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Stateside® Weekly Roundup

Each week we highlight some of the Advocacy/Consulting activities undertaken on behalf of clients. For Case Studies and other information about Stateside’s Issue Management practices, please contact Tim Riordan at tjr@stateside.com

Robert Holden testified before the Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on behalf of a health care client. Mark Anderson and David Owens participated in the Environmental Council of the States meeting on behalf of clients. Steve Arthur provided advice to an association client on how to engage their members in state government relations. Josh Fisher identified and helped hire a qualified lobbyist for a client dealing with adverse legislation. Dusty Brighton advised a client on the protocol for submitting written testimony for a legislative committee hearing. Michael Behm provided an overview of state legislative and regulatory initiatives on behalf of a client before a federal-state employment task force. Meghan Holihan provided research on a Group’s policies, conferences and culture to a client invited to address its annual conference.

For the Week of March 23, 2015 

The following 40 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ALASKA, ARIZONA, ARKANSAS, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, HAWAII, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSISSIPPI, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, VERMONT, WASHINGTON and WISCONSIN.

Also meeting: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, GUAM, PUERTO RICO and UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS.

For the most current information on partisan splits, bill introduction deadlines and the 2015 legislative session, go to: http://www.stateside.com/state-information/2015-state-legislative-session-dates/

GROUPS

The International City County Management Association will hold its West Coast Regional Summit March 26-27 in Portland, Oregon. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners will hold its Spring Meeting March 28-31 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown and Hyatt Regency and Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Robert Holden at rah@stateside.com

The National Association of State Procurement Officials will hold its How to Market to State Governments Meeting March 29-31 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Board of Supervisors for Santa Clara County will meet March 24 to consider an appropriation modification relating to living wage policy development and implementation. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

The Senate Committee on Health will meet March 25 to discuss S.B. 299, which pertains to Medi-Cal provider enrollment. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

The Monterey County Board of Supervisors will receive a report March 26 on the County’s reusable bag ordinance outreach efforts. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee will meet March 23 to discuss S.B. 944, which authorizes the state police to place a three month hold on property in pawnshops that is believed to be stolen. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The Cocoa City Council will hold a public hearing March 24 to consider noise ordinance amendments. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

GEORGIA

The Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission will meet March 26 to discuss proposed amendments to its rules. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

HAWAII

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor will meet March 24 to discuss H.B. 391, which requires government public works construction contracts greater than $2,000 to provide overtime compensation of no less than one and a half times the basic hourly rate of pay, plus fringe benefits. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

ILLINOIS

The House Judiciary – Criminal Committee will meet March 24 to discuss H.B. 393, which creates the offense of recyclable metal theft. Matthew Barusch at mrb@stateside.com

The McHenry County Planning and Development Committee will meet March 24 to consider changes to the building code. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

INDIANA

The Senate Committee on Civil Law will meet March 23 to discuss H.B. 1413, which increases the amount of financial responsibility required for the ownership, maintenance or use of an aircraft. John Keane at jpk@stateside.com

IOWA

The Senate Transportation Committee will meet March 24 to discuss H.F. 287, which makes the installation, sale or manufacture of a counterfeit or nonfunctional airbag an aggravated misdemeanor. Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com

KENTUCKY

The Legislature is expected to adjourn sine die March 24. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

MAINE

The Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources will meet March 23 to discuss L.D. 325, L.D. 396 and L.D. 680, which impose a surcharge on single-use carryout plastic bags at point of sale. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

MICHIGAN

The Senate Regulatory Reform Committee will meet March 25 to discuss S.B. 184, which creates regulations for transportation network companies to operate in the state. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

MINNESOTA

The Legislature will have a second committee deadline March 27. Mike McNamee at mjm@stateside.com

MONTANA

The House Human Services Committee will meet March 23 to discuss H.B. 614, which creates a Patient Compensation System Study Committee. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

The Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee will meet March 24 to discuss H.B. 78, which sets requirements for what type of information may be stored and disclosed by a telematics agreement. Arielle McAloon at am@stateside.com

NEW JERSEY

The Assembly Budget Committee will meet March 24 and the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee will meet March 25 to discuss and receive public testimony regarding the 2016 State Budget. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

NEW YORK

The Westchester County Committee on Legislation will meet March 23 to consider an amendment which includes electronic cigarettes in a “Smoke-Free Worksite” local law. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

OREGON

The Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee will meet March 23 for a possible work session regarding S.B. 478, which pertains to high priority chemicals of concern used in children’s products. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

The Senate Health Care Committee will meet March 25 to discuss S.B. 891, which requires health care facilities to publish price data regarding health care services offered. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

PENNSYLVANIA

The Conventional Oil and Gas Advisory Board will meet March 26 to discuss proposed rules pertaining to surface activities related to oil and gas well development. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

SOUTH CAROLINA

The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet March 24 to discuss H.B. 255, which dictates rules for the publishing of arrest and booking records on a website. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

TENNESSEE

The Franklin Mayor and Board of Aldermen will meet March 24 to consider an ordinance allowing short-term vacation rentals in various zoning districts. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee will meet March 24 to discuss S.B. 721, which creates an alternative to workers’ compensation coverage for employers. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will meet March 25 to discuss S.B. 5972, which requires seed suppliers to ensure seed purity and identity. Erin Thompson at eet@stateside.com