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HTMLMassachusetts Outlook: The Remainder of 2016 and Beyond
Steve Baddour, Dan Connelly, Julie Cox, Max Fathy, David L. O'Connor; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 7, 2016, previously published on October 4, 2016
After closing the book on the formal sessions in July, Massachusetts lawmakers have turned their attention to the November election. The Senate and House of Representatives convene in informal sessions for the remainder of the year and no controversial legislative matters are expected to pass...

 

HTMLISAO Standards Group Releases Guidelines for Information Sharing
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 7, 2016, previously published on October 7, 2016
Information and Sharing and Analysis Organizations, or ISAOs, can now look to four new publications for guidance in establishing ISAOs and in sharing cybersecurity information and interacting with the intelligence community, law enforcement agencies, U.S. regulatory agencies, and the Department of...

 

Adobe PDFSB-465 Mandates Additional Reporting Requirements for Contractors
D. Creighton Sebra; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 6, 2016, previously published on September 28, 2016
Governor Brown just signed SB-465 that goes into effect January 1, 2017 and provides the Contractors State License Board more information about licensees. This bill allows increased transparency between licensed contractors and the CSLB and mandates that licensed contractors report work-related...

 

Adobe PDFCalifornia Governor Signs Climate Change Legislation
Ariana N. Sarabia; Morris Polich & Purdy LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 6, 2016, previously published on September 26, 2016
In furtherance of California Governor Jerry Brown’s mission to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, on September 8, 2016, the governor signed into law two important pieces of climate change legislation, Senate Bill 32 and Assembly Bill 197.

 

HTMLSupreme Court of Georgia Clarifies Constitutional Protections for Commenting on Public Controversies
Duane Morris LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 5, 2016, previously published on September 15, 2016
In its recent decision in Cottrell v. Smith, S16A0013, 2016 Ga. LEXIS 473 (July 8, 2016), the Georgia Supreme Court addressed a number of topics that are common in many defamation cases and clarified the law in the areas of defamation per se, limited purpose public figures and actual malice. The...

 

HTMLNew Emergency Rule in Florida Requires Responsible Parties to Quickly Notify Public of Pollution Spills
Maribel N. Nicholson-Choice; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 5, 2016, previously published on September 28, 2016
On Sept. 26, 2016, Governor Scott ordered the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to immediately issue an emergency rule requiring immediate notification of pollution spills to the general public, FDEP, and local governments. FDEP provides a copy of the Governor’s order and related...

 

HTMLNew York Governor Signs New Ethics Law; JCOPE Issues Emergency Regulations Changing Disclosure Obligations, Guidance for Architects and Engineers
Mark F. Glaser, Joshua L. Oppenheimer; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 5, 2016, previously published on September 29, 2016
As we advised in our previous GT Alert issued in late June, at the close of the regularly scheduled session, the New York State Legislature enacted a bill (the Ethics Reform Legislation) making substantial changes to disclosure obligations imposed on entities that lobby, are clients of lobbyists,...

 

HTMLVitter Announces Federal Disaster Assistance for Louisiana Flood Recovery
Taylor Porter Brooks Phillips L.L.P.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 3, 2016, previously published on September 22, 2016
U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today announced that the short-term continuing resolution will include federal disaster assistance for Louisiana flood recovery, following the deadly, historic flooding disaster in South Louisiana last month. The Senate is expected to consider this language in the...

 

Adobe PDFNew Process to Pursue Public Records Disputes through the Court of Claims will be Available on September 28, 2016
William R. Hanna, Aimee W. Lane, Jessica Trivisonno; Walter, Haverfield LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 3, 2016, previously published on September 2016
Legislation that will significantly expand the remedies available to requesters of public records will take effect on September 28, 2016. The effect on local governments responding to public records requests is not yet clear. S.B. 321 was passed unanimously on May 25, 2016.

 

Adobe PDFGovernor Baker Signs Municipal Modernization Act
Kerry R. Jenness; Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 3, 2016, previously published on September 2016
Governor Baker recently signed House Bill 4565, “An Act modernizing municipal finance and government” (the “Act”). This Act made changes in many areas of law affecting cities and towns, including procurement, insurance, local taxation, municipal finance, and employee...

 


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