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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 National Association of Attorneys General Presidential Initiative Summit in Biloxi, Mississippi on behalf of clients. Dusty Brighton prepared formal background for a client on multiple pieces of legislation. David Owens recommended lobbyists to clients in multiple jurisdictions. Robert Holden coordinated a coalition effort to oppose model health care legislation in seven states. Josh Fisher advised a client on a strategy to work with state regulators responding to a proposed federal rulemaking. Mark Anderson arranged a speaking opportunity for a client at an upcoming Groups meeting.

For the Week of April 20, 2015 

The following 35 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ALABAMA, ALASKA, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, FLORIDA, HAWAII, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, LOUISIANA, MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, MONTANA, NEBRASKA, NEVADA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, NORTH CAROLINA, NORTH DAKOTA, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE, 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 Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials will hold its Mid-Year Meeting April 23-24 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Mark Anderson at mda@stateside.com

The National Association of State Budget Officers will hold its Spring Meetings April 23-25 in Austin, Texas. Meghan Holihan at msh@stateside.com

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers will hold its Midyear Conference April 26-29 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

ALASKA

The Department of Health will hold a public hearing April 20 to discuss the additions of specific controlled substances to the Schedule I and Schedule VI lists. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

ARIZONA

The Phoenix Human Relations Commission will meet April 20 to receive a presentation regarding restoration of voting rights. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Assembly Committee on Health will meet April 21 to discuss A.B. 463, the Pharmaceutical Cost Transparency Act of 2015. Shelby King at smk@stateside.com

The Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection will meet April 21 to discuss authorizing the Department of Justice to specify security procedures and practices it deems to be presumptively reasonable within a particular industry. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

CONNECTICUT

The Joint Committee on Finance, Revenue and Bonding will meet April 20 to discuss H.B. 7059, which establishes registration fees and requirements for retailers and manufacturers of vapor products and electronic nicotine delivery systems. Jonathan Curry at jtc@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling will hold a public hearing April 23 regarding proposed amendments to a rule addressing courses on laws and rules. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

ILLINOIS

The House Transportation: Vehicles and Safety Committee will meet April 21 to discuss H.B. 1340, which pertains to the Permanent Noise Monitoring Act. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

LOUISIANA

The House Ways and Means Committee will meet April 21 to discuss limiting a number of corporate tax credits. Sarah Hofmann at srh@stateside.com

The deadline for bills to be introduced in the Legislature is April 22. Arielle McAloon at am@stateside.com

MAINE

The Joint Committee on Environment and Natural Resources will meet April 23 to discuss L.D. 1204, which imposes a fee of $0.005 on beverage containers 32 ounces or greater in order to fund the new Recycling Grants and Low-interest Loan Program and the Maine Recycling Fund. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

MONTANA

The deadline for the transmittal of interim study resolutions is April 25. Arielle McAloon at am@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Senate Judiciary Committee will meet April 21 to discuss H.B. 613, which seeks to make names and addresses contained in license applications exempt from public right-to-know laws. Jordan Kroll at jk@stateside.com

NEW YORK

The Albany Common Council will hold a meeting April 20 to review a resolution supporting paid sick and spousal leave. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

The Senate Finance Committee will meet April 22 to discuss S.B. 1479, which requires public contracts to include a clause authorizing contractors to recover damages for delay. Andrew Ausel at ata@stateside.com

NORTH CAROLINA

The House Banking Committee will meet April 23 to discuss H.B. 541, which requires adequate proof of indebtedness before collection agencies can collect or bring suit against the debtor. James Lawrence at jsl@stateside.com

OHIO

The Legislature will meet April 20-21 to discuss the state budget, H.B. 64. Michael McNamee at mjm@stateside.com

The Cleveland Development, Planning and Sustainability Committee will meet April 21 to consider an ordinance that requires carbon monoxide alarms to be present in rental dwelling units. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

OKLAHOMA

The deadline for bills and resolutions to be considered in the opposite chamber is April 23. James Lawrence at jsl@stateside.com

OREGON

The Senate Committee on Workforce will meet April 20 to discuss S.B. 845, which establishes a penalty on large employers whose employees receive health care coverage through a medical assistance program. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

PENNSYLVANIA

The House Health Committee and the House Insurance Committee will meet April 20 to discuss the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the biopharmaceutical industry. Sarahita Wyatt-Paige at swp@stateside.com

The Philadelphia Committee on the Environment will hold a public hearing April 23 to consider an ordinance clarifying the obligations of places of business that sell food to provide waste and recycling bins for use by their patrons. Scott Heneveld at sh@stateside.com

RHODE ISLAND

The Board of Accountancy will hold a public hearing April 21 regarding merging its rules into one regulation and clarifying continuing education requirements. Adam Hottell at ah@stateside.com

TEXAS

The House Public Health Committee will meet April 21 to discuss H.B. 2824, which sets standards for state owned food and beverage vending machines. John Keane at jpk@stateside.com

VIRGINIA

The Governor’s Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence will meet April 22 to discuss possible legislation and hear testimony regarding sexual violence prevention on college campuses. Tyler Norris at tjn@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources will meet April 22 to discuss the work being done by the Department of Ecology to establish water banks in an effort to address rural water supply needs. Brian LeFort at bl@stateside.com