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On October 1, 2016, a State-passed bill amending the definition of a “trade secret” to expressly include “financial information” will take effect. This seemingly small change could have substantial impacts on any businesses handling and/or disclosing financial information.
After months of advancing the need for change, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation scored a big win recently that just might be an effective way to avoid increasing the backlog of litigation that’s been brimming with fraudulent third-party claims for “emergency repair” services. The problem stems from Assignment of Benefits (AOB) lawsuits, which have proliferated to the point where they have caused insurance rates to surge.
As the familiar phrase goes, “what you see isn’t always what you get.” For Florida voters, that may very well be the case this November, as two competing groups work to persuade voters to either cement—or modify—current solar energy policy in Florida.
The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Department of Commerce announced new amendments to Cuban policy to "further implement the new direction toward Cuba" announced by President Obama in December 2014. The changes that took effect January 27, 2016, follow sweeping regulatory adjustments issued in September 2015, and impact businesses in the financial, agriculture, cargo, transportation, and travel industries.
Concerns over state courts allowing class actions to proceed, the impact on the U.S. economy, and the undue pressure on companies to settle for significant sums spurred Congress to pass the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, expressing these same concerns over class actions in federal courts, have now drafted legislation to prohibit federal courts from certifying class actions when the class is composed of individuals who have de minimis or nonexistent damages or injuries.
Although Congress has remained cautious of taking any action to ease the American-imposed embargo on the majority of business interactions with Cuba, President Obama’s administration continues to push forward with the implementation of additional revisions to ease sanctions and potentially secure economic opportunities for both countries.
"Legislature Should Consider Repeal of Personnel Board Structure" - Alabama Political Reporter, co-author: Adams and Reese attorney Mark Gaines, January 13, 2015
"Mid-Term Election Update: Physicians on Capitol Hill" - The Memphis Medical Society Quarterly, author: Mark Norris, Winter 2015
Last week, the House of Representatives passed, in a 360-45 vote, legislation that would reauthorize charter schools. The measure, the Success and Opportunity through Quality Charter School Act (HR10), would authorize $300 million per year for fiscal years 2015 through 2020.
The House Health & Human Services Committee passed House Bill 7113 by Representative Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford) after adopting a strike all amendment that includes provisions on health care topics previously addressed in separate bills.
"Affordable Care Act Effective Date Postponed" - Medical Society Quarterly, Fall 2013, author: Adams and Reese Partner Katie Gilchrist
"The Good, Bad and Ugly of the 2013 Regular Legislative Session" - Published in "Around The Bar" - Baton Rouge Bar Association Newsletter, September 2013 issue, author: Adams and Reese attorney Kevin Hayes.
P3s are contractual agreements formed between a Florida public agency and a private sector entity. The law creates a process for greater private sector participation in the delivery and financing of public building and infrastructure projects. P3 agreements will provide for shared skills, assets, resources, risks, and rewards by both private and public sectors for the delivery of a service or to create a facility for public use. "The signing of this legislation further ensures that Florida is a pro-business state, and that we will not stop until every Florida family has the opportunity to live their version of the American dream," said Florida Governor Rick Scott.
The Florida Supreme Court held that municipalities lack the authority to enact local ordinances which establish superpriority status for their code enforcement liens. In the last decade, numerous Florida municipalities enacted local ordinances which held their code enforcement liens had the same priority as ad valorem taxes, a status referred to as “superpriority.”
"Constitutionality of Reform Upheld" - Medical Society Quarterly, Summer 2013, author: Mark Norris.
Sequestration is the automatic reduction of federal spending triggered when Congress approved spending levels that exceed certain “caps” set forth in the Budget Control Act of 2011.  Sequestration was established to be so painful as to provide a strong incentive for Congress to pass more sensible and targeted deficit reduction legislation.  However, the gridlock in Washington prevailed and sequestration is scheduled to commence on March 1, 2013.
Despite the long campaign season the status quo remains in Washington, D.C. Democrats will maintain their current control of the White House and Senate and the GOP will keep the House. Even before President Obama’s second term begins, and the 113th Congress is sworn in, law makers will be immediately confronted with one of the stiffest fiscal challenges the country has seen.
