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US Senate Commerce Committee Marks up and Passes Autonomous Vehicles Bill

The US Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation (the Committee) today marked up and passed bipartisan legislation, S.1885, the AV START Act, proposed by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Gary Peters (D-MI). The bill now moves forward for a vote by the full Senate and will then need to be reconciled with similar legislation […]

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Connecticut’s week ahead

The following comes by way of Dentons50 Connecticut partner James Woulfe. Comptroller Kevin Lembo shocked the Connecticut political world last week when he abruptly announced he would be suspending his exploratory campaign for governor and would instead run for reelection. Lembo, seen as the front-runner in the race before dropping out, made the decision to […]

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With election on horizon, new extension of Calif.’s cap and trade program remains uncertain

The California legislature last Friday failed to approve language to extend the state’s Cap and Trade program beyond its current 2020 expiration. The self-imposed deadline was intended to take advantage of Assembly member Jimmy Gomez’ presence before he was sworn in to replace now-Attorney General Xavier Becerra in the US House of Representatives on July 11.  Governor […]

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Denver’s Gorsuch in spotlight as Trump nears SCOTUS pick

President Donald Trump will announce his nomination for the United States Supreme Court Tuesday evening, filling a months-long vacancy made by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year. Denver native, Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the Tenth Circuit of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over the District of Colorado), is reportedly on the president’s short […]

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Foreign direct investment as a Democratic election strategy

Only moments after the Associated Press declared Karen Handel had defeated Jon Ossoff in the 6th District of Georgia, the Democratic soul-searching commenced. The Ossoff campaign spent a staggering amount of money in an attempt to pry the suburban district from gerrymandered GOP hands—nearly $24 million. So why couldn’t the Democratic Party pull off a […]

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Illinois legislative speed read: Senate fleshes out budget

The Illinois Senate convened executive hearings this week in the hopes of forging consensus over the bargain package to end the state’s budget impasse, though no votes were taken by the chamber. The Senate Revenue Committee held a subject matter hearing on SB 9, which received an amendment with a potential additional amendment being introduced later […]

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Greiten’s tax commission releases findings

In January of this year, Governor Eric Greitens issued an executive order establishing the Committee on Simple, Fair and Low Taxes.  The mission of the committee was to review the state’s tax code and tax credit system and to produce a report and recommendations by June 30, 2017. The committee, which was comprised of ten […]

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New York

NY lawmakers miss budget deadline

New York State’s April 1 budget deadline came and went over the weekend without resolution of outstanding policy issues tied to the massive spending blueprint. Legislative leadership and Governor Andrew Cuomo have been locked in intense negotiations over the past week-and-a-half as they seek to resolve a handful of issues, first and foremost the question […]

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Budget progresses in Mo amid school funding feud

The Senate continued its work on its version of the state’s budget this week.  It has been Senate tradition that while the budget bills are amended and re-worked in the appropriations committee to reflect Senate priorities, they are generally not amended on the Senate Floor.  However, this tradition was broken this week when Senate Education […]

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