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SEC Whistleblower Program May Be Facing Congressional Cutback

According to a memo circulating amongst Republican-party leaders as of February 13th, Republicans in the House of Representatives are planning to propose a significant curtailment of the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Chairman Goodlatte Outlines Sweeping Agenda for House Judiciary Committee

With Washington undergoing a transformation the likes of which has not been seen in decades, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte recently outlined his committee’s priorities for the 115th Congress. Speaking at an...more

Budget and Appropriations in 2017

It will be a busy year for congressional budget and appropriations work. Currently, the FY16 appropriations remain in effect under a continuing resolution (CR). Additionally, the FY18 budget and appropriations cycles are...more

California to Consider Significant Change to Eminent Domain Law Regarding a Condemnee's Right to Recover Litigation Expenses

On February 9, 2017, California Assembly Member Phillip Chen (a Republican from the 55th district) introduced Assembly Bill 408 (AB 408). AB 408 is styled as an “act to amend Section 1250.410 of the Code of Civil Procedure...more

Potential Repeal of the ‘Death’ Tax

Assuming you have not been living under a rock for the last two years you have heard of Donald J. Trump, now President Trump, speak about the need to repeal the so-called “Death tax”. In addition, you are likely aware that...more

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

Will Congress Overhaul Class Action Practice? A Quick Look at the Proposed Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

In 2016, House Republicans sponsored legislation aimed at curbing “no injury” class actions, which was supported by testimony from DRI, among others. The legislation passed the House but died in the Senate. Earlier this month...more

What’s Ahead for Value-Based Health Care?

Prior to the presidential election in November, experts believed that the trend toward value-based payment – the concept of rewarding providers based on the quality of care delivered, rather than the number of procedures...more

Signs that OSHA Priorities are Shifting Under the Trump Administration?

There are new developments related to OSHA’s Electronic Recordkeeping Rule and the Volks Rule. As a reminder, the Electronic Recordkeeping Rule requires certain employers to electronically file their OSHA recordkeeping data...more

House and Senate Leadership and Committee Assignments Announced

Senate President Stan Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced this week their leadership teams and committee appointments for the 2017-2018 legislative session. Retaining the core of his leadership team for...more

Fast Take on House Republicans’ “Obamacare Repeal and Replace” Plan

On February 16, 2017, House Republicans issued an “Obamacare repeal and replace” policy brief for members to use in speaking with constituents during the Presidents’ Day break. This repeal-and-replace plan is not yet a...more

Will lawmakers on break get an earful over GOP’s outline for Trumpcare?

Members of Congress are home in their districts for a week-long break, and many lawmakers are expected to get an earful from voters upset over many issues at the start of the Trump Administration, especially this: What the...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017 #2

Governor’s $35 Million Housing Bond Discussed in Ways and Means Committee - Executive Director Gus Selig of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board revealed some of the details this week behind the $35 million bond...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Tax Policy Takes Center Stage

The seventh week of the legislative session is in the books, and the Minnesota Legislature is one week closer to the first committee deadline on March 10. This week, House Republicans increased their majority by one with the...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. Three Percent High-Earner Tax Changes Under Consideration - Among the issues Maine’s...more

NC Legislative Update: February 2017 #2

This Week - Following a lawsuit by Gov. Roy Cooper (D), a law passed in one of last year’s December special sessions creating the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement (BSBEEE) was put on hold. The...more

Despite Uncertain Future of ACA, OIG Issues Final Rule Revising Permissive Exclusion Authority

On January 12, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final rule expanding its permissive exclusion authority while also codifying certain statutory changes made...more

Plan to Trump Obama Administration Regulations of Employers Already Underway

As the 115th Congress begins its term, certain regulations that went into effect during the Obama Administration are under fire due to an obscure rule. Congress passed the Congressional Review Act (CRA) in 1996 to block...more

Achieving Health Care Efficiencies through Consolidation and Alternative Models: Irreconcilable Differences?

While debate rages on Capitol Hill over “repeal and replace,” only limited attention has been directed toward reforming the current “fee for service” model. Indeed, both the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and proposals for its...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: College Affordability Proposals Headline Active Week

Legislative committees continued hearing proposals on issues ranging from wetland funding and palliative care to redistricting and tax benefits for retired CIA employees. House and Senate Tax Committee’s heard Governor Mark...more

Floundering GOP gets its ACA repeal-replace architect and tries ‘repairs’

Republicans jammed through their health policy guru in the middle of the night, and they and their new HHS Secretary are still trying to figure out what to do with the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Insurance markets are...more

Proposed Midnight Rules Relief Act May Put An End To OSHA Recordkeeping Rule - Onerous Workplace Safety Rules Among Many That...

Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Midnight Rules Relief Act by a vote of 238-184. This Republican-backed measure would amend the Congressional Review Act and allow Congress to overturn,...more

“Right-to-Work” Momentum Building in 2017

In the early months of 2017, right-to-work legislation continues to garner significant attention as a number of states explore legislation. In early January, Kentucky passed legislation prohibiting employers from entering...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. State’s Highest Court to Consider Solemn Occasion Request - Last week the Senate asked the...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017

The Agency of Transportation has submitted a proposal to the House Transportation Committee that would allow the agency to seek damages from a utility that fails to move or adjust a utility line that is in a state or local...more

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