Early Saturday morning the Senate passed, in a 62-30 vote, the six-month continuing resolution (CR) which the House had passed, in a 329-91 vote, the previous week. The legislation (H J Res 117) will fund the federal government until March 27 of next year.
Yesterday, President Obama issued an executive order establishing the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to oversee restoration projects that will be funded by fines from the BP oil spill. The RESTORE Act, which was part of the transportation bill approved in July, will funnel 80 percent of the Clean Water Act (PL 92-500) penalties to coastal communities impacted by the 2010 spill.  The EPA and the Agriculture Department were appointed federal trustees for the council.
Congress is set to reconvene next week after its annual August recess adjournment comes to an end.  In the months preceding the November elections much of the coming debate is expected to be geared towards the fiscal blueprint of the nation.
The battle in Congress over tax cuts began last week and is expected to continue as the parties sharpen their divide as they advance to the fall elections.
Today, Speaker John Boehner released a statement announcing that House and Senate leaders had reached an agreement to consider a six-month continuing resolution, in September, consistent with the spending cap level in the Budget Control Act.
With the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Obama's health care legislation behind them, House Republicans have scheduled a July 11 floor vote on legislation that would repeal the current enacted law.
Yesterday evening, highway bill conferees singed off on an agreement that would fund federal surface transportation programs at current levels through September 2014.  The agreement would provide states more than two years of funding certainty.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released a memorandum outlining the House’s planned legislative agenda for the coming summer months.
The House passed the National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act (HR 5740), which extends the program’s authority for another two months, through July 31.
The State of Louisiana’s $25 billion budget has loomed over this week in the Regular Legislative Session.  While the Senate casually adjourned at 11 am on Thursday afternoon, the "Governor Jindal Administration Approved" HB 1 hit the House floor and faced immediate resistance from House Republicans refusing to fulfill recurring expenses with one time money Thursday.
Prior to this week’s Congressional recess, amendments were submitted for the surface transportation reauthorization legislation that is being deliberated in both the House and Senate.  Currently, there are separate bills in each chamber of Congress: “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act” (S 1813) and “American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2012” (HR 7).  MAP-21 is a two year, $109 billion reauthorization, while HR 7 is a five year, $260 billion reauthorization.  Each bill received hundreds of related and unrelated amendments, consequently delaying voting on the legislation.
As the House of Representatives considers a multi-year surface transportation bill, Members of the Louisiana Delegation have offered amendments pertaining to Gulf Coast energy and restoration.  Reps. Landry, Richmond, and Scalise have amendments that have been made in order and adopted for HR 7, the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act of 2011.
A bipartisan agreement was reached on the payroll tax extension.  Negotiations lasted until late Wednesday evening, with several members of the House-Senate conference committee objecting to some of the preliminary language.
In response to the release of President Obama’s FY 2013 budget, Republican leaders have issued a series of statements.  House Speaker John Boehner’s statement highlights the proposed $1.5 trillion tax increase in conjunction with President Obama’s stimulus approach in the budget.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell characterized the administration’s budget as a campaign document.
President Obama released the administration's Federal Budget for fiscal year 2013.  In keeping with the Budget Control Act, the budget reflects the $1 trillion reduction in discretionary spending over 10 years.   Additionally, the budget includes $4 trillion in balanced deficit reduction; this would make the deficit balance 3% of the GDP, stabilizing the debt-GDP ratio.
President Obama released his legislative agenda to promote small business growth.  The detailed plan expands on his remarks regarding small businesses in his State of the Union address.
Since Monday, members of the House of Representatives have been debating the Senate plan for the payroll tax cut extension (HR 3630).  As you may recall, the Senate passed an amendment to extend the expiring Social Security payroll tax cut for two months on Saturday.  After consideration, the House disagreed with the Senate amendment with a vote of 229-193.
This afternoon, the House of Representatives adopted the conference agreement on the Fiscal 2012 Omnibus, a spending package comprised of the 9 remaining appropriations bills (HR 3671).   Additionally, the Omnibus includes H.R. 3672, which provides $8.12 billion for disaster aid and recovery assistance, and H. Con. Res. 94, which contains offsets for disaster funding.
