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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 advised a client about a grasstops strategy on a federal rule that has been sent to OMB for review prior to finalization. Robert Holden conducted a webinar for a health care association’s members about provider network adequacy regulations in the states. Josh Fisher participated in a call with state insurance regulators to discuss updates to a model law. David Owens recommended lobbyists to clients in multiple jurisdictions. Michael Behm helped a client prepare a presentation on an emerging issue to senior staff at a state officials Group. Dusty Brighton gave strategic advice on an advocacy project after attending a legislative hearing on behalf of a client. Steve Arthur provided advice to a client on how to partner with their internal business units on an emerging public policy issue.

For the Week of April 13, 2015 

The following 37 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ALABAMA, ALASKA, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, FLORIDA, HAWAII, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, LOUISIANA, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, 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 Attorneys General will hold its Presidential Initiative Summit April 12-14 at the Beau Rivage Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com

The National Association of County and City Health Officials will hold its 2015 Preparedness Summit April 14-17 in Atlanta, Georgia. Josh Fisher at jkf@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development will meet April 13 to discuss S.B. 671, which relates to biological products. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

The City of Long Beach will hold a special election April 14 to fill a seat on its City Council. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

The Senate Committee on Transportation will meet April 14 to discuss the Disadvantaged Community Enhancement Program and award grants to disadvantaged communities to facilitate projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in furtherance of the goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

The Public Utilities Commission will hold a prehearing conference April 16 to discuss a new docket to review the Renewable Portfolio Standards Program. Melissa Martin at mpf@stateside.com

COLORADO

The House Education Committee will meet April 15 to discuss S.B. 173, which prohibits vendors from sharing, mining and selling personally identifiable data collected by schools and school districts. James Lawrence at jsl@stateside.com

The House Legislative Health Benefit Exchange Implementation Review Committee will meet April 15 to hear presentations from the Association of Health Plans, State Association of Health Underwriters and the Consumer Health Initiative. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Boca Raton City Council will meet April 14 to introduce an ordinance regulating electronic cigarettes in the same manner as tobacco cigarettes. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government will meet April 14 to discuss S.B. 914, which regulates intrastate crowdfunding. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

ILLINOIS

The Senate Licensed Activities and Pensions Committee will meet April 15 to discuss S.B. 812, which allows sick pay earned by charter school teachers to be considered pensionable earnings. Matthew Barusch at mrb@stateside.com

KANSAS

The State Corporation Commission will hold a hearing April 16 to hear comments on recently proposed amendments pertaining to oil and gas conservation. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

LOUISIANA

The Legislature will convene for the 2015 legislative session April 13. Arielle McAloon at am@stateside.com

MAINE

The Joint Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs will meet April 14 to discuss L.D. 985, which requires the Department of Education to adopt rules prohibiting the marketing, advertising or promotion of beverages except for water, 100% juice and low-fat milk in school buildings or on school grounds. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

MARYLAND

The General Assembly is set to adjourn April 13; however, Governor Larry Hogan (R) has issued an executive order to extend the legislative session up to 10 additional days should the General Assembly not pass a budget by the time they are supposed to adjourn. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

MASSACHUSETTS

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold public hearings April 14-16 to discuss proposed regulations establishing clean energy standards in the state. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

MISSOURI

The House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet April 13 to discuss H.B. 1329, which prohibits the use or sale of powdered alcohol. John Keane at jpk@stateside.com

The House Secondary Education Committee will meet April 14 to discuss S.B. 172, which requires the State Board of Education to establish minimum graduation requirements for a career and technical education high school certificate. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

MONTANA

The Senate Public Health, Welfare and Safety Committee will meet April 15 to discuss S.J. 25, which pertains to a patient compensation system for medical malpractice claims. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

NEBRASKA

The Department of Health and Human Services will hold a public hearing April 16 on proposed amendments to rules concerning public water systems. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

NEVADA

The Assembly Committee on Ways and Means will meet April 15 to discuss A.B. 190, which relates to public employees’ retirement. Mike McNamee at mjm@stateside.com

NEW MEXICO

The Los Alamos City Council will meet April 14 to consider a citizen petition requesting an ordinance prohibiting retail establishments from distributing single-use plastic carryout bags and mandating a $.10 fee on paper bags to be collected and retained by the merchant. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

OREGON

The Senate Health Care Committee will meet April 15 to discuss S.B. 93, which requires reimbursement for up to a 60-day supply of a prescription drug prescribed for chronic conditions. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

PENNSYLVANIA

The House Education Committee will meet April 15 to discuss H.B. 156, which requires each educator to complete four hours of training focused on the identification and prevention of harassment, bullying and cyberbullying. Arielle McAloon at am@stateside.com

RHODE ISLAND

The House Environment and Natural Resources Committee will meet April 16 to discuss H.B. 5979, which expands the definition of public entity for the purposes of net metering. Erin Thompson at eet@stateside.com

SOUTH CAROLINA

The House Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee will meet April 15 to hear H.B. 3448, which pertains to air ambulances. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

TENNESSEE

The House Ways and Means Subcommittee will meet April 14 to discuss H.B. 714, which stipulates that the results of a survey, inspection or investigation of a health care provider will not be admissible in evidence used in any health care liability action in any court proceeding or used in an advertisement. Zeynab Abdul at za@stateside.com

TEXAS

The House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee will meet April 13 to discuss H.B. 1653, which allows motor vehicle manufacturers to operate up to 12 dealership locations in the state. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

The House Business and Industry Committee will meet April 14 to discuss H.B. 3199, which bans the use of personal information for marketing purposes. Jordan Kroll at jk@stateside.com

VIRGINIA

The General Assembly will meet April 15 to discuss Governor Terry McAuliffe’s (D) 2015 veto legislation. Brian LeFort at bl@stateside.com