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Big Ten Lobbies Congress to Tread Lightly on "Patent Reform"

One of the frustrations for participants in the patent wars of the early 21st Century has been the failure of many of the most vulnerable stakeholders to take a stand against overreaching proposals by proponents of a crisis...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: January 29 Public Hearing

As we promised previously, we will be keeping you up to date with developments in the General Assembly. The following is an update as to where we stand on labor and employment related legislation....more

House Financial Services Committee Approves Agenda for 114th Congress

On January 21, the Committee on Financial Services, in a voice vote, agreed to a new oversight plan that identifies the areas that the Committee and its subcommittees plan to oversee during the 114th Congress. Notable...more

White House Proposal: Beef Up Anti-Hacking Laws and Resolve a Circuit Split

President Obama wants to go where the Supreme Court refused to tread.  As part of his  cybersecurity and privacy initiatives, which we discussed last week, the President would strengthen the federal anti-hacking provisions of...more

Alert: Obama Makes Cybersecurity A National Priority

Over the past two weeks, President Obama has made clear that cybersecurity continues to be a concern, and he and the administration are increasing their focus on the issue. ...more

ML Strategies: Keystone XL Pipeline Dominates Congressional Energy Debates to Start New Year

Energy and environment debates are heated in Washington this week, as the Senate continues negotiations over the Keystone XL pipeline and Congressional tax reform debates get underway. Lawmakers have already introduced more...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The House and Senate were busy this week with numerous subcommittee and committee meetings – ethics reform, surface water withdrawal, Pollution Control Act/DHEC Board review, and budget deliberations were a few of the items...more

Energy & Environmental Update - January 2015 #3

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Interior - Environmental Protection...more

Indiana Wins Federal Approval to Expand Medicaid Coverage Under Obamacare

Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced on Tuesday that an agreement had been reached on the state’s Medicaid expansion proposal submitted in July. As many as 350,000 people could gain coverage under the federal health...more

Obama Administration's Unwelcoming News to Alaskan Leaders

The Obama administration announced on Sunday its plan to make a recommendation to Congress to designate 12.28 million acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, a designation that offers the highest...more

President Obama Acknowledges Growing Cybersecurity Threats to the Government and Economy, Proposes New Measures to Fight Cyber...

Just days after news broke that ISIS hackers forced the shutdown of the U.S. Central Command’s Twitter account, President Obama met with congressional leadership, members of the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of...more

The Cyber Security State of the Union: Obama Commits “to Protect a Free and Open Internet”

In last week’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama continued his ongoing push for nationwide privacy legislation to “better meet the evolving threat of cyber-attacks, combat identity theft, and protect our...more

Energy & Commerce Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Data Security and Breach Notification; FTC Releases “Internet of Things” Report

Tuesday, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held its first hearing of the 114th Congress, entitled “What Are the Elements of Sound Data Breach Legislation?”...more

Congress Begins Discussing Cybersecurity – For Real This Time

Legislators from the House of Representatives will begin work today on figuring out how to protect American companies from cybersecurity breaches.  The panel will host comments from the retail, tech, and marketing industry...more

Data Breach Legislative Debate Begins Today at the House Energy & Commerce Committee

On Tuesday, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a hearing entitled "What are the Elements of Sound Data Breach Legislation?" This hearing was the first of the new Congress to...more

President Obama Announces New Legislative Proposal Focused on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity

In response to the recent wave of high-profile data breaches, President Obama has revealed proposed legislation aimed at improving the nation’s cybersecurity by increasing certain privacy protections, streamlining the...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2015 #2: The House and Senate again spent most of their week doing committee work and only had...

What's New - The House and Senate again spent most of their week doing committee work and only had short perfunctory sessions. Speaker Jay Lucas (R-Darlington) stated that because of the committee work, there will be...more

Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bill to expedite federal review of some spects of proposed natural gas pipelines. Known as H.R. 161, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act is officially...more

The battle over 4062(e) 'facility closure' liability

Employers who sponsor defined benefit plans, or who are involved in a corporate transaction involving defined benefit plans, should be aware of developments in Washington concerning Section 4062(e) of ERISA. The Pension...more

State Of The Union “Sneak Peek” Highlights Administration Cybersecurity Initiatives

As part of a series of “sneak peeks” announced in advance of the State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20th, President Obama made remarks last week before the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Homeland...more

When Conflicting Obligations Make You Sick: Complying With Sick Leave Laws

While President Obama’s recent push for a federal paid sick leave mandate for private-sector employees is unlikely to gain traction in the new Congress, employers still begin 2015 facing an intricate web of state and local...more

Week in Review - January 2015

Committee deadlines for the 2015 session were established this week: - March 20, committees must act favorably on bills in the house of origin; - March 27, committees must act favorably on bills, or companion...more

What Obama's Proposed Anti-Hacking Legislation Means for Entrepreneurs

The slew of highly publicized data breaches over the past few years has brought the issue of cyber-security truly to the mainstream -- most recently reaching our living rooms through President Barack Obama’s State of the...more

New Massachusetts Governor Issues Three-Month Freeze on New Regulations

Just a week after being sworn in, Governor Charlie Baker imposed a “regulatory pause” on new state regulations with certain exceptions. The temporary ban will last through March 31.  ...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 01/2015

The Minnesota Legislature had a short week after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This week was one of transition as committees had fewer introductory hearings and more testimony on bills that are being considered. ...more

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