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Small BREW Act is Back

Congress is expected to consider the Small BREW (Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce) Act again. This piece of legislation would make any brewery that brews fewer than 6 million barrels of beer per year eligible for...more

Mississippi Microbrewery Modernization Act of 2015

Representative Toby Barker recently introduced House Bill 1158, the Mississippi Microbrewery Modernization Act of 2015. This bill would allow certain breweries in Mississippi to sell products on the brewery premises and...more

Energy & Environment Update - January 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Energy and Climate Debate - Congress - Administration - Department of Commerce - Department of Energy - Department of Treasury - Environmental Protection...more

2015 Texas Legislative Session Includes Twin Bills Concerning Municipal Fracking Bans

With the opening of the 84th Session of the Texas Legislature on January 13, 2015, two of the more closely watched bills in the energy arena will be House Bill 539 (HB539) and House Bill 540 (HB540). HB539, filed on December...more

Rate Reduction for D.C. QHTC Capital Gains to Begin… in 2019

Investors keeping a close eye on pending legislation (the Promoting Economic Growth and Job Creation Through Technology Act of 2014, Bill 20-0945) promoting investments in D.C. Qualified High Technology Companies (QHTC) will...more

Bipartisan I-Squared Act Introduced to Reform Business Immigration System

On January 13, 2015, Senators Hatch (R-Utah), Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Rubio (R-Fla.), Coons (D-Del.), Flake (R-Ariz.), and Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) Act of 2015, a major immigration...more

First Salvo by New Congress To Roll Back Dodd-Frank

The House of Representatives recently passed, by a vote of 271-154, legislation that includes a delay in the implementation of the Volcker Rule until 2019. The proposed change would add two years to the maximum extension...more

“Copyright and Marriage Equality Act” Bills Introduced in both the House and Senate

On January 6, 2015, Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced Senate bill 23 entitled the “Copyright and Marriage Equality Act.” The bill would amend Section 101 of title 17 of the United States Code by striking the current definitions...more

New House Bill Aims to Reduce Some Dodd-Frank Regulatory Burdens

On January 24, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that loosens certain Dodd-Frank requirements and reduces the scope of the SEC’s regulatory authority over certain private equity firms, small businesses,...more

Will the New Technology-Focused Immigration Bill Succeed?

Technology companies, industry groups, and trade associations are enthusiastically supporting a new Senate bill that would make it easier for foreign nationals working in the technology sector to stay and work in the United...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - January 2015 #2

House Passes Bill to Redefine Full-Time Employee Under ACA – On January 8, 2015, the House of Representatives in a 252-172 vote approved a bill that would redefine a full-time worker under the ACA employer mandate from one...more

House Takes Action to Delay Volcker Rule

On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would further delay the full implementation of the Volcker Rule – a highly controversial rule introduced under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that...more

House Passes Bill to Ease Volcker Rule and other Regulatory Requirements

The U.S. House of Representatives on January 14, 2015, voted (271-154) to pass H.R. 37, the “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.” If enacted, the bill, among other things, would extend the Volcker...more

Proposed Legislation Could Have Significant Impact on Florida’s Construction Defect Statute

On December 9, 2014, Florida Representative Kathleen Passidomo introduced House Bill 87, a bill aimed at amending Florida’s Construction Defect Statute. The bill contains several changes which could have a significant impact...more

New Year, New Ohio & Municipal Residency Rules

With the start of the New Year, two bills passed in December 2014 make it a great time to revisit both your Ohio and municipality residency status. More Days in Ohio for Nonresidents - HB 494, in effect as of...more

The “LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act”— A Positive Step Toward Expediting U.S. LNG Export Projects

Restrictive regulations and permitting processes that operate at glacial speed (as opposed to market speed) pose the primary hurdles to greater U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG). In response to a chorus of...more

Are Taprooms on the Horizon in Georgia?

The State of Georgia is one of just four states left that adhere to dated laws prohibiting the sale of craft beer on-site. In Georgia, a craft brewery must sell its product to a distributor and that distributor must sell the...more

Fresh Bill In Newly-Convened N.C. State Legislature Aims At Condemnation Powers

Portending what is likely to be a significant legislative session for local government powers and real property rights in North Carolina, the first "substantial" bill introduced in the 2015-2016 session of the North Carolina...more

In with the New: 2015 Privacy, Advertising and Digital Media Predictions – Part III

Part III of our 2015 predictions series comes from Of Digital Interest editor and McDermott partner, Heather Sussman, who predicts that states will be active with privacy and data security legislation during 2015....more

House Passes Bill Implementing JOBS Act Changes (and Volcker Rule changes)

Today, the House voted (271-154) to pass H.R. 37, titled “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act.” Among other things, the bill includes a number of measures that correct issues arising in the JOBS...more

Skilled Immigration Reform: Will 2015 Be the Year?

On January 13, 2015 Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 into the...more

National Defense Authorization Act For 2015 Moves Forward In Senate

On December 12, 2014, the Senate passed a House amendment to the Carl Levin and Howard P. "Buck" McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA FY15). The final version of the NDAA FY15 places...more

Bullying Can Cost Your School – And Your Students, And Their Parents

School bullying is one of the most pressing social, health, and educational concerns facing public and private schools alike. Long-term bullying, left unaddressed by schools or parents, can cause lasting physical and...more

House Passes the “Save American Workers” Act, but Senate Approval Unclear and Veto Promised

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Save American Workers Act (H.R. 2575), a bill that would change the definition of “full-time” work under the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate from 30 to 40 hours...more

Critical Update Concerning the Wage Theft Prevention Act

On December 29, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed a bill amending the Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA) to eliminate the requirement that employers provide annual wage notices to all existing employees between January 1 and February...more

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