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Washington, D.C. Update – October 2016

In a rush to leave Washington and head home to campaign for reelection, members of Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) avoiding a shutdown and extending federal government operations through December 9. In an effort...more

Appropriations: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Approved – 11 Bills Outstanding

As part of the agreement to pass the continuing resolution, Congress approved the FY17 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Act. The bill was the first and so far only one of the 12 annual...more

No Prescriptive Rights Arise from Misuse of Dedicated Area

In 2012 the Michigan Legislature passed PA 56 in an attempt to stop the misappropriation of public road ends by private individuals. Though PA 56 carries criminal penalties, a recent Court of Appeals decision reflects that...more

Outlook for Fall & Lame Duck

As summer ends and we look ahead to cooler weather, a historic presidential election, and a legislative and regulatory calendar that has numerous measures ready for activity, ML Strategies is pleased to share our outlook on...more

FY17 Appropriations a Likely Victim of Election-Year Calendar

Election year politics and the aftermath of the Orlando shootings have slowed floor progress on the FY17 appropriations process, but trouble looms. Combined with the abbreviated election-year calendar and other factors,...more

Worth Another Look: Budget Preview

June is a time to celebrate Father’s Day, countless graduations and the first day of summer. However, anyone involved in government or politics knows that June is also the month of the state budget here in Pennsylvania....more

Unanimous Support for Conservation in Senate Appropriations Committee

Who knew? On May 19 those wild eyed environmentalists on the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously (no misprint) passed a FY 2017 agriculture and rural development bill that includes significant funding for...more

Court Finds Faulty Funding Provisions in Affordable Care Act Affect Low-Income Affordability Provisions

On Thursday, May 12, 2016, a federal district court judge ruled against the Obama administration, finding that no appropriations have been made to fund payments under Section 1402 of the Affordable Care Act to reimburse...more

House Republicans Win Challenge to ACA Cost-Sharing Subsidies

On May 12, 2016, the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. ruled in favor of House Republicans, concluding that the government wrongly spent billions reimbursing insurance companies for providing discounted health coverage...more

Court Sides with House of Representatives in ACA Cost-Sharing Subsidy Challenge

In a suit brought by the U.S. House of Representatives challenging the administration’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a federal district court for the District of Columbia ruled in a major decision that the...more

House of Representatives v. Burwell: Another Blow to Obamacare

Federal Judge Rosemary Collyer’s May 12, 2016 ruling in House of Representatives v. Burwell, found that the Obama administration (the “Administration”) has been improperly funding an Obamacare subsidy program. House of...more

District Court Rules One Aspect of ACA is Unconstitutional—No Change for Employers

You may have heard that a federal District Court ruled that the ACA was unconstitutional today. Do not start making any changes. This decision will not directly impact most employers and their health plans. We are sending...more

A District Court Just Dealt a Blow to the ACA. Employers, Don’t Get Excited!

On May 12, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in U.S. House of Representatives v. Burwell et al., No. 14-1967 (D.D.C. May 12, 2016), enjoining the federal government’s use of...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

Governor Pat McCrory signed eight bills into law this week, leaving less than 25 bills awaiting his signature. The Governor has until October 30th to sign or veto the remaining bills. However, if the Governor takes no action...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review: Transportation Spotlight

Member announcements continued this week with three more legislators announcing they will not be seeking reelection. Rep. Paul Tine (U-Dare), Rep. Leo Daughtry (R-Johnston), Rep. Jacqueline Schaffer (R-Mecklenburg) announced...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Focuses on Health Insurers Merger... Arkansas to Delay Setting Up Its Own State Exchange...The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Announces Medicare Advantage...more

Tax Policy Update

The number of working days (in theory) that Congress has left to negotiate and pass a continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government from shutting down on Oct. 1. Here’s hoping that the Pope’s visit to the Capitol...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Uncertainty of Legislative Earmarks Not Enough to Deem Mitigation Infeasible

California Supreme Court Takes on CEQA Issue in State College Expansion Project - State agencies cannot declare mitigation infeasible for construction projects on the grounds that the California Legislature has not — and...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - August 2015

Environmental and Policy Focus: Coastkeeper's suit against water agency dismissed - San Diego Union-Tribune - Jul 31: A San Diego superior court judge ruled against an environmental group on July 30, rejecting its...more

Cal State University Cannot Avoid Off-Site Traffic Mitigation Payments Because the Legislature Failed to Approve Funds

City of San Diego v. Board of Trustees of the California State University - Why It Matters: The California Supreme Court has clarified language from its prior decision in City of Marina v. Board of Trustees of California...more

CEQA Alert: California Supreme Court Clarifies Duties of State Agencies in Funding Off-Site Mitigation

On August 3, the California Supreme Court released its second CEQA decision of 2015, addressing a key issue for state agencies undertaking projects that require off-site environmental mitigation. In City of San Diego v. Board...more

State Agencies Cannot Declare Mitigation of Project Impacts Infeasible Based Solely on the Lack of Legislative Appropriations

A public agency may not rely solely on a request to the Legislature to appropriate funding to mitigate a project's adverse environmental impacts and conclude that mitigation is infeasible because the funding cannot be...more

Richard Prince Once Again Pushes The Limits Of Fair Use

Richard Prince is either on the very edge of fair use or is engaging in blatant copyright infringement. Unlike most however, Prince has been down this road before; accused of infringement and a defense based entirely on fair...more

House approves amendment prohibiting use of appropriated funds for DOJ disparate impact litigation under the FHA

Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to H.R. 2578, the Fiscal Year 2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Act, that would bar the use of appropriated funds by the Department of Justice to...more

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