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Indiana 2017 Legislative Wrap-up

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Indiana lawmakers had plenty of reasons to celebrate the conclusion of the 2017 legislative session — they finished a week early in what leadership called a “monumental” year. Here is a look at the raw number of bills...more

Highlights from Gov. Haslam's State of the State Address

Legislative Update - Tennessee General Assembly - Gov. Haslam opened his annual "State of the State" address on Monday with the phrase "Let's talk about the Tennessee we can be…" And, he did just that. The governor...more

Alabama in 2017: The Road Ahead for Tax Legislation in Montgomery

The 2017 legislative session begins February 7th in Montgomery, and we expect several tax-related proposals to be considered during the session. Our readers may recall that the 2016 session ended with no long-term plan in...more

2015-2016 Massachusetts Legislative Session Ends

After a mad scramble to take action before their midnight deadline, Massachusetts lawmakers closed the 20152016 legislative session by passing five of the “Big Six” bills on their agenda. Beacon Hill saw a flurry of activity...more

Session Closing Chaos: Special Session in the Wings

In the waning hours of the 2016 legislative session, lawmakers wrapped up a supplemental budget and a tax bill, but failed to pass a comprehensive transportation package, a bonding bill, and a plan for implementing federal...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

What's New - SENATE - The Senate approved its version of the State’s $7.5 billion budget on Wednesday by giving third reading to H. 5001 (Appropriations Bill) and H. 5002 (Capital Reserve Fund). The Senate approved...more

Miles Apart

Supplemental Budget Bills - Divergent legislative priorities are reflected in the House and Senate budget bills. With respect to the projected $900 million surplus in the General Fund, House Republicans allocate the full...more

Bumpy Road to Start the Legislative Session

Jones Street is like a gravel road right now – BUMPY! Just a month ago, in a rare move, the General Assembly called itself into session for one day to enact House Bill 2 which is now referred to as the “Bathroom Bill”. The...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016

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What's New - SENATE - The Senate took furlough this week and did not meet in statewide session. The Senate will reconvene Tuesday, April 5th, at noon....more

SC Public Policy Update - February #4

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SENATE - The filibuster on the South Carolina Infrastructure Finance Reform and Tax Relief Act (H.3579) continued this week in the Senate. Senator Tom Davis (R-Beaufort) filibustered over eleven hours Tuesday and...more

2016 Ontario Budget: C$160-Billion Boost to Infrastructure Paves Way for Job Creation

On February 25, 2016, the Ontario government (Province) released its 2016 budget, titled “Jobs for Today and Tomorrow” (Budget). The Budget focuses on economic growth and job creation across Ontario. Investments in...more

News from Second and State

Starting with “A”: the much anticipated decision from the Supreme Court in the case of Arneson v. Wolf was delivered this week, with the court finding that Gov. Wolf did not have the authority to remove Erik Arneson from his...more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

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On Monday afternoon, 76 days after the new fiscal year (FY) began, Speaker of the House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and President Pro Tempore Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) held a press conference to unveil the details of the new...more

Why Federal and State Agencies are Considering Converting from a “Gallons Consumed” to a “Road Usage” Tax – And What are the Risks...

This Change, It’s a Coming (Maybe) - Many states and the federal government are seriously considering converting from a “gallons consumed” tax levy to a “miles driven” program for determining gasoline tax. There are...more

NC Legislative Update - August 2015

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - It was an eventful week at the General Assembly and perhaps the most noteworthy news on Jones Street took place on Wednesday. Senate leadership held a press conference announcing that they were willing to...more

NC Legislative Update for July 2015 #2

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - After a week-long summer recess, lawmakers returned to Raleigh to resume the business of the State. The House finally appointed budget Conferees on Tuesday, nearly a month after receiving the Senate version...more

2015 Florida Legislative Update: Environment, Growth Management and Water

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Florida Legislature concluded its 2015 regular session on May 1, 2015. However, for all practical purposes, the session ended on April 28, when the House unexpectedly adjourned three days early after it became clear the...more

SC Public Policy Update - June 2015

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What's New - The House of Representatives and Senate spent most of the week debating bills in the waning days of this year’s legislative session....more

North Carolina General Assembly Week in Review

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Senate started its budget process this week, with a draft schedule being handed out to senators on Wednesday outlining precisely how the General Assembly can have a budget in place and approved by June 30. Distributed at...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: 2015 Legislative Session Wrap-up

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

After 10 years of budget deficits, the Minnesota Legislature convened in January to set the state’s biennial budget with a projected $1.9 billion surplus. This surplus spurred hope of an orderly session and predictions of tax...more

A New Tool for Developing and Financing Public and Private Infrastructure: Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts

Even as the state's economy continues to improve, local governments continue to struggle to find ways to meet the state's backlog of infrastructure needs, including water, transportation, energy, affordable housing and more....more

Minnesota Session Ends With Governor Threatening Veto

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Minnesota legislature concluded its business last evening with Governor Mark Dayton threatening to veto a $17 billion public education funding bill – a threat he carried through with earlier today. The governor issued the...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The South Carolina Senate finished their budget deliberations and adopted the over $7 billion budget last week. Highlights include: an $800 bonus to state employees; an 11% raise for members of the judiciary, circuit...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

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The House and Senate worked diligently last week on several pieces of legislation in order to beat the May 1 crossover date. Legislation passing the originating chamber after May 1 will require the approval of two-thirds of...more

Week In Review - May 2015

Budget Showdown - Governor Mark Dayton has expressed dismay at the direction lawmakers are veering in their budget plans. On spending state money, lawmakers are widening the chasm. The May 18 legislative...more

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