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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

Steve Arthur attended the Republican Governors Association Corporate Policy Summit on behalf of clients. Michael Behm worked with a client to secure speakers for an upcoming local Groups conference. Dusty Brighton assisted a client in preparing remarks for a speaking engagement at an upcoming conference. Robert Holden advised a health care client developing a regulatory outreach program addressing facility permitting.

For the Week of May 26, 2015 

The following 25 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ALABAMA, ALASKA, ARKANSAS, CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, IOWA, KANSAS, LOUISIANA, MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, OHIO, OREGON, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, TEXAS, 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 Community Leaders of America will hold its Mayors Caucus Spring National Meeting May 28-29 in San Diego, California. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee will hold its Southern Leadership Conference May 31-June 1 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Meghan Holihan at msh@stateside.com

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners will hold its Western Conference of Public Service Commissioners May 31-June 5 in Phoenix, Arizona. John Howell at jh@stateside.com

ARKANSAS

The Legislature will convene for a special session May 26. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The Health Reform Legislative Task Force will meet May 28 to discuss Section 13-32 waivers of the Affordable Care Act and to have discussions with the new State consultant, Stephen Group of Manchester, New Hampshire. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Senate Appropriations Committee will meet May 26 to consider S.B. 16, which increases the state’s gasoline and diesel taxes, levies a zero-emission vehicle registration fee and increases vehicle registration fees. Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com

The Assembly Appropriations Committee will meet May 27 to discuss A.B. 692, which requires the Department of Transportation, the Department of General Services and any other transportation agency that purchases transportation fuels to procure 3% of the total amount of fuel purchased from very low carbon transportation fuel sources. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

The last day for fiscal committees to hear and report bills introduced in their chamber to the floor is May 29. Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com

DELAWARE

The New Castle County Council will meet May 26 to consider rezoning 45.5 acres from Industrial to Commercial Regional to allow for restaurants. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

ILLINOIS

The House Executive Committee will meet May 25 and May 26 to discuss S.B. 51, which extends the sunset of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Coal Resources Development Law until 2020. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

The House Executive Committee will meet May 25 and May 26 to discuss S.B. 1262, which authorizes county boards in the state to tax and regulate eating establishments in unincorporated areas of the county. Matthew Barusch at mrb@stateside.com

KENTUCKY

The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing on May 26 to discuss amendments to the directional and horizontal well rules. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

LOUISIANA

The House Committee on Appropriations will meet May 26 to discuss H.B. 376, which requires the Board of Regents to develop a Contracts and Grants Clearinghouse to assist public and private postsecondary institutions with receiving, administering and monitoring federal grants. Arielle McAloon at am@stateside.com

The Bureau of Health Services Financing will hold a public hearing May 28 to discuss amendments to its rules concerning MAGI eligibility for LaCHIP. Adam Hottell at ah@stateside.com

The Department of Environmental Quality will hold a public hearing May 29 to discuss amendments to its air regulations concerning Significant Monitoring Concentration for PM2.5 and Significant Impact Levels for PM10, SO2, NOx and CO. Adam Hottell at ah@stateside.com

MAINE

The Committee on Health and Human Services will meet May 27 to discuss L.D. 854, which increases access to health security by expanding federally funded health care for Maine residents. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

MASSACHUSETTS

The Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight will meet May 26 to discuss establishing a public records division within the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The House Education Committee will hold a subcommittee work session May 26 to discuss H.B. 538, which relates to the implementation of new statewide education annual assessments. Jordan Kroll at jk@stateside.com

The Insurance Department will hold a public hearing May 28 to discuss amendments to its rules concerning external reviews. Adam Hottell at ah@stateside.com

NEW YORK

The Assembly Health Committee will meet May 28 to discuss A.B. 522, which establishes a state autism advisory board, and A.B. 7154, which prohibits possession of e-cigarettes on school grounds. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

NORTH CAROLINA

The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet May 26 to discuss and hear testimony on H.B. 560, which relates to criminal penalties for assaulting emergency workers and hospital personnel. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

OHIO

The Senate Finance Committee will meet May 26 to discuss H.B. 64, the biennial budget. Michael McNamee at mjm@stateside.com

TENNESSEE

The Franklin Board of Mayor and Aldermen will hold a public hearing May 26 to consider allowing short-term vacation rentals in various zoning districts. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

TEXAS

The Dallas City Council will meet May 27 to consider an ordinance removing limitations on the number of taxicab companies, vehicles and drivers authorized to operate at the Fort Worth International Airport. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

WISCONSIN

The Assembly Committee on Environment and Forestry will meet May 27 to vote on A.B. 204, which repeals an air pollution rule promulgated by the Department of Natural Resources relating to construction permit requirements for stationary sources that emit greenhouse gases. John Keane at jpk@stateside.com