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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

Steve Arthur attended the NAAG Consumer Protection Seminar on behalf of clients. Michael Behm identified lobbyists to help a client with procurement opportunities in two states. Dusty Brighton represented a client at a recent policy discussion. Josh Fisher assisted a client to determine how a piece of legislation impacted their members.

For the Week of May 18, 2015 

The following 27 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ALABAMA, ALASKA, CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, IOWA, KANSAS, LOUISIANA, MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, TEXAS, 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 State Procurement Officials will hold its Southern Region Meeting May 17-19 in Williamsburg, Virginia. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com

The Republican Governors Association will hold its Corporate Policy Summit May 19-20 in Dallas, Texas. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com

The Democratic Governors Association will hold its Bluegrass Policy Conference May 20-21 in Louisville, Kentucky. Mark Anderson at mda@stateside.com

The Republican Attorneys General Association will hold its Senior Staff Retreat May 20-21 in Atlanta, Georgia. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com

The National Association of Counties will hold its Western Interstate Region Conference May 20-22 in Kauai, Hawaii. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Senate Appropriations Committee will meet May 18 to discuss S.B. 763, which requires the labeling of juvenile products containing flame retardant chemicals. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

A special general election will be held May 19 for Senate District 7. State Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D) will face Steve Glazer (D). Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will meet on May 19 to consider supporting California Assembly Bill 775, the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The City of Jacksonville will hold a general election May 19 for Mayor and City Council. All 19 Council seats are up for election. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

GEORGIA

The Woodstock City Council will meet May 18 to conduct the first reading of a text amendment requiring all commercial structures to be equipped with an outside electrical disconnect. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

IDAHO

The Legislature will convene for a special session May 18 to discuss legislation to conform to an international child support agreement. Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com

ILLINOIS

The House Revenue and Finance Committee will meet May 20 to discuss S.B. 1907, which imposes a tax on liquefied and compressed natural gas. Matthew Barusch at mrb@stateside.com

KENTUCKY

Kentucky will hold its primary election May 19 for state executive positions, including the shared tickets for Governor/Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

LOUISIANA

The House Commerce Committee will meet May 19 to discuss S.B. 243, which relates to repairs made on fleet vehicles. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure will meet May 19 to discuss H.B. 612, which prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender. Arielle McAloon at am@stateside.com

MAINE

The Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development will meet May 18 to discuss authorizing employers that have employees who are subjected to federally mandated substance abuse testing programs to extend those federal drug testing activities to the entire workforce. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

The deadline for all Joint Standing Committees to vote on bills is May 22. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

MASSACHUSETTS

The Boston Committee on Environment and Parks will hold a work session May 18 to discuss the implementation of a recycling program for all number six plastics. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

MINNESOTA

The Legislature is set to adjourn sine die May 18. Mike McNamee at mjm@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Senate Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee will meet May 19 to continue their executive session on S.B. 218, which establishes spoofing as an unfair and deceptive act under the consumer protection law. Jordan Kroll at jk@stateside.com

NEW YORK

The Nassau County Legislature will consider a resolution May 18 requesting that the New York State Legislature enact and the Governor approve a local law related to extending the hotel/motel occupancy tax. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com 

The Senate Health Committee will meet May 19 to discuss S.B. 5170, which prohibits a pharmacist from substituting an abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic drug product with an opioid analgesic drug product lacking abuse-deterrent properties without obtaining a new prescription. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

PENNSYLVANIA

The City of Philadelphia will hold a primary election May 19 for Mayor and City Council. All 17 Council seats are up for election. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

The Philadelphia City Council will hold a public hearing May 21 to consider an ordinance further authorizing the Board of Education of the School District of Philadelphia to impose a tax on the use or occupancy of real estate within the School District and to set the rate for such a tax. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

The House Human Services Committee will meet May 21 to discuss services and issues for individuals with autism. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

WISCONSIN

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will meet May 20 to vote on S.B. 34, which requires individuals to hold certificates of food protection practices in order to operate school lunchrooms participating in the National School Lunch Program. John Keane at jpk@stateside.com

The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing May 21 on proposed amendments to rules concerning air quality standards. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com