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Stateside® Weekly Roundup

Mark Anderson facilitated an educational meeting with Groups staff about a federal rulemaking. Robert Holden represented clients on a National Conference of Insurance Legislators topic selection conference call and testified before the Missouri House Health and Mental Health Committee on behalf of a health care client association. Dusty Brighton assisted a client in coordinating testimony of witnesses for a legislative hearing. Steve Arthur helped a client screen and prepare witnesses to testify at a committee hearing.

For the Week of February 23, 2015 

The following 45 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ALASKA, ARIZONA, ARKANSAS, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, GEORGIA, HAWAII, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW JERSEY, NEW MEXICO, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, TEXAS, UTAH, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, 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 National Governors Association will hold its Winter Meeting February 20-23 in Washington, D.C. Mark Anderson at mda@stateside.com

The National Association of Counties will hold its Legislative Conference February 21-25 in Washington, D.C. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

The Republican Attorneys General Association will hold its Winter National Meeting February 22-23 in Washington, D.C. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com

The Southern States Energy Board will hold its Associate Members Winter Meeting February 23 in Washington, D.C. Mark Anderson at mda@stateside.com

The National Association of Attorneys General will hold its Winter Meeting February 23-25 in Washington, D.C. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com or Dusty Brighton dbb@stateside.com

The National Conference of Insurance Legislators will hold its Spring Meeting February 27-March 1 in Charleston, South Carolina. Robert Holden at rah@stateside.com

ALASKA

The House Labor and Commerce Committee will meet February 27 to discuss H.B. 116, which extends the authority of the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board to June 30, 2018. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

The Committee on Labor and Commerce will meet February 27 to discuss H.B. 32, which requires the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board to adopt regulations relating to the prescription of controlled substances to employees. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

ARIZONA

The Senate Commerce and Workforce Development Committee will meet February 23 to discuss H.B. 2288, which requires the Department of Public Safety to post the name and address of scrap metal dealers on the Department’s website. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The Sierra Vista City Council will receive an update on plastic bags from the Environmental Affairs Commission on February 25. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

The Corporation Commission will hold a public workshop February 26 on how the current Integrated Resource Planning process involving emerging energy technologies could be improved. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Energy Commission will hold a public business meeting February 25 to discuss the adoption of the 2014 Integrated Energy Policy Report. Melissa Martin at mpf@stateside.com

The Senate Environmental Quality Committee will meet February 25 to discuss the state’s adaptation efforts to climate change impacts on environmental quality and public health. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

COLORADO

The House Finance Committee will meet February 25 to discuss H.B. 1154, which prohibits the collection of a credit card interchange fee. Mike McNamee at mjm@stateside.com

The House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee will meet February 25 to discuss H.B. 1119, which pertains to oil and gas royalty payments. Erin Thompson at eet@stateside.com

CONNECTICUT

A special election will be held February 24 to fill vacant seats in the 23rd Senate District, the 107th House District and the 129th House District. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

The Joint Committee on Energy and Technology will meet February 24 to hear H.B. 5019, which relates to the municipalization of utilities. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

The Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate will meet February 24 to discuss H.B. 6556, which requires health insurers to credential health care providers no later than 30 days after the credentialing process has begun. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

The Joint Committee on Insurance and Real Estate will meet February 26 to discuss S.B. 753, which requires the Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange to hold a public hearing and gain legislative approval prior to changing any assessment or user fee to health carriers. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

GEORGIA

The Board of Massage Therapy will hold a public hearing February 27 on a proposed rule to provide requirements for practice by massage therapy students. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

ILLINOIS

The House Environment Committee will meet February 25 for discussion on H.B. 250, which pertains to the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

The House Health Care Availability and Accessibility Committee will meet February 25 to discuss H.B. 76, which allows an insured residing in an area designated as a mental health professional shortage area to obtain services through the use of telehealth services. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

The House Vehicles and Safety Committee will meet February 26 to discuss H.B. 198, which prohibits the parking of non-electric vehicles in charging station spaces designated for electric vehicles. Matthew Barusch at mrb@stateside.com

IOWA

A subcommittee of the House Commerce Committee will meet February 24 to discuss H.S.B. 134, which changes the reporting of wine gallonage sales for purposes of taxation. Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com

A subcommittee of the House Commerce Committee will meet February 24 to discuss H.S.B. 132, which prohibits the sale and possession or sale of powered or crystalline alcohol by liquor control license holders and retail wine or beer permit holders. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

