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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 the NGA meeting on behalf of clients. Robert Holden and Josh Fisher met with a health care client association to discuss a Groups engagement strategy to address potential state and local activity on a priority issue. David Owens vetted lobbyist recommendations for a client and prepared Bill Impact Statements. Dusty Brighton recommended a qualified lobbyist to a client and associated coalition dealing with adverse, fast moving legislation. Steve Arthur and Dusty Brighton participated in the RAGA, DAGA and NAAG meetings on behalf of clients. Michael Behm participated in the NACO conference on behalf of clients.

For the Week of February 23, 2015 

The following 46 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ALABAMA, ALASKA, ARIZONA, ARKANSAS, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, HAWAII, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW MEXICO, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, UTAH, WASHINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN and WYOMING.

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 Coastal States Organization will hold its Winter Meeting March 2-4 in Washington, D.C. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials will hold its Leadership in Government Meeting March 3-4 in Washington, D.C. Robert Holden at rah@stateside.com

The Democratic Municipal Officials will hold a Policy Workshop March 7 in Washington, D.C. Heather Williams at hsw@stateside.com

The National League of Cities will hold its Congressional City Conference March 7-11 in Washington, D.C. Heather Williams at hsw@stateside.com

The Association of Clean Water Administrators will hold its Midyear Meeting March 8-10 in Washington, D.C. Mark Anderson at mda@stateside.com

ALABAMA

The Legislature will convene for the 2015 legislative session March 3, during which Governor Robert J. Bentley (R) will present his State of the State Address. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Energy Commission will hold public hearings March 2 and 3 to discuss amendments to the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Melissa Martin at mpf@stateside.com

The Oakland Rules and Legislation Committee will meet March 5 to consider a resolution supporting a request to Governor Jerry Brown (D) to adopt a moratorium on fracking in the state. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

COLORADO

The House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee will meet March 5 to discuss S.B. 71, which allows pharmacists to substitute biological products approved by the FDA to be interchangeable with the prescribed biological product. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Legislature will convene for the 2015 legislative session March 3. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The City of Tampa will hold elections March 3 for Mayor and City Council. All seven Council seats up for election. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

HAWAII

The Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee will meet March 3 to discuss S.B. 550, which prohibits possession or consumption of tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices, by any person under 18 years of age in public places. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

The Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor will meet March 3 to discuss S.B. 1012, which allows an employee suffering from a supervisor’s discriminatory actions to sue the employer. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

ILLINOIS

The Senate Public Health Committee will meet March 3 to discuss S.B. 9, which prohibits distribution of powdered caffeine to minors. Matthew Barusch at mrb@stateside.com

The Commerce Commission will hold a pre-hearing conference March 4 on potential amendments to its rules concerning access to customer usage data. David Owens at do@stateside.com

IOWA

A subcommittee of the House Committee on Commerce will meet March 2 to discuss H.F. 349, which relates to certain health coverage that covers the essential health benefits required pursuant to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and includes applicability and penalty provisions. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

A subcommittee of the Senate Transportation Committee will meet March 3 to discuss S.F. 290, which regulates manufacturer and dealer agreements for recreational vehicles. Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com

KENTUCKY

A special election will be held March 3 to fill a vacant seat in the 27th Senate District. Kelly Caudill (D) will face Steve West (R). Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

LOUISIANA

The Transportation Funding Task Force will meet March 4 to review and finalize their report on alternative methods for funding transportation projects through modified fuel taxation. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

MONTANA

The House Business and Labor Committee will meet March 6 to discuss H.B. 241, which prohibits a political subdivision from enacting a local law requiring an employer to provide employees with wage or employment benefits not required by state or federal law. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

NEBRASKA

The Natural Resources Committee will meet March 4 to discuss L.B. 117, which requires the calculated or guaranteed energy cost savings to be reviewed and approved prior to the commencement of construction under an energy financing contract. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The House Commerce and Consumer Affairs Committee will meet for an executive session March 3 to discuss H.B. 327, which would allow businesses to crowdfund using the equity in their business. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

The House Commerce and Consumer Affairs will meet March 3 to vote on H.B. 548, which establishes the federally-facilitated health exchange as the health exchange for New Hampshire. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

NEW MEXICO

The Senate Conservation Committee will meet March 3 to discuss S.B. 630, which creates the Carbon Credit Act. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

NEW YORK

The Public Service Commission will hold a consultative meeting March 6 to discuss the Staff Straw Proposal and other issues regarding community net metering. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

OKLAHOMA

The City of Oklahoma City will hold City Council elections March 3. Four of the eight Council seats are up for election. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

OREGON

The Senate Health Care Committee will meet March 2 to consider S.B. 147, which changes the communication requirements for a pharmacist that substitutes biological products. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

The House Business and Labor Committee will meet March 2 for a hearing on H.B. 2577, which pertains to electric vehicle charging stations in parking facilities. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

PENNSYLVANIA

The General Assembly will meet March 3 to hear Governor Tom Wolf (D) deliver his State of the State address. Erin Thompson at eet@stateside.com

The Philadelphia City Council will meet March 4 to hear testimony on a resolution authorizing the City Council Committee on Commerce and Economic Development to hold hearings regarding increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

TEXAS

The San Antonio City Council will meet March 4 to discuss legal issues pertaining to the regulation of transportation network companies and rideshare mobile apps. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

WISCONSIN

The Joint Finance Committee will meet March 2 through March 4 to hear public testimony on A.B. 21, which relates to Governor Scott Walker’s (R) budget proposal. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

The Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing March 5 on proposed amendments to air pollution control rules to clarify, streamline, and update permitting processes. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

WYOMING

The Legislature is scheduled to adjourn March 6; however, March 9-11 are available if necessary. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com