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|Florida Passes Legislation That Will Facilitate Public-Private Partnership (P3) Projects|
Bruce H. Giles-Klein, Timothy J. Green; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
May 20, 2016, previously published on April 28, 2016The State of Florida, a longtime leader among states in facilitating Public Private Partnership projects (P3s), has recently passed legislation that will expand available options for the tax-exempt financing of P3 projects. On April 4, 2016, the Governor of Florida signed into law House Bill 7027...
|Tennessee Legislature Passes Certificate of Need Reform|
J. Matthew Kroplin, Jerry W. Taylor; Burr & Forman LLP;
May 20, 2016, previously published on April 2016This week, both houses of the Tennessee General Assembly unanimously approved legislation that will significantly reform Tennessee’s certificate of need (CON) program.
|House Passes Cybersecurity Consortium Act|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
May 20, 2016, previously published on May 18, 2016The House of Representatives passed the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act, which will allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a consortium to address cybersecurity threats and incidents. The consortium would provide training to state and local first responders...
|DHS Announces Public Hearings and Requests Comments on Handling of Critical Infrastructure Information|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
May 17, 2016, previously published on May 16, 2016The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced that it will hold a series of public hearings and request comments on revising its regulations regarding the handling of protected critical-infrastructure information (“PCII”) in an automated and electronic format....
|Attorney's Fees Under Florida's Public Records Act: Taking Intent Out of the Equation|
Leonard J. Dietzen, Lindy K. Keown; Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Professional Association;
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 25, 2016In a move towards strict liability, a recent Florida Supreme Court holding allows no room for public agency error under Florida’s Public Records Act (“Act”). On April 14, 2016, the Supreme Court of Florida issued on opinion in Board of Trustees, Jacksonville Police & Fire...
|Department of Justice FCPA Pilot Program Outlines Incentives for Corporate Self-Disclosure and Cooperation: What's New and Will It Matter?|
Theodore T. (Ted) Chung, Richard H. (Rick) Deane, Karen P. Hewitt, Henry Klehm, Hank Bond Walther; Jones Day;
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 2016On April 5, the U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") announced a one-year "FCPA Enforcement Pilot Program" to encourage voluntary self-disclosure, cooperation, and remediation (the "Pilot Program"). This effort is designed to boost enforcement by further incentivizing...
|Mike Lee Seeks Senate GOP Leadership|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 15, 2016This week, Tea Party leaning Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), who has made a name for himself bucking leadership in the Senate, announced that he would run for Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman. This leadership slot is currently being occupied by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) who has said he is...
|The Ontario Government Introduces Proposed Changes to the Municipal Elections Act to Allow Ranked Ballots|
Ajay Gajaria; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 12, 2016On April 4, 2016, the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Hon. Ted McMeeken introduced Bill 181, the Municipal Elections Modernization Act, 2016 ("Bill 181") which proposes changes to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, S.O. 1996, c. 32, Sched. (the "Act").
|Cabinet Office Amends Its Grant Agreements to Limit Lobbying|
Alison Paines, Chris Priestley; Withers Bergman LLP;
May 10, 2016, previously published on April 4, 2016All government grant agreements will now include a clause which prevents government funding from being used to lobby for new regulation or to lobby for more government funding. The government argues that freedom of speech will be protected as the clause will not prevent charities from using money...
|Challenging Negative Performance Evaluations|
Kathleen Hsu, Alan I. Saltman; Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP;
April 28, 2016, previously published on March 4, 2016In the course of evaluating the past performance of offerors competing for the award of a federal contract, agencies routinely examine performance evaluations contained in the government’s Past Performance Information Retrieval System (“PPIRS”). Information is available through...