STATE LEGISLATION: New Year, New Laws

It’s time for a new year, and with resolutions and football games come new laws as well. Lot of laws go into effect on January 1st each year because it’s helpful to have one day for a “resetting” of sorts. The date is mostly arbitrary but allows people time to prepare to implement new laws. Some state constitutions […]

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress (Oct. 17-21, 2016)

It may be recess, but there’s plenty going on… Worldwide leaders agreed on landmark deal to counter climate change, but folks still aren’t sure if it requires ratification from the Senate. Major cures package is likely to come up during lame-duck session, and lawmakers are calling for investigations into prescription drug price increases. HFCs deal   | […]

GAVEL DOWN: Closing out the Week in Congress

Puerto Rico defaulted on largest debt payment so far, as lawmakers work on new legislative solution to the island’s debt crisis. Several much anticipated rules (proposed and final) were released this week. Treasury Department announced efforts to stem tax fraud, largely in response to Panama Papers. House and Senate were on recess, working back home; both […]

WEEKLY UPDATE: The Week Ahead in Congress

It’s Budget Week in Washington, with the President’s proposal to be released on Tuesday. In a break with tradition, neither House or Senate Budget Committees will hold hearings. This week the Senate will take up a bill calling for investigations of North Korea's nuclear activities. The House will vote on expansions of programs for veterans' […]