Legislative Agendas

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Congress Revives the Generalized System of Preferences and Makes Benefits Retroactive to August 1, 2013 but Requires Affirmative...

Amid the often rancorous debate on the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Trade Promotion Authority enabling legislation, both the House and the Senate last week found a common ground in addressing legislation related to the...more

Cybercrime on the Rise: Targeting Banking Institutions and Insurance Companies

Security experts are warning that 2015 is the “Year of the Healthcare Hack” as media outlets continue to report on a number of high-profile companies that have recently experienced attacks by cybercriminals seeking valuable...more

NYDFS Superintendent Lawsky Delivers Remarks on Reforming New York Foreclosure Process

On May 19, NYDFS Superintendent Lawsky delivered remarks at the Mortgage Bankers Association’s National Secondary Market Conference & Expo regarding New York’s “broken judicial foreclosure process.” Noting that the state’s...more

Trade Promotion Authority Bill Advances

The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation to facilitate the consideration of trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) continues to be...more

Week In Review - May 2015 #4

Special Session - As promised, Governor Mark Dayton has vetoed the $17 billion education funding bill on Thursday, as passed by the Legislature at the close of the 2015 session. Gov. Dayton vetoed the bill because it...more

58 members of Congress urge CFPB to ban consumer arbitration

Senator Al Franken and 57 other members of Congress signed a letter sent to Director Cordray last week urging the CFPB “to move forward quickly to use its authority under the Dodd-Frank Act to issue strong rules to prohibit...more

The House Joins the Senate Finance Committee in Proposing FIRPTA Reform

FIRPTA real estate tax reform continues its momentum with the recent release of bill text for H.R. 2128, the latest House bill introduced by Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and J Crowley (D-NY). In connection with the filing of the...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 05/2015

During the final 10 days of the 2015 session, Governor Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Bakk and Speaker Daudt met frequently, attempting to reach a final agreement to end the session. Last week, the negotiators agreed to table...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. Appropriations Committee Ramps up Budget Work - The Chairs of the budget writing committee...more

What The Legislature Doesn’t Know About Bees Could Fill A Blog

As a once and future beekeeper, I’m bemused by the California legislature’s inept efforts to legislate apiculture.  Section 29414 of the California Food & Agricultural Code, for example, defines “honeybees” as...more

Senators Push For President Obama To Issue Executive Order Providing Federal Contractor Preference To “Model Employers”

On May 15, 2015, a group of Democratic Senators sent a letter (available here) to President Obama, urging him to provide incentives to federal contractors to become what they call “model employers.” According to the letter,...more

Medical Device Tax Repeal Heating Up

Following up on the hearing from B. Braun Medical Inc. advocating for the repeal of the medical device tax, according to news sources, more than a dozen House Democrats are pressuring leadership to advance a bill repealing...more

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

The Minnesota Legislature wrapped up its business late Monday night, meeting a constitutional deadline to finish its work for 2015 by midnight. Adding to the pressure to end on time, as part of the ongoing renovation of the...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 40 percent. The average combined federal and state tax rate paid by most U.S.-based firms, according to a Wall Street Journal op-ed by James Freeman today, entitled “The Tax Takeover Craze.” Freeman claims...more

Senators Urge FCC “Not to Weaken” the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

A group of ten democratic senators led by Senator Edward Markey joined in a letter to the FCC urging it “not to weaken the privacy protections” contained in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) preventing most...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

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Health Subcommittee Advances 21st Century Cures, Full Committee Action Scheduled…Senate Finance Committee Hearing: Chair Hatch to Launch New Initiative on Improving Chronic Care for Medicare Patients…Hawaii’s...more

News from Second and State

This week, each chamber fired its opening salvo in the budget debate, giving us a preview as to what’s likely to be up for discussion come June. In the Senate, it was three quick days of debate on S.B. 1 (Corman, R-Centre), a...more

U.S. House Passes Bill to Revise Corps and EPA Definition of “Waters of the United States”

On May 12, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1732, which requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to withdraw the proposed rule published in the Federal...more

Upcoming 21st Century Cures Markup, Hearings on Medicare Chronic Care, Competition

Tomorrow the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee is scheduled to mark up the 21st Century Cures Act; the Subcommittee has posted a substitute amendment that will be considered by the panel. Also tomorrow, the Senate...more

Energy & Environment Update - May 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Education - Department of State - Department of Treasury -...more

Sen. Health Committee Chairman Blasts “Whimsical” Health Agency Guidance

Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education & Labor Committee, has issued letters to the Department of Health & Human Services and a number of federal agencies, requesting information about their procedures...more

For Municipalities: Tax Increment Financing Law – Near Miss at the Legislature

You may have heard recently that the Maine Legislature was considering a bill that would have created significant problems for municipalities who use, or plan to use, tax increment financing as part of their economic...more

State Legislatures Reconsider Noncompetes

With companies’ use of noncompetes on the rise, whether to ban, restrict or encourage noncompetes has garnered attention from legislatures across the country. Legislatures in four states – Massachusetts, Michigan, Washington...more

2015 Arizona Legislative Amendments Affecting Real Estate Lending

The following information accompany a presentation Mike gave to members of the Arizona Commercial Mortgage Lenders Association (ACMLA) on May 12, 2015. A summary of legislative amendments enacted during the most recent...more

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