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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

Recent Updates to Connecticut Statutory Landlord/Tenant Law

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

This past legislative session of the Connecticut General Assembly saw assorted legislation that collectively seeks to further regulate the conduct of landlords, who already must navigate an often cumbersome and confusing...more

2017 Employment Legislation Summary

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In its 2017 session, the General Assembly passed a number of new laws affecting employers. Except as otherwise noted, the changes are effective October 1, 2017. The following material summarizes these new laws, but the...more

Illinois General Assembly Stealthily Enacts Version of Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act

by Alston & Bird on

In an unexpected development, Illinois has adopted a modified version of the 2016 Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (RUUPA) as part of the General Assembly’s effort to enact a state budget. The Illinois Act was added to...more

2017 N.C. Legislative Session in Review

by Smith Anderson on

The N.C. General Assembly worked into the early morning hours on June 30 to finish its business for the 2017 legislative session. The session officially began January 11 and ran for six months for a total of 93 legislative...more

Government Affairs Insights: Budget Update

by Murtha Cullina on

July 1 began the new fiscal year for the state budget. At this stage, the four political caucuses and the Governor have not been able to reach a consensus on a biennial budget for Fiscal Years 18 & 19....more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - This was the week of the budget that wasn’t. Just in time to meet the deadline, the general assembly sent H.B. 218 (Saylor, R-York) – a $32 billion state spending plan for the 2017-2018 fiscal year – to Gov....more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues Transformative Decision in Environmental Rights Amendment Case

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently issued a landmark decision regarding Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, also known as the “Environmental Rights Amendment.” This amendment holds significance to...more

What Businesses Should Know About the 2017 North Carolina Legislative Session

by Brooks Pierce on

The North Carolina General Assembly has left Raleigh after enacting a biennial budget and considering hundreds of bills during a six-month session. Legislators will return in August and September to consider other matters...more

2017 Legislative Session: Refusing to Budge(t)

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The 2017 regular legislative session ended at midnight on June 7, 2017, with Governor Malloy and the Connecticut General Assembly unable to agree on a biennial budget for the period from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019, or...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

The Long Goodbye: General Assembly's 2017 Long Session Ends, But Additional Fall Sessions Remain

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

In the early morning hours of June 30th, the North Carolina General Assembly adjourned its 2017 Long Session after a lengthy night of debate, negotiation, and casting votes. This year's adjournment date marks the second...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - June, 2017 #5

by Brooks Pierce on

This week the General Assembly worked through the final bills of the session as the chambers prepared for adjournment of the 2017 long session....more

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