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The Proposed Code Section 457 Regulations Have Arrived

On June 22, 2016, the IRS finally issued the long-awaited proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) Section 457. Code Section 457 applies to deferred compensation plans or arrangements of tax-exempt entities...more

Exempt Organizations: Potential Amendments to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 - New York State Legislature Adopts Bill...

On June 16, 2016, the New York State Legislature adopted yet another round of modifications to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 (the "NPRA"). The latest revisions to the NPRA are found in Senate Bill No. S07913B (the...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap: - It looks like we have to say goodbye for the summer to the Pennsylvania Legislature, who completed work on a state spending plan on Wednesday, two weeks after the June 30 deadline. Even though the General...more

Worth Another Look: Amendments to the Fiscal Code

On July 11, S.B. 1073 (Browne, R-Lehigh) became law without the Governor’s signature. S.B. 1073 is the 2016-2017 General Appropriations (GA) Bill; it reads like a ledger and simply directs funds to different agencies and...more

Permit Extensions Available in South Florida Counties due to Emergency Declaration

Section 252.363, Florida Statutes, provides a right to extend the duration of certain state and local permits when the Governor has declared a state of emergency. A state of emergency was recently declared in Martin, St....more

News from Second and State

The news this week is that there is no news. The General Assembly sent a 2016-2017 General Appropriations Bill to Gov. Wolf for his signature last week, and it has been sitting on his desk ever since. The Governor has stated...more

FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The Conference Committee Budget

Just before the close of the fiscal year, the House and Senate reached an agreement on a $39.146 billion state budget for FY17. Due to a recently identified $750 million drop in projected state revenue, the budget, which was...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies Who is Liable for Prosecution for Misuse of Public Funds

California Supreme Court Clarifies Who is Liable for Prosecution for Misuse of Public Funds - A public official need not be in charge of public funds to be convicted of misappropriating them, the California Supreme Court...more

Georgia And Washington Strategize Cybersecurity Plan

At the midyear conference of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (“NASCIO”) held on May 2, 2016, representatives from Georgia and Washington reported about their efforts to unify the different state...more

Worth Another Look: Amendments to the Human Services Code

Typically when a state General Appropriations (GA) bill for the new Fiscal Year is passed, the legislature considers bills amending the Public School Code, Human Services Code, Fiscal Code and Tax Code. While the GA bill...more

News from Second and State

Yesterday marked the last day of the 2015-2016 fiscal year, and the legislature passed a budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year just in the nick of time. Last night, the House concurred in S.B. 1073 (Browne, R-Lehigh), which,...more

New Ratemaking Order Revamps Conventional Cost-of-Service Ratemaking for New York Utilities

On May 19, 2016, the New York Public Service Commission adopted an order setting forth a new model framework for ratemaking and utility revenue (Ratemaking Order) within the Reforming the Energy Vision program. The...more

Weaving Together the Strands of Big Data Policy and Practice in Local Government

For more than two decades, beginning with the emergence in the mid-1990s of CompStat in the New York City Police Department, local governments have been using data, combined with accountability and follow-through, to improve...more

NC Legislative Update - June 2016 #4

Last Week - It appears that House and Senate leadership will keep their word on adjourning before the 4th of July, with leadership of the two chambers apparently agreeing to a budget over the weekend. The Senate worked...more

Columbus Wins $40M “Smart City” Grant With Plan to Deploy Driverless Vehicles

On June 23, 2016, the Department of Transportation formally announced that Columbus, Ohio, is the winner of the Department’s Smart City Challenge, a startup-inspired contest offering a $40 million grant to the city with the...more

Development Approval Extensions Available

Governor Scott has recently issued two emergency declarations applicable to specific Florida Counties, providing opportunities for extending certain development approvals and permits within those areas. Section 252.363,...more

North Carolina Legislative Newsletter

Legislative Activity - Budget - The Senate and House are expected to reach a deal on the budget later today or over the weekend, with House and Senate votes on the budget conference report possible next week. ...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap: - With the end of the fiscal year looming, it’s been all budget all the time in Harrisburg. The House of Representatives returned on Monday with the intention to continue daily voting sessions until the...more

Some Legislation of Interest

With the end of the 2016 Maryland legislative session and the completion of bill signings by Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr., PK Law highlights several bills of interest to our readers: HB 185: One of the few pieces of...more

"New Rules Impact Compensation Arrangements of Governmental and Tax-Exempt Entities"

On June 22, 2016, the IRS published much-anticipated proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code Section 457 impacting certain plans maintained by state or local governments or other tax-exempt organizations that provide...more

New York DOH Proposes Updated Provider Contract Guidelines

The NYS Department of Health (DOH) has proposed new guidelines for the provider contract submission and review process to reflect Value Based Payment arrangements pursuant to the New York State Value Based Payment (VBP)...more

The Side of Tax Reform They’re Not Telling You

Deep-sixing property taxes is a popular pledge on the state and local campaign trail. But the promise is only half the story. Citizens need to ask: “And then what?” Like a climbing wall, eliminating property taxes may...more

North Carolina Legislative Newsletter

I-77 Managed Lanes - On June 2, the House voted 81-27 to approve HB 954, which would terminate the contract between NCDOT and I-77 Mobility Partners for the I-77 managed lanes project north of Charlotte. The bill has...more

Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT) Presents its Report of Recommendations on June 8, 2016

On June 8, 2016, the 21 members of the ACT presented its 15th report of recommendations to the IRS in a public meeting in Washington, DC. The ACT report addressed five issues...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap: - While there was a lot of activity in Harrisburg this week, the most toast-worthy event was the final passage of H.B. 1690 (Turzai, R-Allegheny), which would reform and modernize the sale of wine and...more

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