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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 a workgroup meeting on environmental remediation policy issues on behalf of a client. Dusty Brighton was a presenter for a Public Affairs Council webinar entitled “Lobbying Strategies at the State Level”. Josh Fisher attended the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Spring Meeting on behalf of clients. David Owens recommended lobbyists to clients in multiple jurisdictions. Steve Arthur arranged and represented a client in a meeting with state executive branch officials. Robert Holden represented clients at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners meeting. Michael Behm helped a client begin preparing for its participation in an annual conference of local officials.

For the Week of March 30, 2015 

The following 41 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ALABAMA, ALASKA, ARIZONA, ARKANSAS, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, HAWAII, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KANSAS, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSSETS, MINNESOTA, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, VERMONT, WASHINGTON and WISCONSIN.

Also meeting: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, GUAM, 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 Midwestern Region Meeting March 31-April 1 at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown in Indianapolis, Indiana. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com

ALABAMA

The House Committee on Agriculture and Forestry will meet April 1 to discuss H.B. 186, which requires food service establishments to list the country of origin of products containing fish. John Keane at jpk@stateside.com

ALASKA

The Senate Committee on Finance will meet April 2 to discuss S.B. 71, which relates to vaccine certification for pharmacists. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Public Utilities Commission will hold a public workshop March 30 to discuss the Net Energy Metering docket. Melissa Martin at mpf@stateside.com

The Sacramento City Council will meet March 31 to consider adopting an ordinance reducing single-use plastic and paper bags. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will meet March 31 to discuss the impacts of increasing the minimum wage. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Senate Communications, Energy and Public Utilities Committee will meet March 31 to discuss S.B. 192, S.B. 246 and S.B. 492, which relate to penalties for texting while operating a motor vehicle. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The Hallandale Beach City Commission will meet April 1 to discuss an ordinance which establishes restrictions on the use of expanded polystyrene products. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

GEORGIA

The General Assembly is expected to adjourn its 2015 legislative session April 2. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

HAWAII

The Senate Committee on Government Operations will meet March 31 to discuss S.R. 23, which requests that the State Procurement Policy Board study how the cost of goods, services and construction has increased since 1997. Arielle McAloon at am@stateside.com

KANSAS

The Legislature is expected to recess April 3 and is set to reconvene April 29. Michael McNamee at mjm@stateside.com

MAINE

The Joint Committee on Taxation will meet March 31 to discuss L.D. 278, which establishes a sales tax exemption for vehicles which exceed federal fuel economy standards by at least ten miles per gallon. Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com

The Committee on Judiciary will meet April 1 to discuss applying special restrictions on the dissemination and use of criminal history record information. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

MARYLAND

The Rockland City Council will meet March 30 to consider an ordinance adopting the 2015 edition of the ICC International Energy Conservation Code. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

MASSACHUSETTS

Special elections will be held March 31 for the First Suffolk Representative District and the Eleventh Worcester Representative District. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

MONTANA

The House Human Services Committee will meet March 30 to discuss S.B. 148, which pertains to Medicaid fraud. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

NORTH CAROLINA

The House Health Committee will meet April 1 to discuss H.B. 195, which requires a pharmacist to communicate to the prescriber the name and manufacturer of a dispensed biological product. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

NORTH DAKOTA

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will meet March 30 to hear H.B. 1409, which pertains to the Outdoor Heritage Fund. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

OREGON

The House Energy and Environment Committee will meet March 31 to discuss H.B. 2585, which allows for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in planned communities and condominium units. Matthew Barusch at mrb@stateside.com

The House Health Care Committee will meet April 1 to discuss H.B. 2758, which prohibits a carrier or third party administrator from disclosing sensitive service information to anyone other than the enrollee who receives the sensitive services. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

RHODE ISLAND

The Contractor’s Registration and Licensing Board will meet April 2 to discuss updates to industry standards concerning plumbing and swimming pools. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

SOUTH DAKOTA

The Legislature is scheduled to return from its recess March 30 to consider gubernatorial vetoes. The Legislature is expected to adjourn sine die the same day. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

TENNESSEE

The Senate Commerce and Labor Committee will meet March 30 to discuss S.B. 1052 and S.B. 1053, which create regulations for transportation network companies. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

The Health Subcommittee will meet March 31 to discuss H.B. 1018, which removes the requirement that the General Assembly approve any expansion of Medicaid pursuant to the Affordable Care Act. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will meet April 1 to hear S.B. 5972, which requires seed suppliers to ensure seed purity and identity. Erin Thompson at eet@stateside.com