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Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #9

Although the House and Senate floors were quiet today, legislators were at work throughout the Capitol with late efforts to get legislation through committees. Desperation is becoming palpable—with only four legislative days...more

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 11

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - Omnibus Could Be Released Today. House Republicans are scheduled to have a meeting early this evening to discuss the FY18 Omnibus bill and the text of the bill could possibly...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #8

Legislators rounded third and headed for home today under the Gold Dome, completing Legislative Day 36 of 40. But even as the legislative session enters the home stretch, there remains much work to be done. After full...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #4

Just after Governor Deal signed the Amended FY 2018 Budget in Cedartown this morning, the House set to work adopting its proposal for the FY 2019 Budget. Notably included in the over $50 billion spending package ($26 billion...more

Let’s Start Over – 2018 Health Savings Account Cost of Living Adjustments

by Ruder Ware on

It is unusual for the IRS to implement a retroactive change to a previously announced limit (whether it be qualified plan limits or HSA limits). Especially when the change is a reduction in the amount that taxpayers can...more

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 9

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Omnibus Wrap-up: On Thursday, Appropriations Subcommittees had to report any unresolved issues up to the Full Committee and while the work largely appears to be done,...more

Gold Dome Report - March 2018 #1

After a late night at the State Capitol, the House and Senate convened today with short calendars but weighty issues. The Senate approved HB 918, Governor Deal’s tax reform measure this morning. ...more

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 8

by Clark Hill PLC on

FY18 Omnibus. With the past week being a recess period, House and Senate Appropriators made little progress on drafting the Omnibus bill, but Clark Hill is hearing Appropriators have finalized or are close to finalizing...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #14

Completing their last convening before Crossover Day on Wednesday, the House and Senate dispensed with long calendars today. Although the House considered 24 measures and the Senate considered 29, the mood under the Gold Dome...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #13

The House and Senate capped off a busy pre-Crossover week with several weighty propositions on their respective floors. In the Senate, members considered the “Keep Faith and Freedom in Adoption and Foster Care Act”, a...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #12

The House worked a full day today, taking up 14 measures on the floor before handling a full slate of committee meetings. Among the bills adopted by the House were provisions allowing QBE funding to follow students being...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #10

After breaking for Washington’s Birthday, the General Assembly began its all-out sprint to Crossover Day today with both chambers finishing their work before lunch only to reconvene in a flurry of committee meetings. ...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #11

Sixteen more days! But, who is counting? Sine Die is quickly approaching, marking an end to Georgia’s 2018 legislative session. Thus, committees in the House and Senate are now meeting in earnest as lawmakers introduce their...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 7

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - FY18 Appropriations Wrap-up. House Appropriators are trying to finish drafting the FY18 Omnibus Appropriations bill by March 14 in order to give Congress enough time to pass...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #9

Wrapping up their legislative week, the Senate adopted two provisions today closely watched by state agencies and local school districts. First, the Senate adopted its version of HB 683, the Amended FY 2018 Budget, by a vote...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #8

Happy Valentine’s Day to our readers! While chocolates and flowers poured through the doors of various offices in the State Capitol today, lawmakers were working on a number of important issues, including delving deeper into...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #7

Tax reform came to Georgia today with Governor Nathan Deal announcing the State’s response to last year’s federal tax reform. HB 918, carried by Deal’s floor leader Rep. Chuck Efstration (R-Dacula), allows Georgia taxpayers...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #6

Lawmakers hit the ground running today with Legislative Day 19, riding on good news on tax revenues that emerged late last week. On Friday, Governor Deal announced that the state’s tax revenues for the month of January were...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #5

House members have begun working in earnest on the FY 2019 Budget with several Subcommittees of the House Appropriations Committee soliciting testimony on the Governor’s budget proposal. Meanwhile, the General Assembly awaits...more

House, Senate Proposals to Extend Funding for the Federal Government

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Congress moved one step closer to avoiding a government shutdown on Feb. 6, voting overwhelmingly (245-182) to pass a short-term, GOP-backed government funding bill (text; section-by-section) that would keep the federal...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #4

Legislative Day 17 was billed by some as “Health Day” under the Gold Dome. After the Georgia State Senate took up three health-related bills on its Rules Calendar, members of the House Appropriations Committee heard...more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #2

The General Assembly returned to work today with a fresh spirit of cooperation. After delaying action Thursday on the compromise version of HB 159, the much-debated adoption bill, the Senate voted 53-2 to approve the...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Petition Submitted for Citizen Initiative to Add New Tax to Fund Homecare Services - On January 26, the Maine People's Alliance (MPA) submitted a petition to the Secretary of State's office that, if certified, would put a...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap: - With only the Senate in town this week, it was relatively quiet on the legislative front. On Monday, the Senate Appropriations Committee reported out S.B. 21 (Mensch, R-Berks). Known as the “Employment First...more

2018 Budget Deal Delays Several Affordable Care Act Taxes and Fees

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On January 22, 2018, President Trump signed into law H.R. 195 (hereinafter referred to as the “2018 Budget Deal”) which ended the federal government shutdown and funds the federal government through February 8, 2018. In...more

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