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|Election Law Updates and How They May Affect Your Local Government|
Leslie A. Dickinson; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
February 10, 2016, previously published on January 26, 2016Several changes to Michigan election-related laws at the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 may affect how municipalities administer and communicate information.
|Behind Closed Doors: What Can A Public Body Discuss In Closed Session?|
Anne M. Seurynck; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
February 10, 2016, previously published on January 26, 2016Generally, meetings of public bodies must be open to the public pursuant to the Open Meetings Act (“OMA”), MCL 15.261 et seq. However, the OMA allows public bodies to go into closed session to discuss certain specific issues set forth in Section 8 of the OMA. The following is an...
|Governor Baker Files FY2017 Budget, Economic Development Bill; Speaker DeLeo Outlines Agenda|
Steve Baddour, Dan Connelly, Julie Cox, Sasha Dudding, Max Fathy; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
February 10, 2016, previously published on February 1, 2016With Beacon Hill off and running in the new year, Governor Charlie Baker and House Speaker Robert DeLeo this week unveiled key parts of their policy agendas for 2016. As part of his second budget proposal since assuming office, Baker on Wednesday proposed targeted investments in local aid,...
|Obtaining a Cognovit Judgment in Ohio Requires Strict Adherence to Statutory Requirements|
David Brown; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
February 10, 2016, previously published on February 3, 2016Ohio Revised Code § 2323.13 outlines the procedure applicable to reducing a cognovit note to judgment. In order for the trial court to be vested with subject matter jurisdiction, the following three elements are required:
|Bond Counsel Corner|
John M. Kamins; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
February 10, 2016, previously published on January 26, 2016Foster Swift is a nationally recognized Bond Counsel and Disclosure Counsel firm. We advise and represent Michigan townships, cities, counties, villages, school districts, libraries, drainage districts and other clients on the full spectrum of bonds, public finance and public private partnerships...
|Ontario Court Recognizes Existence of New "Revenge Porn" Privacy Tort|
Nils Goeteyn, Éloïse Gratton; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
February 10, 2016, previously published on January 28, 2016Stinson J. of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has issued a landmark decision explicitly recognizing that the public disclosure of private images constitutes a privacy tort for which pecuniary damages may be sought before civil law courts.
|Is Your Municipality Ready for House Bill 5?|
Jason Mosbaugh; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
February 10, 2016, previously published on January 27, 2016While it may not have been on your mind as the clock struck midnight, the ball dropped and toasts were exchanged; the dawn of 2016 signals the dawn of a new era in Ohio Municipal Tax Policy. House Bill 5 became effective January 1, 2016.
|When Does Off-Duty Use of Smartphones Result in Compensable Overtime?|
Michael R. Blum; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
February 10, 2016, previously published on January 26, 2016As you may already know, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) salary requirements for the white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”) will be revised in 2016, making millions of additional employees eligible for overtime protection. However,...
|NYS JCOPE Adopts Opinion Expanding Definition of Lobbying Activity to Include Activities Traditionally Considered as Non-Lobbying Consultant/Public Relations Services|
Mark F. Glaser, Joshua L. Oppenheimer; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 9, 2016, previously published on February 1, 2016On Jan. 26, 2016, the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) formally adopted two Advisory Opinions that will affect government officials and individuals who interact with government or otherwise provide services to entities engaged in lobbying activity. This Alert focuses on...
|Our Military and Special Needs Trusts for Dependents|
James M. McCarten; Burr & Forman LLP;
February 3, 2016, previously published on January 2016Prior to 2015, members of and retirees from the military could not designate any portion of their military Survivor Benefit Plan ("SBP") to a special needs trust ("SNT"), even when a child of that servicemember needed the protection of a SNT in order to ensure his/her access to...