This morning, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing on “Restoring Jobs, Coastal Viability, and Economic Resilience in the Gulf of Mexico: H.R. 3096, the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast states Act of 2011.”  H.R. 3096 was discussed, with informative perspectives coming from Members of Congress, Government Agencies, and Citizens of the Gulf Coast.
On Wednesday, December 7th, the House Subcommittee on Coastguard and Marine Transportation will hold a hearing entitled “Restoring Jobs, Coastal Viability and Economic Resilience in the Gulf of Mexico.”  The hearing is scheduled to begin at 11:00 AM eastern.
Yesterday  afternoon, the leaders of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction released a statement that acknowledged the committee's failure to reach a bipartisan deficit reduction agreement.  Since August, the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Committee had been working to reduce the national debt by $1.2 trillion.  The panel was required to have an agreement worked out by today, 48 hours ahead of the November 23rd voting deadline.
With a late-November deadline approaching, the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction has been trying to compromise on a far-reaching deal to reduce the national deficit.  As stipulated in the debt-reduction legislation that was passed in August (PL 112-25), the Joint Committee is a bicameral, bipartisan group consisting of six House Members and six Senators.
The Senate passed the first “minibus” spending bill with a vote of 69-30.  This particular piece of legislation combined the fiscal 2012 Agriculture appropriations bill (HR 2112) with both the Commerce-Justice-Science and the Transportation-Housing, Urban Development appropriations bills.  The combination of these three appropriations measures created a $128 billion discretionary spending package.  A conference agreement for this “minibus” is expected in the coming days.
In the early hours this morning, the Senate invoked cloture on the Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, and Transportation-HUD “minibus” (HR 2122).  As you may recall, the Senate introduced this combined spending bill last week as an alternative to an omnibus, which would have encompassed all twelve appropriations bills.  After the procedural vote this morning, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid scheduled a vote on passage of the Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, and Transportation-HUD “minibus” for November 1st.
Last evening, the Senate held a procedural vote on President Obama’s jobs plan.  With a vote of 50-48, the motion to limit debate on “The American Jobs Act of 2011” (S 1660) was defeated.  Seen as a test vote, the results of the Senate cloture vote could indicate that the President’s jobs package will have difficulty passing.
This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through November 18th.  With the 2012 fiscal year starting on October 1st, and the current CR expiring this week, it was necessary for Congress to sustain federal funding until all 2012 appropriations measure have passed.
Today, the House of Representatives held a pro-forma session to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR).  As you may recall, the Senate recently passed two versions of the CR: a short-term measure, which would fund the federal government through October 4th, and a long-term measure, which would continue government funding through November 18th.  With unanimous consent, the House passed the short-term CR (HR 2017).  President Obama is expected to sign the bill before the new fiscal year begins on October 1st.
Late last night, the Senate passed a compromise on the Continuing Resolution (CR).  After rejecting a scheduled cloture vote, the Senate passed an amended version of the CR that had recently passed in the House.  Then, the Senate passed a separate stopgap spending measure, using an existing appropriations bill.  By passing independent legislation, the Senate has provided the House with two options to avert a government shutdown.
On Friday September 23rd, the House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) with a vote of 219-203.  The measure was immediately sent to the Senate, and was then tabled by a vote of 59-36.
As you may know, the beginning of Fiscal Year 2012 starts at the end of next week, on October 1st.  Due to a delay in passing the 2012 fiscal year spending bills, both chambers of Congress will be required to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) this week.  The House of Representatives is expected to take up the spending measure this afternoon.  This CR is set to fund the federal government through November 18th.  However, due to the bicameral recess next week, the CR must be addressed by the close of this week.
President Obama introduced his deficit reduction plan today.  In it, he detailed various initiatives to fund his previously-released jobs plan and potentially produce a net savings of $3 trillion.  The deficit reduction measures stem from discretionary cuts from the Budget Control Act, cuts and reforms to mandatory programs, the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, tax reform, and additional interest savings.
Yesterday, Speaker John Boehner addressed the Economic Club of Washington.  In light of the President’s release of “The American Jobs Act,” Speaker Boehner articulated his position that a reform of the tax code is needed to spur the national economy and create jobs.
