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Stateside® Weekly Roundup

Sarah Hunt helped a client evaluate lobbying ethics requirements in multiple states. Josh Fisher advised a client about engagement strategies within a state officials Group. Steve Arthur provided information to a client about employment issues and state Attorneys General discussions surrounding marijuana use in states where it is legal. Dusty Brighton advised a trade association client regarding strategies for engaging their membership in government relations activities. Mark Anderson participated in the Democratic Governors Association Annual Meeting. Michael Behm, Dusty Brighton and Heather Williams participated in the NCSL Forum on behalf of clients. John Howell presented “How to Assess and Engage in the State Regulatory Process” and provided specialized training to a large national association. Robert Holden assisted a health care client in creating a regional advocacy program.

For the Week of December 15, 2014 

The following 5 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: DELAWARE, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, NEW JERSEY and OHIO.

Also meeting: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

For the most current information on Governors, Partisan Splits and the 2014 legislative sessions, go to: http://www.stateside.com/governors-partisan-splits-2014/

NEW STATE INFORMATION

The Stateside Associates website has updated information about the Post Election Governors & Legislative Partisan Splits and winners of the Attorneys General races.  

There are no Groups events to report.

ARIZONA

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee will meet December 17 to review the Electronic Tobacco Tax Filing System Project. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

ARKANSAS

The Joint Committee on Advanced Communications and Information Technology will meet December 16 to discuss cybersecurity. Melissa Luke at mal@stateside.com

The Joint Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor will meet December 18 to discuss the review of rules and regulations regarding controlled substances and the implementation of the Healthcare Independence Act (Private Option). Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Sustainable Burbank Commission will meet December 15 to receive a report regarding state law regulating recycling requirements for organic waste. [Agenda] Will Higgins at wch@stateside.com

The Santa Monica City Council will meet December 16 to consider an ordinance related to the payment of prevailing wages. [Agenda] Will Higgins at wch@stateside.com

The Department of Motor Vehicles will meet December 16 for a public hearing to discuss the Commercial Driver License proposed rule. Melissa Martin at mpf@stateside.com

COLORADO

The Task Force Concerning the Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness in the Criminal and Juvenile System will meet December 18 to discuss improving mental health services to individuals within the criminal justice system. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

DELAWARE

The Senate will meet December 16 for a Special Session called by Governor Jack Markell (D) to confirm the appointment of a judge and to swear in new legislators. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Miami Beach City Commission will meet December 16 to consider an ordinance making changes to requirements for residential swimming pools. [Agenda] Will Higgins at wch@stateside.com

ILLINOIS

The Lombard Plan Commission will meet December 15 to consider an ordinance regulating electronic cigarettes. [Agenda] Will Higgins at wch@stateside.com

KANSAS

The Interim Telecommunications Study Committee will meet December 16 to hear a presentation regarding the initial planning of the Broadband Fund. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

LOUISIANA

The Joint Transportation, Highways and Public Works Committee will meet December 18 to approve 2015-2016 project recommendations for the Port Construction and Development Priority Program. Erin Thompson at eet@stateside.com

MASSACHUSETTS

The Department of Energy Resources will meet December 16 for a public meeting to discuss regulations concerning renewable thermal technologies. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

MINNESOTA

The Legislative Commission on Data Practices will meet December 15 to discuss the establishment of a Legislative Commission on Intelligence and Technology, giving the commission the jurisdiction over government surveillance programs. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

MISSISSIPPI

The Study Committee on Entertainment Industry Investment will meet December 18 to review and make recommendations regarding legislation to be introduced during the upcoming legislative session. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Department of Health and Human Services will meet December 16 for a public hearing regarding proposed amendments to the rules relating to substance use disorder treatment services. Maia Falconi-Sachs at mfs@stateside.com

The Board of Pharmacy will meet December 17 for a hearing to discuss proposed amendments to the rules relating to compounding and license renewals. Maia Falconi-Sachs at mfs@stateside.com

NEW JERSEY

The full Assembly will meet December 15 to debate and consider A.B. 1382, prohibiting telemarketing calls to commercially sold cell phones. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

NEW MEXICO

The Board of Nursing will meet December 15 for a public hearing regarding proposed amendments to the rules governing nurse licensure requirements and chronic pain management with controlled substances. Maia Falconi-Sachs at mfs@stateside.com

The Revenue Stabilization and Tax Policy Committee will meet December 18 to discuss the results of the Gross Receipts Tax Base Study. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The Legislative Education Study Committee will meet December 18-19 to discuss career and technical education and student testing. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

NEW YORK

The Tompkins County Legislature will meet December 16 to hear a presentation regarding the growth of online homestay and rental platforms. [Agenda] Will Higgins at wch@stateside.com

The Assembly Health Committee will meet December 16 in New York City and December 17 in Mineola to discuss A.B. 5389 and S.B. 2078, the New York Health bills, which would establish a universal single payer health plan. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

NORTH CAROLINA

The State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners will meet December 15 for a public meeting to discuss rule amendments regarding continuing education requirements for certified public accountants. Carter Alleman at ca@stateside.com

OHIO

The House Public Utilities Committee will meet December 17 to discuss H.B. 662, relating to tenant utility bills. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

The House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee will meet December 18 to address the current state of cybersecurity and solicit ideas regarding increasing collaboration with local governments and utilities to protect critical assets. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

OKLAHOMA

The deadline for Legislators to prefile legislative drafts occurs December 19. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

OREGON

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission Credit for Prior Learning Advisory Committee will meet December 16 to discuss their 2015 action plan. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

SOUTH CAROLINA

The House Ethics and Freedom of Information Act Full Committee will meet December 15 to continue their discussion regarding public records requests and to review a bill draft request regarding electronic communications. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

The Education Oversight Committee will meet December 15 to discuss academic standards and assessment information, existing English language arts and math standards and draft standards from the Department of Education writing teams. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

TENNESSEE

The Nashville City Council will meet December 16 to consider an ordinance requiring prevailing wages for City construction contracts. [Agenda] Will Higgins at wch@stateside.com

UTAH

The Health Reform Task Force will meet December 18 to discuss Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations and extending the availability of health insurance to those not currently covered. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

The Legislative Audit Subcommittee will meet December 18 to discuss the performance review of the Division of Drinking Water’s minimum source sizing requirements. Robert Maurice at rem@stateside.com

VERMONT

The Office of Professional Regulations will meet December 18 to hear proposed amendments to its allied mental health practitioners education and licensure rules. David Owens at do@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The Select Committee on Pension Policy will meet December 16 to discuss the issue of annuity purchase. Mike McNamee at mjm@stateside.com

WEST VIRGINIA

The Joint Standing Committee on Education will meet December 16 to discuss the Common Core State Standards. Melissa Luke at mal@stateside.com

The Joint Judiciary Committee will meet December 16 to discuss the feasibility of various lease integration compensation methods. Erin Thompson at eet@stateside.com

The Legislative Oversight Commission on Health and Human Resources Accountability will meet December 16 to discuss certificate of need for nursing home beds. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

The Joint Standing Committee on Pensions and Retirement will meet December 16 to discuss a request of the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study concerning the potential implementation of a deferred retirement option plan for troopers and employees of the West Virginia State Police. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The Joint Committee on Health will meet December 17 to discuss telemedicine. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

WYOMING

The Joint Labor, Health and Social Services Interim Committee will meet December 15-16 to discuss Medicaid expansion and to consider L.S.O. 11, the Medicaid expansion alternative plan; L.S.O. 304, the Medicaid expansion share plan; and L.S.O 147, the Health Insurance Pool. The Committee will also discuss a proposed increase to the tobacco tax. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com