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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

General Report from the Iowa Statehouse

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This week the second session of the 87th Iowa General Assembly convened and is scheduled to last 100 days. However, the Republicans, which are the majority party in both chambers, made it clear that they are aiming to adjourn...more

Tennessee Government Update

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The 210th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee reconvened on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, for the second year of the two-year session and the first year in their new legislative offices at the Cordell Hull Building. It is...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

Rural Development Council Works to Keep Georgia On Your Mind

When singers croon about the old yellow moonlight spilling through the pines of the Georgia woods, the “Georgia rain on the Jasper County clay” and taking the “midnight train to Georgia,” they evoke nostalgia for the state’s...more

Education Legislation Summary: 2017 Special Session – Biennial Budget, Connecticut General Assembly

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On October 26, 2017, the General Assembly passed Emergency Certified Bill 1502 (“Bill 1502” or “the Bill”). The Bill was signed by Governor Malloy on October 31, 2017 (except for a line item veto related to hospital charges)....more

The 2018 Virginia General Assembly Session Hasn’t Begun, but Legislation on Student Privacy and Credit Freeze Charges is Already...

by McGuireWoods LLP on

As previously written about in this blog, student privacy figured prominently in a few campaigns for the Virginia House of Delegates this past Fall. A progressive special interest group utilized Virginia’s Freedom of...more

Illinois Law Requires Quick Action on Sexual Harassment Policies for Units of Local Government

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In light of the recent spotlight in entertainment, government, media, and the law regarding unlawful harassment in the workplace, the Illinois legislature has recently taken action to ensure local governments have a handle on...more

Legislative Session Primer: Governor Holcomb's Agenda and Study Committee Recommendations

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The legislative season will officially get underway on Tuesday, November 21 when the Indiana General Assembly convenes at the Statehouse for its annual Organization Day. Two newly elected state representatives will be sworn...more

CT Creates New Brownfields Program, Adopts Brownfields Tax Credit

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Buried in an 881-page budget bill passed Thursday by the Connecticut General Assembly was a new program to support remediation and reuse of brownfields – properties long contaminated and underutilized – as well as new job...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - October, 2017 #2

by Brooks Pierce on

North Carolina Legislators finished up what is expected to be the last in a series of 2017 "special sessions" this week. The General Assembly overrode Governor Cooper's veto of S656, a bill that will cancel North Carolina's...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

Budget Update

The state budget stalemate continues nearly four months after the due date, but this week we finally saw some movement toward wrapping up the work on the 2017-2018 revenue package. First, the General Assembly checked one item...more

North Carolina Passes Senate Bill 155 To Make Various Changes to Alcoholic Beverage Laws

by Williams Mullen on

The North Carolina General Assembly passed Senate Bill 155, An Act to Make Various Changes to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Laws, during the 2017 legislative session. Most of the bill’s provisions were effective...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - October, 2017

by Brooks Pierce on

North Carolina Legislators finished up another 2017 "special session" this week. Over the next few months, members will be in Raleigh on occasion for oversight committee meetings and will return again in January 2018 for...more

5 Key Takeaways: North Carolina Legislative Update

Kilpatrick Townsend’s Government Relations Advisor Ches McDowell, based in the firm’s Raleigh and Winston-Salem offices, recently presented an update concerning the 2017 North Carolina Legislature....more

Statutory Waivers Under the New School Funding Bill

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As reported in an earlier alert, the State’s new school funding bill, Senate Bill 1947 (Public Act 100-0465), provides new mandate relief. School districts have been eligible to petition the General Assembly for waivers from...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – September, 2017 #2

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Dear Legal Mailbag: I was surprised to receive a letter the other day addressed to me as school principal with the Connecticut Department of Corrections as the return address. I opened the letter and read that it was from...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - As of our last writing, the General Assembly had sent Governor Wolf a budget bill in time to meet the June 30 deadline, but failed to pass legislation that would raise the revenue needed to foot the bill. By...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - September, 2017

by Brooks Pierce on

The legislators finished up a second short session this week, adjourning until October 4th. Redistricting - The General Assembly approved new House and Senate district maps Wednesday just ahead of the court-ordered...more

2017 Education Legislation Summary

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In its 2017 regular session, the General Assembly made a number of changes in the statutes affecting public education in Connecticut. This summary is intended to give you a brief overview of some of the more significant...more

Interim Study Committees Set to Meet This Week

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In the May 25 meeting of the Indiana Legislative Council, council leadership and members assigned topics to study in interim study committees. Those committees are set to start meeting this week. The committee meetings on the...more

NC Legislature Decides To Legislate Choice Of Law Provisions In "Business Contracts"

by Brooks Pierce on

The North Carolina General Assembly has decided to legislate choice of law in commercial transactions. The new statute, enacted in June, is called the "North Carolina Choice of Law and Forum in Business Contracts Act."...more

Pullman & Comley 2017 “interim” legislative summary for schools

The Connecticut General Assembly enacted a number of laws during its 2017 regular session that will impact Connecticut schools. Among other things, bills have been enacted that: (1) “repeal and replace” last year’s radical...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - August, 2017

by Brooks Pierce on

The legislators made their way back to Raleigh this week for the first in a series of special sessions. This particular session was intended to give legislators the chance to override gubernatorial vetoes, vote on conference...more

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