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Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/2015

Today marks the end of the second deadline week at the Capitol. Non-finance bills which have not been heard in all required House and Senate policy committees by midnight tonight may not be acted upon. ...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: - March 2015

Today was the first of three committee deadlines during the legislative session. By midnight tonight, bills must be approved by policy committees in the House or Senate. ...more

Supreme Court Update: NC Board Of Dental Examiners V. FTX (13-534), Direct Marketing Ass'n V. Brohl (13-1032), And Alabama Dep't...

We're bringing you up to speed with summaries of the Court's decisions in NC Board of Dental Examiners v. FTX (13-534), regarding the scope of state action immunity from federal antitrust law; Direct Marketing Ass'n v. Brohl...more

DRM Legislative Update - March 2015

In This Issue: - It’s All About the Money - Panel Approves Payroll and Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes to Fund Health Care Initiatives - Vermont Health Connect Costs Continue to Rise - Education...more

States Take More Active Role in Surface Transportation Funding

Fiscal constraints on state budgets coupled with continued uncertainty with respect to future levels of federal surface transportation funding have led states to diversify the funding sources for their transportation...more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2015: After weeks of delays and cancellations due to inclement weather across the state, the...

What's New - After weeks of delays and cancellations due to inclement weather across the state, the General Assembly finally had a full week debating and passing bills and working in committees....more

Alabama Department of Revenue Gets a Second Chance to Justify Diesel Fuel Sales Tax Against Rail Carriers

In the State of Alabama’s and CSX Transportation’s second trip to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court held in a 7-2 decision on March 4 that Alabama’s sales tax on diesel fuel purchased and used by rail carriers—where motor and...more

In Like a Lion Legislative Update February 2015

This week was exhausting for your normally energetic government relations team; we had to be in so many different hearings at once that we had to wear comfortable shoes. Angel and I are excited to take it easy this weekend...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/2015

The pace is beginning to pick up at the Capitol, and this week both the House and Senate added floor sessions to hear bills and confirmed commissioner appointments. Committees are starting to take on more controversial...more

Week in Review - March 2015

Minnesota Budget Forecast/Surplus - Management and Budget shows the State’s previously forecast $1.038 billion surplus for the next biennium has grown to $1.87 billion. Governor Mark Dayton said he will propose using...more

U.S. Supreme Court Sends 4-R Act Case Back to Lower Court for the Second Time

A day after issuing its decision in Direct Marketing Ass’n v. Brohl, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc. The Court held that a rail carrier can show discrimination under...more

Supreme Court Decides Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc.

On March 4, 2015, the Supreme Court decided Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc., No. 13-553, holding that a rail carrier can prove discrimination under the Railroad Revitalization and Regulation Reform...more

Minnesota's $1.9 Billion Projected State Budget Surplus

Both Governor Dayton and DFL legislative leaders expressed their desire to target surplus dollars on long term investments. Specifically in education and transportation, Dayton would fully fund universal pre-K programs,...more

Week in Review - February 2015 #4

MNsure Reform - Minnesota’s already low rate of people without health insurance fell even more over the past year, a survey from Gallup finds. At the beginning of 2014, just 9.5 percent of Minnesotans lacked health...more

Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance Promotes Alternate Source of Transportation Funding

The Second Annual Conference of the Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance (MBUFA) was held in Washington, DC on February 24, 2015. The MBUFA is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness and education about mileage-based...more

News from Second and State

As another relatively quiet session week comes to a close, our embattled row officers continue to make headlines. On Tuesday, two weeks after being charged, former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord appeared in federal court...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 02/2015

The release of the Minnesota Legislative Auditor’s MNSure report this week dominated conversations at the Capitol. Commissioner pay raises were also in the spotlight while Governor Mark Dayton tried to direct attention toward...more

U.S. Supreme Court Update, March/April 2015

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases involving state taxation on consecutive days in December. On 12/8/14, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Direct Marketing Ass'n v. Brohl, where the Court has...more

EU General Court Upholds Finding of Irish Airline Tax as State Aid but Annuls Recovery Decision

In the parallel judgments T-473/12 and T-500/12 handed down on 5th February 2015, the EU General Court upheld the European’s Commission’s finding that the Irish airline tax constituted State aid. The Court confirmed that the...more

Week in Review - February 2015 #2

Pay Raises - Gov. Mark Dayton and the Republican House are sparring over state agency commissioner pay. Last month, Dayton increased pay for 26 commissioners and department heads by a total of $802,000. Republicans say...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 02/2015

Bills are starting to move from Minnesota legislator hands to the committee calendar. The House’s introduction calendar on Thursday brought forth a record 102 bills to be included in this year’s session....more

President Releases 2016 Budget Proposal

Earlier today, President Barack Obama released his approximately $4 trillion budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2016, which begins on October 1 of this year. While the President’s proposed budget covers everything from defense...more

2015 Washington Outlook

In this issue: - Congressional Outlook - Senate Committees - House Committees - Excerpt from Congressional Outlook: Deadlines, Expirations, and Important Dates in 2015 - As the 114th...more

Keystone Debate a Sign of Things to Come in 114th Congress

On January 29, 2015, the U.S. Senate passed S. 1, the Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act, by a vote of 62-47, with all Republicans and eight Democrats voting for the legislation. ...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The House and Senate were busy this week with numerous subcommittee and committee meetings – ethics reform, surface water withdrawal, Pollution Control Act/DHEC Board review, and budget deliberations were a few of the items...more

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