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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 facilitated a Groups strategic planning session for a client to advance their priority state issue. Steve Arthur prepared a client for the upcoming DAGA meeting. Michael Behm worked with a client to help develop its brand-raising planning for an annual meeting of local government officials. Dusty Brighton assisted a client in recruiting other organizations to join a coalition and oppose a harmful piece of legislation. Josh Fisher drafted amendments to a city’s proposed zoning ordinance for a client. Robert Holden presented to the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons at their Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. David Owens conducted outreach to state and county officials to advance a client’s federal legislative priorities.

For the Week of May 4, 2015 

The following 31 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ALABAMA, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, HAWAII, ILLINOIS, IOWA, KANSAS, LOUISIANA, MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, TEXAS, VERMONT, 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 Conference of Western Attorneys General will hold its Energy Exports Summit May 6 in Washington, D.C. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com

The International City County Management Association will hold its Northeast Regional Summit May 7-8 in Windsor, Connecticut. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

The Democratic Attorneys General Association will hold its Spring Policy Conference May 7-8 in Chicago, Illinois. Dusty Brighton at dbb@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet May 4 to discuss S.B. 262, which authorizes law enforcement agencies to use unmanned aircraft systems if its use complies with protections against unreasonable searches guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

The San Luis Obispo City Council will receive an update May 5 on a polystyrene policy being worked on by staff. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

COLORADO

The City of Denver will hold elections May 5 for Mayor and City Council. All 13 City Council seats are up for election. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

DELAWARE

The House Economic Development, Banking, Insurance and Commerce Committee will meet May 6 to discuss H.B. 119, which removes the prohibition on selling an alcoholic beverage to a person with a mental condition or mental disability. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

ILLINOIS

The Niles Environmental Practice Committee will meet May 5 to consider a Styrofoam ban at all Village facilities. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

The House Environment Committee will meet May 5 to discuss S.B. 793, which prohibits a person from knowingly mixing sharps with any other material intended for collection as a recyclable material. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

The Commerce Commission will hold a hearing May 7 to discuss the need for customer authorization required for access to third parties to Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) interval meter data. Adam Hottell at ah@stateside.com

LOUISIANA

The House Ways and Means Committee will meet May 4 and May 5 to discuss limiting a number of corporate and sales tax credits. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The House Health and Welfare Committee will meet May 6 to discuss H.B. 319, which pertains to interchangeable biological products. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

MAINE

The Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will meet May 4 to discuss L.D. 573, which directs the Department of Public Safety to establish a process for the annulment of a person’s arrest record and expungement of the person’s confidential criminal history record. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

The Health and Human Services Committee will meet May 4 to discuss L.D. 1034, which prohibits the use of Electronic Benefits Transfer cards for cash withdrawals. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

MASSACHUSETTS

The Joint Committee on Revenue will meet May 5 to discuss H.B. 2628, which requires the implementation of taxation of remote sellers, contingent upon federal enactment of such legislation. Will Hagen at wth@stateside.com

The Somerville Assistant City Solicitor will submit a proposed plastic bag reduction ordinance to the Legislative Matters Committee May 7. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

MISSOURI

The House Ways and Means Committee will meet May 4 for a public hearing to discuss S.B. 377, which creates a sales and use tax exemption for aircraft sold to non-Missouri individuals or corporations. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

The House Emerging Issues Committee will meet May 4 to discuss S.B. 389, which modifies provisions relating to competitive bidding. Jordan Kroll at jk@stateside.com

NEBRASKA

The City of Lincoln will hold elections May 5 for Mayor and City Council. Four of the seven City Council seats are up for election. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

The Department of Education will hold a public hearing May 5 on proposed amendments to its rules concerning certificates and permits to teach, counsel, supervise and administer in Nebraska schools. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Public Utilities Commission will hold a hearing May 7 on proposed amendments to its rules governing compliance with energy conservation requirements for new building construction. Adam Hottell at ah@stateside.com

NEW JERSEY

The Senate Commerce Committee will meet May 4 to discuss S.B. 829, which relates to motor vehicle repair. Mike McNamee at mjm@stateside.com

NEW YORK

The Ontario County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing May 7 for a proposed local law regulating pawn brokers and secondhand dealers. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

NORTH CAROLINA

The Craven County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing May 4 to hear comments concerning proposed noise ordinance amendments. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

The Department of Health and Human Services will hold a public hearing May 6 to discuss the proposed amendments to the licensing of ambulatory surgical facilities. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

OHIO

The Cleveland Health and Human Services Committee will meet May 4 to consider authorizing the Department of Health to perform environmental lead investigations of residences of Medicaid-eligible and non-Medicaid-eligible children. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

The House Education Committee will meet May 5 to discuss S.B. 3, which addresses the competitive bidding threshold for school building and repair contracts. James Lawrence at jsl@stateside.com

OREGON

The House Business and Labor Committee will meet May 4 to discuss S.B. 693, which authorizes scrap metal businesses to make payments by electronic funds transfer or stored value devices. Matthew Barusch at mrb@stateside.com

PENNSYLVANIA

The Environmental Quality Board will hold a hearing May 4 to discuss proposed amendments that have the potential to impact surface activities as they relate to oil and gas well development. Amy Goldlust at amg@stateside.com

The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet May 5 to discuss S.B. 294, which adds equine animals to the list of protected animals under animal cruelty laws. Erin Thompson at eet@stateside.com

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness will meet May 6 to discuss H.B. 824, which exempts personal information of public safety officials from public records. Arielle McAloon at am@stateside.com

TEXAS

The House Energy Resources Committee will meet May 4 to discuss H.B. 3480, which requires oil or gas facility permit holders to establish an inspection and maintenance program for the detection and repair of leaks from all valves, pump seals, flanges, compressor seals, pressure relief valves, open-ended lines, tanks and other process and operation components of the facility that could result in fugitive emissions. John Keane at jpf@stateside.com

The City of San Antonio will hold elections May 9 for Mayor and City Council. All ten City Council seats are up for election. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com