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House and Senate Leadership and Committee Assignments Announced

Senate President Stan Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo announced this week their leadership teams and committee appointments for the 2017-2018 legislative session. Retaining the core of his leadership team for...more

Fast Take on House Republicans’ “Obamacare Repeal and Replace” Plan

On February 16, 2017, House Republicans issued an “Obamacare repeal and replace” policy brief for members to use in speaking with constituents during the Presidents’ Day break. This repeal-and-replace plan is not yet a...more

Will lawmakers on break get an earful over GOP’s outline for Trumpcare?

Members of Congress are home in their districts for a week-long break, and many lawmakers are expected to get an earful from voters upset over many issues at the start of the Trump Administration, especially this: What the...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017 #2

Governor’s $35 Million Housing Bond Discussed in Ways and Means Committee - Executive Director Gus Selig of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board revealed some of the details this week behind the $35 million bond...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Tax Policy Takes Center Stage

The seventh week of the legislative session is in the books, and the Minnesota Legislature is one week closer to the first committee deadline on March 10. This week, House Republicans increased their majority by one with 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. Three Percent High-Earner Tax Changes Under Consideration - Among the issues Maine’s...more

NC Legislative Update: February 2017 #2

This Week - Following a lawsuit by Gov. Roy Cooper (D), a law passed in one of last year’s December special sessions creating the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement (BSBEEE) was put on hold. The...more

Despite Uncertain Future of ACA, OIG Issues Final Rule Revising Permissive Exclusion Authority

On January 12, 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a final rule expanding its permissive exclusion authority while also codifying certain statutory changes made...more

Plan to Trump Obama Administration Regulations of Employers Already Underway

As the 115th Congress begins its term, certain regulations that went into effect during the Obama Administration are under fire due to an obscure rule. Congress passed the Congressional Review Act (CRA) in 1996 to block...more

Achieving Health Care Efficiencies through Consolidation and Alternative Models: Irreconcilable Differences?

While debate rages on Capitol Hill over “repeal and replace,” only limited attention has been directed toward reforming the current “fee for service” model. Indeed, both the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and proposals for its...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: College Affordability Proposals Headline Active Week

Legislative committees continued hearing proposals on issues ranging from wetland funding and palliative care to redistricting and tax benefits for retired CIA employees. House and Senate Tax Committee’s heard Governor Mark...more

Floundering GOP gets its ACA repeal-replace architect and tries ‘repairs’

Republicans jammed through their health policy guru in the middle of the night, and they and their new HHS Secretary are still trying to figure out what to do with the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Insurance markets are...more

Proposed Midnight Rules Relief Act May Put An End To OSHA Recordkeeping Rule - Onerous Workplace Safety Rules Among Many That...

Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Midnight Rules Relief Act by a vote of 238-184. This Republican-backed measure would amend the Congressional Review Act and allow Congress to overturn,...more

“Right-to-Work” Momentum Building in 2017

In the early months of 2017, right-to-work legislation continues to garner significant attention as a number of states explore legislation. In early January, Kentucky passed legislation prohibiting employers from entering...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. State’s Highest Court to Consider Solemn Occasion Request - Last week the Senate asked the...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - February 2017

The Agency of Transportation has submitted a proposal to the House Transportation Committee that would allow the agency to seek damages from a utility that fails to move or adjust a utility line that is in a state or local...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - This week’s headliner was, of course, Gov. Wolf’s third budget address. Wolf proposed a budget with a modest increase in spending for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, and focused on education, helping seniors,...more

Congress in Process of Passing Disapproval Resolution of Blacklisting Regulations

On February 2, 2017, by a vote of 236 to 187, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a joint resolution of disapproval to block the Final Rule implementing President Obama’s Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe...more

Missouri Has Become the 28th Right-to-Work State

On February 6, 2017, the newly elected GOP Governor Eric Greitens, signed into law a right-to-work (RTW) bill that passed the state’s Republican-controlled state legislature....more

Beltway Briefing: White House Dynamics

Mark Alderman, Blake Rutherford, and Howard Schweitzer, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, discuss the major events that have happened in politics. Keith: Good afternoon, my name is Keith and I'll be your conference...more

Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017 - Public affairs

Focus on the US - The first few months of the political calendar in the US will be dynamic and marked by significant policy and regulatory developments as the presidency of Donald Trump and new US Congress take shape....more

The Conservative Uphill Slog for a Carbon Tax

Earlier this week, the Climate Leadership Council rolled out The Conservative Case for Carbon Dividends (note the absence of the “T” word in that title!). It’s a serious proposal and, if we lived in a world of facts, rather...more

New Governor, New State Legislative Session, New Workers’ Compensation Laws?

The 122nd South Carolina General Assembly convened for its first regular session on January 10, 2017. There are a few bills proposed in the House and Senate regarding the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. Some bills...more

News from Second and State

Budget Address Edition - Governor Wolf delivered his third budget address to a joint session of the General Assembly today. Though not expressed in the speech as emphatically as in previous years, a quick pass through...more

Worth Another Look

Budget Theme: Jobs that Pay - As he has in previous years, Governor Wolf highlighted the need for “jobs that pay” in his 2017-2018 budget. During his 2017-2018 budget address, Governor Wolf stated that “Pennsylvania...more

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