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The DISCLOSE Act: Fantasy or Future?

Following a wave of judicial decisions that have cleared the way for more soft money in politics, federal legislators have continued to press for the passage of laws creating more stringent regulations on donor disclosures...more

New Jersey’s “Ban the Box” Bill Sent to Governor Christie’s Desk; Final Version More Employer-Friendly

In December, we wrote about New Jersey’s proposed “ban the box” measure, known as the Opportunity to Compete Act, making its way through the legislature – a law that would prohibit employers from inquiring about job...more

Uncertain Fate of Non-competes in Massachusetts: Senate Passes Compromise; Legislation Heads to Conference Committee Negotiations

On July 1, 2014 the Massachusetts Senate voted for a compromise on employee non-compete agreements, and the Joint Economic and Emerging Technology Committee heard testimony on the same issue. Governor Deval Patrick spurred...more

ML Strategies’ Energy & Environment Update: June 2014 #2

With most of the energy sector’s attention focused this month on what the Environmental Protection Agency is doing with its proposed 111(d) rule regulating carbon emissions, less was said about what the agency did not do:...more

Why patent reform won’t wait for Congressional action

Last month, after repeated delays and countless compromises, Sen. Patrick Leahy took the Senate’s version of comprehensive patent reform legislation off the calendar — dashing the hopes of those seeking reform without even a...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-11 - June 2014

In This Article: Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and...more

Will The Legislature Have The Final Word On Groundwater Contamination? Looks That Way

Legislators are outmaneuvering School House Rock. Folks my age got a great civics lesson in how a bill becomes a law on Saturday mornings while eating sugary cereal in front of the tv. But a crucial element was missing from...more

From Second and State: The Week Ahead – June 9-13, 2014

If comments made earlier this week by House Appropriations Chair, Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) hold true, the General Appropriations bill, the chief vehicle for the budget, could be introduced in the House sometime next...more

Removal of Patent Troll Bill

Last Wednesday, May 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee removed a bill from their agenda that sought to protect companies against “patent trolls,” which are companies whose main business is to gather patents, threaten...more

Senate Fails To Pass Measure Enabling It To Consider Important Biofuels Tax Extenders

On May 15, 2014, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a procedural measure that would have allowed for that body to consider and vote on S. 2260, the "Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act," the package...more

RTP Legislator Takes on Patent Abuse

Representative Tom Murry, who is a lawyer and a pharmacist and represents the RTP-commuting folks in western Wake County and lives between the Triangle's 3 research institutions, is trying to discourage bad-faith claims of...more

Patent Reform Legislation Off The Table -- For Now

Earlier today, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, announced that he was taking the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 (S. 1720) off the Committee's agenda. He cited...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Senate Approves Annual Appropriation Bill - The South Carolina Senate approved the annual state budget last week and returned the bill (H. 4701) to the House for their consideration. A conference committee will likely...more

GB: Point-of-consumption amendments to the Gambling Act receive Royal Assent

The Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act received Royal Assent last night (14 May), ending weeks of speculation in the industry as to when the amendments to the British Gambling Act 2005 would finally go through the final...more

And the Survey Said… Let There be Sunshine!

The people of California are clamoring for more – more sunshine and transparency. It is the mantra being heard across the state. Next month, Californians will vote on Proposition 42 and whether to amend the California...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2014-09 - May 2014

In This Article: - Federal Government - Alberta - British Columbia - Manitoba - New Brunswick - Newfoundland - Northwest Territories - Nova Scotia - Nunavut - Ontario - Prince Edward...more

The 50 Most Important Developments In Discrimination Law From The Last 50 Years

At Hirschfeld Kraemer, we are going to be marking the 50 year anniversary of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act with a daily series of blog posts called The 50 Most Important Developments In Discrimination Law From The...more

Another California Bill to Supplement Underinsured Motorist Coverage Dies a Quiet Death

Los Angeles Uninsured Motorist Attorney Barry P. Goldberg mourns the death of California Assembly Bill AB 862. It was sent to the Insurance Committee where all consumer-oriented insurance legislation goes to die a silent and...more

Congress Steps Up Efforts to Pass Cybersecurity Legislation

Congress has been trying for several years to pass cybersecurity legislation, and the number of bills hitting the hopper has increased steadily over recent months. Nearly half a dozen bills have been introduced since January...more

HB 14-1375 Passes Senate; Veto Request in the Works

HB 14-1375, a bill that will negatively impact the use of the urban renewal tool of tax increment financing throughout the state, passed the Senate on Wed., May 7, 2014, and is headed to Gov. Hickenlooper’s desk for...more

New York State Takes Another Step Toward GMO Food Labeling Requirement

New York State has come one step closer to joining other states seeking to require manufacturers to label foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). A-3525, a bill sponsored by New York Assemblywoman Linda...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap – Week of May 5

House Debates Amendment to Post-Production Costs Bill - An amendment to a bill, which would prevent oil and gas companies from deducting post-production costs from their royalty payments, was debated on the House floor...more

Trade & Manufacturing: News Of Note -- May 2014

House Subcommittee Advances Bill Approving LNG Exports To WTO Members - On April 9, a House subcommittee voted to advance a bill seeking to expedite the licensing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to World Trade...more

Congress Moves Towards Reauthorization Of TRIA

Congress returned last week from an extended spring recess with few legislative days left on the calendar before the mid-term elections and a long list of must-do legislation. One piece of legislation that seems certain to...more

Pennsylvania Holds Its First Ever Legislative Hearing on Internet Gaming

Pennsylvania legislators are beginning to explore a topic that, for them, was previously uncharted territory: the possibility of legalizing Internet gaming. In April 2013, Representative Tina Davis introduced a bill (HR 1235)...more

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