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News from Second and State

This was the last week of session before high-budget season starts in June, and all of the action was in the House of Representatives. Though it’s never really certain how the state spending plan will shake out until it’s...more

New Economic Development Opportunities Possible Thanks to Improved Marketability of Philadelphia Tax Increment Finance...

The tools available to the City of Philadelphia to finance community and economic development projects have been enhanced under a new law that authorizes the imposition of special assessments to support tax increment finance...more

Minnesota 2016 Legislative Wrap-up

This was the shortest Minnesota Legislative session in recent history, lasting a mere 77 days from March 8, 2016, to May 23, 2016. It produced a hectic pace which ended with mixed results. As lawmakers headed into the...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

When the 2016 Minnesota Legislative Session was adjourned sine die at midnight on Sunday, May 22, legislators had sent a $259 million Omnibus Tax Bill and a $182 million Supplemental Appropriations Bill to Governor Mark...more

2016 Environmental Legislation Makes Needed Improvements to Environmental Cleanup Programs

On April 6, 2016, Governor Scott approved legislation which makes much needed improvements and modifications to several existing environmental cleanup programs in Florida including the Petroleum Restoration Program and the...more

NYPSC Set to Adopt Clean Energy Standard Aimed at 50% Renewables Goal

The New York State Energy Plan (“SEP”) calls for 50% of all electricity used in New York State by 2030 to be generated from renewable energy sources (the “50 by 30 Goal”). Additionally, the SEP sets aggressive 2030 targets...more

News from Second and State

Harrisburg was a hive oinally activity this week, with both the House and Senate in town for voting session. There were committee meetings aplenty, too. On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee reported out H.B. 1956...more

Navigating Michigan’s Corporate Practice of Medicine Doctrine in the Accountable Care Organization Environment

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are organizations that have accepted responsibility for the overall quality, cost and care of a defined group of beneficiaries in compliance with the rules established by the federal...more

Implications for the Power Sector of Recent Rulings by U.S. Supreme Court and FERC

One of the most important issues currently facing the power industry is the potential conflict between federal and state roles in power supply planning. Two recent developments at the federal level bear directly on this...more

News from Second and State

Once again, we only had one chamber in Harrisburg this week. While the House was in recess, the Senate was in for three days of voting session, holding committee meetings and shuffling bills around that may pop up again in...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Ten days remain before the last day of the Minnesota legislative session May 23, 2016. Governor Mark Dayton, Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk and House Speaker Kurt Daudt met twice in the past week to negotiate an agreement on...more

OCR Investigating Accessibility of State and Local Government Websites

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has reportedly opened as many as 350 recent nationwide complaint investigations into whether educational agencies’ websites are accessible to individuals with...more

Illinois Crowdfunding Is Officially Here As VestLo Becomes The First Approved Illinois Intrastate Portal

That’s right folks, it’s official. Illinois now has its first approved local crowdfunding portal, VestLo.com. The Securities Division of the Illinois Secretary of State has (albeit it verbally) recently approved VestLo’s...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

With just over two weeks of session remaining, the window for Minnesota legislators to pass a final transportation bill, tax bill, bonding bill and supplemental budget bill is closing quickly. Conference committee members...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap: - Though only the House of Representatives was in Harrisburg for voting session, and only for two days, we’ve still got a few noteworthy items to report from this week. On Monday, the House Rules Committee...more

Tax Increases Part of Governor Wolf’s 2016-2017 Proposed Budget

On February 9, amidst the Commonwealth’s longest-ever budget standoff over the 2015-2016 budget, Governor Wolf presented his 2016-2017 budget address to the General Assembly with combative and pointed remarks. While there...more

Senate Version of Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Preempts Local Drone Regulations

On March 17, 2016, the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee of the United States Senate approved amendments to the most recent funding legislation for the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”), the FAA...more

FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

In a unanimous vote of 156-0, the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a $39.56 billion spending plan for FY2017 on April 27. Over three days, the House considered more than 1,300 amendments to pass a final budget...more

FPPC Amends Regulations for Conflict of Interest Codes

The Political Reform Act requires all government agencies to adopt and circulate a Conflict of Interest Code showing which positions in the agency involve participation in governmental decision-making. It also must identify...more

Better Late Than Never: Massachusetts Moves to Obtain NPDES Delegation

Like most federal environmental programs, NPDES program authority is largely delegated to the states. Only four states aren’t delegated: Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Mexico. How is it that progressive...more

News from Second and State

A Look Ahead: - Next week looks relatively quiet, with only the House of Representatives in Harrisburg for voting session. On Monday, the House Gaming Oversight Committee will hold a public hearing at Hollywood Casino...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

The House and Senate focused on their funding bills this week, with each body considering their respective set of supplemental budget recommendations. Legislators spent late nights working through the bills and abundant...more

Nuisance Claim Against Architect Dismissed

“Use the right tool for the job” is also a good bit of advice in litigation, as underscored by a recent decision out of the Connecticut Appellate Court. The case is Fisk v. Redding, AC 37537 (April 19, 2016)....more

Worth Another Look: Primary Election Post-Mortem

Yesterday was Primary Election Day in the Keystone State, and while the presidential races got the most attention by far, there were still some noteworthy state and local races. Get Out of Jail Free: - The...more

The Basics: Municipal Election Laws

Nationwide, states are seeing an uptick in voter participation. California’s election officials are now preparing for a turnout surge as the state’s June 7 presidential primary nears. Over the last three months, more...more

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