On Thursday, September 8th, President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress to outline his plan for job creation.
In accordance with the debt ceiling legislation (S365), a bipartisan, bicameral 12-member “super committee” has been formed to reach a consensus on a long-term deficit reduction plan.  Members of the committee include:
Despite recent partisan sparring on the timing, President Obama will deliver a speech on jobs to a joint session of Congress on Thursday, September 8th.  In his speech, the President plans to lay out a series of bipartisan proposals aimed at strengthening the economy.  Specifically, President Obama will address small businesses, job creation, and middle-class tax breaks.  He will also include information pertaining to the ongoing deficit reductions and the national debt.
At noon today, the Senate passed the “Budget Control Act of 2011” (S 365).  Passed in the House by a vote of 269-161, Republicans voted 174-66 while Democrats were divided 95-95.  The debt limit plan cleared the Senate by a vote of 74-26, and President Obama has signed it into law.
On Tuesday, July 19th, a bipartisan group of Senators released “A Bipartisan Plan to Reduce Our Nation’s Deficit.”  In their plan, the “Gang of Six” put forth the idea of a two-step legislative process to reduce the U.S. deficit: an initial bill would make immediate cuts, while a second bill could enact comprehensive fiscal reform.  Components of this deficit plan could be incorporated into a greater debt ceiling increase proposal, creating a measure that could pass both Chambers of Congress.
The State of Louisiana’s budget which will go into effect on July 1, 2011 has been successfully balanced in the order of $25 billion.  Given earlier session Administrative “chicken little” tactics, some House members and critics feel that the budget shortfall was blown out of proportion and much more manageable than originally presented.  Representatives spent much time and effort to implement $200 million worth of cuts, only to be surprised later at the Senate’s “discovery” of available money to restore many of those same cuts.  Health care, education, and the public safety were still maintained without the sale of State prisons, the merger of UNO and SUNO, or the formation of a single board to govern higher education.  Credit for this balanced budget belongs to the hard work of the legislative body.
In the final days of the 2011 legislative session, Tennessee's General Assembly passed  a bill which allows corporations to make contributions to political campaigns,  and also raises contribution limits. Governor Bill Haslam signed the bill into law on June 1, and it took effect immediately.
The final piece of Louisiana’s re-districting puzzle, which was not approved during special session, was signed by Governor Bobby Jindal this week and is headed to the U.S. Department of Justice.  The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (BESE) HB 519 by Representative Michael Danahay (D-Sulphur) was signed by the Governor on Wednesday.  The plan includes three appointees by the Governor and eight districts which are voted on by Louisiana citizens for re-election in October 2011, as well as Governor, Legislators, and all other State Offices.  Officials from BESE have reported that they believe this plan will have no problems being approved.
9:40 pm.  That was the point in which House members adjourned last night after two days of debate, deferral, then approval on the $25 billion House Bill 1.  HB 1 is the appropriations instrument setting the budget for state government, HB 2 is the funding mechanism.
On Wednesday evening, the Senate voted on 2 budget proposals: House Republican budget resolution (H Con Res 34) and President Obama’s fiscal 2012 budget submission (S Con Res 18).  Both measures were rejected, with votes of 40-57 and 0-97 respectively.  Consequently, this leaves the Senate without a fiscal 2012 budget resolution.
Today marks the first day of the two week Congressional Recess.  Congress is expected to return to Washington on May 2nd.
With last night’s deadline of 6:00 pm to sine’ die the Louisiana Legislative Special Session on redistricting and tomorrow’s deadline to turn in legislative instruments, the grumblings and frustration are abundant as Legislators drive home with the thought of returning to the capitol in twelve days for the “fiscal” Regular Session of 2011.
Backing up to the midnight deadline on Friday, Republicans and Democrats came to a deal on the remainder of FY2011 and thus were able to starve off a government shut down.
The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Insurance, House and Community Opportunity approved a measure that would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program through September 2016. The measure (HR 1309) was approved by the Subcommittee by a voice vote and will move on to be considered by the Full Committee before it moves to the House floor for a vote.
