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|U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Step into Michigan Battle Over "Straight Ticket Voting"|
Laura J. Genovich; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
November 14, 2016, previously published on October 31, 2016In December 2015, the Michigan Legislature passed legislation intended to end straight ticket voting (i.e., checking a box on a ballot that registers a vote for a party’s entire slate of candidates). Seven months later, however, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan...
|How to Shift the Risk out of the Government for Government Projects|
David M. Lick; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
November 11, 2016, previously published on October 31, 2016Previously, the government assumed the risks for its projects. The risk included obtaining the best design from one architect, proper construction completion from a contractor, and the least cost financing. The risk included cost overruns, timely completion and ownership of any failures or...
|Sign Regulation After Reed v Town of Gilbert|
Anne M. Seurynck; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
November 11, 2016, previously published on October 31, 2016As you know, municipalities are authorized to adopt ordinances for the protection of the public’s health, safety and general welfare, provided the ordinances serve a public purpose and are reasonable. Courts have generally upheld municipal ordinances that regulate the size, type, and...
|Local Government and Iowa's "Sunshine Laws"|
Brent L. Hinders; Hopkins & Huebner, P.C.;
November 9, 2016, previously published on November 09, 2016With local and national elections approaching once again, it is important to remember Iowa's "Sunshine Laws" (Iowa Code Chapters 21 and 22), which are designed to make all levels of Iowa government as transparent and accountable to the public as possible.
|A Reminder on Voting Rules for Non-U.S. Citizens|
Ann Louise Brown, Leigh N. Ganchan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
November 9, 2016, previously published on November 1, 2016As the 2016 presidential election approaches, election reminders abound encouraging everyone to get out and vote on November 8th. Largely focused on the importance of participation, these messages do not typically distinguish between U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPR), and individuals...
|Mindful Planning and Management Can Yield Municipality Internship Program Success|
David Mullen; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
November 3, 2016, previously published on October 18, 2016Student interns are becoming increasingly popular at all levels of government. Hiring an intern sounds like a win-win situation - the municipality gets an enthusiastic, educated and engaged worker for little-to-no expense, while a student gains the chance to explore a potential career field in a...
|How to Protect Attorney-Fee Invoice Information Under Ohio's Public Records Act|
Thomas R. Kendall; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
November 3, 2016, previously published on October 18, 2016Public offices, such as city government and police, often retain outside legal counsel for advice and representation. After a firm submits its invoice to the public office for payment, the invoice, in part, becomes a public record. As with all public records, the invoice is subject to release if...
|Election Day is Coming - What are Your Obligations as an Employer?|
Richard I. Greenberg, Daniel J. Jacobs; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
November 2, 2016, previously published on October 25, 2016With Election Day drawing near, and large voter turnout expected, employers should ensure they are aware of state law requirements related to providing employees with time off. While not all states impose requirements on employers, some impose time off obligations with the possibility of criminal...
|Employer Voting Procedures — Know Your State Laws|
Terri Imbarlina Patak; Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.;
October 28, 2016, previously published on October 19, 2016From our offices in California, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and West Virginia, Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote represents clients across the country. With the election quickly approaching, it is a good time for employers to revisit their...
|Legalized Marijuana: Lessons From the U.S. Experience|
Alicia Czarnowski, Timothy J. McCunn; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
October 28, 2016, previously published on October 24, 2016In December 2015, the Government of Canada announced in its Speech from the Throne that it would begin the process of legalizing and regulating recreational access to marijuana. Though the possession and selling of marijuana remains a criminal offence until a full legislative and regulatory regime...