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|Introduction to Ontario’s Community Hubs Strategic Framework and Action Plan|
Brennan M. Carroll, Webnesh Haile, Nick G. Pasquino; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
May 26, 2016, previously published on April 22, 2016 The concept of multiple organizations sharing space and resources is not a new one. Since 2015, however, the Ontario government has expressed a new dedication to fostering these collaborations as a key element of the cost-efficient and effective delivery of services to Ontario's diverse...
|IRS Releases Proposed Regulations Defining a “Political Subdivision” For Purposes of Determining Eligibility to Issue Tax-Exempt Bonds|
Rene Adema Moore, Dee P. Wisor; Butler Snow LLP;
May 26, 2016, previously published on March 1, 2016On February 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) released proposed treasury regulations (the “Proposed Regulations” ) to provide guidance as to how the IRS intends to prospectively define a “political subdivision” for purposes of allowing political...
|Relief for Small Businesses Targeted by ADA Lawsuits in California|
Marc B. Koenigsberg; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
May 26, 2016, previously published on May 11, 2016After passing unanimously out of the California Senate and the Assembly, and with the unusual support of both business groups and trial lawyers, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 269 (Roth). The bill is intended to provide some relief to small businesses sued for alleged violations of disability...
|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...
|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...
|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.
|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....
|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").
|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...