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St. Louis Minimum Wage Out, Statewide Preemption In (Eff. 8/28/17)

by Messner Reeves LLP on

Local minimum wage ordinances in Missouri will become invalid on August 28, 2017, when House Bill 1194, which bans local minimum wage ordinances, becomes law. Importantly, this change in law affects both the St. Louis...more

Local Ballot Measures: Continuing Legal and Political Points of Division

by Nossaman LLP on

A recent swell of local ballot measures throughout the State and the controversy and case law that has resulted serve to remind the Elections Law/Land use lawyer that more than a little caution is warranted, as the web of...more

Calif. AG Says SB 415 Applies to Charter Cities and Local School Districts Governed by Charter Cities - California Voter...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Last week, Attorney General Xavier Becerra opined that the California Voter Participation Rights Act, also known as SB 415, applies to charter cities and school districts governed by charter cities. In the second opinion...more

What You Need to Know About San Francisco’s Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program

On July 11, 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors finally voted to adopt sweeping (and complex) changes to the City’s Inclusionary Affordable Housing program.....more

Massachusetts House and Senate Tackle Marijuana Policy

On June 21st, 2017, after considering 118 amendments, the House passed sweeping legislation (H.3768) by a vote of 126 to 28 refining the laws governing the legalization of adult-use cannabis. The voters approved the adult...more

PACs, Campaigns and Dark Money: What is the Law?

by Stinson Leonard Street on

In 2016, Missouri voters enshrined new campaign finance laws in the state constitution. The Missouri Ethics Commission issued several interpreting opinions and a federal court has enjoined parts of the law as...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage and Overtime Updates (May Edition)

by Littler on

Just under halfway through 2017, minimum wage and overtime developments have shifted into overdrive. Proposals submitted by federal legislators from both sides of the aisle highlight the different approaches the country’s...more

Is Public Consumption of Marijuana on the Horizon?

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

In two years, Oregon’s legalized recreational marijuana industry has gone from non-existent to a thriving industry, with over $60 million a year in total sales and over 400 licensed retailers. Despite the growing popularity...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage & Overtime Updates (April Edition)

by Littler on

The madness of March may be behind us, but April is no joke when it comes to minimum wage and overtime updates. Developments at the federal, state, and local levels could affect employer operations in the near or distant...more

Calif. cities lift medical marijuana delivery ban: Is L.A. Next?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Under the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, enacted Jan. 1, 2016, California authorized the delivery of medical marijuana by licensed dispensaries to qualified patients but allowed municipalities to ban such...more

SB1: California Transportation Funding the Talk of the Capitol This Week

by Nossaman LLP on

Most Californians agree that our State’s transportation system is in dire need of additional funding for additional improvements and repair. The problem has always been where to secure the necessary funding. In short, it has...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage & Overtime Updates (March Edition)

by Littler on

March madness is not limited to college basketball. This month has also seen numerous minimum wage proposals introduced and considered at the local and state levels. Local and state officials continue to battle over who gets...more

New Ethics and Campaign Contribution Rules Enacted in San Francisco

by Perkins Coie on

San Francisco voters enacted Proposition T by an overwhelming majority in the November 2016 election; the measure was placed on the ballot by a unanimous vote of the San Francisco Ethics Commission. The measure will make an...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: March 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Gov. Brown Opposes Measure S - In a statement published less than two weeks before Los Angeles' Consolidated Municipal and Special Elections to be held on March 7, 2017, California Gov. Jerry Brown came out in opposition...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Approves Supplemental Budget - The House and Senate yesterday approved the $64...more

Just When We Thought Measure 97 Was Dead—It May Be Back!

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As I reported previously, Oregon Measure 97 was overwhelmingly defeated by voters in the state’s general election this past November. It certainly appeared that the voters spoke loudly and clearly on November 8, 2016, when...more

After Proposition 64 Does Medical Marijuana Matter?

California’s recent recreational pot legalization brings into question the relevance of medical cannabis in a state that led the legal marijuana movement with a 1996 voter initiative giving patients the right to possess and...more

Local Cannabis Regulation: Two Ballot Measures Up for Vote on March 7, 2017

by Wilson Elser on

This article examines the two competing ballot measures regarding cannabis regulation in the City of Los Angeles up for vote on March 7, 2017. Following is a brief summary of the current regulatory framework for cannabis in...more

Did San Francisco Eliminate its Transfer Tax Exception for Certain Gifts?

It seems that San Francisco may have just partially removed its exception from transfer tax that applied to gifts, but the Office of the Assessor-Recorder may not be aware. As a bit of background, transfer tax applies to...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Legislature’s First Regular Session Launches - On Wednesday, January 4, the Maine...more

Arizona Employers Must Post Minimum Wage Poster On or Before January 1, 2017

by Snell & Wilmer on

On November 8, 2016, Arizona voters approved Proposition 206, the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act (“the Act”), raising the state's current $8.05 per hour minimum wage progressively over the next several years. Effective...more

New Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Laws for Washington Employers

by Littler on

November 2016 was a dynamic month for laws relating to Washington State workers.  At the state level, Washington voters approved Initiative Measure No. 1433 (“the Law”), which provides incremental increases of the state...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - December 2016 #3

The National Association of Medicaid Directors offers policy considerations and recommendations to the incoming Administration; HealthCare.gov has its largest single day of enrollment ever; and new publications prepared by...more

What Employers Need to Know About Florida's New Medical Marijuana Law

In addition to selecting a new President, Florida voters approved Amendment 2, which amends the Florida Constitution to legalize medical marijuana for use by individuals with specific debilitating medical conditions, as...more

Prop. 64 – The Basics: Q&A on Marijuana Legalization

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Last week, Best Best & Krieger presented the first in a series of webinars on Proposition 64 and marijuana legalization in California. Such an interesting topic yielded many questions — some of which we have selected to...more

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