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Stateside® Weekly Roundup

Mark Anderson facilitated a Groups strategy planning meeting for a client. Steve Arthur participated in the Democratic Attorneys General Association meeting on behalf of clients. Michael Behm participated in a legislative planning meeting on behalf of a client. Dusty Brighton advised a client about coordinating with industry partners to lobby against an amendment in a legislative proposal. Josh Fisher prepared a client for a call with state regulators. Robert Holden presented state utilization review trends for a health care client.

For the Week of January 26, 2015 

The following 43 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, UTAH, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WASHINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN and WYOMING.

Also meeting: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, 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 Midwestern Governors Association will hold its Midwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Summit January 28 in Chicago, Illinois. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture will hold its Winter Policy Conference February 1-4 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

The National Association of State Energy Officials will hold its Getting to Zero National Forum February 1-3 in Washington, D.C. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com

ARIZONA

The House County and Municipal Affairs Committee will meet January 26 to discuss H.B. 2095, which relates to performance bond requirements in job order contracting services. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will meet January 28 to discuss the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System’s annual waiver submittals. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

ARKANSAS

The Joint Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Programs will meet January 26 to receive briefings by retirement systems directors and the committee actuary. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Berkeley City Council will meet January 27 to consider modifying the City’s residential and commercial conservation ordinances. [Agenda] Will Higgins at wch@stateside.com

The Department of Motor Vehicles will hold a public workshop January 27 to discuss amendments to the Autonomous Vehicles Regulations. Melissa Martin at mpf@stateside.com

COLORADO

The House Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee will meet January 28 to consider H.J.R. 1006, which makes modifications to the Colorado Drinking Water Project Eligibility List and Water Pollution Control Project Eligibility List. Adam Houser at adh@stateside.com

The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee will meet January 28 to consider H.B. 1031, which prohibits the use, possession, sale, purchase, transfer or manufacture of powdered alcohol. Adam Houser at adh@stateside.com

CONNECTICUT

The Joint Committee on General Law will meet January 27 to discuss S.B. 3, which relates to manufacturing and out-of-state shippers. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

The Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate will meet January 27 to discuss S.B. 28, which requires manufacturer names and locations to be listed on generic pharmaceutical labels. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The Health and Human Services Committee will meet January 28 to discuss B21-8, which provides for assessment rates of health carriers by the Health Benefit Exchange Authority. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

FLORIDA

A special election will be held January 27 to fill seats in Senate District 6 and House District 24. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will hold public hearings January 27-28 regarding proposed amendments to a rule concerning manatee protection in Pinellas County. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

HAWAII

Governor David Ige (D) will deliver the State of the State address January 26. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

IOWA

A subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee will meet January 26 to hear H.S.B. 54, a study bill relating to persons who are excluded from coverage under the workers’ compensation law. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

The Senate Committee on Education will meet January 27 to discuss requiring community colleges, private postsecondary institutions and the Board of Regents to file annual reports with the Governor and the General Assembly relating to the awarding of educational credits to veterans for military educations, training and experience. Stephen Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

KANSAS

The House Vision 2020 Committee will meet January 26 to receive an informational briefing from the Professor of Pediatrics and Telemedicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

The House Education Committee will meet January 29 to hear a presentation on data collection and security in education with testimony provided by a data specialist and the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Health and Environment. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

LOUISIANA

The Department of Natural Resources will meet January 28 to hear proposed amendments to its carbon dioxide enhanced oil recovery rules. David Owens at do@stateside.com

The Senate Natural Resources Committee will meet January 29 to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed definition of “Waters of the U.S.” Erin Thompson at eet@stateside.com

MARYLAND

The Senate Finance Committee will meet January 27 to discuss the modification of laws regulating the sale of electronic cigarettes. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

MINNESOTA

The Senate Committee on Commerce will meet January 28 to discuss S.F. 227, which relates to debt collection and purchasing debt. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

The Senate Health and Human Services Budget Division will meet January 28 to review the Governor’s Budget proposals for the Department of Human Services in regards to adult mental health, children’s mental health and alcohol and drug abuse divisions. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

MONTANA

The House Judiciary Committee will meet January 27 to discuss a bill to exempt pawnbrokers from recording and retaining identifying information about the person pawning an item. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

Governor Steve Bullock (D) will deliver the State of the State address January 28. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

NEBRASKA

The Committee on Health and Human services will meet January 28 to hear L.B. 77, which requires a Medicaid state plan amendment for family planning services and state intent relating to appropriations for the Every Woman Matters program. The Committee will also meet January 29 to hear L.B. 148, which provides for medical assistance program coverage for youth formerly in foster care. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

The Health and Human Services Committee will meet January 29 to discuss L.B. 34, which establishes the Carbon Monoxide Safety Act. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The House Ways and Means Committee will meet January 27 to discuss the creation of a study committee to study the effects of making changes to the state’s tax laws. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

The House Executive Departments and Administration Committee will meet January 27 to discuss the creation of a study committee to review the state’s public employee retirement plans and evaluate alternatives. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

NEW JERSEY

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee will meet January 26 to consider S.B. 2711, which requires the Board of Public Utility to approve a qualified wind energy project. Adam Houser at adh@stateside.com

The Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee will meet January 29 to discuss S.B. 2361, which relates to U.S. companies reorganizing overseas and their eligibility to bid on state contracts. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

NEW YORK

The New York City Council Committee on Consumer Affairs will meet January 28 to consider a local law to provide young adults with outreach and education regarding consumer protection issues. [Agenda] Will Higgins at wch@stateside.com

NORTH CAROLINA

The General Assembly will convene for the 2015 legislative session January 28. Adam Houser at adh@stateside.com

NORTH DAKOTA

The House Industry, Business and Labor Committee will meet January 28 to consider H.B. 1428, which relates to the minimum wage for tipped employees. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

OHIO

The House Education Committee will meet January 28 to hear a presentation regarding community school accountability. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

PENNSYLVANIA

The Philadelphia City Council Committee on Finance will meet January 28 to consider an ordinance providing tax rate reductions to the wage and earnings tax. [Agenda] Will Higgins at wch@stateside.com

SOUTH CAROLINA

The House Education and Public Works Committee will meet January 27 to discuss H.B. 3265, which requires students to receive instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

SOUTH DAKOTA

The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet January 27 to discuss S.B. 48, which revises the hours for the legal operation of a personal watercraft. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

UTAH

The Legislature will convene for the 2015 general session January 26. Adam Houser at adh@stateside.com

Governor Gary Herbert (R) will deliver the State of the State address January 28. Adam Houser at adh@stateside.com 

VIRGINIA

The Senate Education Subcommittee on Public Education will meet January 26 to discuss S.B. 916, which relates to establishing criteria for awarding a diploma seal of dual literacy to students who demonstrate proficiency in a secondary language. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

The House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee’s Agriculture Subcommittee will meet January 26 to discuss H.B. 1591, which relates to genetically engineered ingredient labeling. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The House Technology and Economic Development Committee will meet January 27 to discuss H.B. 1093, which relates to unmanned aerial vehicles. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

The House Committee on State Government will meet January 28 to consider and vote on H.B. 1188, which relates to paying sick leave days and vacation upon employee resignation or dismissal. Stephen Hellier at sjh@stateside.com

WYOMING

The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee will meet January 26 to discuss S.F. 62, which relates to the oral chemotherapy parity; S.F. 90, which relates to chiropractic services covered under medical assistance and S.F. 79, which relates to chiropractor titles. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

The House Revenue Committee will meet January 26 to discuss H.B. 140, which relates to the malt beverage tax. Matthew Barusch at mrb@stateside.com