The House report on the legislation justified it in part as “defending and nurturing the institution of traditional heterosexual marriage,” and advancing “the government’s interest in defending traditional notions of morality.” In a Massachusetts case decided last year, however, the administration asserted its own reasons for upholding DOMA, arguing that the Constitution allows Congress to preserve the status quo and buy time before embarking on a national policy while the states sort out the issue of same-sex marriage on their own. … [Read more...] about Withdrawing from Controversial Case Was Awkward for King & Spalding, But That’s About All
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The Massachusetts L3C bill (S. 111) was introduced on April 5, 2015 and was eventually discharged to the Senate Committee on Rules on March 21, 2016. The bill died in committee, but L3C legislation is expected to be reintroduced in 2017.In New York, companion L3C bills in the state Assembly and Senate (A. 1209 and S. 3550) were carried over from the 2015 Regular Session and were referred to the House and Senate Committees on Corporations, Authorities and Commissions, respectively. Neither of the New York bills emerged from committee during the 2016 Regular Session.In Wisconsin, the only jurisdiction that saw the introduction of both benefit corporation and L3C legislation in 2016, the L3C bill (A.B. 60) suffered the same fate as its benefit corporation counterpart and died pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1 on April 13, 2016.Pennsylvania Becomes the Third State to Authorize the Benefit Limited Liability CompanyIn October, the Pennsylvania legislature passed H.B. … [Read more...] about The Year in Social Enterprise: 2016 Legislative and Policy Review
California- In connection with the California film and tv credit, the California Film Commission (CFC) has updated the qualified expenditure chart for non-independent productions with partial or all principal photography outside the Los Angeles 30 mile zone. The updates further clarify those expenditures that may be considered a zone consumable (ZC) versus those that may be considered a zone expenditure (ZE) (the cost of a ZE is pro-rated based on the number of principal photography days in and outside of the studio zone, whereas the cost of a ZC is not). Also, a change regarding the tagging of payroll handling fees has been made. Since such fees are usually part of the fringe accounts and therefore budgeted as wages, the qualified expenditure chart now indicates that they may now be tagged as wages for any personnel whose salary qualifies (previously, they were categorized as non-wage (QE)). If handling fees have already been tagged as QE, the CFC will accept such tagging for budget … [Read more...] about October 2016 State Tax Credits & Incentives Update
The heavenly policeman is the organizer of this World Cup’s beautiful carnival, the earthy policeman is afraid of the celebration. The heavenly policeman carefully watches for obeying the game rules, the earthly policeman enters the game not caring about the rules. … [Read more...] about Who are Pussy Riot, were they responsible for the World Cup final 2018 pitch invasion and what were they protesting?
Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Schumer, who alternate picks each year they are in power, are interested in appearing responsive to leftward pressure in the party and attentive to its diversity in a way that extends beyond lip service, Kall said. And, while Pelosi wants to keep her majority position, Schumer wants Democrats to seize control of the Senate in 2020, which Abrams may help the party do. (Some political insiders expect her to announce next month that she plans to run for Senate from Georgia.) … [Read more...] about Following Trump’s speech, Stacey Abrams could make a national impression, as well as history