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Utah Legislative Update: 2018 - Part Two

by Holland & Hart LLP on

Mid-Way Point of the Utah Session: We are at the mid-way point of the Utah Legislative Session. The pace of work increases and each day gets longer the closer we get to the midnight finish on the 45th day of the session....more

Utah Legislative Update: 2018 - Part One

by Holland & Hart LLP on

Utah’s Legislative session is underway. This annual event is a test of legislative speed and immune system stamina! It’s a special political-Olympic event that takes place over seven weeks of intense debate and budget...more

State-Level Legislation Anticipates Wide-Spread Business Use of Blockchain

On a daily basis, companies are announcing new developments on the adoption of blockchain in core business operations. However, many of these use cases present unique legal issues. In order to provide some clarity on some of...more

West Virginia Legislative Brief: 2/2/2018

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Legislative Action by the Numbers: 912 bills introduced in the House 463 bills introduced in the Senate 29 bills have passed the House 43 bills have passed the Senate 1 bill has completed legislative action and been signed...more

New Clean Energy Jobs Bills Seek to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Oregon

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

The Oregon legislature is currently in the process of figuring out how the state will (or won't) deal with the greenhouse gas emissions made by Oregonians that are negatively impacting the world's climate. Substantially...more

WV Legislative Brief - 1/26/18

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

...This week, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed historic legislation which would require 100 single member districts following the 2020 census. Worth noting, West Virginia is definitely in the minority when it comes...more

How State Legislatures May Rock the World of Employee Compensation in Response to the Recent Federal Tax Law

Prior to the effective date of the tax bill recently signed by the President, Section 164 of the Internal Revenue Code permitted individuals who itemized deductions to deduct state and local income and other designated taxes...more

Three Fearless Employment Law Predictions for 2018

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In years past, I’ve looked at my crystal ball, I’ve read the tea leaves and I’ve even examined my Magic 8-Ball sitting in my office. (You never know when you need one.) I’m out of prediction-making tools....more

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New Jersey’s New Governor, Federal Court Challenges to Immigration Enforcement, Global Increase in...

– New Jersey’s New Governor. On Tuesday, Democrat Phil Murphy defeated Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno to become the next governor of the State of New Jersey. Throughout the campaign, Murphy stressed his desire to...more

October 2017: The Top 11 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. October was no...more

Gavel to Gavel: Oklahoma and the American Rule

by McAfee & Taft on

Oklahoma made national headlines this spring when it “accidentally” abolished the American Rule — the rule that generally both parties to a lawsuit pay their own lawyers. This would have made Oklahoma the only loser-pays...more

Web Exclusive: The ABC’s Of AEDs

by Fisher Phillips on

Every time a natural disaster hits, we learn of at least one person who tragically died of a heart attack when placed in a stressful or unusual situation. Sadly, we hear little about the hundreds of thousands of other deaths...more

California Bill Deadline Is Today

by Allen Matkins on

Former New York Surrogate Gideon J. Tucker would be happy today. Pursuant to Joint Rule 61(a)(15), today is the last day for California’s legislature to pass bills. Today, also marks the beginning of the legislature’s...more

Government Agency Action Accelerates on Drone Operations

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Drone Report discusses FAA’s statement on the success of Part 107 (its regulations governing commercial uses of small drones), the status of drone-related rulemakings, DOD’s guidance on...more

Worth Another Look: Affordability of Higher Education

In January of 2017, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top 10 issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. While we’re just over a quarter of the way...more

Worth Another Look: Fending Off Cyberattacks

In January of 2017, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top 10 issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. While we’re just over a quarter of the way...more

Worth Another Look: Transportation Infrastructure

In January of 2017, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) published a list of the top 10 issues that will be before state legislatures across the nation this year. While we’re just over a quarter of the way...more

Blockchain's Steady March to Legitimacy

by White & Case LLP on

Four separate events during the second half of July signal that virtual currency and blockchain are steadily becoming part of mainstream financial services. The interconnected histories of Bitcoin (the most common virtual...more

Texas’ 2017 Environmental Legislation Summary

The Texas Legislature meets every two years, and, as befits a large state with varied interest and concerns, typically enacts hundreds of new laws during these sessions. The 85th Regular Session of the Legislature has...more

State Legislature Reaches Agreement on Extension of the Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Program; Stops the Bay Area Air Quality...

by Downey Brand LLP on

As posted in CEQA Chronicles, on July 17, 2017 the California legislature approved an extension of the state’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program from 2020 to 2030. Cap-and-trade is a key program in the state’s efforts 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

Florida Legislature Updates And Modernizes Florida's Fictitious Name Act

by Akerman LLP on

Florida Statute §865.09, known as the "Fictitious Name Act," requires any person or entity doing business in Florida under a name other than the person's legal name to register the alternate name, or "fictitious name", with...more

California Holds Fast to GHG Reduction in the Face of the Trump Administration

The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017, brought with it levels of angst and concern not felt for some time within the environmental community. While some welcome the...more

Efforts to Shore up MassHealth Should Favor Simplicity and Avoid Potential Conflict with Federal Law

In an effort to make up for a funding shortfall in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Medicaid program, state policymakers have proposed solutions that include a “play-or-pay” option under which employers who fail to offer...more

House Passes American Health Care Act

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill that will repeal and replace the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Republican-backed American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed in the...more

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