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Should Companies Adjust Their Incentive Strategies in Light of New Governmental Accounting Disclosure Requirements?

Earlier this month, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) approved Statement No. 77, Tax Abatement Disclosures, which requires state and local governments to report on foregone revenue from tax abatement...more

State and local governments continue to see a reduction in credits available for Direct Pay Bonds

As a result of federal sequestration, state and local governments who have issued certain direct pay bonds have seen a reduction in tax subsidy payments since March 1, 2013. Sequestration is a result of Congress’ failure to...more

Montana: OTCs Subject to Retroactive Sales Tax Assessments

Recently, the Montana Supreme Court ruled 5-to-2 that online travel companies (OTCs) were subject to sales tax under the existing sales tax statute. Furthermore, their liability is retroactive to November of 2010. However,...more

FCC Regulation of Internet Video: Implications for Local Government and Community Media

As the Federal Cable Communications Commission gets ready to adopt a new rule on how to modernize the definition of a multichannel video programming distributor to include companies that provide video via the public Internet,...more

Assembly Bill 266 provides long-awaited medical marijuana regulatory framework in California

In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215 and California became the first state to legalize medical marijuana. Now, 20 years later, AB 266 looks like the state’s best chance at regulating the cultivation and...more

Georgia Passes New Social P3 Legislation

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law new public-private partnership (P3) legislation, the Partnership for Public Facilities and Infrastructure Act (SB 59) (the Act) on May 5, 2015. The Act allows state and local...more

Looks Like Frack is Back, Governor Abbott Signs House Bill 40

Yesterday, Governor Gregg Abbott signed into law House Bill 40, also known as the Denton Fracking Bill, which leaves municipalities with minimal power to regulate the oil and gas industry. The bill takes effect immediately...more

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

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