With the current Continuing Resolution set to expire this Friday, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are finding it hard to come to a compromise on spending levels for the remaining months of Fiscal Year 2011.
Today by a vote of 87-13,  the Senate passed their 6th stopgap bill for Fiscal Year 2011.  This same measure cleared the House earlier this week by a vote of 271-158.  It is expected to be signed into law by the President before the current CR expires tomorrow.  This measure will be valid until April 8th and cuts spending levels by approximately $6 billion.
With the current continuing resolution (PL 111-322) set to expire on Friday, March 4 and no progress on any of the FY 2011 appropriations bills, the House and Senate have reached a compromise and passed the House proposed short-term CR (H J Res 44).
Early Saturday morning, in a vote of 235-189 the House passed its proposed Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act for 2011 (HR 1).  The spending package, originally introduced on Friday, February 11 by Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (KY), is based on FY 2010 spending levels and has a combined total of $61.5 billion in reductions, recessions and eliminations.  That is $99.6 billion less than the President’s proposed FY 2011 Budget.  The Government is currently operating under a continuing resolution (PL 111-322) (CR) that is set to expire on March 4.
Health care law (PL 111-148, PL 111-152), the topic at the forefront of the November elections, continues on as a top priority of the 112th Congress.  On their second week in session, House Republicans determined to uphold their Pledge to America, passed a bill that would repeal health care (HR 2) by a vote of 245-189.  Since the bill will not progress in the Senate, the day after HR 2 passage, the House adopted H Res 9 instructing committees (Education and Workforce, Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, Ways and Means) to draft replacement health care bills.  Although guidelines were given for what drafts should include, no deadline for having drafts complete was given.
Please find attached a tentative legislative calendar for the First Session of the 112th Congress. We expect some dates to alter but hope this serves as a guide for planning purposes in the upcoming year.
Working through the weekend, the Senate revealed on Sunday a short-term continuing resolution (CR), HR 3082, which would keep the government operating at FY 2010 levels until March 4, 2010.  The current CR approved on Friday (H J Res105) expires tomorrow.  The short-term CR proposal comes after majority support for both the House year long CR proposal and the Senate Omnibus proposal failed.
Despite initial uncertainties, late last night the House passed the President’s proposal to extend the 2001 and 2003 George W. Bush Tax cuts, in a vote of 277-148.  The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (HR 4853) made its way through the Senate earlier this week by a vote of 81-19. 
With the expiration date (December 18) of the current short-term continuing resolution (CR: PL 111-290) quickly approaching, the House passed by a vote of 212-206 a long-term CR (HR 3082) with the inclusion of the food safety bill (S 510) late Wednesday night.  The year long CR with a price tag of $1.09 trillion, does not contain ear marks and comes in at $45.9 billion less than the President’s initial request. 

"2010 Regular Session Recap," written by C. Kevin Hayes, in the December 2010 edition of Around the Bar - Baton Rouge Bar Publication. Hayes reviews the 2010 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature, which began March 29 and adjourned sine die June 21 having considered 2,300 bills and concluding 90 days of often bitter and acrimonious debate. As the curtain drew to open the session, it was anticipated that the state budget would take center stage; however, less than a month after the session was under way, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, shifting the focus of state government from the capital to the coast. The spill would have a profound impact on the session, including the final bill debated — to allow the attorney general’s office to use contingency fee contracts to pursue the BP litigation.

With no statewide or legislative elections in Mississippi (except for a few local judicial contests), two congressional contests drew almost all the attention in the state. Going into Tuesday elections, despite Mississippi being a solid red state, three of the four U.S. House seats were held by Democrats (Mississippi two U.S. Senators are Republicans).
The Republican party won an unprecedented array of victories in Tennessee tonight, winning the Governor's race by a historic landslide, taking a 7-2 majority in Tennessee's Congressional delegation, strengthening its majority to 20-13 in the State Senate, and gaining a stunning 14 seats to achieve a 64-34-1 majority in the House.
With today marking the last day of the current fiscal year (FY), late last night Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR), Continuing Appropriations for FY 2011 (HR 3081) that will keep the government funded for three months at current FY 2010 levels (through December 3).  In a vote of 69-30 the Senate passed the CR just after 8:00 pm last night; the House passed the measure just before 12:30 am in a vote of 228-194.