A subcommittee of the Committee on State Government will meet February 25 to discuss S.S.B. 1172, which relates to the licensure of durable medical equipment providers. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

KANSAS

The House Energy and Environment Committee will meet February 23 to discuss H.B. 2192, which creates the Environmental Stewardship Fund. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

The House Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee will meet February 23 to discuss H.B. 2200, which pertains to the expansion and transfer of alcoholic retailer’s licenses. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

The Senate Committee on Commerce will meet February 23 and February 24 to discuss S.B. 154, which makes changes to the maximum weekly unemployment insurance benefits that may be issued. Mike McNamee at mjm@stateside.com

LOUISIANA

The Department of Environmental Quality will hold a hearing February 25 on proposed amendments to its ambient air quality regulations. David Owens at do@stateside.com

The Board of Medical Examiners will hold a hearing February 26 on proposed amendments to its telemedicine rules. David Owens at do@stateside.com

MAINE

The Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development will meet February 24 to discuss L.D. 9, which requires the Commissioner of Labor to create a list of employers that have relocated a call center handling at least 30% of the call volume within a call center from the State to a foreign country. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

The Committee on Health and Human Services will meet February 24 to discuss L.D. 141, which amends the definition of “health care practitioner” in the Maine Health Security Act to include pharmacists. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

MARYLAND

The House Economic Matters Committee will meet February 23 to hear H.B. 117, which changes the hours of liquor sales in Carroll County, Maryland. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee will meet February 24 to discuss S.B. 559, which includes an Internet location or web site in the definition of a motor vehicle dealer facility. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

The House Ways and Means Committee will meet February 24 to discuss H.B. 108, which increases the tax on tobacco products and raises the licensing fees for tobacco retailers. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

The House Economic Matters Committee will meet February 24 to discuss H.B. 421, which would create a state-sponsored retirement plan option for private employers. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

The Senate Budget and Taxation Committee will meet February 25 to discuss S.B. 574, which would exclude the sale of bottled water from the sales and use tax. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

MICHIGAN

The Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee will meet February 25 to discuss S.B. 252, which enters Maryland into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. Patrick Gallaher at phg@stateside.com

The House Tax Policy Committee will meet February 25 to discuss H.B. 4122, which would end funding for the Film and Digital Media Production Assistance Program. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

The Senate Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee will meet February 25 to hear and discuss S.B. 54 and S.B. 55, which relate to the use of unmanned aerial vehicles used to interfere with or harass hunters. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

MISSOURI

The House Energy and Environment Committee will meet February 23 to hear and discuss H.B. 481, which changes the laws regarding the Net Metering and Easy Connection Act. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

The House Pensions Committee will meet February 24 for an executive session to vote on H.B. 478, which modifies the retirement allowance calculation for members of the Public School Retirement System. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

The House Ways and Means Committee will meet February 24 for an executive session to vote on H.B. 517, which excludes mandatory gratuities from the sales tax on meals and drinks at a restaurant. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

MONTANA

The House Human Services Committee will meet February 23 to discuss diabetic prescription drug coverage under the State Medicaid Program. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

The Senate Highways and Transportation Committee will meet February 24 to discuss H.B. 369, which reduces the usage of liquid de-icers over 10 years. Erin Thompson at eet@stateside.com

The first chamber reporting for all legislation is scheduled to occur February 27. This will also be the final day for requests to be made for appropriations bills. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

NEBRASKA

The Appropriations Committee will meet February 23 to discuss L.B. 660, which encourages state agencies to construct energy efficient buildings. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

The Appropriations Committee will meet February 23 to discuss L.B. 657, which makes appropriations for public airports in the state. Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com

The Transportation and Telecommunications Committee will meet February 23 to discuss L.B. 517, which prohibits the use of interactive wireless communication devices while driving. Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com

The Senate Committee on Business and Labor will meet February 23 to discuss allowing a person who regularly and customarily performs services for others at a location other than that person’s own fixed business location to apply to the Department of Labor to be a certified independent contractor. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

The Committee on Business and Labor will meet February 23 to discuss L.B. 134, which relates to first injury reports under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

The Revenue Committee will meet February 25 to discuss L.B. 423, which revises allowances for renewable energy tax credits. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

