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Energy & Environment Update - September 2015 #4

ENERGY AND CLIMATE DEBATE - After a busy week with Yom Kippur and visits from Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Congress is focusing this week on finalizing a continuing resolution and preparing for new...more

Washington Healthcare Update

This Week: Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing Focuses on Health Insurers Merger... Arkansas to Delay Setting Up Its Own State Exchange...The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Announces Medicare Advantage...more

Many questions for, but not many answers from, the FDA on biosimilars implementation after last week's hearing

The US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on September 17, 2015 convened a hearing entitled Biosimilars Implementation: A Progress Report from the FDA. Dr. Janet Woodcock, Director of the Center for...more

Nevada Legislature Releases Interim Committee Assignments

The Nevada Legislature has begun the critical work of the Interim Legislative Session. Recently released committee assignments signal the beginning work of interim committees, including the Legislative Committee on Energy,...more

Will the FTC Have Access to Your Electronic Communications?

Amending the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has long been under consideration in Congress, but recent testimony indicates that ECPA reform may have deeper implications for companies subject to FTC...more

Push to lift ban on crude oil exports gains momentum in Congress

Proponents of lifting the US ban on crude oil exports have made significant progress in recent weeks. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bill today to lift the decades-long statutory prohibition. This follows...more

Tax Policy Update

As in the 9 percent "amusement tax" that the city of Chicago recently extended to online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, triggering a series of lawsuits alleging that the newly expanded tax was illegally...more

Washington Update - Government Shutdown and Debt Ceiling: A Primer

Even before Congress returned to work this week, House and Senate Republican leadership warned their caucuses about the political consequences of shutting the government down when this fiscal year ends on September 30. In...more

Client Alert: AB 533 Defeated

Johan Swanepoel © 123RF.com Controversial AB 533 did not obtain the necessary votes for approval and failed to pass. Assembly Health Committee Chair Rob Bonta proposed AB 533 in an attempt to purportedly address the problems...more

Tax Policy Update

NUMBER OF THE WEEK: 10 - The total number of legislative working days in September. Lawmakers returned from the August recess yesterday facing a daunting to-do list, including incendiary debates over foreign policy,...more

NC Legislative Update for August 2015 #4

This Week - Lawmakers passed the third Continuing Resolution (CR) of the session, House Bill 18. The temporary spending measure will keep government functioning until September 18th, while budget negotiators attempt to...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

NC State Government is currently operating under a Continuing Resolution (CR), SB 560, 2015 Continuing Budget Authority. This CR is set to expire at 11:59 pm on August 31, 2015. With less than two weeks before the CR...more

U.S. Government Approves Crude Oil Swaps with Mexico While Congress Considers Repealing the Underlying Export Restrictions

On August 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) indicated that it would approve a number of export license applications permitting parties in the United States to swap crude oil...more

Major Pipeline Safety Rulemakings Coming in 2015

Authorization of the federal pipeline safety programs will expire on September 30th of this year. With this looming deadline, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is scrambling to finish the 42...more

Energy bills move forward in Congress - Bipartisanship marks initial stage, but difficult debates may lie ahead

The US Senate and House of Representatives have taken significant steps in recent days to advance the first comprehensive energy legislation since the passage of Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Much has...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

21st Century Cures Act – Provisions Relating to Digital Health: Interoperability and Information Blocking

On July 10, 2015, the House of Representatives approved the 21st Century Cures Act (HR 6) (the “bill”) by a vote of 344-77. In addition to increasing medical research funding and expediting the process of making breakthrough...more

Cures Are on the House: House Passes 21st Century Cures Act, but Senate Awaits

On July 10, 2015, the House of Representative passed H.R. 6, the 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”), with strong bipartisan support, by a vote of 344-77. This medical innovation reform legislation represents the culmination...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

House Judiciary Committee: Don’t Bank on Immigration Reform

On July 14, 2015, the House Judiciary Committee met to discuss oversight of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Immigration was a major topic alongside border security and global threats of terrorism,...more

NC Legislative Update for July 2015 #2

This Week - After a week-long summer recess, lawmakers returned to Raleigh to resume the business of the State. The House finally appointed budget Conferees on Tuesday, nearly a month after receiving the Senate version...more

Uniform Law Commission Completes First Reading of the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at their Annual Meeting the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) completed their first reading of the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (RUUPA or the Act). While over half of the sections comprising...more

Tax Policy Update

The number of additional months of funding for transportation projects under a $8 billion bill introduced late last night in the House. Notably — as anyone on Sesame Street could tell you — the number 5 is not the same as the...more

FY2016 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Conference Committee Budget

After many weeks of deliberation, the Massachusetts House and Senate sent a budget to Governor Baker’s desk. This budget passed the Senate 31-5 and the House 153-1 and represents a compromise between the House and Senate...more

House Committee Advances Patent Reforms Aimed to Curb Patent Litigation Abuses

On June 11, 2015, the House Judiciary Committee voted 24-8 to approve the Innovation Act of 2015, a bill aimed to curb abusive litigation by so-called patent trolls. "Today in this committee, we are taking a pivotal step...more

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