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Congress Upends State Auto-Enroll Retirement Programs
After five states passed legislation to automatically enroll many private-sector employees in state-sponsored individual retirement accounts (IRAs), Congress just voted to upend these programs before states could launch them. More than 30 million U.S. workers report...
Will Congress Block States from Implementing Auto-Enroll IRA Programs?

Five states have passed legislation to automatically enroll business employees in state-sponsored Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) if the businesses do not themselves offer retirement benefits, but Congress could derail these programs before they get off the ground. 

Marijuana Legalization Adds Three New States; Doubles Recreational States

Proponents of marijuana legalization had a good night on Tuesday after three states legalized recreational marijuana use, three states legalized medical marijuana use, and, while the race is too close to call, it appears voters in Maine approved recreational marijuana use...

California Cities Preemptively Pass Marijuana Legislation in Advance of Proposition 64 Vote

On November 8, Californians will vote on Proposition 64, a ballot measure that would make recreational marijuana use legal within their state. California was the first state to vote on marijuana legalization back in 1972, and residents in the state last had a shot to...

The Fourth Quarter Matters in Football...and Lobbying Compliance

The holidays are rapidly approaching, and you know what that means- we’re in the year’s fourth quarter. In the compliance world, the fourth quarter is always a busy time. 2016 will be no exception. It's also the time of year when government relations teams finalize their...

SEC Pay-to-Play Rule and the 2016 Election

Two federal rules continue to impact registered investment advisors’ political contribution activity, often in increasingly visible and restrictive ways. Colloquially called “pay-to-play” rules, their policy rationale is to help ensure that government purchasing decisions...

Lobbyist “Cool-Off” Always A Hot Topic

Within the world of state lobbying, the issue of legislators leaving elective office (willingly and unwillingly), is, as the headline says, a hot topic. While a former legislator (and of course, a former legislative staffer) can and do make effective lobbyists,...

Non-Profit Lobbying: Headache or Heaven Sent?

Most of us benefit in some way from the work of 501(c)(3) nonprofits. Whether we attend services at a local church, hike on trails maintained by a local volunteer organization, or are treated by doctors at some hospitals, we encounter the services of nonprofits every day....

Power to the (Young) People

Lobbyists are typically thought of as serious middle-aged men and women in power suits who carry expensive briefcases and converse furtively on their mobile phones. This stereotypical view is shifting rapidly as younger people enter government relations. As in other...

Ohio 25th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Yesterday, Governor Kasich's (R) signature made Ohio the 25th state to legalize marijuana for medical use. The law, which requires the state to make medical marijuana available within two years, does not allow for the smoking of medical marijuana or growing of marijuana...

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