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Florida Constitution Revision Commission Meets for Final Time and Approves 8 Ballot Measures

by Carlton Fields on

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) met in an extended session on April 16, and approved a total of eight ballot measures to revise the Florida Constitution. This extended session acted as the final meeting for...more

Amending The Florida Constitution: New Ballot Language To Be Crafted For 25 Proposals

by Carlton Fields on

With a May 10 deadline approaching, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) began its own “session” last week, forwarding 25 of 37 proposals to amend the Florida Constitution to the Style and Drafting Committee to...more

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 11

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This week, a series of key pieces of legislation made their way through the legislative process and in some cases, to the Governor for her signature. These are viewed as critical to finishing the legislative session....more

China's New Anti-Corruption Agency Will Wield Broad Powers

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

On March 20, 2018, China's legislature passed the Supervision Law, granting extremely broad investigative powers to a new anti-corruption agency – the National Supervision Commission (“NSC”) – established by constitutional...more

Texas Finance and Credit Union Commissions Adopt Interpretation Amendments to Implement Changes to Home Equity Loan Provisions

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The Finance Commission of Texas and the Texas Credit Union Commission recently adopted amended regulations to implement changes to the home equity loan provisions of the Texas Constitution. As we previously reported, the...more

Chinese Government Reorganization

by WilmerHale on

Attention during China's annual lianghui (conferences of the advisory Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference followed by the largely rubber stamp legislative National People's Congress) focused on adoption of the...more

How a constitutional amendment is transforming litigation in Mexico

by Hogan Lovells on

In 2017, Mexico’s congress approved a key amendment to its Federal Commercial Code. The amendment is now driving dramatic changes to the country’s trial process. One of those changes — a shift from written to oral proceedings...more

Informing Illinois Newsletter - March 2018

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Illinois Supreme Court Says Gun Ban Near Parks Is Unconstitutional - On February 1, 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the portion of the Unlawful Use of a Weapon (UUW) statute that criminalized the possession of...more

Sovereign Immunity in Arkansas: Absolute or Only a Bar to Monetary Recovery?

My law firm colleagues, Megan Hargraves and Devin Bates, recently authored an article titled: Sovereign Immunity in Arkansas: Absolute or Only a Bar to Monetary Recovery? ...more

Sovereign Immunity in Arkansas: Absolute or Only a Bar to Monetary Recovery?

Earlier this year, the Arkansas Supreme Court handed down a case that reduced the ability to sue the State. See Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas v. Andrews. This decision has been controversial; it has already...more

Ballot Initiative Seeks to Eliminate Prop 13 for Commercial and Industrial Real Estate

Initiative 17-0055 would limit Proposition 13 protection to residential property. New initiative seeks to eliminate Proposition 13 protection for commercial and industrial property by requiring fair market value...more

NC Legislative Update - January 2018

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

JANUARY UPDATE - As directed in the adjournment resolution from October of last year, lawmakers gathered in Raleigh on January 10th, to gavel in for what became a one day-long session. The anticipated reason for their...more

2018 Political Law Update

As we enter the new year, there are new changes in state and federal lobbying, gift and campaign finance laws. California: In September, Gov. Jerry Brown signed new campaign finance laws that require political committees...more

Patients Stand To Lose if Amendment 7 Goes to Polls

Protecting Hospitals — Sacrificing Patients - Patient Access to Adverse-Incident Reports Threatened - Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission has on its 2018 agenda a proposal to amend a provision that gives parties...more

2018 Georgia Legislative Session Preview

by Dentons on

After clearing the cobwebs from the General Assembly's levers of power, Georgia lawmakers arriving in Atlanta today will find no shortage of thorny propositions awaiting them: budget priorities, rural development and...more

Texas Home Equity Loan Amendments Enacted

by Alston & Bird on

Texans approved a constitutional amendment changing the state’s home equity loan landscape beginning January 1. Our Financial Services & Products Group examines the new law and its implications and limitations....more

Court Finds Florida Statute Preempts Miami Beach Minimum Wage Ordinance

On December 13, 2017, a Florida district court of appeal held that Miami Beach violated Florida law by enacting a local ordinance increasing the minimum wage. According to the court, Florida law prohibits municipalities from...more

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

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