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|FPPC Goes on Offense to Identify and Fine Gift Reporting Failures|
Gary William Schons; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014The Fair Political Practices Commission has initiated a proactive approach to auditing and investigating gift reporting failures by government officials, focused on local government entities (most prevalently school districts). This project has resulted in scores of officials being fined and...
|California Attorney General Clarifies Oversight Board Member Compensation Rules|
Amit Palta; Best Best Krieger LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 21, 2014Local entities making appointments to oversight boards are prohibited from compensating the appointee, or reimbursing expenses incurred as a result of the service on the oversight board, the California Attorney General confirmed in an opinion issued last week. However, if the appointee is an...
|Obama to Wait On Attorney General Nominee|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014This week, sources in the White House confirmed that President Obama will wait until after the November mid-term elections to announce his choice to succeed Eric Holder as Attorney General.
|California Takes Significant Strides Toward Design-Build|
A. Haviva Shane, Wendy Y. Wang; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 20, 2014The adoption of Senate Bill 785 signifies strong movement toward authorizing design-build procurement in California at the state and local agency levels. SB 785, effective Jan. 1, repeals several design-build statutes previously adopted by the Legislature for the purpose of testing the...
|GM Weighs In On Net Neutrality|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 17, 2014Cell phone carriers got a surprising new ally this week in their fight against stricter net-neutrality laws: General Motors (GM). The car company sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission earlier this month urging the agency not to impose tough rules on wireless Internet service....
|How Is Child Support Calculated In Texas?|
Rehan Alimohammad; The Law Office of Rehan Alimohammad P.C.;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 2014Child support is based on the obligor’s (the person paying the child support) monthly net resources, such as salary, royalty income, net rental income, self-employment income, and the like. Items not included in net resources includes return of principal/capital on a note not included in net...
|October 2014 Update on Federal Budget Sequestration Affecting Build America Bonds and Other Direct Pay Bonds|
Joe E. Forrester, Christie Lombard Martin, Antonio D. Martini; Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP;
October 23, 2014, previously published on October 2014As described in previous client advisories, direct pay bond subsidy payments are subject to sequestration through fiscal year 2024 unless Congress takes action to modify or eliminate the sequester. In a release issued on October 16, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service confirmed that the...
|District Court Dismisses State Parties’ Challenge to SEC Rule 206(4)-5|
Matthew Bobys, Kenneth A. Gross, Ki P. Hong, Melissa L. Miles, Patricia M. Zweibel; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP;
October 22, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014On September 30, 2014, Judge Beryl A. Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a challenge to the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Rule 206(4)-5 (Rule) for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. The court found that jurisdiction for review of the Rule lies...
|Florida House Speaker-Designate Steve Crisafulli Announces Key Leadership Positions for 2014-2016 Legislative Term|
Colodny Fass Talenfeld Karlinsky Abate Webb P.A.;
October 22, 2014, previously published on October 16, 2014Florida House of Representatives' Speaker-Designate Steve Crisafulli (R-Merritt Island) announced today, October 16, 2014, that he has chosen State Representative Matt Hudson (R-Naples) as his nominee for Speaker Pro-Tempore, and has appointed State Representative Dana Young (R-Tampa) as House...
|DOJ to Increase Scrutiny of False Claims Act Cases for Possible Parallel Criminal Proceedings|
Melissa H. Harris, Gerard E. Wimberly; McGlinchey Stafford;
October 22, 2014, previously published on September 30, 2014The Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that it would begin reviewing all new whistleblower lawsuits filed under the civil False Claims Act, to determine whether a parallel criminal investigation might be appropriate. This marks a significant departure from past...