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Blog: California Governor Considers Drug Price Reporting Bill and Ban on Discounts and Rebates for Branded Pharmaceutical Products

by Cooley LLP on

The California State Legislature sent two new pharmaceutical pricing measures, S.B. 17 and A.B. 265, to Governor Jerry Brown on September 13th. S.B. 17 would impose new reporting requirements on pharmaceutical manufacturers...more

Florida Governor Scott Orders Freeze on Property and Casualty Rate Increases

by Locke Lord LLP on

On Tuesday, September 12th, Florida Governor Rick Scott directed Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier to “freeze any and all efforts” to increase property insurance rates. In addition, Governor Scott stated that...more

Fall Legislative Sessions Commence; Attorney General Certifies Ballot Questions

by Mintz Levin on

Massachusetts lawmakers have returned from summer recess and are preparing to tackle a robust legislative agenda this fall. Legislators will meet formally through the third Wednesday in November, at which point formal...more

Massachusetts Senators Hold Healthcare Roundtable Discussions

by Mintz Levin on

This past August, the Massachusetts Senate and the Millbank Memorial Fund Healthcare Working Group held three roundtable discussions geared towards finding solutions to rising healthcare costs and providing patients with more...more

Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit 2017: Little Rock, Arkansas – October 27

The Arkansas Environmental Policy Summit (“Summit”) will be held on October 27th in Little Rock, Arkansas. Summit partners include: •Arkansas Public Policy Panel •Arkansas Environmental Defense Alliance •Audubon...more

California Bill Deadline Is Today

by Allen Matkins on

Former New York Surrogate Gideon J. Tucker would be happy today. Pursuant to Joint Rule 61(a)(15), today is the last day for California’s legislature to pass bills. Today, also marks the beginning of the legislature’s...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - As of our last writing, the General Assembly had sent Governor Wolf a budget bill in time to meet the June 30 deadline, but failed to pass legislation that would raise the revenue needed to foot the bill. By...more

Cities Of Cleveland And Toledo Post Primary Election Results Setting The Slate For November 7 General Election

by Roetzel & Andress on

The Mayoral and all 17 City Council seats are up for re-election this November. Tuesday’s Primary Election saw every incumbent move on to the General Election. Mayor Frank Jackson, running for an unprecedented fourth term,...more

Hurricane Irma: To Facilitate Storm Recovery, Governor Scott & FDEP Issue Statewide Orders, Extending Development Approvals &...

by Akerman LLP on

To facilitate storm response, recovery, and reconstruction efforts, before Hurricane Irma's landfall, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) issued twin emergency orders on September...more

Regional Haze/Nitrogen Oxide: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposal to Approve Arkansas State Implementation Plan Revision

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a September 11th Federal Register Notice proposing to approve a revision to the Arkansas Regional Haze State Implementation Plan (“SIP”) submitted by the...more

State Attorneys General Vigilant on Price Gouging Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

by Jones Day on

Many states have prohibitions on price gouging that go into effect during states of emergency. In this hurricane season, seven U.S. states and territories have declared emergencies. The Impact: Although hurricanes often...more

Interstate Pipeline Project: Federal Appellate Court Addresses Challenge to State Water Quality Certification

The United States Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit (“Court”) addressed a challenge to a permit issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) related to the proposed construction of an...more

The Hub: Transportation News & Insights - September 2017

by Wilson Elser on

Distracted Driving: Not the End of the Road - As a claims professional or attorney, never jump to conclusions when you learn about a distracted driver claim. As the facts surrounding the accident begin to develop,...more

Massachusetts Lawmakers Turn Attention to Cybersecurity

by Mintz Levin on

In the wake of growing concerns about data privacy and cyber threats, Massachusetts lawmakers are increasingly focused on evaluating and improving the state’s cybersecurity policies and information technology infrastructure....more

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission: September 20th Meeting

The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Meeting (“ANRC”) will hold its next meeting on September 20th at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the ANRC headquarters at 101 East Capitol Avenue in Little Rock,...more

Lauri Cali Robison moves to Oregon Health Authority

by Locke Lord LLP on

Laura Cali Robison is leaving the Commissioner’s position to take the CFO position at Oregon Health Authority. The change is effective tomorrow, September 1st, so today is her last day with Division of Financial Regulation....more

Massachusetts Joins Other States in Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Announcing Plan to Reduce Emissions by Additional 30...

On August 23, Massachusetts joined the eight other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in announcing a plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by an additional 30 percent by 2030 relative to 2020 levels....more

Federal Enclaves: Islands Amidst a Sea of Cal-Peculiarities

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Labor Day sales may be over, but some savvy California employers might still find a great deal. That’s because not all land inside California’s borders is actually within the legal jurisdiction of...more

The End is Near! – Follow These Labor and Employment Bills as the California Legislative Year Wraps Up

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s a time of high-drama in Sacramento. With less than two weeks to go in the legislative year, many of the hot-button labor and employment bills we have been tracking all year await final action. Many bills are...more

Baldwin County Circuit Court Dismisses ADOR’s Appeal in Moody

Two weeks ago, the Baldwin County Circuit Court entered an order dismissing the Alabama Department of Revenue’s (ADOR) appeal from the February 2017 decision by the Alabama Tax Tribunal in Moody v. Alabama Department of...more

The Little Hoover Commission Issues Report on Special Districts

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The Little Hoover Commission released its highly anticipated report entitled “Special Districts: Improving Oversight & Transparency” last week. This was the Commission’s first look at special districts since it last studied...more

Texas Anti-Sanctuary Law Blocked

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In a ruling that may help to diminish the fears of some undocumented individuals seeking aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, U.S. District Court Judge Orlando Garcia enjoined some key provisions of Texas’ anti-sanctuary...more

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Public Notices Emergency Rulemaking: Regulation 36/Used Tire Recycling and...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) on August 31st public noticed an emergency rulemaking undertaken by the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission (“Commission”)....more

WPI State of the States: Labor Day Edition

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The holiday weekend marked the end of summer fun, but state legislatures across the country remained hard at work in August. Roughly nine statehouses are in active session. In other jurisdictions, such as Florida and Ohio,...more

New York’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs (“LWRPs”) And Climate Change

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Now more than ever, climate resiliency along our coastlines is an important aspect of long range municipal planning. Back in 1981, the New York State Legislature enacted the Waterfront Revitalization of Coastal Areas and...more

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