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News from Second and State

As promised last week, on Wednesday the House of Representatives held a vote on a portion of Governor Wolf’s budget proposal. The proposal was not a General Appropriations or “revenue spending bill”; it was a legislative...more

Deadline Fast Approaching for Positive Train Controls

Failure to Implement Safety Measures Will Result in Interrupted Railway Service - Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Washington, D.C. Government Relations Services team is monitoring an urgent issue now being considered by the...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative long session on January 14 and adjourned September 30. Lawmakers will return to Raleigh for the short session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on...more

Congress Pushes for CFPB Transparency

On September 30, 2015, the House Financial Services Committee passed with bipartisan support two bills that would have significant impact on the accountability and transparency of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau...more

What Developments Can We Expect in the Area of Antimonopoly Law in the Near Future?

One of the steps announced in ‘The Nation’s Plan – 100 specific steps to implement five institutional reforms’ is to change the concept of operation of the antimonopoly service, bringing it into conformity with the standards...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Finalized

On Monday, October 5, an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was reached between the Unites States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations. This historic partnership would potentially link 40 percent of the world’s...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Canada, 11 Other Nations Conclude Historic Trade Deal

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an ambitious free trade agreement that has been in negotiations since 2010 among 12 countries, namely: Canada, the United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Japan, Malaysia,...more

Tax Policy Update

The number of “Action Items” detailed in the OECD’s report released yesterday to combat base erosion and profit shifting strategies among multinational corporations. The recommendations have drawn criticism from some GOP...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Congress Avoids a Government Shutdown... House and Senate Approves Measure to Expand the Affordable Care (ACA) Act Small Group Market to 100 Employees...Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurers to Receive Only...more

House of Representatives Pulls the Plug

Just when they thought they had a deal…there was no deal! Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ) initially thought a compromise could be reached for a broad bipartisan energy...more

West Coast States Bolster Momentum for Pharmacist Provider Status Reforms

In recent years, legislative reforms have been introduced that recognize pharmacists as reimbursement-eligible providers under government-funded health care programs. While these efforts have attracted significant media and...more

Now to End of 2015 – What to Expect?

Funding Crisis Averted & New Leadership in the House: A week ago no one could have predicted that the biggest story in Washington this week would not be the last minute avoidance of a government shutdown by passage of a...more

California Water Legislation Scorecard

Water was of such concern to the California Legislature that it led the roster of all bills introduced in 2015. Signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Bill 1 prohibits local governments, during times of drought, from...more

Hotel Lawyer on EB-5 developments? What’s happening with EB-5 renewal legislation?

EB-5 is at a critical renewal point. The next 3 weeks are going to be crucial for the EB-5 industry as the current legislation sunsets on September 30, 2015. While the consensus is that this important program will be...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. Double Whammy in Maine’s Paper Industry - This past week, two northern Maine paper mills...more

Alert: Student Data Privacy: States Keep Up the Momentum

While Congress continues to consider (but not act on) nationwide student data privacy initiatives, the states continued to lead the charge in 2015. Earlier this year, we reported that, in 2014, 36 states introduced 110...more

The North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act

During the 2015 legislative session, North Carolina devoted a great deal of attention to the employment classifications of independent contractors. After working its way through several revisions in the House and Senate, The...more

News from Second and State

Having both the House and Senate in Harrisburg made for a busy week, and there’s news to report on a number of fronts. The headliner this week, once again, was the state budget. By the end of last week, the General Assembly...more

A&B Healthcare Week In Review, September 2015

On September 25, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule entitled “Medicare Program: Medicare Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests Payment System”. This proposed rule would...more

Global Tax News: US Congress: tax reform emerging as major 2016 campaign issue – financial industry a prime target

Tax reform is emerging as a major issue in the 2016 US presidential campaign, and in the growing wave of populist anger at the establishment elite in Washington and Wall Street, the financial industry has become a prime...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 10 percent. Rate of the one-time deemed repatriation tax on U.S. multinationals’ foreign earnings under GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s tax plan released Sept. 28. The revenue raised through...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

News from Second and State

The biggest news out of the state legislature this week is final passage of a stopgap budget. Last week, the Senate passed S.B. 1000 (Browne, R-Lehigh), and on Thursday, it finally passed the House of Representatives. The...more

Whistleblowing, VW’s Silence, and the Behavioural All Stars

This guest post is by Wendy Addison, Founder and Owner of SpeakOut SpeakUp Ltd. On the 2nd and 3rd of Sept 2015, I attended The International Behavioural Insights Conference in London. Hosted by the UK government’s ‘Nudge...more

Third Time’s a Charm: Governor Bentley and Legislature Reach Budget/Tax Compromise

Summary - Governor Robert Bentley called a second special session of the Alabama Legislature on Tuesday, September 9 at 5 p.m. to address the FY 2016 General Fund budget and associated revenue measures. After meeting for...more

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