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|Our Military and Special Needs Trusts for Dependents|
James M. McCarten; Burr & Forman LLP;
February 3, 2016, previously published on January 2016Prior to 2015, members of and retirees from the military could not designate any portion of their military Survivor Benefit Plan ("SBP") to a special needs trust ("SNT"), even when a child of that servicemember needed the protection of a SNT in order to ensure his/her access to...
|California Enhances Lobbying Disclosure Requirements for Lobbyist Employers and "$5,000 Filers"|
Rachel E. Goldstein, Bryson B. Morgan, Trevor Potter, Matthew T. Sanderson; Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered;
February 2, 2016, previously published on January 25, 2016The California Fair Political Practices Commission ("FPPC") by unanimous vote on January 21, 2016 revised its regulation governing the disclosure of lobbying expenditures by lobbyist employers and so-called "$5,000 filers." These more comprehensive disclosures will be required...
|Revised DFARS Interim Rule Regarding Cybersecurity Responds to Industry Concerns|
Peter F. Garvin, J. Andrew Jackson, Fernand A. Lavallee, Todd S. McClelland, Mauricio F. Paez; Jones Day;
February 2, 2016, previously published on January 2016After collecting feedback from industry representatives, the Department of Defense ("DOD") recently revised the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement ("DFARS") interim rule on required cybersecurity measures for defense contractors (the "December 30 Interim...
|EDI Compliance Penalty Information|
Megan B. Caramore; Vandeventer Black LLP;
January 27, 2016, previously published on January 2016EDI transactions are required reports under Virginia Code Section 65.2-902. The Commission’s EDI Compliance Initiative (now in its seventh year) is preparing to issue penalties for failure to file such reports.
|Senate Banking Committee Stuck in Neutral|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
January 26, 2016, previously published on January 22, 2016Senate Banking Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) is up for re-election this year and is committed to beating back a Tea Party challenger in the Republican primary, hoping to avoid the divisive close call that his colleague Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) faced in 2014.
|Senate Votes on Limiting Syrian Refugees|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
January 26, 2016, previously published on January 22, 2016On Wednesday, Democrats in the Senate blocked an effort by Senate Republicans to pass legislation that would halt the admission of Syrian and Iraqi refugees until they underwent a strict vetting process.
|Republicans Have a Plan - Kinda|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
January 26, 2016, previously published on January 22, 2016Republicans met for three days in Baltimore last week to discuss the year ahead for the Republican majorities. At the end of the retreat, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told reporters that the House intends to push legislation that will differentiate Republicans from Democrats in five key policy...
|New Law Silences Local Governments During 60 Days Before Elections|
Laura J. Genovich; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
January 22, 2016, previously published on January 8, 2016Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill into law on January 6, 2016, that prohibits public entities from using mass communication to distribute information about local ballot proposals during the 60 days before an election.
|The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: What You Need to Know|
Susanna M. Moldoveanu, Charles F. Morrow; Butler Snow LLP;
January 21, 2016, previously published on Fall 2015The 2015 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure have been years in the making and will finally take effect on December 1. The amendments include changes that redefine the scope of relevant discovery and provide for sanctions for failure to provide electronically stored information. The...
|President Obama's Last State of the Union Address|
Harold P. Coxson; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
January 21, 2016, previously published on January 13, 2016On the evening of January 12, 2016, in his seventh and final State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Barack Obama delivered a look back at what he hopes will be remembered as his legacy accomplishments in office, as well as an optimistic look ahead to what he hopes will guide his successor...