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Minnesota Department of Commerce Head Rothman Stepping Down to Run for Attorney General

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced his plans to step down after seven years to run for Attorney General in the 2018 election cycle. Governor Mark Dayton appointed Jessica Looman to serve as Commissioner of the...more

California Affordable Housing Authority Bill Signed Into Law

California Assembly Bill 1598 (Mullin) (“AB 1598”), signed into law by the Governor on October 13, 2017, authorizes cities and counties to create new affordable housing authorities for the purpose of financing low- and...more

Real Market Values and "Compression" – Property Taxes Continue to Climb in Oregon

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

One of the most significant reasons taxes have increased so much this year is "Compression." Due to Measure 5, Oregon's constitution limits the amount of taxes that can be collected from each property for two categories...more

Abrupt Closure of SynerMed Shakes Up Medical Management Industry

by Nossaman LLP on

SynerMed, a Southern California-based physician management company, will be shutting down, per an email from its CEO earlier this month. Recently, the company had come under increasing scrutiny by health plans and California...more

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Proposed Rule to Approve Arkansas Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan: November 20th...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a November 20th Federal Register Notice containing a proposed rule that would approve an Arkansas Clean Air Act State Implementation Plan (“SIP”). See 82 Fed....more

Proposed tax legislation affecting private equity

by Dentons on

As you may be aware, on November 2 the House of Representatives introduced a comprehensive tax reform bill that could affect private equity sponsors, investors and portfolio companies. On November 9, the Senate Finance...more

Oil Spill/Water Enforcement: Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality and Vicksburg, Mississippi River Barge Operator Enter...

The Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality (“MCEQ”) and Magnolia Marine Transport (“MMT”) entered into a November 1st Agreed Order (“AO”) addressing alleged violation of a provision of the Mississippi Code addressing...more

Hospitals & Physician Organizations Summary Report - November 2017

by Benesch on

Uncertainty and pressures continue to mount for healthcare providers, creating a new operating environment – Uncertainty around Medicaid and other programs, the shift to value-based care, margin pressures, the need to search...more

New PA Driver’s Licenses and Photo ID Cards

Earlier this year, PennDOT began issuing new format PA driver’s licenses and photo ID cards. The newly-designed cards will be phased in over a four-year renewal cycle until all licenses and photo IDs issued are in the new...more

Federal Subsidies on Direct-pay Taxable Bonds Could Be Reduced to $0 if Pending Tax Bills are Passed by Year End

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

As introduced, the House and Senate tax bills are projected to increase deficits and could trigger the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 (the “PAYGO law”). Without any other legislation to offset the increase, required...more

Ohio Proposes Act to Incentivize Consumer Data Security

by Benesch on

Legislation was recently introduced in Ohio encouraging businesses to take steps in protecting consumer data. Ohio Senate Bill 220, The Data Protection Act (the “Act”), provides businesses that take certain commercially...more

Cascades Frog Takes Another Leap Toward Listing under CESA

by Nossaman LLP on

On October 17, 2017, the California Fish and Game Commission (“Commission”) published notice of its preliminary positive finding on a petition to list the Cascades frog (Rana cascadae) as threatened or endangered under the...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

New Employment Laws Will Require Changes for Most Employers in 2018

by Farella Braun + Martel LLP on

The 2017 California legislative session resulted in several new laws that will affect employers’ day-to-day operations and policies in 2018. Some of these new laws, including bans on criminal history and salary history...more

Trusts and Estates Newsletter 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

After months of delay, the Connecticut General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed in large part, a budget bill in the last days of October. The bill increases the Connecticut estate and gift tax exemption to meet the...more

Attorney General: Municipalities May Lose Hundreds of Millions in Federal Grant Over Local Immigration Policies. DOJ Sets December...

On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent letters to 29 local governments considered “sanctuary cities,” warning of a December 8, 2017, deadline to end policies that prevent information-sharing between local...more

Biometric Data in the Workplace Could Trigger Privacy Litigation Wave

by Jones Day on

The Situation: While biometric data (such as fingerprints, facial recognition technology, and iris scans) can be used effectively in the workplace, privacy advocates worry that anonymity could be undermined, and plaintiffs'...more

Part Two: In-Depth Look at New York’s New Data Security Bill

Second in a two-part series. Last week, in the first part of this series, we examined several key aspects of New York’s proposed data security law, Stop Hacks and Improve Data Security Act or SHIELD Act. In our second and...more

Happiness under the African sky, or not?

by Hogan Lovells on

Everyone is in pursuit of happiness - that elusive state in the human psyche that is not merely a positive mood but a state of well-being with a sense of meaning and deep satisfaction. Happiness is fast becoming a measure for...more

Massachusetts EDCs Issue New RFP For 100 MW Of New Solar PV Generation; Bids Due December 5

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Massachusetts electric distribution companies (EDCs), in consultation with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) have issued a new request for proposals (RFP) seeking offers from eligible solar photovoltaic (Solar PV)...more

Additional Eruv Disputes in New Jersey

We recently posted about a lawsuit filed by Bergen Rockland Eruv Association, Inc. (“BREA”) against the Township of Mahwah, New Jersey, regarding a dispute over the expansion of an eruv. Since then, eruv disputes have evoked...more

NJ Tax Court Issues Ruling on Sales Tax Sourcing

by Reed Smith on

On November 16, 2017, the Tax Court of New Jersey issued a ruling in Spirit Halloween Superstores, Inc. v. Director, Division of Taxation, concerning the sourcing of sales of tangible personal property for sales tax purposes....more

Minnesota Legislative Update: Supreme Court Upholds Governor's Vetoes

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In a decision issued yesterday, the Minnesota Supreme Court concluded that Governor Dayton’s line-item vetoes of the operating appropriations for the Minnesota Senate and House of Representatives did not violate a Governor’s...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap - It was back to business as usual this week in Harrisburg, as the Senate returned for three days of voting session. While not in session, the House of Representatives was also busy, holding some public...more

Connecticut Launches New and Incentivized Brownfields Program

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

On October 31, Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law Connecticut’s bipartisan budget bill, which provides for a tax incentive plan to support brownfields remediation and reuse. The new plan, called the 7/7 Brownfields...more

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