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California Bill Mandates Privacy By Design For IoT Devices

Manufacturers of Internet-connected devices (better known as the Internet of Things) should be following a new California bill closely because it would create a mandate under California law that all IoT devices have built-in...more

Federal Court Blocks Portion of Trump’s Executive Order Denying Federal Grants to Sanctuary Cities

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Once again, a U.S. District Court has blocked part of one of President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders – the January 25th EO “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.”. In explaining the purpose of that...more

Big For Gigs: New Florida Law To Eliminate Misclassification Battles

by Fisher Phillips on

I wrote an article yesterday about the new law that is about to be signed by Florida Governor Rick Scott that will ensure ride-sharing drivers are classified as independent contractors and not employees. You can check out the...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Compressed Committee Activity - Over the next four to six weeks, the Maine legislature’s...more

California Advances PBM Licensing and “Transparency” Law

Last week, the California Assembly Committee on Business and Professions voted in favor of Assembly Bill 315. AB 315 seeks to amend the California Business and Professions Code: (a) to require PBMs to obtain licensure from...more

Is Property Tax Reform Coming to Oregon?

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

As our state faces a $1.6 billion budget shortfall, lawmakers are considering a number of ways to raise taxes to bridge the gap. One current proposal asks Oregonians to reconsider Measure 50, their 1990s-era property tax...more

Gig Economy Game-Changer? New Florida Law Ensures Contractor Status For Drivers

by Fisher Phillips on

The state of Florida is about to enact first-of-its-kind legislation that will ensure most ride-sharing drivers are independent contractors and not employees, eliminating costly misclassification battles and providing a...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Recess Ends, Budget Negotiations Begin

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Minnesota Legislature returned from its break Tuesday, April 18 with five weeks to complete their work before May 22, the constitutionally mandated adjournment date. Most of the week was spent appointing conferees for...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Senate Money Panel Passes Budget Bill - On a vote of 7-0, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed a $5.8 billion budget on Friday that closes a $72 million projected gap between revenues and expenditures in the 2018...more

A Stark Reminder – Marijuana is Still Illegal in Pennsylvania

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana statute has received much attention from the press and the public since its passage just over one year ago. But the legislature and the Department of Health are still finalizing the Medical...more

State of Michigan Lacks Standing in M22 Case

by Revision Legal on

On April 21, 2017, Western District of Michigan Judge Gordon J. Quist ruled the State of Michigan lacks standing in a declaratory judgment action to declare the use and registration of federally registered marks are unlawful....more

Florida Fraudsters Take Advantage of the Delay in Florida’s Implementation of Amendment 2

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Amendment 2 passed back in November 2016, but the Florida Legislature is moving slowly to implement the necessary regulations for medical marijuana to get to the marketplace. ...more

New York Department of Financial Services Provides Guidance on Cybersecurity Regulation; Colorado Financial Regulator Proposes...

In April 2017, the New York Department of Financial Services (the “DFS”) released guidance on interpreting 23 NYCRR Part 500, its recently promulgated regulation that requires banks, insurance companies and other financial...more

The trials and tribulations of the NJSPCA

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As recently reported, the NJSPCA has hefty legal fees, averaging nearly a quarter of a million dollars a year, as reported by Kane In Your Corner: NJSPCA refusing to show invoices for legal fees. But, following an OPRA...more

New Jersey Policy = Do Not Let ICE In

As a result of the increased enforcement of immigration laws, ICE agents have taken to showing up at courthouses in areas with large immigrant communities...more

Arizona Legislature Approves Disability Lawsuits Bill

by Payne & Fears on

On Monday, Arizona state senators approved legislation that, if signed into law, will give businesses at least thirty days to cure violations of the Arizonans with Disabilities Act before they can be sued....more

An Overview of Ban the Box Laws in California

Individuals with criminal records unquestionably have a more difficult time obtaining gainful employment than individuals without criminal records. In fact, in a 2007 study, only approximately 40 percent of employers in four...more

Accessible Icon Update: New Federal Guidance Deepens Quandary for Businesses Facing Contradictory State Requirements

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As we previously reported, New York State and more recently, Connecticut, passed legislation requiring the use of the “Accessible Icon” in lieu of the traditional International Symbol of Access (“ISA”) in new construction and...more

California Proposes Important Changes to Legal Cannabis Regulation, Including Removal of California Residency Requirements

by Akerman LLP on

Earlier this month, California's nascent Bureau of Cannabis Control proposed legislation designed to harmonize the state's earlier medicinal cannabis regulatory framework (Medical Cannabis Regulatory Safety Act) with the...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - It was a busy week in Harrisburg with both chambers in session at the same time in over a month. Monday wasn’t a voting session day, but the House Aging and Older Adult Services, House Health, and...more

CPUC Rulemaking Opens Door to Revisit Impacts of Wireless in Public Rights of Way - Local Governments Should Respond by May 3

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Public Utilities Commission just opened a proceeding that may redefine the rights of wireless providers and wireless infrastructure providers to use utility poles and public rights of way. In addition, the CPUC...more

Accessible Icon Update: New Federal Guidance Deepens Quandary for Businesses Facing Contradictory State Requirements

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

As we previously reported, New York State and more recently, Connecticut, passed legislation requiring the use of the “Accessible Icon” in lieu of the traditional International Symbol of Access (“ISA”) in new construction and...more

It’s April, and New Bills “Spring” Forth in the California Legislature

by Fisher Phillips on

“Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise.” – Wallace Stevens - Ah, spring. Birds are chirping. Flowers are blooming. Backyard gardens are awaking from their long winter slumber. - But blossoms...more

WARNING: New York Percentage Billing Arrangements Under Attack. Medicaid Frad Unit Is Seeking Recoupment from Providers Using...

New York’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (“MFCU”) has sent demand letters seeking recoupment from certain healthcare providers in New York State who have percentage of collection arrangements with their outside billing...more

Colorado House Bill 1279 stalls over 120-day unit owner election period

by Snell & Wilmer on

With the session more than halfway through, the Colorado Legislature’s 2017 attempts at meaningful construction defect reform may fail again. This year, the Legislature did not attempt a single-bill construction defect...more

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