Proposed Legislation

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European Parliament Proposes Tough Measures on Conflict Minerals

On May 20, 2015, by a narrow margin the left wing of the European Parliament successfully pushed through amendments to a proposed conflict minerals law that would, if enacted, be much more onerous and involve hundreds of...more

House Subcommittee Circulates Proposed Legislation Providing Insight on the Future of the 340B Drug Pricing Program

The 340B Federal Drug Pricing Program (the 340B Program) requires pharmaceutical manufacturers to offer drugs at discounted prices to eligible hospitals, clinics and other entities for use in the outpatient setting. The 340B...more

An Update on 21st Century Cures Legislation

Last week the Personalized Medicine Coalition held its 11th Annual State of Personalized Medicine luncheon in Washington, D.C. U.S. Representative Michael Burgess, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee...more

Senator Shelby Speaks to Baker Donelson; Releases Financial Regulatory Proposal

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Alabama), chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, last week released the text of the discussion draft of "The Financial Regulatory Improvement Act...more

Senator Shelby Moves Forward with Major Dodd-Frank Reforms

On May 12, 2015, U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, released the text of draft legislation intended to reform the regulatory framework...more

Senator Perdue renews attempt to change CFPB funding

Republican Senator David Perdue has introduced a bill, S.1383 entitled the ‘‘Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Accountability Act of 2015,” that would make the CFPB subject to the congressional appropriations process....more

Federal anti-SLAPP Statute Proposed in Congress

With the District of Columbia Circuit holding that the DC anti-SLAPP act does not apply in federal court, and at least four judges in the Ninth Circuit concluding that Circuit erred in applying state anti-SLAPP statutes in...more

Student Data Protection Bills Unveiled In Congress

Two bills specifically designed to protect private student information were unveiled in the U.S. Senate last week. The first was released on May 13 by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.), and the second...more

Senator Angus King Introduces the Free Market Energy Act of 2015 to Promote the Integration of Distributed Energy Resources

On May 6, 2015, Sen. Angus King (I-ME) released a discussion draft of the Free Market Energy Act of 2015 (the “Act”), a bill that would radically change the landscape for distributed energy resources (DERs) – small-scale...more

Why Locate Your Business in New York?

New York is a great place to live and do business. The state is running an active marketing campaign to let the world know and to attract new business to the state....more

Proposed Legislation Could Punish Those Who Retaliate Against VA Whistleblowers

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been the subject of controversy for much of the past year after a variety of whistleblowers exposed a nationwide problem of extremely long wait times for veterans needing treatment...more

RAC Reform Legislation Reintroduced in House

On April 30, 2015, Representatives Sam Graves (R-MO) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) reintroduced H.R. 2156, the Medicare Audit Improvement Act of 2015. H.R. 2156 contains a number of significant new provisions from legislation of...more

SEC Proposes Pay-Versus-Performance Disclosure Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently issued its long-awaited proposal for "pay-versus-performance" disclosure. The proposed rules would implement the requirements of Section 953(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall...more

Bipartisan House Bill Introduced To Create Temporary Safe Harbor from Enforcement of TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rules

Republican Congressman Steve Pearce and Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman have introduced a bill in the House of Representatives (H.R. 2213) that would provide lenders with a temporary safe harbor from enforcement of the...more

Unmanned Aircraft Systems Receive Lift From New Bill

Two US Senators propose temporary legislation to support UAS commercial development in the US, ensuring the US industry remains competitive. The US is lagging behind globally in the commercial integration of Senators —...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #2

Senator Shelby Releases Discussion Draft of Financial Regulatory Bill. On May 12 Senator Richard Shelby, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, announced that the Committee had...more

Part II of Congressional Hearings on Capital Formation Related Bills

Yesterday, May 13th, the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and GSEs held the second part of its hearings, “Legislative Proposals to Enhance Capital Formation and Reduce Regulatory Burdens,” at 2pm. ...more

State Legislatures Reconsider Noncompetes

With companies’ use of noncompetes on the rise, whether to ban, restrict or encourage noncompetes has garnered attention from legislatures across the country. Legislatures in four states – Massachusetts, Michigan, Washington...more

Albany Bill Would Scare Off New Biz

When businesspeople form a corporation or limited-liability company,they often establish it in the state where the principal office will be, or in a state with favorable business laws, such as Delaware. But New York, which is...more

France: Lower House of Parliament Adopts Controversial Draft Law on Surveillance

The mood is shifting in the debate between privacy and security as France prepares to enact a controversial terrorism surveillance law critics have nicknamed the “French Patriot Act.” In the wake of the revelations...more

Bill to Streamline Federal Permitting for Major Energy and Infrastructure Projects Advances in the US Senate

On May 6, 2015, the US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted 12-1 in favor of a bill designed to streamline the Federal permitting process for major energy and infrastructure projects. The bill,...more

Unfair Contract Terms Laws – Soon to Apply to Small Businesses

On 28 April 2015, the Federal Government released for consultation, draft legislation to extend protection against unfair contract terms to small businesses. When releasing the exposure draft, the Government stated its...more

FIRPTA Changes Coming?

It is a pleasure to see something coming out of Congress these days that seeks to attract foreign investment, instead of repelling it. A recent bill by Representatives Brady and Crowley seeks to modernize FIRPTA by expanding...more

A Summary of 2015’s Proposed Patent Reform Legislation

This year’s debate on federal patent reform has begun in earnest. Last Friday, the White House expressed its support for the leading Senate bill, the Protecting American Talent and Entrepreneurship (PATENT) Act (S. 1137), and...more

Bipartisan House bill introduced to create temporary safe harbor from enforcement of TILA-RESPA integrated disclosure rule

Republican Congressman Steve Pearce and Democratic Congressman Brad Sherman have introduced a bill in the House of Representatives (H.R. 2213) that would provide lenders with a temporary safe harbor from enforcement of the...more

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