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Lots of Legislative Theater; No White Smoke

Lots of theater; no white smoke. - We are nearly two weeks into the new fiscal year with no budget agreement and no go-home date circled on the legislative calendar. Senator Apodaca promises his Senate Rules Committee...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - July 2014: As budget hostility between the chambers seemingly settled down Wednesday...

This Week - As budget hostility between the chambers seemingly settled down Wednesday afternoon, the eerie end-of-session feeling began to loom the halls of the General Assembly. Earlier in the week, Senate Pro-Tem...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - June 2014: After giving its final approval to their version of the state budget just after...

Conflicting Budgets - After giving its final approval to their version of the state budget just after midnight Saturday morning, the Senate took a long weekend, not returning to Raleigh until Wednesday. The budget...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - With the primary elections behind them, 170 state legislators reconvened in Raleigh on...

And They're Off! - With the primary elections behind them, 170 state legislators reconvened in Raleigh on Wednesday and they did so full sail. The last days leading up to session were consumed by interim committees...more

Budget Woes in an Election Year

The North Carolina General Assembly begins its 2014 Short Session on May 14th. The main purpose of the short session is to adjust the budget. However, eligible bills from last session plus study committee recommendations...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 3-7-14

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Two Proposals for Medicaid Expansion Voted Out of Health and Human Services Committee...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 1-24-14

Additional Veto Considered This Week - On January 10th, the very first week of this legislative session, Governor LePage announced that he had vetoed five of sixteen bills that he held from the last legislative...more

NC is #1 in USA!! (For Highest Percentage Increase in Total Medicaid Spending)…and What About the Rest of the USA?

On October 21, 2013, the magazine Modern Healthcare published an article, “Medicaid budgets By State,” which showed each state’s total Medicaid spent in 2012, total number of Medicaid enrollees in 2012, and average spending...more

Ten Things to Know About the 2013 North Carolina Legislative Session

The North Carolina General Assembly has completed its 2013 session after passing a two-year budget and considering hundreds of bills on a variety of topics. Here are some highlights from this year’s session...more

Massachusetts House and Senate Negotiators Agree on FY 2014 Budget; Funding Sources Remain Uncertain

On Sunday, four hours before the start of Massachusetts’ new fiscal year, the legislative conference committee tasked with ironing out differences between the House and Senate budget proposals agreed on a final compromise...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 6-14-13

In This Issue: Governor LePage Issues an Additional Veto; Congressman Michaud Explores a Run for Governor; Biennial Budget Proceeds Through the Legislature; Legislation to Repay Maine Hospitals Sent to Governor LePage;...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 13: Budgets Approved, Medicaid and Tax Bills Sent to Governor Bentley

With the constitutional deadline of midnight on the 30th day closing in, Alabama lawmakers worked at a feverish pace to complete work on some of the most substantial and controversial legislation in the 2013 session....more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 10: Slow and Steady Movement by Senate and House

As the Alabama Legislature moves closer to adjournment, legislation is making slow but steady progress. Tuesday and Thursday marked the 21st and 22nd days of the 2013 Regular Session. With only eight legislative days left and...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 6: Legislators Focus on Education, Tort Reform and Health Care

In a week that was dominated by events surrounding the Alabama Accountability Act, several significant pieces of legislation still moved through – or died in – the State House....more

Florida Legislature 2013 Pre-Session Report

The Florida Legislature will begin its 60 day annual regular session of passing new laws and regulations on March 5, 2013 and conclude on May 2, 2013. The major legislative issue areas the Florida Legislature will consider in...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 3: Alabama Trust Fund Repayment Bill Passes

The sixth and seventh legislative days of the Alabama Legislature's Regular Session saw the first bill passed by both houses and on its way to Governor Robert Bentley for his signature. As week three closed, priority...more

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