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Congressional Proposals for Nonprofit Tax Breaks and Extenders

In February, the House of Representatives passed several tax bills and the Senate Finance Committee approved several tax bills that, if ultimately enacted, would impact tax-exempt organizations....more

‘Guns in Trunks’ and Franchisor Liability Highlight Proposed Tennessee Employment Law Changes

Barring the firing of an employee for legally bringing a firearm to work and liability protection for franchisors highlight the employment law proposals on the Tennessee legislature’s agenda for this year. ...more

NC Legislative Update for February 2015 #4

This Week: After last week’s hiatus, more snow on Tuesday and Thursday further delayed legislative activity in the halls of the North Carolina General Assembly. The House went home Tuesday morning concluding its...more

Kansas Considering Carve Outs

House Bill 2189, which is currently before the Kansas legislature, would allow breweries to sell beer directly to retailers, public venues, and caterers. Currently, Kansas breweries must sell their product directly to...more

NC Bills To Allow Direct Sales by Distilleries and Expansion of Liquor Products to Festivals and Trade Shows

North Carolina Senate Bill 24 and House Bill 107 are parallel bills pending before the North Carolina legislature. If passed, they would allow distilleries located in North Carolina to sell their product directly to visitors...more

SC Public Policy Update - February 2015 #4: The Senate spent most of the week continuing their discussion of S.3, the domestic...

What's New - The House of Representatives and Senate were in session on Tuesday and Wednesday but canceled session on Thursday due to inclement weather across the State. The Senate spent most of the week continuing...more

Colorado Legislature Tries Again on Construction-Related Litigation Reform

As the Colorado Legislature begins its 2015 session, construction defect reform legislation is again at the fore. Senate Bill 177 was introduced on February 10 in an effort to spur condominium projects by providing developers...more

Anheuser-Busch Loses Key Battle in Kentucky

Since Prohibition, Kentucky brewers have not been allowed to own their own distributors. Like many states throughout the United States, Kentucky implemented a three-tier system that separates the alcohol industry into...more

"Working Parents Act" Introduced in Minnesota Legislature Proposed Legislation Would Make Significant Changes to Existing...

Legislation was recently introduced in the Minnesota House of Representatives and Minnesota Senate that is being referred to by its authors as the “Working Parents Act” that would significantly expand the scope of several...more

Senate Bills Tackle Construction Defect Litigation Reform

Two bills recently introduced in the Colorado Senate propose to change Colorado’s construction defect claims process. If passed, Senate Bill 15-177 would amend Colorado’s Common Interest Ownership Act, C.R.S. §...more

The Keystone Pipeline Cleared Hurdles in Congress, But Was Tripped Up by Presidential Veto

This new year has been marked with a flurry of activity surrounding the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline project. Following the changing of the guard in a new Republican-led Congress, Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski led...more

Gaming Legal News - Volume 8, Number 2

Nevada Legislature To Consider Multiple Gaming Bills - The 78th Session of the Nevada Legislature began on February 2, 2015. Regular sessions of the Nevada Legislature are held biennially in odd-numbered years. As of...more

News from Second and State

As another relatively quiet session week comes to a close, our embattled row officers continue to make headlines. On Tuesday, two weeks after being charged, former Pennsylvania Treasurer Rob McCord appeared in federal court...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The South Carolina House of Representatives last week adopted the South Carolina Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, several ethics reform measures, and revisions to the South Carolina Whistleblower and Public Employee...more

Florida Craft Beer Bills Under Consideration Today

The Florida House Business and Professions Subcommittee will consider two beer bills today. In addition, the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries will also hear its version of those two bills today. House Bill 301 would...more

CDM Regulations 2015

The Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015 Regulations) have now been laid before Parliament and are due to come into force on 6 April 2015, ushering in several significant changes to health and safety...more

Amtrak Bill Aims To Keep Northeast Corridor Profits on the Northeast Corridor

The House Transportation Committee has approved the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act, a bill that would reauthorize Amtrak and other rail programs. The bill is substantially the same as the 2014 legislation and is...more

SC Public Policy Update - February 2015 #2

What's New - The House of Representatives spent most of the week debating, H.3114, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which was ultimately passed on Thursday. The bill bans abortions at 20 weeks of...more

Senate Finance Committee Proposes FIRPTA Reform

Today was an important step in moving forward US tax reforms to encourage international investment in U.S. real estate.  The Senate Finance Committee passed 17 different tax bills for consideration by the entire Senate.  ...more

SC Public Policy Update - February 2015 #1

What's New - The House met this week in session, but spent most of their time holding committee meetings. Some of the bills that passed the House this week include...more

Concerns About the Goodlatte Innovation Act

On February 5, 2015, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) introduced the Innovation Act, which is touted as “address[ing] the ever increasing problem of abusive patent litigation.” The bill was introduced...more

Update on Patent Reform: “Innovation Act” Re-Introduced

Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has re-introduced a bill – called the Innovation Act – aimed at reforming certain aspects of the U.S. patent system. ...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: February 5, 2015 Committee Meeting

As we promised previously, we will be keeping you up to date with developments in the General Assembly. The following is an update as to where we stand on labor and employment related legislation....more

Alert: Brokers Beware: Impact of the Insurance Bill

The Insurance Bill has completed its passage through the House of Commons and is now in the form in which it will become law, probably at some point in March this year. A number of significant changes have been made to...more

Coming to a State Attorney General’s Office near you

The Vermont State False Claims Act Could Be a Game-changer for Vermont Taxpayers and Businesses. The Vermont False Claims Act, percolating through Montpelier hearing rooms and corridors, has not yet received much...more

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