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Stateside® Weekly Roundup

Mark Anderson facilitated a strategic planning meeting regarding a state and local outreach effort relating to an environmental issue. Steve Arthur developed a plan to revise a regulation important to a client’s business. Dusty Brighton assisted a client in gaining intelligence regarding similar legislation that had been filed in multiple states. Josh Fisher drafted amendments to a proposed city ordinance on behalf of a client. Robert Holden advised a health care client addressing a network adequacy ruling impacting their reporting requirements.

For the Week of January 19, 2015 

The following 42 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ALASKA, ARIZONA, ARKANSAS, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, GEORGIA, HAWAII, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KANSAS, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW MEXICO, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WASHINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, and WYOMING.

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 United States Conference of Mayors will hold its Winter Meeting January 21-23 in Washington, D.C. Heather Williams at hsw@stateside.com

The Democratic Attorneys General Association will hold its Winter Policy Conference January 22-24 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dusty Brighton at dbb@stateside.com

The State Legislative Leaders Foundation will hold its New Speakers Orientation January 22-24 in Austin, Texas. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

ALASKA

The Legislature will convene for the 2015 legislative session January 20. Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com

Governor Bill Walker (I) will deliver the State of the State address January 21 and will deliver the State of the Budget address January 22. Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com

ARIZONA

The Senate Finance Committee will meet January 21 to discuss changes to the rollover distributions of CORP, EORP and PSRS. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

ARKANSAS

The Senate Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor will meet January 21 to discuss patient access to investigational drugs. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

COLORADO

The Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee will meet January 21 to discuss S.B. 31, which relates to licensing requirements to practice cosmetology for out-of-state licensed cosmetologists who move to the state. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

The Joint Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will meet January 21 to hear the Joint Budget Committee presentation regarding the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources and the Energy Office fiscal year 2015-2016 budget request. Adam Houser at adh@stateside.com

CONNECTICUT

The Joint Committee on Energy and Technology will meet January 21 for an informational forum regarding utility rate structure. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

DELAWARE

The Senate Health and Social Services Committee will meet January 21 to discuss S.B. 7, the Medical Marijuana Act, which designates a Medical Marijuana Oversight Committee. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

The Board of Accountancy will meet January 21 for a meeting to discuss amendments to regulations pertaining to Firm Ownership. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

Governor Jack Markell (D) will deliver the State of the State address January 22. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will meet January 21 to discuss establishing a financial literacy program and increasing the amount of exemptions for corporate and franchise tax. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

GEORGIA

The Board of Pharmacy will meet January 21 for a public hearing regarding proposed amendments to a rule concerning non-resident pharmacy permits. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

HAWAII

The Legislature will convene for the 2015 legislative session January 21. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

ILLINOIS

The Chicago City Council Committee on Aviation will meet January 20 to consider an amendment relating to concession and transportation services at area airports. [Agenda] Will Higgins at wch@stateside.com

INDIANA

The House Education Committee will meet January 20 to hear public testimony regarding H.B. 1296, which requires high school students to pass the United States Civics Test as a graduation requirement. Chris Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

The House Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee will meet January 20 to hear testimony regarding H.B. 1159, which allows employers to institute a veterans’ preference policy. Chris Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

The House Judiciary Committee will meet January 20 to hear H.B. 1469, which relates to wage payment and wage assignments. Chris Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

The Senate Public Policy Committee will meet January 21 to hear S.B. 113, which relates to direct wine sellers’ permits. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

The House Public Health Committee will meet January 21 to discuss H.B. 1451, which mandates insurance coverage for telemedicine services. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

The Senate Education and Career Development Committee will meet January 21 to hear public testimony regarding S.B. 259, which relates to STEM education. Chris Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

The Senate Appropriations Committee will meet January 22 to discuss the creation of a study commission that would evaluate development possibilities in Clark County. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

The Medical Licensing Board will meet January 22 for a hearing on the proposed implementation of the Telehealth Pilot Program. David Owens at do@stateside.com

IOWA

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee will meet January 20 to discuss reclassifying marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinols, as a schedule two controlled substance instead of a schedule one controlled substance. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

A subcommittee comprised of members of the Senate Human Resources Committee will meet January 20 to hear S.S.B. 1019, which adopts the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

KANSAS

The House Health and Human Services Committee will meet January 22 to hear testimony and discuss bill drafts for possible introduction. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

MARYLAND

The inauguration of Governor-elect Larry Hogan (R) will be held January 21. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

MICHIGAN

Governor Rick Snyder (R) will deliver the State of the State address January 20. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

MINNESOTA

The House Civil Law and Data Practices Committee will meet January 20 to discuss H.F. 200, which relates to uniform fiduciary access to digital assets. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

The House Health, Human Services and Housing Committee will meet January 21 to discuss recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

