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Federal Government Affairs

Return of Congressionally directed spending?

Several press reports indicate that Congress may return to the practice of including line items for specific projects in this year’s appropriations bills (referred to either as congressionally directed spending or earmarks) and perhaps include them in an upcoming infrastructure package. It appears that both the House and Senate leadership, the Chairs of the respective […]

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Iowa 2021 Legislative Report – Week 14

The 110th day of the legislative session, the close of the 14th week, is two weeks from today. Debate is now limited to: bills passed by both chambers, Appropriations bills, Ways and Means bills, Government Oversight bills, Administrative Rules Review Committee bills, conference committee bills, leadership bills, concurrent/simple resolutions, and bills placed on the unfinished business calendar.

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State Attorneys General

State Attorneys General and Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices (UDAP): What to expect in the wake of COVID-19

Almost every state has its own deceptive and unfair trade practices law (UDAP), enforced by that state’s attorney general (AG). No fraud need be involved. The enforcement is civil, not criminal, but the statutory civil fines can be steep. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ceded much of the enforcement to the states. In the […]

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Local Government Solutions

Everything you need to know about Colorado’s elections

After a long-awaited night, the results of the 2018 midterm elections are in and the determination of Colorado’s state-wide leadership has been decided. The Colorado Secretary of State’s (SOS) office is reporting as of the morning of November 7,2018, that votes have been counted and the following races have been called based on majority percentages. […]

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Elections

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signs expansive new elections bill

Introduction Late last week, the Georgia General Assembly passed and Governor Brian Kemp signed into law Senate Bill 202 — a far-reaching overhaul of state election law that will have a significant impact on the electoral process across the State of Georgia for years to come. The bill, opposed en masse by Democrats and many voting rights […]

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Colorado

Colorado Election Results – Election results as of 12:00 a.m. MT

The Colorado Results are in! After a long-awaited night, the results of the 2020 general elections for Colorado are in and the determination of Colorado’s leadership has been decided. The Colorado Secretary of State’s (SOS) office is reporting, as of the morning of November 4, 2020, that after counting the votes the followingraces have been […]

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Georgia

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signs expansive new elections bill

Introduction Late last week, the Georgia General Assembly passed and Governor Brian Kemp signed into law Senate Bill 202 — a far-reaching overhaul of state election law that will have a significant impact on the electoral process across the State of Georgia for years to come. The bill, opposed en masse by Democrats and many voting rights […]

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Hawai`i

Hawaii Governor’s Economic & Community Navigator Announced

Governor David Ige today issued a Proclamation and announced Alan M. Oshima as the Hawaii Economic & Community Navigator. The newly created position in the Office of the Governor will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the Hawai`i Economic Stabilization, Recovery & Resiliency Plan, which will include three phases to recover from COVID-19: 1) Stabilization; 2) Recovery; and 3) […]

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Iowa

Iowa 2021 Legislative Report – Week 14

The 110th day of the legislative session, the close of the 14th week, is two weeks from today. Debate is now limited to: bills passed by both chambers, Appropriations bills, Ways and Means bills, Government Oversight bills, Administrative Rules Review Committee bills, conference committee bills, leadership bills, concurrent/simple resolutions, and bills placed on the unfinished business calendar.

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Pennsylvania

Pa.’s move to new unemployment compensation computer system set for June 8

By: Jan Murphy Pennsylvania’s 16-year-long beleaguered effort to modernize its unemployment compensation computer system is said to have reached the final stage with the plan to go live on June 8. Acting Labor & Industry Secretary Jennifer Berrier announced on Thursday that is the target date when Pennsylvanians will begin using the new web-based system that is […]

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