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Delaware Healthcare Industry Update - July 2017

by Morris James LLP on

Budget Impasse Leads to Health Cuts & “Sin” Taxes - By 1:30 a.m. on July 3rd, the Governor had signed a budget. It included litany of cuts, including several in healthcare. Public health programs were cut 10%, including...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 7/17-7/21

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week. Recap of Legislative Bill Activity Last Week – The...more

NC Legislative Update: End of Session Wrap

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

2017 Session - After 23 weeks of session, lawmakers adjourned the 2017 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly on June 30th. The Adjournment Resolution passed by both bodies reconvenes the legislature on...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

State of Maine Endured Short, Tension-filled Shutdown - Around 2:00 am on Tuesday, July 4, Governor LePage signed the biennial budget that had been delivered to him moments before by the Secretary of the Maine Senate,...more

A New Wave of Class Actions Against Banks and Credit Card Companies? The CFPB’s New Rule and Its Likelihood for Survival

The CFPB was created by Dodd-Frank legislation in 2010, and, among other things, was tasked with studying and issuing a report on arbitration agreements in the financial products sector (e.g., bank accounts, credit card...more

Patents Don’t Sue People, People Sue People

On July 13, 2017, The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on The Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses. Such a loaded topic should strike fear...more

Updated Health Care Reform Legislation Comparison Chart

The chart below compares key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). This chart is current as of July 13, 2017, and as of that date,...more

The STRONGER Patents Act: Swinging the Pendulum in Favor of Patent Owners

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

While the House Judiciary Committee conducts hearings today on "The Impact of Bad Patents on American Businesses," a movement is afoot in the Senate to revitalize the U.S. patent system. On June 21, 2017, a bipartisan group...more

U.S. House Considering Change to Enforcement of Trade Association PAC Rules

by Perkins Coie on

A bill currently being considered by the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations could significantly alter the way trade associations may solicit contributions for their political action committees (PACs) in fiscal year 2018....more

Government Affairs Insights: Budget Update

by Murtha Cullina on

July 1 began the new fiscal year for the state budget. At this stage, the four political caucuses and the Governor have not been able to reach a consensus on a biennial budget for Fiscal Years 18 & 19....more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - This was the week of the budget that wasn’t. Just in time to meet the deadline, the general assembly sent H.B. 218 (Saylor, R-York) – a $32 billion state spending plan for the 2017-2018 fiscal year – to Gov....more

What Businesses Should Know About the 2017 North Carolina Legislative Session

by Brooks Pierce on

The North Carolina General Assembly has left Raleigh after enacting a biennial budget and considering hundreds of bills during a six-month session. Legislators will return in August and September to consider other matters...more

Health Care Weekly Preview from ML Strategies – July 2017

Welcome back everybody. Congress is back in session and facing a three - week work period before the August recess. There is plenty at stake these next few weeks as Senate Republicans and the White House pitch their...more

Health Care Reform Weekly Roundup – Issue 6

With the exception of the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (“BCRA”), things are relatively quiet on the health care reform front. Below are a few developments from the week of June 26th....more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

On June 30, Congress gaveled out for the July 4 recess after postponing a critical vote to begin debate on an Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal-and-replace bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the GOP caucus...more

The Long Goodbye: General Assembly's 2017 Long Session Ends, But Additional Fall Sessions Remain

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In the early morning hours of June 30th, the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned its 2017 Long Session after a lengthy night of debate, negotiation, and casting votes. This year's adjournment date marks the second...more

Hot List - What's Happening in the California Legislature 7/10-7/14

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

Energy Hearings This Week

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee markup to vote on the nominations of Annie Caputo to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; David Wright to be a member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; and Susan...more

Illinois Has a Budget But Schools Are Not Yet Out of the Woods

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois House voted last week to override Governor Rauner’s veto of the budget bill, income tax increase, and the budget implementation bill. The House vote came on the heels of the Illinois Senate’s override vote on...more

Banking for Marijuana Businesses on the Rise

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCen”) issued a Marijuana Related Business update in June with data from the first quarter of 2017. FinCen reports that the number of depository institutions that are actively...more

NC Legislative Update: June 2017 #5

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Lawmakers adjourned the 2017 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly shortly after 2:00AM Friday morning. The Adjournment Resolution passed by both bodies would reconvene the legislature on August...more

NJ Assembly contemplates harsh restrictions on prepaid accounts

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New Jersey Legislature is considering a law to restrict prepaid-account fees. Assembly Bill 4965 ( the NJ Bill) seeks to impose fee constraints, disclosure mandates, and limits on consumer liability for unauthorized...more

Possible Wider UK Powers to Block Foreign Acquisitions

by Bryan Cave on

Recent developments show the UK Government’s desire to expand their powers to block foreign takeovers. We explore the nature and scope of the proposed legislation and assess its likely consequences....more

Mid-Year Roundup: Equal Pay and Related Bills Command Attention in 2017

by Littler on

Consistent with a major theme of the 2016 election cycle, equal pay and similar wage proposals dominated the attention of state legislatures in the first half of 2017. More than 100 such bills were introduced in the recent...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

State Budget Down to the Wire - At publication time on this last day of June 2017, the Maine Legislature had yet to enact a budget for the biennium that starts at midnight tonight. Last week, the Legislature was presented...more

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