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FDA Regulatory and Compliance Monthly Recap — February 2016

FDA publishes guidance on human factors review for devices, combination products - The FDA published two draft guidance documents and one final guidance document to address the incorporation of human factors studies in...more

Impact of the 2016 Elections on Government Investigations

The results of the 2016 elections will no doubt shape policymaking in a wide range of areas across the Federal government. The impact on government investigations should be far less direct if the system works as it should....more

North Carolina Supreme Court Endorses and Clarifies General Assembly’s Constitutional Authority to Appoint Executive Branch...

On January 29, 2016, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued an opinion endorsing and clarifying the authority of the North Carolina General Assembly to appoint officers to legislatively created offices in State ex rel...more

Senators ask President to Appoint NARAB Board Members

Seven members of the Senate Banking Committee sent a letter to President Obama on December 15th requesting an update on when the thirteen nominations for the Board of Directors of the National Association of Registered Agents...more

Dodd-Frank News: November 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

News from Second and State

Starting with “A”: the much anticipated decision from the Supreme Court in the case of Arneson v. Wolf was delivered this week, with the court finding that Gov. Wolf did not have the authority to remove Erik Arneson from his...more

Washington, D.C. Update – October 2015

House Leadership Elections: Republican House leadership changes remain in flux in the wake of Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) decision to retire and the unexpected delay of the vote to select his successor. House Majority...more

NC Legislative Update for September 2015 #3

This Week - After passing the State’s biennial budget into law last week, the legislature turned its focus towards adjournment. The Senate unveiled an adjournment resolution which would adjourn the session on Tuesday,...more

Readers Forum: James Sturdivant: Judicial reform: Let's finish the job and appoint district judge

Fifty years ago, Oklahomans were humiliated by revelations that three state Supreme Court justices had accepted bribes. Former Justices N.S. Corn, Earl Welch and N.B. Johnson served jail time for their criminal...more

U.S. Senate Confirms Lynch As Next Attorney General

On April 23, the U.S. Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch to be the next U.S. Attorney General with a 56-43 majority vote, succeeding current Attorney General Eric Holder....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Supplemental Budget Bill Approved, On Governor's Desk - On Tuesday lawmakers approved a...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor LePage Takes Tax Package on the Road - By far, the most discussed piece of...more

News from Second and State

Due to the threat of impending Winter Storm Juno, members were scarce in the capitol on Monday. The predicted severity of the storm prompted Gov. Wolf to issue a disaster proclamation for the Commonwealth so that state and...more

Cynthia Gilliam Pierre Named Chief Operating Officer of EEOC

Agency Veteran Returns to Management Post After Service with the Department of Education - WASHINGTON-Jenny R. Yang, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has named Cynthia Gilliam Pierre to...more

New General Counsel Takes Helm at FDIC

On January 15, the FDIC announced Charles Yi as the agency’s new general counsel. Previously, Yi served as staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, as Deputy Assistant...more

EEOC Names Robbie Dix Director of Agency’s Federal Appellate Review Programs

WASHINGTON - Jenny Yang, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has appointed Robbie Dix III as the EEOC's Associate Director of Appellate Review Programs, the EEOC announced today....more

Beginnings and Endings: New Administration Moves In, Massachusetts Legislative Session Concludes

The last several months witnessed a flurry of activity on Beacon Hill: Governor Deval Patrick inked a number of bills as the two-year legislative session drew to an official end, and his successor, Governor Charlie Baker, has...more

CFPB announces leadership additions and changes

Last Friday, the CFPB announced the following additions to its senior leadership team: In its announcement, the CFPB confirmed that Anthony Alexis will become the CFPB’s Assistant Director of Enforcement. Mr. Alexis...more

Massachusetts Senate Committee Leadership Established, Signaling Priorities

Yesterday afternoon, Senate President Stanley Rosenberg revealed his senior leadership team and announced which legislators he selected to lead the Senate’s special and standing committees....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Governor Names Two Commissioners - This week, Governor LePage officially notified the...more

Labor Issues Staying at the Forefront of Political, Legal Discussions with NLRB, DOL Activity

As we have discussed over the past few weeks, the NLRB was busy as 2014 drew to a close. On December 11, 2014, the Board overruled its Register Guard decision in Purple Communications, establishing a new standard that...more

News from Second and State

Just in time for his inauguration today, Governor-elect Tom Wolf announced his selection for additional positions in his administration. Wolf announced that current Chief Inspector for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney...more

News from Second and State

Even though the 199th General Assembly was sworn in on January 6, the real action starts next week with the inauguration of a new governor and organizational meetings of each of the standing committees. Not much is expected...more

President Obama Nominates Former Community Bank Chief to Fed Board

On January 6, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Allan R. Landon to serve on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Landon would serve out the remaining term of...more

Senate Banking Committee Elects New Chairman

On January 7, the Republican members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs elected Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala) as its new chairman for the 114th Congress. Sen. Shelby previously served as...more

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