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Budget Update - It was a busy week in Harrisburg as the legislature got down to the business of putting the state budget to bed at long last. After having sent the Governor an omnibus Administrative Code bill last week,...more

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

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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

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - This week brought another false start to the now four-month overdue state budget. All signs pointed toward “go” last week; the Senate even scheduled additional session days to come to Harrisburg and finally...more

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Weekly Wrap - Pennsylvania’s state spending plan for the 2017-2018 fiscal year is long overdue. Yes, we had a “budget” by July 1, but legislation necessary to raise revenue needed to pay for it has been stalled ever since....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

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - September 2017#3

Trump is Still Pulling Out of Paris Agreement, Despite Chatter of a Reversal, Experts Say - "President Donald Trump is unlikely to reverse his position to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, despite the White House...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

NC Legislative Update: End of Session Wrap

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

2017 Session - After 23 weeks of session, lawmakers adjourned the 2017 long session of the North Carolina General Assembly on June 30th. The Adjournment Resolution passed by both bodies reconvenes the legislature on...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

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State of Maine Endured Short, Tension-filled Shutdown - Around 2:00 am on Tuesday, July 4, Governor LePage signed the biennial budget that had been delivered to him moments before by the Secretary of the Maine Senate,...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

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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

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

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

Illinois Has a Budget But Schools Are Not Yet Out of the Woods

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Illinois House voted last week to override Governor Rauner’s veto of the budget bill, income tax increase, and the budget implementation bill. The House vote came on the heels of the Illinois Senate’s override vote on...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

State Budget Down to the Wire - At publication time on this last day of June 2017, the Maine Legislature had yet to enact a budget for the biennium that starts at midnight tonight. Last week, the Legislature was presented...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - Today is the day. On the last day of the fiscal year, the House and Senate are still in Harrisburg working on a budget and revenue plan. The General Appropriations Act, H.B. 218 (Saylor, R-York), passed in...more

The Oregon Corporate Gross Receipts May Be Dead – at Least for Now

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

For more than a year, I have been discussing the potential that Oregon lawmakers will pass a corporate gross receipts tax. On May 26, 2017, we discussed recent events that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the...more

NC Legislative Update: June 2017 #3

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Cpl. Dillon C. Baldridge, a native of Youngsville, NC, was one of three soldiers killed in Afghanistan on June 10th, 2017. We are eternally grateful for his service to this country and for his sacrifice. Our...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - Today marks just one week until the June 30 budget deadline. Seven days. A mere 168 hours to finish hashing out an over $30 billion state spending plan to carry us through the next fiscal year. While we still...more

Do Read the Fine Print – California’s Recent Budget Makes a Number of Labor and Employment Policy Changes

by Fisher Phillips on

Last week, (by their constitutional June 15 deadline) the California Legislature passed and sent to the Governor a $184.5 billion budget for fiscal year 2017-18. Most of the media attention focused on tobacco tax...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: From the Capitol to the Courtroom

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Following the adjournment of the 2017 regular session and a short special session, the Legislature passed and presented to Governor Dayton a comprehensive and balanced budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, including nine...more

Alabama Tax Legislative Summary: 2017 Regular Session -- Some Unofficial Predictions For Upcoming Session(s)

The Alabama Legislature adjourned late Friday, May 19, with several tax bills crossing the finish line during the final week (and many on the last day). Both the Education Trust Fund and General Fund budgets were passed by...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Budget Negotiations Continue - The Legislature continues its work to develop a compromise budget...more

News From Second & State

Weekly Wrap - As we close out week two of “budget month,” there’s not a whole lot to report on that front. After the Governor signed the long awaited pension reform bill on Monday, House Majority Leader Dave Reed...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 6/12-6/16

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week....more

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