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Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 3-21-14

Appropriations Committee Reports Out Supplemental Budget and “Rainy Day” Fund Bill - At 3:00 a.m. on March 19th, the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee voted unanimously to report out two budget-related...more

Proposed EU Legislation on Conflict Minerals Published

On 5 March, the European Commission (“the Commission”) published its long-awaited draft legislation on conflict minerals. The proposal for a regulation setting up a Union system for supply chain due diligence...more

2014 Legislative Session: Bills To Watch

On Tuesday, March 4th, Florida lawmakers gathered in Tallahassee for the start of the 2014 legislative session. Lawmakers now have 60 days to pass their bills into law. For those of us in South Florida, we want to follow this...more

South Carolina Legislative Update - February 21, 2014

Ethics Legislation - The Senate advanced an ethics reform bill, H. 3945, late Thursday, agreeing that lawmakers should not have political action committees, anonymous political groups must reveal their donors and...more

Domestic Anti-Treaty-Shopping Proposals and Further Consultation Announced in Canada's Federal Budget 2014

In the Canadian Federal Budget released on February 11, 2014, the Department of Finance signaled its intention to enact a domestic treaty-shopping rule, generally allowing the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) to deny treaty...more

Italy Regulatory Update 1/2014

In this update: 1. ITALIAN LAW 1.1 Primary legislation 1.2 Implementing measures 2. EC/EU LAW 2.1 Primary legislation 2.2 Implementing measures Please see full Chart below for more information....more

North Carolina Legislative Report - February 14, 2014

The General Assembly has officially completed its business for the 2013 long session. The 2014 short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Legislative Update Report - No. 2014-03 Feb 14, 2014

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

It’s That Time of Year!

One can always tell when an election year is upon us. Maryland Republican lawmakers resume their quest to eliminate or severely curtail Maryland’s Estate Tax and Inheritance Tax and their Democratic counterparts oppose it. ...more

What Can We Expect from this Connecticut General Assembly Session?

On February 6, 2014, the 2014 session of the Connecticut General Assembly began. Since this is an election year, the session will be relatively short, with adjournment scheduled for May 7, 2014. We can expect a plethora of...more

Alabama Legislative Update - Week 4: Getting Down to Business

The Alabama Senate is required to vote on sunset legislation by the tenth legislative day and, under current procedures, each sunset bill has to be individually considered by the Senate. ...more

Tick Size

The Small Cap Liquidity Reform Act (H.R. 3448) is scheduled for a vote on February 11th. The bill (which was approved by the House Financial Services Committee in 2013) would implement a pilot program during which EGCs would...more

Legislative Update Report No. 2013-24 -- Dec 27, 2013

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 Yukon....more

Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on "Protecting Small Businesses and Promoting Innovation by Limiting Patent Troll Abuse"

On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary took up the issue of abusive patent litigation. In a hearing entitled "Protecting Small Businesses and Promoting Innovation by Limiting Patent Troll...more

Patent Reform Bill Progresses through the House

The steady rise in patent litigation in the United States has captured the attention of Congress, which currently has several bills regarding patent reform active in various stages of the legislative process. On December 5,...more

Public Policy Alert: Pre-filed legislation to amend South Carolina permitting law in certain coastal areas

The South Carolina Senate and House have concluded pre-filing for the 2014 Legislative Session. S.890 deals with beachfront management, so we called on Mary Shahid from our Charleston office for review. Mary...more

New Congressional Bill Would Exempt Business Brokers From Full SEC/FINRA Broker Registration

On November 4, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, by a 57-0 vote, ordered H.R. 2274 to be reported for further consideration. The bill, named the “Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions,...more

CFPB’s hand seen in student loan bill

Four Senate Democrats (Senators Boxer, Warren, Durbin and Reed) recently introduced a bill entitled the “Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights.” On March 1, 2014, the CFPB will begin overseeing servicers of federal and private...more

Restored to the Notice Paper

Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who was first elected to the Senate on the back of an anti-poker machine campaign, has accused the Coalition Government of being captive to vested interests in the pokies industry. Senator...more

Senate and House Committees Pass Legislation that Would Reform the Sustainable Growth Rate Formula

On December 12, 2013, the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee both approved legislation that would reform the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula currently used for Medicare physician payments. ...more

ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – December 13, 2013

When the President outlined his Climate Action Plan on June 25, he stressed the importance of federal leadership on emissions reduction efforts. A little over five months later, he signed a presidential memorandum directing...more

The Five Ps of Patent Reform: What You Need to Know About the Patent Litigation Reform Legislation Moving Through Congress

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) was passed by Congress and enacted into law on September 16, 2011. Named for its lead sponsors, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), the Act changed the U.S. patent...more

Reform Opens Door to Private Investment in Mexico’s Energy Sector

Mexican Senate presents comprehensive Energy Reform Bill to the House of Representatives with tremendous potential for domestic and foreign energy companies. In an encouraging move toward energy reform, the Mexican...more

On the Third Day of Privacy, My Smartphone Followed Me…

In 2013 geolocation and biometrics were hot topics. Apple included a fingerprint reader on the new iPhone which was either really cool or an epic fail depending on your viewpoint, and Google and the NSA are tracking our...more

UK Finance Bill - Key Points

The UK Finance Bill 2014 was published in draft form on 10th December 2013 and the proposed legislation now enters a period of consultation, which will end on 4th February 2014. A full analysis of each and every measure...more

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