With the recent short-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) expiring September 30, the Senate via voice vote passed another short-term extension (S 3814) late yesterday afternoon, extending the program for another year; through September 30, 2011.  The most recent long-term reauthorization (PL 108-264) expired in September 2008 and short-term extensions have been keeping the program funded ever since.
Congress returns next week for a short four week session, with limited legislative days, before leaving Washington again for the 2010 Elections.  Because of pending elections,  nearly all of the legislative momentum and rhetoric will revolve around job creation.
There will be 10 Constitutional Amendments on Louisiana’s voter ballots in the October and November 2010 Elections.  Here is a breakdown of each item.
Unless otherwise noted, most bills from the 2010 Louisiana Regular Legislative Session became law as of August 15.  From Guns allowed in Churches to the shrinking of the State budget, they range in diversity.
The Senate announced today that it will forgo plans to take up their energy bill, which will delay any further action on the Gulf Coast Oil Spill until Congress returns from their month long August recess.
Just over four months after it’s initial introduction and passage in the House, the FY 2010 War and Disaster Supplemental Appropriations Bill (HR 4899) was approved by the Senate earlier this week and sent back to the House for final passage.  The bill will now be sent to the President for his signature.
Before leaving for the week long Memorial Day recess, Congress had a very busy week trying to pass and make progress on different pieces of legislation.  The House is finishing up measures today and the Senate has already left for the recess.
After voting for a second time on a motion to invoke cloture and limit debate, the Senate was able to pass the motion in a vote of 60-40 and thus, late last night pass the Senate version of Wall Street Reform: Restoring American Financial Stability (S 3217). The House passed it’s version in December (HR 4173).

Inside the Minds: Government Contracts Compliance -- Leading Lawyers on Navigating Evolving Requirements, Developing Compliance Programs, and Collaborating with Government Agencies, Aspatore Books

Yesterday, in a vote of 56-43, the Senate passed the reconciliation bill (HR 4872) to health care overhaul that President Obama signed into law (PL 11-148) on Tuesday, March 23. The bill then went back to the House for final passage which resulted in a vote of 220-207.
Yesterday, the Congressional Budget (CBO) office released a preliminary review of the health care bill. The CBO estimates the cost of the new bill to be $940 billion over 10 years with a reduction in the deficit estimated to be $138 billion in the first 10 years and $1.2 trillion in the second 10 years. The House could vote on the Senate approved bill (HR 3590) as early as Sunday and if passed by the House, the bill would then be sent to the President for his signature.
Memphis Medical Society Quarterly article, Congressional Update: Affordable Health Care for America Act by Adams and Reese Partner Jeff Brooks.
On Thursday, the House passed HR 2847, the Hiring Incentives to Restore Unemployment Act more commonly known as the Jobs Bill. The key component of the Jobs bill is a $17.6 billion package that would provide payroll tax relief for businesses that hire unemployed workers. The cost: $13 billion over 10 years.
In Mac’s Shell Service, Inc. v. Shell Oil Products Co., LLC, 559 U.S. ___ (2010), the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled dealers cannot recover for constructive termination under the Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (the “Act”) if the franchisor’s wrongful conduct did not end the franchise.
Today, final text and scoring of the modified version of Health care Overhaul (HR 3590) is expected from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Modifications reflect the negations between the House, the Senate and the White House.
Adams and Reese Partner Jeff Brooks, who serves as the Practice Group Leader for the Special Business Services practice team and Partner in Charge of the Washington DC office, published an article, "Congressional Update: Affordable Health Care for America Act," in the Winter 2010 edition of Medical Society Quarterly.
The House is expected to pass the Jobs for Main Street Act of 2010 (HR 2847) this afternoon. The legislation will redirect $75 billion in Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) savings from Wall Street to Main Street with the main goals being to fund infrastructure and to create jobs for Americans. Consumed by health care legislation, the Senate is not likely to take up the measure before the December recess. Regardless, Congress is determined to pass the legislation early next year.