MISSOURI

The Senate Ways and Means Committee will meet January 22 to discuss the creation of a new method for allocating corporate income between states for tax purposes. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

MONTANA

The Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee will meet January 19 to discuss the definition of “e-cigarette” and its inclusion in the definition of “tobacco products.” Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The Senate Business, Labor and Economic Affairs Committee will meet January 19 to discuss S.B. 39, which relates to false assertions of patent infringement; January 21 to discuss S.B. 2, which increases the state minimum wage; and January 22 to discuss S.B. 104, which repeals the grandfather clause of a massage therapy license. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

The final day for legislators to introduce general bills and resolutions in the Legislature is January 20. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

The House State Administration Committee will meet January 21 to discuss H.B. 77, which allows the Commissioner of Political Practices to investigate and prosecute unlawful political automated telephone solicitations. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

The House Judiciary Committee will meet January 22 to discuss H.B. 175, which allows for the expungement of records related to a dismissed offense. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

NEBRASKA

The Agriculture Committee will meet January 20 to discuss L.B. 93, which changes provisions of the Nebraska Commercial Fertilizer and Soil Conditioner Act. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

The Committee on Health and Human Services will meet January 21 to hear L.B. 37, which adopts the Prescription Drug Safety Act. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

Governor Pete Ricketts (R) will deliver the State of the State Address January 22. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The House Judiciary Committee will meet January 20 for a public hearing to discuss issues relating to medical malpractice and tort reform. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

The House Election Law Committee will meet January 20 to hear testimony regarding H.B. 183, which relates to changes to voter registration forms. Chris Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

The House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee will meet January 22 to hear H.B. 177, which relates to on-premises consumption. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

The Senate Executive Departments and Administration Committee will meet January 22 to hear testimony regarding S.B. 86, which relates to the procurement of goods by state agencies. Chris Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

NEW JERSEY

The Joint Legislative Committee on Ethical Standards will meet January 20 to consider Financial Disclosure Forms and receive an update regarding state agency contracts. Adam Houser at adh@stateside.com

NEW MEXICO

The Legislative Education Study Committee will meet January 19 to discuss potential committee endorsed legislation. Among the proposals to be discussed is an amendment to the public school code, excluding the collection and distribution of personally identifiable information in the educational data system. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

Governor Susana Martinez (R) will deliver the State of the State address January 20. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com  

The Legislature will convene for the 2015 legislative session January 20. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

NEW YORK

The New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings will meet January 20 for an oversight meeting to discuss short term rentals. [Agenda] Will Higgins at wch@stateside.com

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) will deliver the State of the State address and budget presentation January 21. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

NORTH DAKOTA

The Senate Education Committee will meet January 19 to discuss H.B. 1087, which relates to adding the requirement of being proficient in civics to high school graduation requirements. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

The Senate and House Agriculture Committee will hold a joint hearing January 23 to receive updates from the Agriculture Department regarding the livestock industry. Adam Houser at adh@stateside.com

OREGON

The Air Toxics Advisory Committee will meet January 21 to discuss its review of Ambient Benchmark Concentrations for Air Toxics. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

PENNSYLVANIA

The inauguration of Governor-elect Tom Wolf (D) will be held January 20. Erin Thompson at eet@stateside.com

Governor-elect Tom Wolf (D) will deliver the State of the State address January 20. Erin Thompson at eet@stateside.com

The Philadelphia City Council Committee on Commerce and Economic Development will meet January 22 to consider an amendment making changes to business tax credits for businesses who make contributions to community development corporations. [Agenda] Will Higgins at wch@stateside.com

SOUTH CAROLINA

Governor Nikki Haley (R) will deliver the State of the State address January 21. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

SOUTH DAKOTA

The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will meet January 20 to discuss H.B. 1014, which repeals obsolete and unnecessary statues relating to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

TEXAS

The inauguration of Governor-elect Greg Abbott (R) will be held January 20. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

The Commission on Environmental Quality will meet January 20 for a hearing on proposed amendments to the Emissions Banking and Trading Program. David Owens at do@stateside.com

VIRGINIA

The Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor will meet January 19 to discuss S.B. 681 and S.B. 706, which both relate to the minimum wage. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee will meet January 19 to discuss STEM education policies and curriculum. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

The House Commerce and Gaming Committee will meet January 20 to hear H.B. 1124, which relates to beer licenses. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

The Capital Budget Committee will meet January 20 to discuss H.B. 1115 and H.B. 1116, which appropriates funds for the state budget. Mike McNamee at mjm@stateside.com

The House Technology and Economic Development Committee will meet January 22 to hear H.B. 1097, which relates to renewable energy incentives. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

WYOMING

The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee will meet January 19 to discuss S.F. 66, which provides for Medicaid expansion in the state. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com