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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

Mark Anderson participated in the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Association’s Mid-Year Meeting. Michael Behm helped a client prepare for a meeting with senior state agency officials. Steve Arthur helped a client develop collateral material to use in meetings with elected officials. Robert Holden represented clients on National Association of Insurance Commissioners conference calls addressing network adequacy. Dusty Brighton gathered information for a client about a critical piece of legislation before it began to move through the legislative process. Josh Fisher participated in a call with state insurance regulators on behalf of a client. David Owens hired a lobbyist for a client in one jurisdiction and recommended lobbyists for clients in several jurisdictions.

For the Week of April 27, 2015 

The following 34 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ALABAMA, ALASKA, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, FLORIDA, HAWAII, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KANSAS, LOUISIANA, MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, SOUTH CAROLINA, 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 National Association of State Chief Information Officers will hold its Midyear Conference April 26-29 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

The National Association of State Energy Officials will hold its State Energy Risk Assessment Workshop April 28-29 in Denver, Colorado. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Assembly Banking and Finance Committee will meet April 27 to discuss A.B. 1326, which regulates virtual currency. Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com

The Assembly Committee on Judiciary will meet April 28 to discuss limiting liability for entities based upon its communication of cyber security threat information to another private entity until January 1, 2020. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

The Senate Health Committee will meet April 29 to discuss S.B. 203, which requires health safety warnings to be attached to labels of sugar-sweetened beverages. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

COLORADO

The Legislative Health Benefit Exchange Implementation Review Committee will meet April 29 to hear a presentation on Health Exchanges from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

CONNECTICUT

The Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding will meet April 27 for an executive session to vote on H.B. 7059, which establishes registration fees and requirements for retailers and manufacturers of vapor products and electronic nicotine delivery systems. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The District will hold a special election April 28 to fill two City Council seats. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Saint John’s Water Management District will hold a public meeting April 29 to discuss amendments to rules concerning consumptive use permits. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

The Legislature is expected to adjourn May 1. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

ILLINOIS

The House Business and Occupational Licenses Committee will meet April 29 to discuss S.B. 718, which pertains to the Elevator Safety Act. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

The House Revenue and Finance Committee will meet April 30 to discuss S.B. 1262, which allows a county board of any non-home rule county to tax and regulate places for eating, amusement, theatricals and other exhibitions, shows and amusements in unincorporated areas of the county. Matthew Barusch at mrb@stateside.com

INDIANA

The General Assembly’s last day to adjourn for the 2015 legislative session is April 29. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

KANSAS

The Legislature will return for its veto session April 29. Mike McNamee at mjm@stateside.com

LOUISIANA

The House Ways and Means Committee will meet April 27 and April 28 to discuss limiting a number of corporate and sales tax credits. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

MAINE

The Health and Human Services Committee will meet April 29 to discuss L.D. 141, an act to amend the definition of health care practitioner in the Maine Security Act to include pharmacists. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

MINNESOTA

The Minneapolis City Council will meet April 30 to discuss a Zoning Code amendment pertaining to hotels, motels and bed and breakfast establishments. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

MISSOURI

The Workforce Standards and Development Committee will meet April 27 to discuss H.B. 44, which seeks to require the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to create best practice guidelines in gender pay equality. Jordan Kroll at jk@stateside.com

The House Agriculture Policy Committee will meet April 28 to discuss H.C.R. 47, which opposes legislative actions at the federal level that are not based on sound science and may result in unnecessary restrictions on the use of modern agricultural technologies including, but not limited to, crop protection chemistries, genetically engineered or enhanced traits and nutrients. John Keane at jpk@stateside.com

MONTANA

The deadline for the Legislature to adjourn for the 2015 legislative session is May 1. Arielle McAloon at am@stateside.com

NEW MEXICO

The Air Quality Control Board will hold a public hearing April 30 to discuss amendments to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for Sulfur Dioxide. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

NEW YORK

The New York City Committee on Women’s Issues will meet April 27 to consider a resolution calling upon the State Assembly to pass, and the Governor to sign, an amendment prohibiting differential pay based on gender. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

The New York City Committee on Governmental Operations will consider a local law April 30 establishing term limits for community board members. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

NORTH DAKOTA

The Legislature will adjourn sine die April 30. James Lawrence at jsl@stateside.com

RHODE ISLAND

The Senate Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs Committee will meet April 29 to discuss S.B. 139, which allows Class A alcohol licensees to serve unlimited samples of wine from the licensee’s outlet. Erin Thompson at eet@stateside.com

The House Health, Education and Welfare Committee will meet April 29 to discuss H.B. 5893, which pertains to health care data confidentiality. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

TENNESSEE

The Franklin Board of Aldermen will meet April 28 to consider an ordinance allowing short-term vacation rentals in various districts. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The Legislature will convene for a special session April 29. Brian LeFort at bl@stateside.com