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Science in the Senate Doesn’t Stand a Snowball’s Chance…

Senator James Inhofe took to the United States Senate floor on February 26 fully armed with ammunition to continue his battle to debunk accepted climate change science. His weapon of choice? A snowball – taken from outside...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

FDA Lawyer Epiphany: Lawyers Helping FDA

So I had an epiphany last night—I was thinking about why more FDA lawyers do not get involved in helping Congress or FDA with developing legislation, regulations, and guidances to help FDA do its business....more

News from Second and State

As another relatively quiet session week comes to a close, our embattled row officers continue to make headlines. On Tuesday, two weeks after being charged, former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord appeared in federal court...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 02/2015

The release of the Minnesota Legislative Auditor’s MNSure report this week dominated conversations at the Capitol. Commissioner pay raises were also in the spotlight while Governor Mark Dayton tried to direct attention toward...more

Settlement Reached in Wyoming Fracking Disclosure Lawsuit: Heavier Burden of Proof for Companies Claiming Trade Secret or...

As we’ve previously discussed, a patchwork of state regulations requiring disclosure of chemicals used in fracking have been enacted by several states in recent years. One such regulation was by the State of Wyoming. While...more

Spotlight on Tennessee: Proposed Revenue Modernization Act

Governor Haslam's Administration has very recently proposed far-reaching amendments to Tennessee's tax laws. These proposed amendments are included in Senate Bill 603/House Bill 644, known as the Revenue Modernization Act...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The South Carolina House of Representatives last week adopted the South Carolina Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, several ethics reform measures, and revisions to the South Carolina Whistleblower and Public Employee...more

Health Care Update - February 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Open Enrollment Update - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Congressional Initiatives - Other Health Care News -...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

Senators Urge EPA To Set And Increase Biodiesel RFS Volumes

On February 9, 2015, a bi-partisan group of 32 Senators led by Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...more

Investment Management Update: The Latest News and Developments on Funds, Regulations and Investing Trends for January 2015

In This Presentation: - Personnel Changes - Insider Trading - Pay to play prohibitions under fire - F Squared – Administrative proceeding (December 22, 2014) - Reliance Financial Advisors --...more

Renewable Energy Update - February 2015 #2

Renewable Energy Focus: Dianne Feinstein pushes California desert protection: The Desert Sun - Feb 10: The political landscape has changed, with Republicans now controlling both the House and Senate, but Democratic...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 3,415. The number of people who renounced their citizenship in 2014 according to IRS data. This is one of the five highest totals on record since the U.S. Congress passed the Foreign Account Tax Compliance...more

California May Limit Law Enforcement’s Warrantless Data Collection

Eager to retain its spot among the principal laboratories for domestic privacy legislation, California’s legislature is set to debate Senate Bill 178, legislation restricting state law enforcement agencies from requesting...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Energy and Commerce Hearing Examines ICD-10 Preparedness... HHS Announces Oncology Care Model Initiative... Pennsylvania Governor Abandons Alternative Medicaid Expansion Approach for Traditional Plan....more

NC Legislative Update - February 2015 #2

Budget Season Comes Early - On Tuesday and Wednesday, the various Appropriations committees met for their first round of joint House and Senate meetings to review their respective provisions of the previous year’s base...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 02/2015

This past week, commissioner salary raises were amended into deficiency funding legislation, tax committees heard a host of potential omnibus bill legislation, and additional testimony was heard on teacher tenure policy, as...more

SC Public Policy Update - February 2015 #2

What's New - The House of Representatives spent most of the week debating, H.3114, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which was ultimately passed on Thursday. The bill bans abortions at 20 weeks of...more

Health Alert (Australia) - February 16, 2015

In This Issue: Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpt from Reports: Australia. Department of Health - Media releases - 11 February 2015 - Australian Government Continues to Work...more

Municipal Legal News - Volume 1 Number 1

Major Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") Amendments - Public Act 563 of 2014 ("Act 563") amends the FOIA to impose a number of new regulations on public bodies. All municipalities will need to review their FOIA...more

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