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Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $42,268. The projected average taxable income of all tax returns in 2015, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation’s Feb. 27 report on “Fairness and Tax Policy.” The report also projects that the top...more

Status of Oil and Gas-related Bills Proposed in California’s 2015-2016 Legislative Session

February 27, 2015 was the deadline for lawmakers to introduce legislation to the 2015-2016 California Legislative Session and several bills related to oil and gas activities were introduced.  Below is a summary of those...more

The Top 5 Trends in Canadian Intellectual Property Law for 2015

Last year promised significant changes in Canadian IP law; some of which will be realized in 2015. As the first quarter draws to a close, this year’s trends in IP law are emerging. Canada’s international trade negotiations...more

Two Sides of the Same Coin: Chapter 11 Reform in the House and Senate

As we discussed in our previous post, in the wake of the financial crisis that began with large financial institutions failing in 2008, practitioners and politicians alike have been calling for Bankruptcy Code reform. Both...more

Taming the “Wild West” in the Far East: China Extends Protections for Privacy and Reputation to the Internet, Heightens the Risk...

Although laws targeting Internet-based content have lagged behind in China, the Chinese government has made sweeping changes over the past two years—most recently last fall—that extend offline legal protections to the virtual...more

Blog: House Republicans Pressure SEC To End Court Battle Over Conflict Minerals Rule

According to this article from The Washington Post with Bloomberg, in February, House Financial Services Committee Chair Jeb Hensarling and three other House members (Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Bill Huizenga of Michigan,...more

DHS Funding Hangs In Balance While Congress Squares Off Over Executive Action on Immigration

Congressional standoff over immigration plays out through debate on DHS funding bill - A chess match continues to be fought in Congress over the fate of President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The standoff...more

Congress Begins With Renewed Efforts to Repeal Insurer’s Antitrust Exemption

Early into the 114th Congress, multiple bills have already been introduced that would repeal the insurance industry’s limited antitrust exemption granted by the McCarran-Ferguson Act (15 USC 1011 et seq.)....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

Nevada Legislature to Consider Multiple Gaming Bills

The 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature began on February 2, 2015. Regular sessions of the Nevada Legislature are held biennially in odd-numbered years. As of the date of this article, the following bills related to gaming...more

Two Key Alabama Business Associations Announce Their 2015 State Tax Legislative Agendas

In preparation for the 2015 regular session of the Alabama Legislature, which begins Tuesday, March 3, one of Alabama’s most influential business and trade organizations, the 5,000-member Business Council of Alabama (BCA),...more

Unclaimed Property Issues Under Debate as Uniform Law Commission Rewrites the Uniform Act

Proposed revisions to the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act were under debate this past week in Washington, DC as the Uniform Law Commission (ULC or Commission) Committee to Revise the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (Drafting...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Due to last week’s extreme weather, the South Carolina General Assembly met only on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Senate gave second reading to the criminal domestic violence bill and the House passed legislation regarding...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Ways and Means Advances Four Health-Related Measures... Senate Commerce Committee Clears Legislation on E-Cigarette Packaging... CMS Pushes Back Deadline on Meaningful Use for Physicians....more

NC Legislative Update for February 2015 #4

This Week: After last week’s hiatus, more snow on Tuesday and Thursday further delayed legislative activity in the halls of the North Carolina General Assembly. The House went home Tuesday morning concluding its...more

Republicans Control the Arizona State Capitol in 2015

The 2015 Arizona regular legislative session is well underway. It is likely that the legislature will adjourn by mid-April. Arizona has a new governor – Republican Doug Ducey, who was elected by a large margin in...more

SC Public Policy Update - February 2015 #4: The Senate spent most of the week continuing their discussion of S.3, the domestic...

What's New - The House of Representatives and Senate were in session on Tuesday and Wednesday but canceled session on Thursday due to inclement weather across the State. The Senate spent most of the week continuing...more

Massachusetts House Leadership Announced, Hinting at Issue Positions

Thursday afternoon, House Speaker Robert DeLeo appointed his senior leadership and made assignments to all standing and joint committees. DeLeo kept most of his senior leadership team intact, with Ronald Mariano, Patricia...more

DHS Funded for One More Week; Shutdown Temporarily Averted

Republican leaders and both branches of Congress failed Friday to come to a long-term agreement to provide fiscal year funding for the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and provide confidence that a DHS shutdown will be...more

BakerHostetler's Shale Oil and Gas Industry 2014 Year in Review and 2015 Look Forward

Once again, shale oil and gas production dominated energy headlines in 2014, with a number of key economic, political, and legal developments making news across the country. Bolstered by technologies like hydraulic...more

Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance Promotes Alternate Source of Transportation Funding

The Second Annual Conference of the Mileage-Based User Fee Alliance (MBUFA) was held in Washington, DC on February 24, 2015. The MBUFA is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness and education about mileage-based...more

“Ban-the-Box” Legislation Limits Inquiries About Criminal Background Checks

A growing number of state and local jurisdictions are enacting “ban-the-box” legislation that limits an employer’s ability to ask about criminal convictions on employment applications. Some jurisdictions are imposing stiff...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The House of Representatives adopted several ethics reform measures (public meeting notice, Freedom of Information Act/public records, and public official reporting requirements) this week. In addition, the House Ways and...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: $160,000. The value of one gift bag at the Oscars on Sunday night. According to the Internal Revenue Service, contents of the gift bags cannot be treated as gifts for federal income tax purposes because...more

Congress Renews Its Battles Over Workplace Rights and Obligations

With Republicans now controlling both houses of Congress, we can expect to see the introduction — or reintroduction — of various pieces of legislation largely designed to advance the agenda of the majority party on issues...more

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