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Loose Lips Sink Ships: The Limits of the Attorney-Client Privilege and the Dangers of “Public” Reliance Upon Your Attorney’s...

Public agencies often secure opinions from legal counsel to guide their actions. However, these agencies should be aware that what they say in public about the advice given may jeopardize the confidentiality of the legal...more

CFPB announces September 18 auto finance field hearing

The CFPB has announced that it will be holding a field hearing on auto finance on September 18 in Indianapolis. The announcement indicates that the hearing will feature remarks from Director Richard Cordray, as well as...more

Secretary Foxx Holds Virtual National Town Hall, Addresses Transportation Policy

Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx chaired a “virtual” town hall meeting, entitled “Moving from Uncertainty to Long-Term Transportation Investment,” on August 6, 2014. The town hall was open to the general public, as...more

First FERC Workshop on Price Formation in RTO/ISO Markets Will Address Uplift Payments

Several weeks ago, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) announced that in order to facilitate its evaluation of price formation in energy and ancillary services markets operated by Regional Transmission...more

CPSC to Hold its Annual Priorities Hearing on July 24th

Last week the CPSC formally announced it would be holding its annual “agenda and priorities” hearing at the CPSC on July 24th at 10am. The purpose and importance of this meeting is somewhat underappreciated in terms of the...more

Tales From The Green Room: My FOIA Book, My Television Interview and Why Public Agencies Should Care

On June 7th, 2014, I had the good fortune of being the guest on Focus on Connecticut, which is a weekly, half-hour public affairs show on “News 12 Connecticut.” The show is hosted by Tom Appleby, a veteran news journalist in...more

Legal Updates for Government Entities Covering May and June 2014

Arizona Court of Appeals (heading) Immunity under A.R.S. § 12-820.03 Glazer v. State of Arizona, --P.3d--, 2014 WL949114 (Ariz.App. 2014) This case arises out of a cross-over crash on I-10 south of...more

Proposed Changes to Nutrition Facts Panels Discussed at FDA Public Meeting

On Thursday, June 26, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting in Washington, D.C. to discuss the two proposed rule changes to the Nutrition Facts panels seen on most packaged foods in the U.S....more

South Carolina Supreme Court Rules in FOIA Case - Public Policy & Governmental Affairs Alert

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently issued an opinion in Lambries v Saluda County Council. The high court ruled that nothing in the Freedom of Information Act prohibits a public body from adding an agenda item(s)...more

FHFA Launches New HARP Outreach Efforts

On June 25, the FHFA announced that it is taking new steps to expand the reach of HARP. As part of that effort, FHFA Director Mel Watt will participate in a series of town hall-style events to discuss the benefits of HARP and...more

Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s Work Continues with the Evaluation of Eastern Massachusetts Casino Applicants

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) held two public hearings the week of June 21, 2014 to determine which applicant would be awarded the sole Boston-area casino license. The Commission held its first hearing on...more

CFPB Announces Mobile Financial Services Field Hearing

On June 3, the CFPB announced that it will hold a field hearing on mobile financial services on June 12, 2014, in New Orleans, LA. The event is open to members of the public who RSVP and also will be streamed live on the...more

Religious Institutions Update - Lex Est Sanctio Sancta

"Church plans" are pension plans (including defined benefit or defined contribution plans) exempt (without an irrevocable election) from many of the legal requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)...more

Cordray emphasizes federal and local government cooperation on financial literacy

Director Cordray spoke at the Financial Literacy and Education Commission (FLEC) Field Hearing this week, emphasizing the federal government’s role as the nation’s single largest employer. In order to lead by example,...more

CFPB Opens Board And Council Meetings To Public

On May 20, the CFPB announced that it will allow the public to attend and participate in meetings of its Consumer Advisory Board (CAB), as well as its Academic Research, Community Bank, and Credit Union Advisory Councils....more

SAMHSA to Hold Part 2 “Listening Session”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) has scheduled a “public listening session” on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, to seek input on potential changes to the federal Confidentiality of Alcohol and...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Local Governments May Open Meetings With Sectarian Prayer

The 5-4 decision found that Town of Greece’s prayer practice is consistent with practices long permitted in American legislative assemblies. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it is constitutional for a town board...more

In Town Of Greece, U.S. Supreme Court Affirms Constitutionality Of Prayer At Town Meetings

HIGHLIGHTS - - Local governments in Illinois and around the country should become knowledgeable about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling this week in Town of Greece v. Galloway. - In its 5-4 ruling, the Court declared...more

United States Supreme Court Upholds Prayers at Public Meetings

Many legislative bodies throughout the United States, including city councils, state legislatures, and Congress, begin sessions with ceremonial religious prayer that often includes references to sectarian Christian themes,...more

State Water Board Looks to Streamline Recycled Water Use Permits

The proposed order responds to California’s current — and probable future — drought conditions. Public meeting scheduled for June 3. The State Water Resources Control Board released a draft order establishing General...more

Does your County’s Personnel Agenda Comply with the Open Governmental Proceedings Act?

As we begin to hold personnel hearings for “Personnel Season” a question that seems to come up often concerns the listing of individual employee names on county board of education agendas. Many administrators are,...more

New Rules Allow Members of Oregon Nonprofit Corporations to Participate in Meetings Remotely

As of Jan. 1, 2014, members of Oregon nonprofit corporations may participate in membership meetings by remote communication, provided certain safeguards are in place. Directors of Oregon nonprofit corporations have long been...more

New Tools to Comply with the Brown Act and Increase Transparency

Meeting management is big business for governments at every level, and the recent enactment of SB 751 has many public agencies reviewing the policies and tools they use to manage their public meetings. SB 751 requires...more

Ethics Laws and the Importance of Transparency for Public Officials [Video]

Matthew "Mal" Richardson, who serves as city attorney of Stanton and assistant city attorney of Lake Forest, talks about the Brown Act, ethics training for public officials and other important laws and regulations that ensure...more

Meeting Held 26 Miles From District Office Violates OMA

The Public Access Counselor of the Illinois Attorney General’s office recently issued a binding opinion holding that a board of trustees for a fire protection district violated section 2.01 of the OMA by “holding a meeting at...more

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