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House Republicans Push Back on Medicare’s New Mandatory Bundled Payment Models

On July 25, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a proposed rule that promises to deliver coordinated, high-quality care for Medicare beneficiaries. The proposed rule (effective July 1, 2017)...more

Many South Carolina Tax Law Changes in 2016; Overall Tax Structure to be Reviewed in 2017

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) released its annual tax legislative update on October 10, 2016 in SC Information Letter #16-11. The guidance provides a summary of significant changes in tax and regulatory...more

Ninth Circuit Poised to Say “Call Me, Maybe”

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Ninth Circuit has suggested it might upset longstanding “on call” practices by making California employers liable for “reporting time” pay to employees who phone in ahead of their schedule, only to find...more

Appropriations: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Approved – 11 Bills Outstanding

As part of the agreement to pass the continuing resolution, Congress approved the FY17 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (MilCon-VA) Appropriations Act. The bill was the first and so far only one of the 12 annual...more

The Changing Landscape of the Fight Against Opioid and Heroin Addiction and the Availability of Naloxone

In recent months, the Obama administration and many health and pharmaceutical players at the state and local levels have focused their attention on the national opioid epidemic. Based on recent findings from the National...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap: - All’s been quiet on the capitol front since our last writing; neither chamber was in Harrisburg for voting session over the last two weeks. That’s not to say we’re without a few tidbits of...more

Brexit timing clarified: employment law set to continue intact

The Conservative Party Conference has provided Theresa May, and her Government, with an opportunity to publicise their plans for the timing of Brexit. ...more

California’s Fall Legislation Report: A Rundown of the Most Significant New Employment Laws

The California legislature and governor showed no signs of slowing down this year and enacted a long list of new employment laws. Below is a list of the most significant laws affecting private sector employers....more

Proposed Legislation Would Allow Limited Political Campaign Activity for Charitable Organizations

Recently, we wrote about the absolute prohibition on political campaign activity by 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, and the importance of managing the use of social media to avoid violating these rules. This prohibition...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 Community College System Seeks Increase in State Funding - In the upcoming...more

EB-5 Program Extended by Continuing Resolution to December 9 Without Changes

The U.S. Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5) has been extended through December 9, 2016, following the recent signing of a continuing resolution to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown. The EB-5 Program provides a...more

Congress Considers Legislative Solutions to Internet Sales Tax War

As we reported on September 15, several states have enacted or proposed laws related to the collection of sales tax from online retailers without a physical presence in those states, as required by United States Supreme...more

A look ahead to the 2017 Legislative Session

With five weeks left before the November 8 election, the state’s federal candidates and candidates for the 187 seats in the Connecticut General Assembly are courting voters during what has turned out to be a contentious...more

Part III - TCPA: Legislative Updates - Interest Builds in Congress to Revisit the TCPA

Congressional Hearings on the TCPA - Both the House Energy & Commerce Committee and Senate Commerce Committee have shown interest in updating the TCPA by holding hearings on the law. On September 22nd, the House Energy...more

Proposed Investment Tax Credit for Small Tech/Tourism Businesses in Alberta

On September 29, 2016, Alberta’s Minister for Economic Development and Trade was in Calgary to announce a plan to introduce a 30-percent tax credit program for investments in small businesses during the fall sitting of the...more

California Legislative Update: Which Bills Made the Final Cut?

Although the California Legislature sent Governor Jerry Brown bills on bed bugs, powdered alcohol, and making denim the official state fabric, the laws enacted in 2016 affecting the state’s private-sector employers were...more

Municipal Legal News

On September 21, Governor Snyder signed a package of bills (2016 PA 281-283) that significantly expands the types of medical marijuana facilities permitted under state law, and establishes a licensing scheme similar to the...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap: - For the first time since the passage of the 2016-2017 general appropriations bill, both the Pennsylvania House and Senate were in session this week. With the session winding down and the general election...more

Commerce Secretary: Trust Gap Hinders Cyber Attack Reporting

In a keynote address delivered on September 27, 2016 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, DC, Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker conceded that “the federal government...more

Worth Another Look: Joint Session on Opioid Addiction

“But in Pennsylvania, the problem is visible—in the lives lost. The families broken. The communities shaken.” – Gov. Tom Wolf to a Joint Session of the General Assembly, September 28, 2016. Gov. Tom Wolf addressed a...more

Illinois House Revenue Committee Holds Hearing on Vacancy Fraud Act

While overall there is little activity in the General Assembly, the House Revenue Committee is meeting today for a hearing on an interesting piece of property tax legislation. The hearing is on HB4363, which would create 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. Maine May Privatize Welfare Program Maine’s ASPIRE program, currently run by the state’s...more

News from Second and State

Yesterday was the first day of fall, and it seems the summer is truly behind us. The House of Representatives reconvened this week for the final stretch of the 2015-2016 legislative session. This week most of the action...more

Industry Posts Statement For The Record Ahead Of Big Subcommittee Hearing On “Modernizing” The TCPA

Every day is a big day in TCPA land. Tomorrow is the big hearing entitled, “Modernizing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act” in which the House Communications and Technology Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden...more

Public Policy Alert from the South Carolina State House - Budget Outlook and Impact of South Carolina’s Changing Demographics

The House Ways and Means Committee met on Monday, September 19th, to hear testimony regarding an outlook on future revenues as well as South Carolina’s changing demographics. Dr. Lee Pearson, Associate Dean with the Arnold...more

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