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The rising sun of HEA reauthorization

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Behind the scenes of the turmoil in Washington this year, congressional staff have been hard at work on the next iteration of the Higher Education Act. At long last, the curtain-raising for HEA reauthorization is expected...more

Calif. AG Says SB 415 Applies to Charter Cities and Local School Districts Governed by Charter Cities - California Voter...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Last week, Attorney General Xavier Becerra opined that the California Voter Participation Rights Act, also known as SB 415, applies to charter cities and school districts governed by charter cities. In the second opinion...more

Tackling Tax Reform – Part II: The Legislative Process

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On April 11, 2017, we discussed what constitutes Tax Reform. In this blog post, we will explore the process by which Tax Reform will likely be created. After reading this post, if it seems to you that the legislative process...more

Brexit: The UK's Great Repeal Bill White Paper Published

by DLA Piper on

Only days after Article 50 was triggered by Theresa May, formally starting the process of the UK's withdrawal from the EU, the UK Government has published a White Paper explaining how it plans to legislate for Brexit....more

Outlook 2017: Administrative Levers and Mechanisms for Policy Change (Transcript)

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

What impact will the incoming Trump administration have on potential levers of policy change that are available to the Congress and the Executive branch? Having previously served with the Office of the Solicitor General and...more

BB&K Advocacy Brief: Proposition 54 and Local Governments

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The intent of Proposition 54 is to prevent legislation that mysteriously appears in the final hours of session by requiring bills to be published online for three days (72 hours) before a final vote. It passed with a...more

Will the ACA Stay or Will it Go?

by Snell & Wilmer on

After surviving two Supreme Court cases and numerous repeal efforts, the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) is in jeopardy again. Despite the law’s uncertainty, employers may want to continue their compliance efforts because: (1)...more

Ohio Legislature Concludes 131st General Assembly in Marathon Session Lasting Until 3:30 AM Last Friday

by Roetzel & Andress on

After a whirlwind final week of the lame duck session, where the Legislature passed various, often times emotion-evoking measures (including gun rights, abortion, unemployment compensation fund changes, municipal minimum wage...more

Legislative Solutions: 2017 Virginia and North Carolina Legislative Preview

by Williams Mullen on

Business leaders recognize the importance of seeking legal counsel to navigate the complex laws and regulations governing health care. However, changing business practices to comply with the legal landscape can be costly,...more

NAPABA Has a Lobby Day and So Should You!

by Blank Rome LLP on

A “lobby day” is an event hosted by a non-governmental organization, usually on a select day and an annual basis, where its members meet personally with elected officials to advocate and explain support for legislation that...more

The 21st Century Cures Act on the Verge of Passage?

by Goodwin on

In June last year, we outlined the key exclusivity provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act. Then in July 2015, we reported that the House of Representatives passed a form of the Act by a vote of 344-77....more

Solon And The California Constitution

by Allen Matkins on

Article IV, Section 8 of the California Constitution requires that to be passed, a bill must first be read...more

The nuts and bolts of HEA Reauthorization

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As most in higher education are aware, Congress presently is working to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.), the seminal legislation that created and governs the administration of...more

TSCA Legislation Passes the Senate, Nears Final Passage

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On December 17, 2015, the Senate unanimously approved legislation to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The legislation amended the bill already approved by the House of Representatives by substituting the text...more

Initiative Measure Aims To Retard Gut And Amend Legislation

by Allen Matkins on

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 except by statute and no statute...more

Why Courts Should Give The Legislature The Benefit Of The Doubt

by Allen Matkins on

Like many others, I’m a huge fan of Justice William W. Bedsworth’s column, “A Criminal Waste of Space”.  Today’s post was inspired by Justice Bedsworth’s most recent column bemoaning the misplaced instinct of lawyers in their...more

The Nuts and Bolts of Reauthorization

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As most in higher education are aware, Congress is currently working to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), the seminal legislation that created and governs the administration of the federal...more

Little Used House Procedure Saves the Ex-Im Bank

by King & Spalding on

Who would have guessed that congressional supporters of the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) would have used a House procedure established over 100 years ago, and not used successfully since 2002, to save the Ex-Im Bank?...more

Just When Does That Law Take Effect?

by Allen Matkins on

The California legislature sits in a two-year session known as a biennium.  The current session is the 2015-2016 session.  The first year of the session ended on September 11, 2015.  That was the last day for the legislature...more

Special Session Ends with Handful of Noteworthy Tax Bills, Predictions for Next Special Session

The first Special Session of 2015 ended on Tuesday, August 11, without accomplishing the primary objective of passing a General Fund budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. The Governor’s “call” for the special session included...more

Verfassungsbeschwerden gegen Tarifeinheitsgesetz eingelegt

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Gegen das seit einer knappen Woche geltende Gesetz zur Tarifeinheit liegen nun zwei Verfassungsbeschwerden vor. Eingereicht haben sie der Marburger Bund sowie die Pilotenvereinigung Cockpit. Gleichzeitig mit der Einlegung der...more

Guests Laura DeVivo and Angel Sams Explain the N.C. General Assembly's Recently-Concluded and Critical "Crossover" Period

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The "crossover" period has just ended in the North Carolina General Assembly, which is an inflection point for pending bills in each session. Here with a wonderful explanation of what "crossover" means, both technically and...more

NC Legislative Update for May 2015

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - “Crossover” - the date by which a bill must pass out of the chamber in which it originated to remain eligible for the 2015-16 session - expired on Thursday. Throughout the week, lawmakers cumulatively...more

TSCA Reform: Senate Committee Holds Markup and Passes Bipartisan Substitute Bill

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On April 28, 2015, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing to consider several bills, including the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697). Prior to the hearing, on...more

Amended Udall-Vitter TSCA Reform Bill Reaches Senate Floor

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On April 28, a modified version of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697), also known as the “Udall-Vitter” Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform bill, was approved by the Senate...more

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