On Thursday, Nov. 8, McGuireWoods Consulting senior advisor, Frank Donatelli, participated in an event hosted by the Smithsonian Associates in Washington, D.C., “What the Midterm Elections Reveal About America.”
In a Nov. 9 Law360 article, McGuireWoods Consulting senior advisor, Frank Donatelli, reviewed the 2018 midterm elections with ten snap observations.
When Congress reconvenes in January, Democrats will be in control of the House for the first time in eight years. Lawmakers will continue to discuss privacy and cybersecurity issues, including whether there should be a federal standard for how companies should be allowed to use and safeguard consumer data and how to stop cyberattacks from foreign entities.
McGuireWoods Consulting senior advisor, Jim Dyke, along with Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP partner, Gary Thomson, authored a Nov. 6 column for the Richmond Times Dispatch on the importance of exceptional early childhood education to provide talent for the future Virginia workforce.
He Succeeds Frank Donatelli, Who Stays With MWC as Senior Advisor
This Week: President signs opioid legislation; Administration announces drug pricing plan for Part B drugs; Administration proposes expanded use of HRAs
Early voting has started in North Carolina. More than 560,000 people have voted early across the state in the week that polls have been open. That would account for 8% of voters in the state voting early in person. The State Board of Elections has estimated another 100,000 voters have returned their absentee mail ballots. While it is still too early to forecast if the high turnout will continue, the numbers could indicate tighter races than expected.
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The North Carolina General Assembly reconvened on Monday, October 15th to approve a $850 million relief package for Hurricane Florence. Senate Bill 3 passed unanimously through the House and Senate. Legislators debated the bill throughout the night expressing their gratitude towards first responders, sympathy towards victims, and concerns about unmet needs. Governor Cooper signed the bill into law on Tuesday, October 16th. The General Assembly will re-convene on Tuesday, November 27.
This Week: FTC Continues Series of Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection | NIST Holds First Workshop to Inform Privacy Framework Development | FCC Issues Final Rule on Broadband Deployment | FCC to Consider Spectrum NPRM
The House began its two-week vote-a-thon on opioid legislation. On June 12, 2018 the House passed 25 bills and continued to work on opioid legislation throughout the week. On June 12 all but two of the bills were decided by voice vote, and the debate period for the bills rarely exceeded 10 minutes.
An overview of the upcoming week in Congress from the McGuireWoods Consulting Tax Policy Update Team.
GA-18-380: This report examines the progress the progress the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has made improving opioid safety through its Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI).
This month, President Trump announced his plan to lower drug prices. The plan does not call for a major overhaul of drug companies’ pricing practices, but does include some proposals that they oppose. Much of Trump’s plan is in the form of suggested actions, and it will take time for actual detailed proposals to be put forward.