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|New Leadership at the PUCO and Department of Commerce|
Michael Caputo, Rebecca M. Kuhns, Aaron M. Ockerman, Todd A. Snitchler; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
April 21, 2015, previously published on April 16, 2015Andre Porter was sworn in this week as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), returning to the agency where he served as commissioner from April 2011 through April 2013. Statehouse observers anticipated the change in leadership was imminent once Porter, who at the time was...
|Bond Counsel Corner: Municipal Advisors and the IRMA Exemption|
John M. Kamins; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
April 21, 2015, previously published on March 30, 2015Cities, townships and other issuers of municipal bonds typically hire a financial advisor for expert advice on the financing structure and financial terms for each bond issue they undertake. For decades these consultants have been called a “Financial Advisor” or “FA.” Now...
|Senate Flexes Muscles on Iran|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
April 21, 2015, previously published on April 17, 2015In a rare show of bipartisan unanimity, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, by a vote of 19-0, passed legislation that gives Congress the power to approve or shoot down the U.S.-Iran nuclear agreement that the Obama administration has been negotiating.
|Maryland: Fourth Amnesty Program Expected to Start Sept. 1, 2015|
David H. Godenswager, David M. Kall, Susan Millradt McGlone; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
April 21, 2015, previously published on April 16, 2015Maryland Gov. Hogan is set to sign a tax amnesty law for 2015, the details of which are in Senate Bill 763 and House Bill 1233. The 60-day amnesty period will run from Sept. 1, 2015 to Oct. 31, 2015. The program will waive 50 percent of the interest imposed, and all civil penalties (except...
|GOP Eyes Reconciliation|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
April 21, 2015, previously published on April 17, 2015The House and Senate have both passed budgets, both chambers have selected conferees to hash out the diffferences, and now Republicans eye the budget reconciliation process as a way to get something "big" done. The reconciliation process allows a simple majority vote to pass legislation...
|House and Senate Release FY2016 Budgets|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
April 21, 2015, previously published on March 19, 2015This week, the House and Senate unveiled their FY2016 budgets. Below is a breakdown of those budgets by sectors of interest. Where possible, we have provided information on what the administration’s budget numbers were in these sectors. Note that the information isn’t always apples to...
|Are You Ready for A Complaint Before the UTC?|
Amanda R. Yurechko; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.;
April 17, 2015, previously published on April 2, 2015Changes are coming to the landscape of Call-Before-You-Dig Enforcement in Ohio. Do you know how these changes will affect your utility and are you ready to handle a complaint before the Underground Technical Committee?
|Expansion of New York State’s Lobbying Law Enacted|
Mark F. Glaser, Joshua L. Oppenheimer; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
April 17, 2015, previously published on April 1, 2015New York State’s 2015-2016 enacted budget includes a variety of changes to the State’s ethics laws, mainly pertaining to disclosure obligations for public officials who maintain outside employment and penalties for failing to comply, as well as pension forfeiture for officials convicted...
|Proposed Criminal Procedure Changes Will Foster Fairer Criminal Trials in Virginia State Courts|
Thomas J. Bondurant; Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore, LLP;
April 16, 2015, previously published on April 1, 2015Under current Virginia state criminal procedures and laws, a defendant often has no idea what evidence will be presented by the Commonwealth Attorney or who may or may not testify against him/her at trial. Under Virginia law, a defendant is only entitled to know his own statements, his own criminal...
|Health Care E-lert -- Pennsylvania Federal Court Dismisses Action Based on Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act|
Julie A. Tyk; GrayRobinson, P.A.;
April 16, 2015On March 12, 2015, U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro dismissed Cooper v. Pottstown Hospital, Co. LLC, et al, a qui tam action based upon the Anti-Kickback Statute and False Claims Act, with prejudice. The case concerned on-call agreements between Alan E. Cooper, M.D. and Pottstown Memorial...