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NJ Tax Court Issues Ruling on Sales Tax Sourcing

by Reed Smith on

On November 16, 2017, the Tax Court of New Jersey issued a ruling in Spirit Halloween Superstores, Inc. v. Director, Division of Taxation, concerning the sourcing of sales of tangible personal property for sales tax purposes....more

President Trump To Open Skies For Companies To Test Commercial Drones

Recently, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum purporting to relax rules for testing of commercial drones by private sector corporations. The Memorandum proposes that more companies should be allowed to fly their...more

Three Questions on Disaster Response with Ernie Abbott, Of Counsel, Baker Donelson

by Baker Donelson on

What is the status of funding for rebuilding after the recent disasters in Florida, Georgia, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and what can we expect moving forward? After each of the big disasters that have...more

A Comparison of Key Provisions for Tax-Exempt Organizations

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Senate weighed in on tax reform by releasing a revised Chairman’s Mark of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” on Nov. 14, 2017. Many provisions of the Chairman’s Mark closely track the House bill, but the two differ substantially...more

SEC Provides Greater Deference to Public Company Boards

On Nov. 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14I(CF), which articulates important interpretive guidance relating to shareholder proposals submitted to public companies for...more

Employment Law This Week®: New York Employee Scheduling Regulations, NLRB General Counsel Confirmed, Decrease in EEOC Charge...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

House Passes and Senate Considers GOP Tax Proposals, Leadership Target End of Year for Passage

by Baker Donelson on

On November 16, House Republicans approved H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, on a party-line vote of 227 to 205, with 13 Republicans and all Democrats voting against passage. Senate Republicans are also moving toward passing...more

Tracking Tax Reform: Comparison of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as Passed by the House and Approved by the Senate Finance Committee

by Locke Lord LLP on

On November 16, the House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “House Bill”) by a 227-205 vote. Also on November 16, members of the Senate Finance Committee voted 14-12 to approve their own tax bill (the “Senate Plan”). The...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: Supreme Court Upholds Governor's Vetoes

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In a decision issued yesterday, the Minnesota Supreme Court concluded that Governor Dayton’s line-item vetoes of the operating appropriations for the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives did not violate a Governor’s...more

Three Key Aspects of the Proposed Reform to the CFIUS Process

On November 8, 2017, members of the U.S. House and Senate introduced companion legislation that would update the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (“CFIUS”) and the national security review process. The bill,...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - It was back to business as usual this week in Harrisburg, as the Senate returned for three days of voting session. While not in session, the House of Representatives was also busy, holding some public...more

National Flood Insurance Program Gets One Step Closer to Renewal

by Locke Lord LLP on

This week, the 21st Century Flood Reform Act (H.R. 2874) passed the House of Representatives and is now headed to the Senate. H.R. 2874 would renew the National Flood Insurance Program (“NFIP”) for an additional 5 years...more

CHIP Reauthorization Stalls in Congress, Increasing Fiscal Pressure on States

by Baker Donelson on

Reauthorization of federal funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has stalled in Congress due to partisan disagreements over fiscal offsets. The delay in the extension of federal funding has put...more

With December Deadlines Approaching, Congress Considers Another Continuing Resolution

by Baker Donelson on

With less than a month remaining before the December 8 deadline for adopting an appropriations deal and the December 15 deadline to lift the debt ceiling, it is increasingly likely that Congress will once again pass a...more

Zatezalo Confirmed As The Assistant Secretary Of Labor For The Mine Safety And Health Administration

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On November 15th, 2017, David Zatezalo was confirmed as the new Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Mine Safety and Health Administration. The Senate voted 52 for and 46 against to confirm Mr. Zatezalo, as the vote went...more

Alberta Introduces New Legislation to Regulate Recreational Cannabis

On November 16, 2017, the Government of Alberta introduced Bill 26, An Act to Control and Regulate Cannabis (Bill), which contains the proposed regulatory framework for recreational cannabis sales in Alberta. The Bill seeks...more

Affordable Care Act Initially Fades from Spotlight; Reemerges in Senate Republicans' Latest Tax Proposal

by Baker Donelson on

After dominating the agenda for most of 2017, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) seemed to take a backseat at first as Republicans shifted their focus to enacting tax legislation. The initial momentum behind the bipartisan...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 35

by Clark Hill PLC on

Ryan Hints at Short-Term Spending Bill: Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday said Republicans might need a short-term spending bill to prevent a government shutdown on December 9. Ryan said the House GOP's goal is to pass a...more

Changes to Illinois Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act Become Law

by Locke Lord LLP on

The Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act, which requires insurers to periodically match their policies, annuity contracts, and retained asset accounts against the United States Social Security Administration’s Death Master...more

EU adopts sanctions against Venezuela

by White & Case LLP on

The EU has adopted a range of targeted sanctions against Venezuela, including an arms embargo and a ban on exports of equipment which could be used for internal repression and surveillance, as well as setting up a legal...more

Illinois Senate Fails to Override Governor’s Veto of Salary History Ban

Bucking the nationwide trend, Illinois was unable to pass a law prohibiting employers from asking job applicants about their salary history. On November 9, 2017, the Illinois Senate failed to override Governor Rauner’s veto...more

Latest tax legislation makes for interesting reading

by DLA Piper on

The final Taxation Laws Amendment Bill 2017 (the TLAB) was introduced in the National Assembly on 25 October 2017 for ratification and signature by the President which is expected by early January 2018....more

House and Senate Tax Reform Proposals Diverge on Energy Provisions

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On November 2, House Republicans introduced H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Senate Republicans followed suit shortly thereafter, releasing their proposal on November 9. The House Ways & Means Committee concluded its markup...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Upholds Governor’s Veto of Legislative Appropriations

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld Governor Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of appropriations for the Minnesota House and Senate for the 2018-2019 biennium. The Court acted with only a single dissent....more

The rising sun of HEA reauthorization

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Behind the scenes of the turmoil in Washington this year, congressional staff have been hard at work on the next iteration of the Higher Education Act. At long last, the curtain-raising for HEA reauthorization is expected...more

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