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Landlords and tenants: To Airbnb or not Airbnb, that is the question

If you own or occupy residential real property, a question may come to mind. As Shakespeare might have put it, “To BNB or not BNB, that is the question.”...more

Uncertainty Remains Surrounding the Nonprofit Hospital Tax Exemption

In a recent ground-breaking decision, the New Jersey Tax Court in AHS Hospital Corp., d/b/a Morristown Memorial Hospital v. Town of Morristown shattered the previous near incontestability of the tax exemption that has...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2016 #2

What's New - The General Assembly convened Tuesday, January 12th for the 2nd year of the 121st Legislative Session. Below is a summary of actions in both the Senate and the House....more

Limitations and Notice Requirements for Tort Claims Against Government Entities

Alabama - Source of Government Immunity - - Claims against State: Ala. Const. art. I, §14. ..State is immune from tort actions. ..Bars (1) claims against the State, (2) claims against a State agency, (3)...more

FCC Wireless Shot Clock Trumps Complex Local Processes, Says First Circuit While Addressing Section 332 “Final Action” Requirement

On Jan. 8, 2016, in Global Tower Assets, LLC v. Town of Rome, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that a wireless permit applicant must go through all administrative appeals required by local law before there...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2016

What's New - Members of the South Carolina General Assembly will return to Columbia on Tuesday, January 12th, to begin the second year of the 121st Legislative Session. 2016 marks an election year where all 170 seats in...more

Texas Notary Seals Must Include State-Issued Identification Number as of January 1, 2016

Pursuant to Texas House Bill 1683, effective as of January 1, 2016, all Texas notary seals must include an identifying number issued by the Texas Secretary of State’s Office. Failure to apply a notary seal in compliance with...more

News from Second and State

The holidays are over, and the New Year has come. For most, it’s back to the grind this week; though in Harrisburg it seems there hasn’t been a whole lot of grind to get back to. Last week, Gov. Wolf partially approved a...more

DoT Announces “Smart City” Challenge to Increase Infrastructure Efficiency in Urban Areas

On December 7, 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for “Beyond Traffic: The Smart City Challenge,” the first in a two-part solicitation for a federally funded...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Today’s legislative update will be the last of 2015. We will begin our 2016 weekly updates on the Monday following the convening of the second regular session of the 121st South Carolina General Assembly on January 12, 2016....more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review: Spotlight on Government, Regulatory and Agriculture Reform

This session the NCGA passed four major bills dealing with Government, Regulatory and Agriculture Reform. State attractions were transferred from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources tthe Department of Cultural...more

News from Second and State

After nearly six months of a stalemate, this week brought the battle of the budgets. On Monday, the Senate passed S.B. 1073 (Browne, R-Lehigh), a General Appropriations bill carrying a $30.8 billion price tag. The bill, which...more

Alabama Tax Developments – 2015 Year in Review

This SALT Alert summarizes many of the major legislative, judicial, and administrative developments affecting Alabama business taxpayers with respect to income, transactional, and property taxes. The Spring 2015 legislative...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative long session on January 14 and adjourned September 30. Lawmakers will return to Raleigh for the short session April 25, 2016. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on...more

News from Second and State

Despite hopes that a state spending plan could be on its way to enactment by Thanksgiving, this week was another budget bust. Amid reports that budget talks had broken down on Tuesday night, Senate Republicans threatened to...more

New York State To Order That 50% Of Power Consumed By New Yorkers Be From Renewable Sources By 2030

Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Initiative: The New York Times reports that Governor Cuomo will soon direct the New York State Public Service Commission (NYSPSC) to take concrete steps to codify the State’s goal of...more

Public-Private Partnerships and Pay-to-Play in New Jersey: “P3s and P2P in the Garden State”

Public-Private Partnerships (commonly known as “P3s”) are very popular across the country, including the recently announced renovations at LaGuardia Airport as one example. P3s are also gaining significant attention here in...more

Devo Deals - Sheffield, North East and Tees Valley Signed - Northern Powerhouse Series

We are beginning to see Devo Deals take shape - all subject to the outcome of the Autumn Spending Review, and the progress of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill (CLGD) through Parliament. Sheffield City Region's...more

Marijuana Regulations Growing Like Weeds in California

Although California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, cities have differed widely in their response to medical marijuana dispensaries. Recently, Newport Beach joined Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, Anaheim and Rancho Santa...more

More Senior Staff Changes at the Texas Department of Insurance

After 24 years of service with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), General Counsel Sara Wait will be retiring in December 2015. Wait has had a distinguished career at TDI after starting as a law clerk in TDI’s...more

News from Second and State

We have a little bit of a budget update this week: a general appropriations bill, S.B. 1073 (Browne, R-Lehigh), is on the move. It was voted favorably from the Senate Appropriations committee and is set on the Senate calendar...more

California Appellate Court Addresses Release of City Attorney’s Private E-mails

An appellate court ordered a trial court judge to reconsider his order that e-mails to and from the San Diego city attorney’s personal account be released publicly. The League of California Cities argued that e-mails between...more

News from Second and State

This was a busy week in the Commonwealth’s capitol city, and we’ve got news on a number of fronts. First, at long last, reports this week indicate that there is some movement to shake loose a 2015-2016 state spending plan....more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review: Spotlight on Veterans and Military

On Tuesday Governor Pat McCrory celebrated the ribbon cutting and dedication of the historic downtown Raleigh Seaboard building, which will house the newly created Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Approximately...more

New Governmental Accounting Standards Board (“GASB”) Rules Require Governments to Disclose Tax Abatement Agreements in Financial...

State and local governmental entities (“Governments”) nationwide will soon face new financial statement disclosure requirements regarding existing tax incentive agreements. While the GASB encourages Governments to begin...more

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