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Where Are We Now? The NIST Cybersecurity Framework One Year Later

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released its Cybersecurity Framework (Framework) almost 15 months ago and charged critical infrastructure companies within the United States to improve their...more

New Restrictions on Arizona State Agency Rulemaking

The Arizona Legislature this year passed House Bill 2297, adding new A.R.S. section 41-1038. Effective July 3, 2015, Arizona state agencies will be prohibited from adopting new rules unless the rules comply with the...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: An Introduction to Australia (Updated)

AN INTRODUCTION TO AUSTRALIA - Australia is a federation comprised of six states and two territories. The federal government, based in the capital city of Canberra, is known as the Commonwealth of Australia. Australia...more

California Public Agency Officials Respond to Governor’s Drought Executive Order

While everyone in California is being asked to conserve water in response to the historic drought, public agencies will be impacted in a different way — how they conduct business....more

24 Months Through the Crystal Ball: Emerging Trends in State and Local Taxation (Part I)

For businesses operating across state lines, state taxation bears a resemblance to standing with one foot on each of two logs in a flowing river: even during calm periods, staying above water is a challenge. And these are not...more

"Maryland Considering Pay-to-Play Cleanup Bill"

As detailed in our previous mailing, the changes to Maryland's pay-to-play reporting law that took effect in January have caused confusion and created significant challenges for companies doing business with Maryland state...more

News from Second and State

The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee held its first round of budget hearings this week. Chaired by Rep. Bill Adolph (R-Delaware) and Rep. Joe Markosek (D-Allegheny), the committee heard budget request...more

"Reminder: New Jersey Pay-to-Play Form BE Due on March 30, 2015"

This memorandum is to remind you that the annual filing for state and local contractors required under New Jersey Chapter 271 (Form BE) is due March 30, 2015. In particular, as we have described in previous client alerts,...more

Pay-to-Play Lessons from New Jersey’s State Investment Council Rules

New Jersey is often thought of as the “pay-to-play” state – primarily because we have five separate statewide pay-to-play prohibition laws in effect (covering state procurement, county procurement, local procurement, state...more

“Ban-the-Box” Legislation Limits Inquiries About Criminal Background Checks

A growing number of state and local jurisdictions are enacting “ban-the-box” legislation that limits an employer’s ability to ask about criminal convictions on employment applications. Some jurisdictions are imposing stiff...more

New Mexico Federal Court Frames The Issues That Will Define Future Fights Over Local Fracking Regulation

On January 15, 2015, the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico became the first federal court to address questions related to the scope of local governments’ ability to regulate oil and gas development...more

California Joins Whistleblower Lawsuit Against BP

The state of California jumped aboard a whistleblower lawsuit in progress against BP Plc, alleging that BP had overcharged the state by up to approximately $300 million for nearly a decade for natural gas. The plaintiffs in...more

State/Local Bond Proposals in Administration's 2016 Budget

Several proposals affecting tax-exempt bonds were included in the Obama Administration's Budget for FY 2016. As usual, the overall budget proposal has immediately been declared DOA by political pundits. Nonetheless, taking...more

Atlantic County Freeholders Vote to Repeal Pay-to-Play Ordinance

Earlier this week, the Atlantic County Freeholders approved a measure that rolls back the County’s pay-to-play ordinance. New Jersey is home to an overlapping series of pay-to-play laws. Although there is a statewide law in...more

NC Legislative Update for February 6, 2015

This Week - Governor McCrory addressed a joint assembly of House and Senate Wednesday evening for the biennial State of the State address. The Governor used his 80-minute speech to focus on a number of issues that he...more

Coming to a State Attorney General’s Office near you

The Vermont State False Claims Act Could Be a Game-changer for Vermont Taxpayers and Businesses. The Vermont False Claims Act, percolating through Montpelier hearing rooms and corridors, has not yet received much...more

Mortgage Foreclosure Ordinances Preempted by Existing State Law

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the “SJC”) recently decided that two mortgage foreclosure ordinances adopted by the City of Springfield were preempted by existing state law. In Easthampton Savings Bank v. City of...more

CT Law of the Land

Week of January 12 - On January 7, 2015, the Planning & Zoning Section of the Connecticut Bar Association met in Cromwell, CT with special guest Judge Marshall Berger. The main focus of the meeting was Practice Book...more

Virginia Supreme Court Opinions Affecting Local Government Law: January 8, 2015

Happy New Year! The Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions yesterday, its first term for 2015. This term resulted in cases which, in various ways, deal with the authority of government entities (Workers Compensation...more

OMB and Federal Agencies Publish Final Rule on Grants and Cooperative Agreements

On December 19, 2014, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and 28 federal agencies published in the Federal Register a consolidated interim final rule to implement OMB’s December 2013 final guidance on...more

Pay-to-Play Ruling on Atlantic County Ordinance Turns on the Use of the Word “Any”

Atlantic County is one of three counties in the State of New Jersey with a stringent county pay-to-play ordinance in effect. Like many local pay-to-play ordinances, the Atlantic County ordinance covers contributions to...more

May State and Local Governments Control Low-Flying Drones?

Most of the attention paid to drones has focused on issues of aviation and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authority. Yet much of the impact of low-flying drones will fall, not on the national air transportation system,...more

State and Local Taxation: Headline News and Trends (CPE/CLE) [Video]

In this fast-paced presentation, David Fruchtman (chair of State and Local (Subnational) Taxation at Rimon P.C.) analyzes the most important developments in multistate and local tax legislation, case law and administrative...more

The Shale Play Today - November 2014

In This Issue: - Latest Aboveground Storage Tank Act Developments: Interpretive Rule Adopted and Comments Filed on Draft Emergency Rule: On October 21, 2014, the West Virginia Department of Environmental...more

Arizona Chamber of Commerce Forms Policy Group for Real Estate and Community Development Issues

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry has formed a new policy committee for “Real Estate and Community Development Issues.” The Arizona Chamber’s policy committees—now 16 different committees that cover policy areas...more

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