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Bursting at the Seams: Expanded “Purple Pipe” Requirements

Existing on-site water recycling requirements for toilets, urinals and landscaping have applied to buildings of 250,000 gross square feet or larger in the Reclaimed Water Use Map (the “Map”) area since November 2015. The Map...more

NYC Council Introduces Suite of Worker Protection Bills, In Likely Sign of Things to Come

As we noted in an earlier post, the election of Donald J. Trump likely means that states and municipalities—and not the federal government—will lead the charge on worker-protection issues for the next four years. In this...more

New York’s Nonexempt Wage and Salary Requirements Still in Play

While the media has been focused on the stay of the new federal overtime exemption classification rules in Nevada v. U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, No. 16-cv-741, and the...more

Exempt Organizations: New Amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 Signed into Law by Governor Cuomo (12/16)

On November 28, 2016, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Senate Bill No. S07913B enacting another round of amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the "NPRA"). ...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: Budget Forecast

With the 2017 Minnesota Legislative Session approaching, we wanted to send a quick update on the recent budget and economic forecast. Budget Forecast On Friday, December 2, Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB)...more

California Cities To Tax Streaming Video?

Many cities in California are considering the expansion of their Utility User Tax (UUT) to streaming video services. Such an expansion may be inconsistent with the cities’ existing ordinances, be invalid under Proposition 218...more

HUD and DOJ Release Updated Joint Statement on “State and Local Land Use Laws and Practices and the Application of the Fair...

On November 10, 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Justice released a “Joint Statement” providing updated guidance on the application of the federal Fair Housing Act to state...more

Employers Don’t Own Your Brain; They Merely Rent it

New Jersey is apparently about to join the list of states with statutes that protect the rights of inventors. Generally, inventions made by employees belong to the employee, unless (1) that employee was specifically hired to...more

Year-End Tax Planning with Tax Credit-Funded Scholarships

The Alabama Accountability Act provides state income tax credits to certain donors who make contributions to a state-approved scholarship granting organization (SGO). Alabama’s neediest school children can be helped at little...more

Chesterfield’s New Proffer Policy Explained, but Questions Remain

Chesterfield County’s new proffer policy was the center of discussion at the Nov. 16 meeting of the Home Building Association of Richmond. The county adopted the new policy following the Virginia General Assembly’s...more

State CIOs Increasingly Outsource IT Applications and Services

The annual State CIO Survey by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) for 2016 found that the number of states outsourcing their IT applications and services has increased—with two-thirds of...more

Impact of President Trump Likely Limited for California Employers

The new president will likely bring substantial shifts in federal government policy, but California employers will be less affected by the changes because California has so many of its own employment laws. Here are some...more

Tennessee Government Update

Tennessee House Republican Caucus - Late yesterday afternoon, the House Republican Caucus met to choose its officers for the upcoming 110th General Assembly. Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) fended off a challenge from...more

"Reminder: Maryland Pay-to-Play Report Due November 30"

We wish to remind you that companies with one or more Maryland state or local government contracts worth at least $200,000 are required to file semiannual pay-to-play reports with the Maryland State Board of Elections by May...more

Indiana 2016 General Election Recap

Now that the dust has settled from the November 2016 election, Faegre Baker Daniels’ Indiana government team is providing you with a recap of the state’s results. The unexpected landslide of the Trump-Pence ticket had...more

Housing is Top of Mind: Results of Bay Area Affordable Housing and Rent Control Measures

With rising housing costs remaining a priority concern for the region, affordable housing had a major presence on Bay Area ballots this November. As detailed below, voters in three municipalities and three counties across the...more

Out With The New And In With The Old? One City Struggles To Accept The Gig Economy

Philadelphia, our nation’s fifth largest city – aptly nicknamed The City of Brotherly Love – just couldn’t decide whether it wanted to embrace the ride-sharing sector of the gig economy. Or, rather, like an ex-boyfriend or...more

The Future of U.S. Infrastructure and Local Control Amid Post-Election Uncertainty

Post-Election Opportunities for Local Government Agencies - Last week, the nation experienced an election unlike any other in history. A major party candidate broke with his party’s governing philosophies, yet led that...more

News from Second and State

Senate Leadership Elections - Both caucuses of the Pennsylvania Senate met today to hold their leadership elections. Here’s who will be at the helm of each for the 2017-2018 legislative session. Senate Republicans...more

What Will Happen When the Smoke Clears? Post-Election HR Strategies for 2017 and Beyond

The long and contentious presidential campaign is over. So, now what? What does President-elect Trump’s victory mean for employers?...more

News from Second and State

House Leadership Elections - Both caucuses of the House of Representatives met today to hold their leadership elections. Here’s who will be at the helm of each for the 2017-2018 legislative session. House...more

"Post-Election Issues"

Now that the 2016 elections are over, we must contend with special legal issues that arise from contributions made to, and expenses incurred for, federal, state or local inaugural or transition committees, as well as recounts...more

Billboard Regulations: Cities and Counties

No State Preemption of Local Billboard Regulations, California Appellate Court Finds - The Outdoor Advertising Act does not preempt local regulation of billboards, a California appellate court has ruled. In a decision...more

Other Election Results To Note

You may have heard that there was a presidential election this week. What you may not have heard is that four more states voted on Tuesday to raise their minimum wage. The state of Washington voted to raise its minimum wage...more

Post-Election Outlook: A New, Unpredictable World

In a shock to investors and political analysts around the world, Donald J. Trump won the 2016 Presidential election, putting the Republican Party in charge of the White House and Congress for the first time in a decade. Even...more

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