This week the House is expected to take up a tax extenders bill (HR 4213) to extend expiring tax credits in many different sectors. It is unclear if the Senate will take up a similar measure or when that could happen. We have also learned from contacts on the Hill that the measure will go to the floor for debate under a closed rule, making amendments impossible to add. It is the intention of the House members to keep this measure “clean” from any policy changes.
Yesterday, by a vote of 225-200 the House passed Estate Tax legislation (HR 4154). During the Bush administration, the estate tax had been gradually reduced and was scheduled to expire January 1, 2010, but would bounce back in 2011 to pre-2001 estate tax rates of 55% and a per-person exemption of $1 million. The legislation passed today would make permanent the current 45 percent estate tax rate and the current per-person exemption amount of $3.5 million. The bill would also add pay-as you-go budget principles to law, requiring new tax cuts or mandatory spending to be offset.
In a vote of 60-39 Saturday night, the Senate invoked cloture on a motion to proceed with it’s version of health care overhaul, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590). Although seen by many as a victory for the future of America’s health care, upon return from the Thanksgiving recess, the Senate will promptly begin what is likely to be weeks of complicated debate.
On Wednesday, Senate leaders revealed their $849 billion proposal of health care over haul, projected by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to reduce the deficit by $127 billion over ten years. The Senate version comes within the President’s $900 billion proposed spending cap for health care and at $200 billion dollars less than the proposal from the House. It is estimated that 94% of Americans would have health insurance under the Senate’s proposal for health care overhaul.
Late on Saturday night,November 7, in a historical vote of 220-215, the House passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962) with 39 democrats voting “nay” and one Republican, Representative Joseph Cao, voting “yay”.
Late Saturday night, in a historical vote of 220-215, the House passed the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962) with thirty-nine democrats voting “nay” (please see the attached article for a list) and one Republican, Representative Joseph Cao, voting “yay”. Passage of the health care overhaul legislation was no easy task; it took months to come to an agreement on the final version introduced to the House and even on Saturday, it was not clear whether or not there would be enough votes to pass it.
Tuesday evening, House leadership released a 42-page package of amendments to their proposal for health care overhaul (HR 3962). From illegal immigration to the proposed market place exchanges, the proposed amendments cover a wide range of issues.
Yesterday, House leaders unveiled their version of a health care overhaul package, Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962). The 1,900 page piece of legislation requires all American’s to have some type of health insurance coverage and is estimated to cost $900 billion over ten years. The legislation has yet to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office. Proposed financing of the House health care overhaul bill differs greatly from the Senate version; a key difference that is certain to be source of contention.
This week the Senate builds momentum toward passing a comprehensive global warming bill.
Yesterday, Finance Chairman Max Baucus introduced legislative language and a committee report for America’s Healthy Future Act (S 1796 – S Rept 111-89). Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid continues to mediate negotiations for combining the Finance Committee and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee versions of health care overhaul today. The proposed date for introducing the combined version of the bills still remains tentatively set for October 26.
Yesterday, with a vote of 14-9, the Senate Finance committee approved it’s version of the health care overhaul bill. The bill, expected to cost $829 billion over ten years, is now in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office for negotiation of combining the Finance committee version with the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee version that was passed earlier this summer. The combined bill is expected to be on the Senate floor the week of October 26, but until then, Senator Reid will be the mediator resolving key differences between the two versions of health care overhaul.
Several federal agencies have created web pages to provide information concerning the allocation of funds they received from the Recovery Act.
On February 17, 2009 (Effective Date) President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Recovery Act), a stimulus bill that includes tax breaks for businesses and individuals. This letter provides an overview of some of the key tax provisions included in the Recovery Act.
Build America Bonds – Taxable tax-credit bonds available to state and local governments through December 31, 2010.
At the state and local level, 2008 was a quiet election year. The only significant contests were four races for the Mississippi Supreme Court.
In a political earthquake that few expected, the Republican Party appears to have won a majority in the Tennessee House of Representatives.
We summarize for your use the results of the Louisiana federal and state races and constitutional propositions held November 4, 2008.
Energy and Environmental Bulletin: The Mississippi Supreme  Court Upholds a Tax Assessment Against Pursue Energy for the Use of Plant and Lease Fuel Processed by Pursue