash alerted readers that a second federal appellate court has now invalidated a NLRB recess appointment as incompatible with the meaning of the phrase, “the Recess of the Senate” in the Recess Appointment...more

Second Ruling against NLRB Recess Appointments Raises More Questions for CFPB

A second circuit court ruling invalidating one of President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board could provide additional ammunition to anyone inclined to challenge the validity of his choice to...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 4-12-13

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 LePage’s second veto of the 126th Legislature was sustained...more

Congressional Research Service issues two reports on Canning decision

The D.C. Circuit’s January 2013 decision in Noel Canning v. NLRB is the subject of two recently-issued reports by the Congressional Research Service. The decision held that President Obama’s recess appointments of three...more

D.C. Circuit’s Invalidation of President Obama’s Recess Appointments Raises Questions Concerning Actions Taken by the Consumer...

The D.C. Circuit’s Decision in Noel Canning - On January 25, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were...more

DC Court of Appeals Decision May Impact CFPB Powers and Authority

A recent decision by a three-judge appellate panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (DC Circuit) may hold the key to whether, and to what extent, actions taken by Richard Cordray as the Director...more

D.C. Circuit Declares President Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments Unconstitutional

On January 25, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held that appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made by President Obama in January 2012 during a purported Senate recess were unconstitutional,...more

New CFPB Deputy Director about to be appointed

The word on the street is that tomorrow Richard Cordray will appoint a new Deputy Director to replace Raj Date who has been serving in that capacity since Jan. 6 of 2012....more

NLRB Plans to Ignore D.C. Circuit Ruling Invalidating Obama Recess Appointments; Validity of Appointment of Richard Cordray as...

In what appears to be the continuation of a showdown among the three branches of federal government, the D. C. Circuit ruled today that President Obama's January 2012 "recess" appointments of three members to the National...more

Cordray Renominated as Bureau’s Director, But Court Ruling Jeopardizes His Recess Appointment and Bureau’s Powers

It’s been the best of times and the worst of times for Richard Cordray this week. First, President Obama renominated Cordray to be the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (the Bureau) director on January 24, 2013....more

Court Decision Jeopardizes CFPB Nominee

On Friday, January 25, 2013, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down as unconstitutional President Obama’s 2012 “recess appointments” of three members of the National...more

Legal Alert: Court Finds President's Recess Appointments to NRLB Unconstitutional

Executive Summary: A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has held that President Obama's recess appointment of three members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) violated the U.S. Constitution. ...more

Consumer Product Safety Commission Advisory: Announcement of New Nominees To The Consumer Product Safety Commission: How This...

On May 5, 2009, President Obama announced his nomination of Inez Moore Tenenbaum to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Robert S. Adler to be a commissioner. He also announced his intent to nominate a fifth...more

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