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Florida’s False Claims Act – Did You Know It Changed Last Year?

In June 2013, Florida’s legislature significantly amended Florida’s False Claims Act, Fla. Stat. §§ 68.081-68.092 (“FFCA”), effective July 1, 2013. Although these amendments have not received much publicity or commentary,...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

NIST Issues Preliminary Cybersecurity Framework For Critical Infrastructure Organizations

In accordance with the President's Executive Order on Cybersecurity issued on October 22, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology ("NIST") released the draft of its Cybersecurity Framework, intended to help...more

Government Relations And Lobbying Insight: Dramatic 2013 Legislative Session Adjourns

In dramatic fashion, and with some historic footnotes, the 2013 Minnesota Legislature concluded its work last week....more

Capital Thinking Updates - May 20, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture and Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Environment - Financial Services - Health Care - Homeland...more

Capital Thinking Updates - May 16, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture and Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Defense - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health...more

Government Relations And Lobbying Insight - 2013 Minnesota Legislative Session: A Summary Of What's Happened, A Preview Of What's...

The Minnesota Legislature reconvened this past Tuesday after a weeklong break. Committees have taken to task assembling omnibus bills to meet the third committee deadline of April 19. This deadline was set in January for...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

Capital Thinking Update - March 11, 2013

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

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 3: Alabama Trust Fund Repayment Bill Passes

The sixth and seventh legislative days of the Alabama Legislature's Regular Session saw the first bill passed by both houses and on its way to Governor Robert Bentley for his signature. As week three closed, priority...more

Government Relations And Lobbying Insight: Legislature Opens For Business

After a dramatic November general election, the Minnesota Legislature convened the 2013 session this week with the DFL party firmly in control of state government for the first time in 22 years....more

Massachusetts 2013 – 2014 Legislative Session Preview

The 188th Massachusetts Legislature began the 2013 – 2014 legislative session on January 2. This alert identifies the key public policy issues that will likely emerge in the current session and offers insight into their...more

Capital Thinking Update - December 10, 2012

General Legislative On Tuesday, December 11, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and at 2:00 for legislative business. The House will consider a Motion to go to Conference on H.R. 4310 – National Defense...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 16, 2012

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health Care - International, Defense, Homeland...more

Capital Thinking Update - June 11, 2012

General Legislative The House is not scheduled to be in session next week. The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. on Monday to resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.3240, the Farm bill, post-cloture. ...more

Train and Railroad Workers at Risk from Asbestos Exposure

Railroad employees who worked onboard trains or in a railyard may be at an increased risk of developing mesothelioma or other diseases caused by asbestos exposure. Research has found that railroad workers are significantly...more

Capital Thinking Update - March 12, 2012

In This Issue: General Legislative - On Monday, March 12, the House will observe a constituent work week where members tend to their districts. The Senate will convene at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 12, for a period of...more

CDL Holders: New Safety Regulation Requires Medical Cards to Be on File

Legal Alert: Effective today, January 30, 3012, Federal Motor Carrier’s Safety Regulation 49 CFR 383.71 requires all CDL holders/applicants to have a valid DOT medical card on file with the Division of Driver Licensing...more

ETHICAL RESPONCIBILITIES OF HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS & FIRST RESPONDERS

With specialized knowledge and training all health care professionals are held to certain legal requirements, this article is dedicated to the first responders and the very important medical-legal concepts such as negligence,...more

Quick Hits: Ban On Cell Phones; NLRB & Social Media; Nursing Mothers; Retaliation, LinkedIn

As another week passes by (seriously, where did January go already?), here are a few odds and ends that are worth a mention: • Earlier this month, new rules regarding limits on the use of mobile phones went into effet by...more

New York Brain Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Warns about Rise in Brain Injuries in Prospect Park

New York brain injury lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, comments on the rise in pedestrian-bicycle accidents resulting in brain injury in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Since June, serious collisions between...more

San Bernardino County Food Trucks and the City of San Bernardino's transient vendor ordinance

This is a brief look at the current (as of 4/4/2011) state of the law in San Bernardino County regarding gourmet food trucks (where food is prepared in the truck), and the impact of the City of San Bernardino's Transient...more

Electronic Privacy Information Center v. United States Department of Homeland Security

Plaintiff's Motion For Reconsideration Based on Intervening Change In Controlling Law

EPIC Urges Court to Order Release of 2,000 Airport Body Scanner Images EPIC asked a federal court in Washington, DC to reconsider its earlier decision allowing the Department of Homeland Security to keep secret 2,000...more

Combating Childhood Obesity: a survey of laws affecting the built environments of low-income and minority children

Childhood overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions, with nearly one out of every three children in the United States being affected. That factors in the built environment are closely correlated to childhood...more

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