More State Law Changes Coming

It seems timely for us again to advise of a number of new laws and changes to existing laws that will be taking effect within the next few weeks. In that vein, we advise owners with interests in the following states read on: Alabama, Maine, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. As to the changes, The Oklahoma…

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State Preemption Efforts

As local communities across the country continue to pass their local mandates on such things as environmental policies, employee benefits, minimum wages and the like, some states have responded with state preemption laws prohibiting local communities from getting involved in dictating certain issues. We have a recent example out of Florida and one still brewing…

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Maximum Movements on Minimum Wages

The current push for increasing minimum wages really began back in 2012, but it doesn’t seem to be slowing much at all. But first, let’s look at the exception that proves the rule. With democrat Gretchen Whitmer poised to take over as Michigan Governor from republican incumbent Rick Snyder, the republican state senate voted Wednesday…

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Texas Battles over Paid Leave

The Lone Star State is fighting on a couple of fronts to prevent local communities from mandating paid sick leave benefits on private employers. Last week, a state appellate court blocked an Austin ordinance that, effective October 1, would require private businesses provide paid sick leave to employees. A lower court had previously rejected the…

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Paid Leave Up and Down in Texas

Paid leave mandates are becoming more and more contentious in the state of Texas these last few weeks as the city clerk in the city of San Antonio certified a paid family leave initiative for the November ballot. In response, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is already involved in litigation challenging an Austin paid…

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But, There’s Still Texas

Over the past few years, it seems as though the last bastion of protection of rights for Americans has come from one court or another in the state of Texas and perhaps that will ring true again on the aforementioned issue of plastic bag bans. . Notwithstanding the polystyrene foam bans, plastic bag bans and…

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Business Rankings

Periodically, different organizations will release the results of their (usually annual) rankings of business-friendliness and those reports are generally of some interest for a number of reasons – not the least of which is to see how states rise and fall depending on who’s conducting the survey. Well, we’ve got a couple of more to…

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Miscellaneous

Population shifts continue to see the older northeast states losing population to the south and the sun belt according to the latest estimates from the US Census Bureau.  New York dropped again from its 2015 estimate as Texas and Florida showed significant population growth – Florida grew by more than twice the national average, while…

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At long last, Man Bites Dog!

Writing these stories each week about government overreach and the many more restrictions being placed on businesses across the country, it is refreshing when we can report on something going the other way.  Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filing suit against Brownsville, Texas is just such a story.  The republican AG filed in state District…

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