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Recent Treasury and DOJ Marijuana Advisories Likely Not to Result in Increased Activity by Financial Industry

Posted in Colorado, Congress, Legislation (Federal), Legislatures (State)

By David Fine Twenty states and the District of Columbia currently permit the use of medical marijuana; of those, Colorado and Washington recently legalized its recreational use. Colorado has projected $578.1 million a year in combined wholesale and retail marijuana sales yielding $67 million in tax revenues. Yet, the marijuana business is almost exclusively a… Continue Reading

Committee Hearing on TSCA Reform Comes Amid Recent Elk River Chemical Spill

Posted in Congress, Legislation (Federal)

By Bob Matthews and Andrew Shaw Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy held a hearing on possible reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The hearing addressed EPA’s testing and prioritization authority under TSCA Section 4 and information collection authority under TSCA Section 8. In light of the recent… Continue Reading

Last Minute Agreement Provides Some Stability, Relief for Defense Budget in Short Term

Posted in Budget, Congress, National Security & Defense

By Jay Heath Despite the public protests of many fiscally conservative Members, the Senate passed House Joint Resolution 59 by a wide 64-36 margin on December 18th. House Joint Resolution 59 is the so-called “budget deal,” the product of weeks of closed-door negotiations between Senator Patty Murray (D, WA) and Representative Paul Ryan (R, WI-01)… Continue Reading

Senate Committee Hearing Highlights Uncertainty Surrounding Fiscal Year 2014 Defense Budget

Posted in Congress, National Security & Defense

By Jay Heath The four military service chiefs presented a gloomy picture of the projected effects of sequestration and a continuing resolution on their respective branches to Senators at an Armed Services Committee hearing on November 7th. While the House of Representatives  has already passed both a defense appropriations bill and a defense authorization bill… Continue Reading

Tax Reform: Why Should We Care?

Posted in Congress, Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley Joe Dowley served as Chief Counsel of the Committee on Ways & Means, U.S. House of Representatives when Congress last undertook fundamental tax reform. The clear feeling in Washington as we head into the fall session of Congress is that tax reform simply isn’t going to happen in 2013, and since 2014 is… Continue Reading

EU-U.S. Free Trade Agreement Negotiations Spell…OPPORTUNITY

Posted in Congress, Trade

By Ambassador Alan Wolff, Tom Howell, and Joe Dowley On June 17, 2013, U.S. President Barack Obama and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced the launch of sweeping negotiations for a U.S.-EU free trade agreement on goods, services and investment called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (“TTIP”) agreement. Negotiations began this week; if… Continue Reading

The Current Bet on Tax Reform in 2013

Posted in Congress, Legislation (Federal), Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley Joe Dowley served as Chief Counsel of the Committee on Ways & Means, U.S. House of Representatives when Congress last undertook fundamental tax reform. On Friday, June 14th  the two tax-writing committee chairmen, Rep. Dave Camp (R-Ill) and Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), are scheduled to have another public session with the press… Continue Reading

Bipartisan Surprise: Senator Frank Lautenberg and Senator David Vitter introduce Bipartisan Bill to Overhaul Toxic Substances Control Act

Posted in Congress, Legislation (Federal)

By Andrew Shaw and Michael Boucher Yesterday, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Senator David Vitter (R-LA), the Ranking Member on the Senate Environment and Public Works (“EPW”) Committee, surprised many by introducing bipartisan legislation – the Chemical Safety Improvement Act – which would reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”). Over the last several years,… Continue Reading

Privacy and Cybersecurity Collide as House Continue to Debate Information Sharing Legislation

Posted in Congress, Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, Legislation (Federal)

By Dan Caprio Yesterday, the White House  issued a Statement of Administration Policy that includes a threat to veto the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (“CISPA” or H.R. 624) unless further changes are made to the bill’s privacy protections to require removal of personal information before cybersecurity data is shared with the government. A… Continue Reading

Tax Reform Moving Ahead Even As Congress Grapples with Sequestration

Posted in Budget, Congress, Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley Joe Dowley served as Chief Counsel of the Committee on Ways & Means, U.S. House of Representatives when Congress last undertook fundamental tax reform. Skeptics are questioning whether comprehensive tax reform can happen in 2013 given the concern that Congress may use revenues needed for tax reform to avoid the so-called “sequester” cuts… Continue Reading

White House Issues Executive Order and Presidential Policy Directive To Enhance Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

Posted in Congress, Cybersecurity

By Elizabeth Ferrell This blog post was co-authored by Beth Ferrell, Katherine Veeder, and Patrick Stanton.  After several months of anticipation, on February 12, 2013, President Obama signed an executive order to enhance measures to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber attacks, entitled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity”  (the “Executive Order” or “Order”).  Accompanying the Order, the White House… Continue Reading

Elections 2012: MLA’s Campaign Textbook Series

Posted in 2012 Elections, Congress, Legislation (Federal)

By Cindy Gillespie and Eric Tanenblatt This election season, members of our Public Policy and Government Affairs and Political Law practices provided an exclusive look at the 2012 Campaign Trail in a unique call series.     MLA’s Campaign Textbook Series provided a quick and informative way to learn what was really happening behind the scenes in the races this fall. Each… Continue Reading

2012 Election Results and Post Election Discussion

Posted in 2012 Elections, Attorneys General, Congress, Governors, Legislatures (State), Mayors

By Eric Tanenblatt and Joseph Dowley With the 2012 elections concluded, we are pleased to provide this recap of the Presidential, Congressional, and State race results. We also invite you to click here to download a full report from our updated 50 State Resource Center, a comprehensive database focusing on economic and political affairs in… Continue Reading

2012 Congressional Lame Duck Session: Webinar Summary and Recording

Posted in 2012 Elections, Appropriations, Budget, Congress, Legislation (Federal), National Security & Defense, Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley A momentous session of Congress looms ahead… We are carefully watching developments in advance of the elections to gauge likely directions once voters have spoken. There won’t be much time—or open deliberation—once the Lame Duck begins. Most decisions, if there are any, will come as a result of closed door meetings between Congressional leaders… Continue Reading

2012 Congressional Lame Duck Session: Webinar Notice

Posted in 2012 Elections, Budget, Congress, Legislation (Federal), National Security & Defense, Tax Policy

By Joe Dowley With the 2012 Congressional lame duck session fast approaching, there are a number of important issues for which public and private sector actors should be prepared. To help look more deeply into these topics, including a budget overview, sequestration, defense authorization legislation, taxes, and the implications of the Presidential and Senate elections, we… Continue Reading