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Weekly Wrap - We saw some very early movement on budget-related issues this week, as the House Appropriations Committee reported bills to fund the state-related universities as well as the housekeeping bills (which...more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

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Judge appears to cast doubt on the case against glyphosate. March 14 was the final day of testimony in a hearing before Judge Vince Chhabria of the US District Court for the Northern District of California centering on...more

Massachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

With the end of the 2017-2018 legislative cycle fast approaching, Beacon Hill’s agenda for the coming months has begun to take shape. All major policymaking will need to be concluded by the end of formal sessions on July 31,...more

Will partisan assault on Obamacare also rack up costs of car insurance?

Although Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration may not want to stop their relentless assault on the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, there may be other reasons to persuade them to do so....more

FTC testimony underscores agency's views on certificate-of-need laws and competition in health care markets

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Staff from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appeared before the Alaska Senate Committee on Labor and Commerce on February 6, 2018, to present the FTC’s views on certificate-of-need (CON) laws and to support the repeal of...more

Closed-loop Payment System Proposed for Ohio Medical Marijuana Program

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Two identical bills (“Bills”), H.B. 495 and S.B. 254, were introduced in the past week by Representative Seitz and Senator Terhar that would require medical marijuana entities (cultivator, processors, dispensaries, and...more

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part III - Cannabis, LAFCO Law and a Round Up of Other New Laws Impacting Public Agencies

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Legislature was busy in 2017, which means plenty of laws passed in Sacramento that will impact public agencies. In this three-part series, Best Best & Krieger LLP gives a comprehensive summary of the new laws...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 1

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Another short-term continuing resolution is all but guaranteed as the current continuing resolution will expire later this month and budget talks last week did not result in a deal or hint at one in the near future. As the...more

Danish medicinal cannabis pilot scheme

by DLA Piper on

On 15 December 2017, the Danish Parliament adopted by unanimous vote a new Act on a pilot scheme on cannabis for medicinal use (the “Cannabis Act”)....more

New Tax Plan Changes Rules on Health Coverage, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

by Baker Donelson on

While primarily focused on individual and business tax cuts and reform, the final Republican tax cut bill includes several provisions expected to impact health care coverage and expenses. First, the bill effectively repeals...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

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Legislature Sustains Governor's Veto of Marijuana Implementation Legislation - On Monday, November 6, the Legislature met for the second day of the Special Session to take up the Governor’s veto of the marijuana...more

State of Florida Provides Additional Guidance on New Generator Obligation for Senior Living Facilities

Florida Argentum has worked with the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) to obtain clarification on several matters with respect to Governor Scott’s emergency...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislative Council Hears State Fiscal Report - On Tuesday, September 19, the Legislative Council...more

Protection against DOJ interference with state medical cannabis programs extended until Dec. 8

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

A bipartisan short-term funding deal signed into law by President Donald Trump on Sept. 8 extended the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment protections for lawful medical cannabis programs that allow producers, retailers and...more

California Supreme Court Clarifies that Voter Initiatives Are Not Subject to Certain of Proposition 218’s Limitations on Local...

Since Proposition 218 was passed in 1996, which added Article XIIIC to the California Constitution (“Article XIIIC”), local governments have faced heightened restrictions in their abilities to impose taxes. Specifically,...more

Federal Government Does About-Face on Enforcement of Arbitration Agreements in Employment Contracts

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

One of the changes in approach that the current administration has taken to the legal system—a change often overshadowed by other headlines—is the current administration’s willingness to enforce arbitration clauses. While...more

Worth Another Look: Marijuana, Phase 2

In January of 2017, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top 10 issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. While we’re just over a quarter of the way...more

WPI Insider Briefing: After ACA "Repeal and Replace" Effort Fails, What's Next For Employers on Health Care and Other Workplace...

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Last month began with significant momentum but long odds that Senate Republicans would pass legislation repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the early hours of July 28, GOP efforts came to a screeching...more

A New Hurdle for Medical Malpractice Claimants: Legislation Establishing Medical Review Panels Takes Effect in Kentucky

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In a step toward tort reform, on June 29, 2017, Senate Bill 4 was signed into law and went into effect in Kentucky as KRS 216C.005 et seq., establishing a requirement that all potential medical malpractice lawsuits first be...more

Public Act 17-241 — An Act Concerning Fairness in Pharmacy and Pharmacy Benefits Manager Contracts

Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy recently signed into law Public Act 17-241 (PA 17-241), which contains provisions concerning facility fees, the sending and receiving of electronic health records between hospitals and...more

State Budget Wrap-Up: Extensive Public Policy And Funding Changes - What You Need To Know

by Roetzel & Andress on

Just before the midnight deadline on Friday, Governor John R. Kasich signed the state’s two-year operating budget into law. The Governor first released his budget proposal in January 2017 and the Legislature has spent the...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - Today is the day. On the last day of the fiscal year, the House and Senate are still in Harrisburg working on a budget and revenue plan. The General Appropriations Act, H.B. 218 (Saylor, R-York), passed in...more

Senators Urge the Administration to Certify Imports of Prescription Drugs from Canada, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Update,...

by Jones Day on

On May 15, 2017, Sens. Charles Grassley (R-IA), John McCain (R-AZ), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget ("OMB") Director Mick Mulvaney prompting him to work with the Department of...more

Florida Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Last November, Florida voters overwhelmingly voted to amend the Florida Constitution to permit the use of medical marijuana. The constitutional amendment went into effect on January 3, 2017, and required regulations to be...more

Florida Medical Marijuana Licensure Update

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After no bill was passed during the 2017 regular session, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 8A in a special session and provided for the issuance of 10 new “Medical Marijuana Treatment Center” (MMTC) licenses to...more

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