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News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - This week was the first time this year that both the House of Representatives and Senate were in session. That made for a busy few days at the Capitol. On Monday, the House and Senate Education...more

NC Legislative Update - March 2017 #3

The Week - Last Friday, a three-judge panel issued a split decision in the ongoing legal battle between the State’s executive and legislative branches. The panel ruled that the Senate did in fact have the authority to...more

House subcommittee to hold hearing tomorrow on CFPB’s constitutionality

The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House Committee on Financial Services has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow entitled “The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional Design.” The memo...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - This was the third and final week of budget hearings for the House of Representatives and Senate Appropriations committees. It was a busy one, too, with four full days of presentations on everything from...more

The House’s American Health Care Act: Rearranging the ACA Furniture or Rebuilding the Room?

On Monday, March 6, 2017, the two House committees with primary jurisdiction over matters at the core of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) each released a committee print that the committees say will, combined, become the House...more

NC Legislative Update: March 2017

This Week - Gov. Cooper (D) unveiled his $23.5 Billion budget proposal on Wednesday, a roughly $1 Billion or 5.1% increase over the 2016-17 budget. State Budget Director Charlie Perusse gave the Governor’s Recommended...more

US House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling Sends Letter to Janet Yellen Regarding New Rulemakings

US House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling and the other 33 Republican members of the Committee sent a letter to US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System Chair Janet Yellen...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - February, 2017 #4

Public School Funding (HB6) - The House passed HB6 this week which will create a task force to study and recommend changes to the State's school funding formula. Two amendments to increase diversity of the task force...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update February 2017 #2

The General Assembly will enter one of the session's most turbulent weeks next week as it continues to hurtle towards Crossover Day on March 3rd. Crossover day marks the final opportunity for all legislation—except the...more

Maine's Joint Select Committee on Marijuana Legalization Implementation

Possession of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for recreational purposes has now been legal in the State of Maine for three weeks. The world as we know it seems unchanged....more

Congressional Cannabis Caucus Formed To Pursue Federal Legalization and Regulation

On Thursday, February 16 at the U.S. Capitol, a formal bipartisan coalition of federal lawmakers launched the Congressional Cannabis Caucus to work on legislation related to marijuana legalization and regulation. The caucus...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

Maine 2017 solar, energy legislative proposals

The 128th Maine Legislature's first session kicked off last month in Augusta. Over 2,000 legislative requests or proposed bills were submitted for the 2017 session, most of which will eventually be "printed" or released to...more

SC Public Policy Update - February 2017

What's New - JUDICIAL ELECTIONS - Legislators officially elected Judge George “Buck” James as the next South Carolina Supreme Court justice on Wednesday during a joint session of the General Assembly on Wednesday....more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Committees Transition to Processing Bills - Legislative committees completed the pivot from background briefings to processing bills this week, working on topics ranging from how best to provide paid parental leave and...more

NC Legislative Update: January 2017 #2

Nexsen Pruet is excited to welcome two former State government officials to our Public Policy Group. Former North Carolina Secretary of Commerce & former North Carolina Secretary of Environmental Quality, John Skvarla, &...more

Legal Marijuana – High on the Legislative Agenda

In the wake of Question 1's passage on last November's referendum ballot in Maine, marijuana legalization must now be implemented via programs overseen by the Legislature and Executive Branch. This has led to a spate of...more

NC Legislative Update: January 2017

The 2017-18 Session of the North Carolina General Assembly - On Tuesday, Chief U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts issued a stay, temporarily halting an order by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of...more

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

Newly-elected lawmakers in both houses got the news about where they will spend most of their days this session when committee assignments were handed out. Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, gave House members...more

[Webinar] What to Expect in Trump's First 100 Days - January 18th, 11:00am ET

After years of gridlock, Congress is poised to unleash a flurry of legislative activity early in 2017. The agenda is jam-packed as the Republican-led Congress targets major changes to the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank,...more

California Senate Committee Chairs Announced

California Senate pro Tempore Kevin De Leon announced the new committee chairs and members today. Although chairs of state legislative policy committees do not wield the same control as federal committee chairs, they do...more

SC Public Policy Update - December 2016 #2

NOTE: Below is a revised copy of the SC Public Policy Update on the House and Senate reorganization due to an unintended omission of the House portion of the Update. We apologize for any inconvenience. ...more

SC Public Policy Update - December 2016

What's New - HOUSE AND SENATE ORGANIZATIONAL SESSION - Senate Rule Change - The Senate held its reorganization session on December 6, 2016. After hearing speeches from new members, the Senate took up and...more

Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act Finalized for State Enactment—Legislative Drafting Notes and Interpretative Comments Added ...

The fourth iteration of a uniform unclaimed property act—entitled the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (RUUPA or Act)—has been finalized by the Uniform Law Commission for state enactment. The new Prefatory Note,...more

Senate Committee Membership

Key Points for Consideration - ..Sitting committee Chairs/Ranking Members are listed first in each column. ..Republicans have term limits of 6 years for Chairmanship (C) and 6 years for Ranking Membership (R)....more

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