The Committee on Health and Human Services will meet February 25 to discuss L.B. 472, which adopts the Medicaid Redesign Act. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

NEVADA

The Assembly Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining Committee will meet February 24 to discuss A.B. 144, which requires that any recommendations or proposed regulations of the Land Use Planning Advisory Council in areas of critical environmental concern be developed by the Land Use Planning Advisory Council instead of the Executive Council. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

NEW MEXICO

The House Judiciary Committee will meet February 23 to consider H.B. 148, which prohibits smoking in a vehicle when a minor is present. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

The Senate Conservation Committee will meet February 24 for discussion on S.B. 389, which pertains to rulemaking pursuant to the Oil and Gas Act. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

NORTH DAKOTA

The chamber of origin committee reporting deadline for all legislation, excluding constitutional amendments and study resolutions, will occur February 24. The crossover deadline for all legislation, excluding constitutional amendments and study resolutions, will occur February 27. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

OHIO

The State Transportation Budget, H.B. 53, is scheduled to be heard in the House Finance and Appropriations Committee February 23, February 25 and February 26. Committee staff have indicated that the measure is likely to be substituted during the February 23 hearing while amendments and a possible vote are scheduled for the February 26 hearing. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

OREGON

The House Education Committee will meet February 23 for a work session regarding H.B. 2404, which pertains to school food and beverage nutritional standards. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

The House Transportation and Economic Development Committee will meet February 23 to discuss H.B. 2266, which deals with a weight-mile tax exemption for dealer owned vehicles. Matthew Barusch at mrb@stateside.com

The House Transportation and Economic Development Committee will meet February 23 to discuss H.B. 2886, which clarifies who may participate in a vehicle dealer auction or display of vehicles without holding a vehicle dealer certificate. Matthew Barusch at mrb@stateside.com

The House Revenue Committee will meet February 24 to discuss H.B. 2089, which would allow individuals owing debts to state agencies to file with the Department of Revenue for a status of “currently not collectible.” Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

The State Board of Nursing will meet February 25 to discuss draft amendments to regulations which impact the scope of practice for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and registered nurses (RNs). Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

The Senate Health Care Committee will meet February 25 to discuss S.B. 93, which requires reimbursement for up to a 60-day supply of a prescription drug that is prescribed for a chronic condition. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

PENNSYLVANIA

The City of Philadelphia will hold a public hearing February 25 to discuss an ordinance amendment to expand the buildings for which the benchmarking and reporting of energy and water usage data is required. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

RHODE ISLAND

The House Corporations Committee will meet February 24 to discuss H.B. 5292, which grants authority within the state to regulate unpiloted aerial vehicles. Erin Thompson at eet@stateside.com

The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet February 24 to discuss S.B. 265, which increases the allowable window tinting on side and rear windows of a motor vehicle. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The House Health, Education and Welfare Committee will meet February 25 to discuss mandates on schools regarding Automated External Defibrillator (AED) storage. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

The House Judiciary Committee will meet February 25 to discuss H.B. 5188, which changes penalties and fines for shoplifting offenses. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

SOUTH DAKOTA

The Senate Commerce and Energy Committee will meet February 24 to discuss S.B. 180, which establishes tax rates for wind power producers. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

TENNESSEE

The Senate State and Local Government Committee will meet February 24 to hear and discuss S.B. 426, which would prohibit a manufacturer of beer from owning or having financial interest in any business with a wholesale or retail beer license. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

VERMONT

The Public Service Board will hold a workshop on potential amendments to its net metering rules February 27. David Owens at do@stateside.com

VIRGINIA

February 23 is the final day for bills to be passed from committees in both chambers. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

The General Assembly is set to adjourn Sine Die February 28. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The House Committee on Finance will meet February 23 to discuss H.B 1925, which extends the alternative fuel vehicle retail sales and use tax exemption. Mike McNamee at mjm@stateside.com

The Tacoma City Council will meet February 23 to consider a resolution which would establish a tobacco-free policy for developed parks and recreation facilities. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

WISCONSIN

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business, and Tourism will meet February 25 to discuss A.B. 18, which relates to samples of intoxicating liquor provided at licensed retail locations. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

WYOMING

The Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee will meet February 23 to discuss H.B. 174, which requires the Department of Health to develop and implement comprehensive tobacco prevention, cessation and treatment programs. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

February 27 is the final day for bills to be passed from second chamber committees. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com