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Weekly Wrap - Today marks just one week until the June 30 budget deadline. Seven days. A mere 168 hours to finish hashing out an over $30 billion state spending plan to carry us through the next fiscal year. While we still...more

Budding Opportunities – Insuring Medical Marijuana Licensees In An Uncertain World

by Saul Ewing LLP on

?The medical marijuana industry took a big step forward on June 20, 2017 when Pennsylvania’s Department of Health awarded 12 grower/processor permits. Of the 457 total applicants, the Department plans to award the remaining...more

Do Read the Fine Print – California’s Recent Budget Makes a Number of Labor and Employment Policy Changes

by Fisher Phillips on

Last week, (by their constitutional June 15 deadline) the California Legislature passed and sent to the Governor a $184.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-18. Most of the media attention focused on tobacco tax...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: From the Capitol to the Courtroom

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Following the adjournment of the 2017 regular session and a short special session, the Legislature passed and presented to Governor Dayton a comprehensive and balanced budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, including nine...more

Marijuana Legalization Moves Forward In New Jersey

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In advance of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing held June 19, 2017, New Jersey State Senator Nick Scutari released the text of Senate, No. 3195, or SB 3195, the long-awaited bill legalizing cannabis in New Jersey. In a...more

Vermont Legislature Passes Fantasy Sports Bill

by Reed Smith on

In a move to become the latest state to regulate daily fantasy sports (“DFS”), the Vermont Legislature has passed a bill defining fantasy sports games and directing the state attorney general and governor’s office to develop...more

Alabama Tax Legislative Summary: 2017 Regular Session -- Some Unofficial Predictions For Upcoming Session(s)

The Alabama Legislature adjourned late Friday, May 19, with several tax bills crossing the finish line during the final week (and many on the last day). Both the Education Trust Fund and General Fund budgets were passed by...more

New NYC Law Obliges Mobile Food Vendors To Display Sanitary Inspection Grades

by Cole Schotz on

On May 30, 2017, Mayor de Blasio signed into law Int. No. 1456, requiring mobile food vendors (food trucks, hotdog carts, etc.) to display letter grades received after sanitary inspections akin to those displayed in windows...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. Budget Negotiations Continue - The Legislature continues its work to develop a compromise budget...more

Drone Federalism Act Does Not Solve Federal VS. State Authority

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The challenge presented by having federal, state and local authorities all attempting to regulate drones is a topic we have addressed on this blog and in other publications. Unfortunately, a solution to that challenge remains...more

News From Second & State

Weekly Wrap - As we close out week two of “budget month,” there’s not a whole lot to report on that front. After the Governor signed the long awaited pension reform bill on Monday, House Majority Leader Dave Reed...more

A Prevailing Party May Now Recover Attorney’s Fees in a Vested Rights Dispute

by Jackson Walker on

Chapter 245 of the Texas Local Government Code (the “Vested Rights Statute”), provides a regulatory scheme in which developers and the public may rely upon regulations of a regulatory agency in effect at the time an initial...more

New Filing Deadline for JPAs Approaches - JPAs Providing Municipal Services Must File with LAFCOs by July 1

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Senate Bill 1266-imposed deadline for joint powers agencies and joint powers authorities to file their joint powers agreements and any amendments with the LAFCO in each applicable county is approaching. JPAs formed prior...more

Trail Immunity Not a Given for Public Agencies When Injuries Caused by Adjacent Property

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Of the many immunities available under the California Government Code, “trail immunity” under section 831.4 has long shielded public entities from liability when injuries are suffered by those using public property for...more

Florida Doubles Brownfield Cleanup And Redevelopment Tax Credits & Adds Innovative Tools For Site Cleanups

by Akerman LLP on

Innovative Florida environmental site cleanup and Brownfield programs received a boost as the 2017 regular session of the Florida Legislature concluded. Yesterday, Governor Scott signed into law a measure designed to add...more

NYC Enacts "Fair Work Week" Laws for Retail and Fast Food Employees

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New York City’s new package of “Fair Work Week” laws, which go into effect on November 27, 2017, will create new and burdensome scheduling and record-keeping requirements for retailers and fast food establishments, including...more

After Special Session Cliffhanger: Florida Legislature Passes Medical Marijuana Implementation Bill

by Akerman LLP on

Florida lawmakers have finally passed legislation to implement Amendment 2, Florida’s medical marijuana constitutional amendment. The breakthrough came during the last afternoon of a three-day special session called after...more

Florida Legislature Comes Through During Special Session

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

By way of background (see article for prior posts) regarding the Florida Legislature’s prior efforts to pass laws to implement Amendment 2 (medical marijuana passed by Florida’s voters in November 2016) which failed in the...more

New Jersey Legislature Considers Raising Minimum Wage For Subcontractors At Transportation Centers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The New Jersey Legislature is considering a bill (S-3226; A-4870) to raise the minimum wage for employees of subcontractors at Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark Penn Station, and the Hoboken Terminal. If the bill...more

Are Land Use Fees the Solution to Long Island’s Fiscal Challenges? – Part 2

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

In this post, which is the second segment of a three-part series, we will highlight the various ways that local governments facing fiscal challenges have turned to imposing fees related to the administration of their zoning,...more

Medical Marijuana Comes to Pennsylvania (Part 2): State Finalizes Act 16’s Temporary Physician and Practitioner Regulations

by K&L Gates LLP on

Following closely on the heels of the first anniversary of the passage of Act 16, known as the Medical Marijuana Act (the “Act”), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (“PA DOH”) published the final Temporary Physician and...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - It is clear in Harrisburg that budget season has arrived. The busy week started on Sunday evening, when the Senate convened to report S.B. 1 (Corman, R-Centre) from the Appropriations Committee in order to...more

Pennsylvania Department Of Health Issues Final Physician Regulations For Medical Marijuana

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As previously reported on our Physician Law Blog ,the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued draft “temporary” regulations regarding physician registration and certification of medical marijuana on April 11, 2017. Following...more

Arizona Enacts “Surprise Out-Of-Network” Balance Billing Law

by Snell & Wilmer on

Arizona has joined the national trend of trying to solve the “problem” of “surprise medical out-of-network bills.” The prevalence of this concern was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine which stated that 22% of...more

Senate Bill Provides Parity: Tribal Government Regulation of UAS on Tribal Lands

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on May 25, 2017, introduced the Drone Federalism Act of 2017 to allow any state, local or tribal government to protect...more

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