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FY 2019 President's Budget Request: Relevant Programmatic Figures

Various state environmental agency organizations have commented on the fiscal year 2019 President’s Budget Request (“Budget”). The organizations addressing the Budget include: The National Association of Clean Air...more

A Peek Inside the Trump Infrastructure Plan: What Local Government Agencies Should Know - The State of the Union Address and a...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address last night, he touched on infrastructure by discussing a proposed plan to direct at least $1.5 trillion toward infrastructure investment over the next decade. To...more

New York May Consider Recreational Marijuana Legalization

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

New York is currently taking steps to investigate the possible legalization of recreational marijuana in New York. In July 2017 we talked about the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (“MRTA”), S.3040B/A.3506B, in...more

Colorado Mini-Stark Bill Indefinitely Postponed; FSED Bill Amended

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

On February 14, 2018, the Colorado Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee unanimously voted to indefinitely postpone consideration of SB18-115, which proposed to extend the prohibition on self-referrals that...more

D.C. releases revised Bill of Rights for student loan borrowers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities, and Banking (DISB) has released for comment a revised “Student Loan Borrower’s Bill of Rights.” ...more

Settlement Reached with CalPERS on Behalf of Truckee BB&K Represented Town in Negotiations

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Following a CalPERS audit of the Town of Truckee, Calif. about three years ago, CalPERS determined that merit pay was not PERSable because it was only offered to employees who had reached the maximum on their salary ranges....more

Does Anything Good Happen After Midnight? Austin, Texas Adopts Paid Sick Leave

by Littler on

At approximately 1:00 a.m. CST on February 16, 2018, the Austin, Texas City Council approved an ordinance establishing a paid sick leave requirement that will apply to all private employers located within the City. If, as...more

Scathing Study Calls Out Cook County Property Assessments

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Last Friday, the Civic Consulting Alliance (CCA) released a study that calls into question the fairness of the property tax assessment system for Cook County for residential properties. The study, commissioned last July by...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Governor LePage Delivers State of the State Address - Governor LePage delivered his final State of the State address to the Legislature on Tuesday, February 13. The speech, which lasted nearly an hour and a half, focused...more

An Important Reminder About Concentration Limits: How Much is Too Much?

by Reminger Co., LPA on

If you work with clients in the State of Ohio, it is important to be mindful of concentration limits placed on the recommendations of direct placement programs (DPPs), such as non-traded real estate investment trusts...more

Top Developments/Headlines in Trade Secret, Computer Fraud, and Non-Compete Law in 2017

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Continuing our annual tradition, we present the top developments/headlines for 2017/2018 in trade secret, computer fraud, and non-compete law....more

Real Estate and Construction Newsletter - February 2018

by Barley Snyder on

Pennsylvania Construction Contractors Under The Gun For Misclassifying Employees As Independent Contractors - Pennsylvania has been sending a strong message to contractors that it is enforcing a law penalizing contractors...more

Private Activity Bonds Under President Trump's "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America"

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The White House released a 53-page framework on Tuesday setting forth its legislative goals for rebuilding America's infrastructure (the Infrastructure Plan)....more

Dock Access: Michigan Appellate Court Addresses Non-Riparian Lot Owner Issue

The Michigan Court of Appeals addressed in a January 16th opinion an action in which the Plaintiff sought to limit the rights of non-riparian lot owners to maintain a dock at the end of a dedicated private road abutting a...more

Wisconsin Using the NMLS Uniform Authorized Agent Reporting

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On February 1, 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions started using the NMLS Uniform Authorized Agent Reporting (UAAR) functionality to fulfill agent reporting requirements....more

Gold Dome Report - February 2018 #9

Wrapping up their legislative week, the Senate adopted two provisions today closely watched by state agencies and local school districts. First, the Senate adopted its version of HB 683, the Amended FY 2018 Budget, by a vote...more

Update on Colorado’s Proposed Privacy and Cybersecurity Legislation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As we first reported in our January 22, 2018, alert, the Colorado legislature is considering legislation that, if enacted, would significantly change Colorado privacy and data security law....more

Minnesota Legislative Update: 2018 Legislative Session Preview

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The 2018 Legislative Session begins next week, on Tuesday, February 20. If the interim was any indication, this session is likely to be challenging and fraught with controversy. At the end of last session, Governor Mark...more

Austin, Texas Passes Paid Sick And Safe Leave Law

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Austin, Texas Passes Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law- Early this morning the Austin City Council passed a long-discussed ordinance requiring employers to provide...more

South Carolina Insurance Department Amends Privacy Regulations

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The South Carolina Department of Insurance recently amended its Privacy of Consumer Financial and Health Information provisions (Regulation 69-58) to eliminate the annual privacy notice requirements for financial institutions...more

Maine Ups the Ante on Debt Collection Licensing

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

The State of Maine recently enacted legislation that greatly expands those entities required to obtain a debt collection license. Previously, a debt collector needed to obtain a license if it was attempting to collect a debt...more

Grandfathering and Continuing Nonconformities in North Carolina

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Last time, we introduced you to the concept of nonconformity laws in North Carolina. This time, we’ll spend some energy discussing the most common (and legally charged) aspect of nonconformity laws: how local laws restrict...more

New Opportunity: Make Sure Your Communities Are Included

by Butler Snow LLP on

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted December 22, 2017, offers a new tax incentive for the benefit of low-income communities with the creation of qualified opportunity zones. It is anticipated that the qualified...more

New York Attorney General Expresses Support for Student Loan Servicing Legislation

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Earlier this week New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent a letter to select state legislators adding his backing to the creation of a licensing regime in New York for student loan servicing, similar to what has been...more

As Filing Deadline Approaches, Florida Constitution Revision Commission Holds More Public Hearings but Has yet to Vote on...

by Carlton Fields on

Continuing a process that began last spring and is approaching a final May 10 deadline, the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (the “Commission”) is traveling across the state to hold public hearings for additional...more

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