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Texas Voters Relax Home Equity Lending Restrictions

Texas has long had some of the tightest consumer protections in the home equity lending space. After years of lobbying by the industry, a constitutional amendment was submitted to voters on November 7, 2017, aimed at relaxing...more

The Revival of North Carolina General Assembly Special Sessions and Why They Matter

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

Brief History of Special Sessions - In odd numbered years, after the North Carolina General Assembly adjourns its Long Session, the body typically abstains from lawmaking through the commencement of the Short Session the...more

Florida’s Minimum Wage to Increase on January 1, 2018

Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that created Florida’s minimum wage in November of 2004. The minimum wage applies to all employees in the state covered by the federal minimum wage....more

All Bets Are On in California? The Golden State’s Bid to Legalize Sports Gambling

If you’re gearing up for your fantasy football draft, you might be interested to know that the California Legislature is considering a proposal to legalize sports gambling. Assembly Constitutional Amendment No. 18 is a...more

New Florida Law Demonstrates Tension Between Medical Marijuana and Employer Drug Policies

Florida Governor Rick Scott recently signed into law a medical marijuana use bill that was prompted by a voter referendum that amended the Florida Constitution to provide certain patients the right to use marijuana for...more

PA Supreme Court Restricts General Assembly’s Right to Spend Oil & Gas Royalty Money

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court continues to expand the reach of the Environmental Rights Amendment to the state Constitution. Adopted in 1971, the Environmental Rights Amendment recognizes that the people have a right to...more

In The Weeds: Florida Lawmakers Provide Medical Marijuana Guidance For The Workplace

by Fisher Phillips on

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a medical marijuana bill into law on Friday that provides guidelines on the implementation of the state’s Constitutional Amendment regarding medical marijuana. The good news for employers:...more

Client Alert: Effects of Florida’s New Medical Marijuana Framework on Patients, Physicians, and Entrepreneurs

During a special legislative session ending June 2, 2017, the Florida legislature passed Senate Bill 8-A (“SB 8-A”), authored by Senator Bradley, amending Florida's medical marijuana laws to reflect the 2016 passage of...more

2017-2018 Legislative Session: Wage Theft and Other Employment Issues

Massachusetts lawmakers continue to debate legislation this session with substantial implications for employers in the Commonwealth. Bills aimed at preventing wage theft by employers, establishing a paid family and medical...more

Florida Preserves Employer Protections in Medical Marijuana Bill

Voters in the November 8, 2016, general election in the state of Florida approved the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative. The initiative required a supermajority vote to pass, with at least 60 percent of voters...more

Client Alert: Medical Marijuana - Florida Legislative Update

When Florida’s regular legislative session came to a close on the evening of May 5, 2017, lawmakers had yet to reach a consensus on how to implement “Amendment 2” – the state’s recently passed addition of Section 29 to...more

Mexico Hydrocarbons Commission Calls Tender for Second PEMEX Farmout

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Eight More Onshore and Offshore Farmouts Set for 2017 and 2018 Mexico's 2013 Energy Constitutional Reform opened exploration and production (E&P) of the oil and gas sectors to private investment and contracting....more

NC Legislative Update - March 2017 #4

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - The week began Monday evening with Gov. Cooper’s (D) State of the State address to a joint session of the North Carolina General Assembly. In his address Cooper outlined his goals for the direction in which...more

The introduction of GST to India - What businesses should look out for in 2017

by Dentons on

The Constitution Amendment Bill for Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been approved by The President of India and the GST council have decided to enforce GST from 1st July 2017....more

Pending Alabama Tax Legislation (2017 Regular Session) State and Local Tax Alert: Alabama Edition

The House and Senate have each met a total of six legislative days thus far. There are therefore 24 legislative days remaining in the 2017 Regular Session. The House will reconvene on Tuesday, February 28 at 1:00 p.m. The...more

Mexico Finalizes Significant Changes to Its Labor Justice System

On February 24, 2017, Mexico’s Official Gazette of the Federation (known as the Diario Oficial de la Federación or DOF) published a decree that reformed and added several dispositions of Articles 107 and 123 of the Mexican...more

Texas Legislative Outlook

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

It’s that time again – the 85th Texas Legislature is underway in Austin, and a number of bills could affect civil litigation in state courts. Below are a few bills that trial lawyers may want to follow....more

Ohio’s Minimum Wage Set to Rise January 1, 2017 and Mandatory Poster

by Dickinson Wright on

18 Other States and the District of Columbia Also Set to Rise - As we near the end of 2016, Ohio employers should note that as of January 1, 2017, Ohio’s minimum wage rate will increase by $.05 cents per hour, from...more

Colorado Voters Approve Minimum Wage Increase

by Messner Reeves LLP on

On November 8, 2016, Colorado voters approved Amendment 70, a ballot initiative which will amend the state’s constitution and current minimum wage law. The change in law will take effect on January 1, 2017....more

Nevada Supreme Court Issues Important Opinions Concerning Nevada’s Minimum Wage

by Snell & Wilmer on

On October 27, 2016, the Nevada Supreme Court published two opinions that directly affect Nevada employers and workers. Both dealt with Nevada’s Minimum Wage Amendment (MWA), an amendment added to the Nevada Constitution in...more

All Power To The People: Initiatives And Referenda In California

by Allen Matkins on

A year ago, I addressed the effective date of California legislative bills in this post. In California, the people can also exercise legislative power through two different mechanisms – the initiative and the referendum. In...more

California Voters Reject 11th Hour Gutting And Amending Of Bills

by Allen Matkins on

Not quite a year ago, I wrote: A reader of the California Constitution would be lead to believe that the course of legislation is orderly and predictable. Under Article IV, Section 8(b), the legislature may make no law...more

Minnesota 2016 Election Summary

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

The Donald Trump wave that swept the Midwest certainly had an impact in Minnesota. As of Wednesday morning, Hillary Clinton led Donald Trump in Minnesota by 46.4% to 45%, a margin of only 43,000 votes in what had been...more

Hazy Future Ahead For Florida Employers After Medical Marijuana Vote

by Fisher Phillips on

Yesterday’s election result means that Florida will soon be the 26th state in the country to permit certain eligible users to use medical marijuana without fear of prosecution by state officials. The passage of Constitutional...more

Nevada’s Trio of Cases: State Supreme Court Resolves Questions on the Minimum Wage Amendment

On October 27, 2016, the Supreme Court of Nevada issued decisions in a trio of cases resolving important questions about Nevada’s Minimum Wage Amendment. In 2006, the Minimum Wage Amendment amended the Nevada...more

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