Ohio Statehouse Update: This Week in Ohio — October 25, 2013

This week Ohio Controlling Board members voted to approve the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s request to increase appropriation authority by nearly $2.5 billion in federal funds through fiscal year 2015 for expanded Medicaid coverage for low income Ohioans.

Prior to the vote, House Speaker William Batchelder replaced Representatives Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) and Cliff Rosenberger (R-Clarksville)—both presumed ‘no’ votes on the measure—with Representatives Ross McGregor (R-Springfield) and Jeff McClain (R-Upper Sandusky). The measure passed 5-2, with Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) and Representative McClain voting against increasing the appropriation.

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McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies Advisory: This Week in Washington — October 25, 2013

A critical piece of last week’s agreement to reopen the federal government and avoid defaulting on our debts was the commitment by both parties in Congress to pursue a larger deficit reduction plan by December 13.

The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 requires the House and Senate to adopt an annual budget resolution that is a blueprint around which Congress sets its spending and revenue policies for the subsequent year. Though the budget resolution itself does not carry the force of law, it sets in place parliamentary procedures to expedite the adoption of laws that fulfill the budget’s goals. To achieve this, however, both chambers must go to a “conference committee” to resolve their differences. Then both chambers must adopt the same version of the budget by majority vote. As one would expect, this task can be difficult with a Republican-controlled House and a Democratic-controlled Senate. 

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Major Changes in Drug Compounding and Drug Distribution Requirements (Part 1 of 2)

On September 28, 2013, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Drug Quality and Security Act (H.R. 3204).  The bill is compromise legislation crafted by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (“HELP”) and House Energy and Commerce Committees, and is expected to pass the Senate soon after it reconvenes on October 28.  Once signed into law, H.R. 3204 would fundamentally change the regulation of drug compounding and drug distribution in the United States.

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Updated BC IPP Supply Map

Earlier this week, BC Hydro released an update in respect of the independent power producers(IPPs) currently supplying electricity to BC Hydro and those projects with EPAs but still under development.

Keep in mind that the projects BC Hydro lists as IPPs include: Rio Tinto Alcan’s hydro project, various forestry company biomass projects and the Waneta Expansion (not your garden variety IPPs, but certainly, “independent” of BC Hydro).

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Matthew Cohn writes on NRF letters

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Arnstein & Lehr attorney Matthew E. Cohn authored an article regarding a discussion that arose while in attendance recently at a presentation.  In his article titled, “What is So Great About a ‘No Further Remediation’ Letter Anyway?,” Mr. Cohn reviews a topic that ensued among attendees regarding  obtaining no further remediation (NFR) letters issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). Considering the new vapor intrusion (VI) rules, there is a new layer of complexity to obtain a NRF letter. In the article, he writes, “Listening for a while and seeing what I perceived to be an elephant in the room, I asked the question, “What is so great about an NFR letter anyway?” Not to the fault of any of the thoughtful presenters and attendees, I never did get a satisfactory answer.”

To read the article in full, please click here.

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Breaking the Traditional Agency Model in Today’s Data-Driven Economy with Cramer-Krasselt’s Chairman & CEO, Peter Krivkovich

Madison Avenue is a hotbed for creativity and innovation. The evolving nature of the digital world means new opportunities and platforms, and also means that agencies are constantly pushing the envelope to meet new client needs, develop new campaigns, and rise to new challenges from global competition, the economy, and the like. The constant change that agencies are moving with is what has propelled the creative industry forward all these years.

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Concealed carry comes to Illinois

Earlier this year, Illinois became the last state in the Union to pass a concealed carry firearms law.  While the law went into effect immediately, permit applications are to be made available 180 after enactment, which will be shortly after the first of the new year. Much confusion amongst employers remains with this new law.  In a new article for Illinois Manufacturer Magazine, Chicago Partner Mark Spognardi clearly outlines the details of this new law. Topics include:

  • Requirements to obtain apply for a license
  • Where firearms under the concealed carry law are prohibited
  • An employers rights

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THIRTY DAVIS MALM ATTORNEYS LISTED IN 2013 MASSACHUSETTS SUPER LAWYERS AND RISING STARS

Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, P.C. is pleased to announce that 30 of its attorneys were named to the list of 2013 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. The number of attorneys selected this year represents an approximate 50% increase over last year’s total. While a few attorneys are newcomers to the list, several have been included every year since the award’s inception in 2004.

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Multistate Tax Update — October 24, 2013

Last Friday, October 18, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court issued a 6-1 opinion holding that the state’s “click-through” nexus law or “Amazon tax” is invalid. The underlying law was passed in 2011 when brick-and-mortar retailers in Illinois called on the state legislature to “level the playing field” and cause out-of-state retailers to collect and remit sales tax on their sales to Illinois customers.

This state law drove CouponCabin.com, FatWallet.com and other Illinois-based Internet marketers to relocate to other states, recognizing that this law would create nexus for their clients. 

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"LaTourette heads group to help moderate Republicans," Steve LaTourette featured in The Star Beacon

McDonald Hopkins Government Strategies President Steve LaTourette was featured in The Star Beacon article “LaTourette heads group to help moderate Republicans.”

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http://starbeacon.com/nationalnews/x2112904210/LaTourette-heads-group-to-help-moderate-Republicans

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