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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

Nevada Supreme Court Issues Important Opinions Concerning Nevada’s Minimum Wage

On October 27, 2016, the Nevada Supreme Court published two opinions that directly affect Nevada employers and workers. Both dealt with Nevada’s Minimum Wage Amendment (MWA), an amendment added to the Nevada Constitution in...more

All Power To The People: Initiatives And Referenda In California

A year ago, I addressed the effective date of California legislative bills in this post. In California, the people can also exercise legislative power through two different mechanisms – the initiative and the referendum. In...more

California Voters Reject 11th Hour Gutting And Amending Of Bills

Not quite a year ago, I wrote: A reader of the California Constitution would be lead to believe that the course of legislation is orderly and predictable. Under Article IV, Section 8(b), the legislature may make no law...more

Minnesota 2016 Election Summary

The Donald Trump wave that swept the Midwest certainly had an impact in Minnesota. As of Wednesday morning, Hillary Clinton led Donald Trump in Minnesota by 46.4% to 45%, a margin of only 43,000 votes in what had been...more

Hazy Future Ahead For Florida Employers After Medical Marijuana Vote

Yesterday’s election result means that Florida will soon be the 26th state in the country to permit certain eligible users to use medical marijuana without fear of prosecution by state officials. The passage of Constitutional...more

Nevada’s Trio of Cases: State Supreme Court Resolves Questions on the Minimum Wage Amendment

On October 27, 2016, the Supreme Court of Nevada issued decisions in a trio of cases resolving important questions about Nevada’s Minimum Wage Amendment. In 2006, the Minimum Wage Amendment amended the Nevada...more

News from Second and State: Pre-Election Report

The long-awaited General Election is less than a week away, and next Tuesday, November 8, Pennsylvanians will head to the polls to elect all 203 state House members and 25 state Senators. While some current members face...more

Florida’s Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2017

In 2004, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that established a statewide minimum wage. The Florida minimum wage applies to all employees in the state who are covered by the federal minimum wage. The Florida...more

Oh, What Schemes of Glory This Business of Gambling Gives Birth To

Article 48, an amendment to the Massachusetts constitution adopted in 1918, states that “the people reserve to themselves the popular initiative, which is the power of a specified number of voters to submit constitutional...more

Local Campaign Finance Reform: Can Local Agencies Wean the Baby From “Mother’s Milk?” (Part 1)

It is an issue that has been with us since the earliest days of politics: The wealthy tend to have disproportionate influence over our political leaders in contrast to the poor and middle class. In the immortal words of the...more

Jefferson County Sales Tax Ruling Appealed, Constitutional Amendment on November Ballot

A decision affecting Jefferson County’s one-cent sales tax increase to pay for a bond refinancing has been appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court, but the ramifications of the circuit court ruling have proved to be much...more

Solar Industry Update:  What’s on the Back of My Ballot? What Amendment 4 Is All About

If you vote by mail, then you’ve likely already received your August 30 primary ballot with a proposed amendment to the Florida constitution on the back. It is Amendment 4, and it is the only amendment on the primary ballot....more

New important laws and proposed amendments to the Constitution of Azerbaijan

The Azerbaijani Parliament has recently adopted several new important laws and proposed amendments to the Constitution of Azerbaijan. Below we summarize the Law of the Republic of Azerbaijan “On Antidumping and Countervailing...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - July 2016

It is a busy week at the General Assembly as legislators are pushing through the final days of the 2016 short session. The legislature is expected to adjourn for the year either late today, July 5, or tomorrow, July 6. The...more

No Longer Business-As-Usual for the CPUC?

Proposed legislation promises to change the meaning of business-as-usual for the California Public Utilities Commission. After rejecting CPUC reform in October, Gov. Jerry Brown aligned with Assemblymember Mike Gatto...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #4

Last Week - It appears that House and Senate leadership will keep their word on adjourning before the 4th of July, with leadership of the two chambers apparently agreeing to a budget over the weekend. The Senate worked...more

$15 Minimum Wage Bill Heads to Governor Christie’s Desk

In a close 21-18 vote the New Jersey State Senate passed bill S15, the $15 Minimum Wage Bill. The bill will now head to Governor Christie’s desk after its previous stamp of approval from the New Jersey State Assembly. The...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #3

This Week - Both chambers accelerated pace in an eventful week as several Committees met more than once throughout the week with some even meeting after the day’s floor session. Senior House Appropriations Chairman Rep....more

New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee Passes $15 Minimum Wage

Following in the footsteps of the New Jersey State Assembly, the New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee moved forward on legislation (S15) increasing the New Jersey State minimum wage to $15 by 2021. The...more

The Myth of Mesivtah – The Mistaken Claim that this Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decision Changed Tax Exemption Law. It Didn’t.

Many taxing bodies characterize the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision in Mesivtah Eitz Chaim of Bobov v. Pike County Board of Property Assessment, 44 A.3d 3 (Pa. 2012), as having profoundly changed Pennsylvania charitable...more

New Jersey Assembly Picks Up Fight For $15 Minimum Wage

The fight for a $15 minimum wage is gaining steam in the New Jersey Legislature. On May 26, 2016, the New Jersey Assembly passed Bill A15, which would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021. Currently, the New Jersey...more

Update: New Jersey Minimum Wage Bill Clears the Assembly

With the federal minimum wage stalled at $7.25 since 2009, HR Legalist has been tracking several developments to wage and hour law on both the federal level (via the pending overtime rule change recently reported by HR...more

Fate of Proposed Surtax on Millionaires Could Hinge on Three Simple Words

The plan to have Massachusetts collect about $2 billion more per year through a new 4% income surtax on millionaires seems to be encumbered by an unavoidable-but-possibly-fatal vulnerability. The weakness consists of...more

First of Two Constitutional Conventions on Millionaire Surtax Was a Doozy

It was one of the more fascinating events to occur at the State House in a long time, this joint session on Wednesday afternoon, May 18, of the House of Representatives and Senate, or constitutional convention as it’s called...more

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