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Potential Repeal of Medical Device Tax

With the upcoming Republican-dominated Presidency and Congress in 2017, the Affordable Care Act, or at least parts of it, look to be on the chopping block. One of the changes that may be forthcoming is a repeal of the 2.3%...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Committees Meet for the First Time

Most House and Senate committees met for the first time this past week. Hearings were spent receiving introductory briefings and listening to caucus staff, experts and agencies review the issues each committee is expected to...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2017

What's New - Members of the South Carolina General Assembly returned to Columbia on Tuesday, January 10th, to begin the first year of the 122nd Legislative Session. The top priorities facing lawmakers entering the new...more

Alabama in 2017: The Road Ahead for Tax Legislation in Montgomery

The 2017 legislative session begins February 7th in Montgomery, and we expect several tax-related proposals to be considered during the session. Our readers may recall that the 2016 session ended with no long-term plan in...more

NC Legislative Update: January 2017

The 2017-18 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly - On Tuesday, Chief U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts issued a stay, temporarily halting an order by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of...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

News from the Vermont State House - Legislative Updates for the 2017 Session

Newly-elected lawmakers in both houses got the news about where they will spend most of their days this session when committee assignments were handed out. Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, gave House members...more

The Future of Russia Sanctions: The Awkward Edition

On January 10, 2017, Senate Republicans and Democrats introduced bi-partisan legislation called the “Countering Russian Hostilities Act of 2017,” which would impose broad sanctions on Russia. The Act would codify the...more

Stop! Drop!…and Roll. Smothering Regulations Before They Ignite.

It has been an eventful 10 days in the courts and in Congress for halting impending regulations and setting the stage to roll-back new rules implemented by the Obama Administration. Employers can expect a repeal of recently...more

Fitness Enthusiasm Wanes Early: ACA-Related Congressional Actions January 5 – 12

On January 5, the House passed the “Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2017” (H.R. 26), streamlining the process for Congressional review and rejection of administrative agency rules, including a...more

Proposed California Bill to Cap Coal-Generated Electricity and Eliminate Coal-Dependency by 2026

On January 4, 2017, at the start of this year’s legislative session, Assemblymember Marc Levine of Marin County introduced Assembly Bill (AB) 79, which is intended to cap the amount of coal-generated electricity used in...more

Health Reform Outlook for 2017: A Year of Major Uncertainty

Fulfilling their promises, Congressional Republicans moved to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the first day of the new Congress when Senate Budget Committee Chair Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced “reconciliation...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

A growing number of moderate and conservative Republicans in Congress are voicing concerns about the party’s strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Act) in February but then wait months – and possibly even into 2018 –...more

“Change” Comes to Washington—What to Expect

On January 3, 2017, the 115th U.S. Congress opened with Republican majorities in both houses: ..U.S. Senate: 52 Republicans and 46 Democrats and 2 Independents who Caucus with the Democrats ..U.S. House of...more

What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for the Affordable Care Act?

President-elect Trump has stated repeatedly that one of his initial goals is to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (the "ACA"). Because the Republicans control both houses of Congress, it seems likely that a repeal...more

Congress Considers Halting Job Flexibility Rule, Bill to Change Employer H-1B Exemption Eligibility

Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has introduced two pieces of legislation to watch. - The Midnight Rules Relief Act, H.R. 21, would allow Congress to overturn any regulations en masse that were finalized or will...more

Researchers see ways Obamacare helped to cut costs, improve patient care

As the already known complications to its demise have increased by the minute, there may be some detectable pauses in the partisan zeal to give the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, the bum’s rush. That’s because the...more

U.S. Senators Urge FINCEN to Update Guidelines on Legalized Marijuana

Later this year, the Pennsylvania Department of Health will award the first licenses for medical marijuana organizations. One of the requirements for these grower/processors and dispensaries, is that they must have a certain...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: The 2017 Session Convenes

In the first week of the 2017 session, the Minnesota legislature determined leadership positions in both the House and the Senate and got to work on high-priority issues. 2017 Session Convenes - The House and Senate...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - The holidays have come and gone and folks in Harrisburg are ready to get back to the legislative grind. On Tuesday, the General Assembly convened the 2017-2018 legislative session and six new Senators and...more

Proposed New Jersey Law Takes Aim at Mandatory Arbitration

Assembly Bill A-3064, which the New Jersey Assembly passed on October 20, 2016, will come up for consideration in the Senate this year. If the Senate passes and the Governor signs A-3064, no company that wants to do business...more

Planning for the 115th Congress and the Trump Administration

While the coming 115th Congress and Trump Administration seem to be anything but predictable, there are several known events that will help drive the timing of national, and some regional, policy debates. They should be...more

[Webinar] What to Expect in Trump's First 100 Days - January 18th, 11:00am ET

After years of gridlock, Congress is poised to unleash a flurry of legislative activity early in 2017. The agenda is jam-packed as the Republican-led Congress targets major changes to the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank,...more

Tax Reform in the New Administration

The upcoming change in administration, combined with retained Republican control of both houses of Congress, is expected to result in significant changes in the federal income tax system, on both the domestic and...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

Republican congressional leaders overseeing the new 115th Congress will trigger a legislative process this week which will likely culminate in February with the repeal of most of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Senate will...more

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