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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part Time Workers Must Be Offered Additional Hours: San Jose’s Opportunity to Work Ordinance (Effective March 2017)

In the recent election, San Jose voters passed a voter initiative creating the “Opportunity to Work” ordinance. The purpose of the ordinance, which will become effective on March 13, 2017, is to promote full-time jobs and to...more

Sustainable Development Update - December 2016

Sustainable Development Focus - U.S. voters approve billions for transit and green space - Urban Land - Dec 1 - In November, voters across the U.S. endorsed numerous state and local ballot measures...more

What Employers Need to Know NOW About Washington State’s Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Laws

Elections matter for employers in Washington. Although the November election results have not yet been certified, Washington voters appear to have passed Initiative 1433, the ballot measure requiring paid sick leave and...more

Employment-Related Election Results

On Election Day, November 8, employment-related initiatives were voted on and passed by voters in a number of states. Minimum Wage - Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and Washington approved ballot measures to...more

Colorado Voters Approve Minimum Wage Increase

On November 8, 2016, Colorado voters approved Amendment 70, a ballot initiative which will amend the state’s constitution and current minimum wage law. The change in law will take effect on January 1, 2017....more

The Minimum Wage in 2017: A Coast-to-Coast Compliance Challenge

Minimum-wage-related actions in 2016 will create challenges for employers starting in 2017. Although 2016 was not necessarily a record year for passage of state minimum wage laws in general, it did break ground concerning the...more

California Plastic Bag Ban Survives Ballot Referendum - Retail Did You Know?

Dear Retail Clients and Friends, California voters recently approved a statewide proposition banning certain plastic single-use bags. This edition of Morgan Lewis Retail Did You Know? describes the new requirements in...more

Housing is Top of Mind: Results of Bay Area Affordable Housing and Rent Control Measures

With rising housing costs remaining a priority concern for the region, affordable housing had a major presence on Bay Area ballots this November. As detailed below, voters in three municipalities and three counties across the...more

2016 Election Infected With Paid Sick Leave — Part II

Seyfarth Synopsis: As expected, on November 8, 2016, residents in Washington and Arizona voted on and passed the nation’s sixth and seventh statewide mandatory paid sick leave laws. The 2016 election will go down as one...more

The Florida Medical Marijuana Law and Your Community Association - What You Need to Prepare For

With the recent passing of the Florida Medical Marijuana Law, there are two primary concerns for community associations and country clubs as it relates to this new amendment: - Do you have rules in place regarding usage...more

San Francisco Election Results: Which Real Estate Measures Passed?

Prior to the November 8 election, we reported on the long list of local propositions on the San Francisco ballot, including a number of measures impacting real estate taxes, land use and governance. The results were of...more

Arizona and Washington Become Latest States to Require Paid Sick Leave

This Election Day, voters in Arizona and Washington approved measures requiring employers to provide eligible employees with paid sick leave. These states are the latest to join the ever-expanding patchwork of jurisdictions...more

Arizona Raises Minimum Wage, Adds Paid Sick Leave Requirement

When Arizona voters passed Proposition 206, The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, on November 8, 2016, they not only approved an increase in Arizona's minimum wage, they also approved a requirement for employers to provide...more

Recreational Marijuana Use Becomes Legal in Massachusetts: Questions and Answers for Dazed and Confused Employers

Seyfarth Synopsis: Massachusetts has voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. For employers that want to maintain drug-free workplaces, the new marijuana law raises a number of questions regarding employer rights...more

Half Baked: The Brave New World of Branding Weed

In last week’s election, California voters passed Prop 64, which means recreational marijuana can be sold and used by persons over 21 within the state. But don’t get excited about the gold rush just yet. Recreational...more

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