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Spencer Fane Bone McAllester Hosts Senator Cory Booker for Annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast

Spencer Fane Bone McAllester held their 22nd Annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast on January 16 at the Tennessee State Museum. U.S. Senator Cory Booker served as featured speaker for the event, a Nashville community gathering that celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his eponymous federal holiday.

Loren Mulraine Discusses Copyright at Adventist Radio Convention

Spencer Fane attorney Loren Mulraine spoke at the 2023 Adventist Radio Convention in Greensboro, North Carolina, on January 8.

Spencer Fane Sponsors Only One Day a Year at The Coterie Theatre

Spencer Fane is proud to sponsor The Coterie’s production of Only One Day a Year, a play by Michelle Tyrene Johnson, in Kansas City from January 31 to March 5.

Pat Whalen Discusses 2023 Work Trends and Client Demand with Law360

Spencer Fane Chair Pat Whalen recently spoke with Law360 reporter Emma Cueto about the areas of law he foresees being most in demand in 2023.

Mary Bacon Honored as Nevada Trailblazer by Nevada Lawyer Magazine

Spencer Fane attorney Mary Bacon was named a Nevada Trailblazer by Nevada Lawyer Magazine, a State Bar of Nevada publication, in the magazine’s January issue.

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U.S. Council on Environmental Quality Issues Climate Change Guidance for NEPA Reviews of Clean Energy Projects

In the January 9 Federal Register, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published updated Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change for the assessment and disclosure of climate impacts related to agency environmental reviews conducted pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The NEPA review focus of the guidance is federal agency permitting for clean energy and other infrastructure projects and is designed to provide more clarity and predictability for conducting agency reviews. The guidance highlights existing tools and best practices.

Waters of the United States (WOTUS) New Rule Effective February 28

Hoping to finalize a stable rule that the regulated community can trust, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Corps of Engineers (COE) have promulgated a new rule defining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The new rule is the latest episode in a series worthy of an Oscar nomination for best documentary that began in 2015 during the Obama administration.  See earlier rules at 80 FR 37054 (June 29, 2015); 84 FR 56626 (October 22, 2019); 85 FR 22250 (April 21, 2020). The agencies describe this latest iteration as “a clear and reasonable definition of waters of the United States” that is designed to “reduce the uncertainty from constantly changing regulatory definitions that has harmed communities and our nation’s waters.”

2023-2024 Kansas Legislative Session Anticipated Deadlines

The Kansas Legislature convened the first day of the 2023 Session at 2 p.m. on January 9, 2023. Here I outline the anticipated deadlines for introduction and consideration of bills and they must be adopted as part of the Joint Rules of the Senate and House of Representatives for the 2023-2024 biennium. The legislature anticipates a 90-day session, but the length of the session is fluid.

Proposed Rule for Outsourcing by Investment Advisers

The Securities and Exchange Commission is proposing a new rule under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 that would require registered investment advisers to satisfy specific requirements if they outsource certain services or functions. The Proposed Rule (Rule 206(4)-11) imposes due diligence and monitoring obligations for the engagement and retention of service providers and includes changes to Form ADV and to the recordkeeping requirements under Rule 204-2. Investment advisers should become familiar with the Proposed Rule to ensure timely compliance, if it is adopted.

Congress and Regulators Issue Welcome Deadline Relief for Group Health Plans

Sponsors of group health plans received welcome relief from Congress and regulatory agencies which should make health plan administration and reporting less burdensome. The relief comes in the form of a permanent extension of certain Affordable Care Act reporting deadlines, a temporary reprieve from new prescription drug reporting requirements, and a two-year continuation of the ability to offer telehealth and remote care services under HSA-compatible high deductible health plans.

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Latest Events

Anna Schuler to Discuss the ‘Blurred Lines’ of Copyright Infringement at IADC Midyear Meeting

Spencer Fane attorney Anna Schuler will join a copyright infringement panel at the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Midyear Meeting on February 22 in Austin, Texas.

Helen Holden to Provide Employment Law Update at WTW Seminar

Spencer Fane attorney Helen Holden will discuss employment law at a WTW seminar February 15 in Tempe, Arizona.

Kate Whitby to Discuss PRP Groups for American Bar Association Webinar

Spencer Fane attorney Kate Whitby will join a panel of industry thought leaders for an American Bar Association webinar discussing Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) on January 31.

Moving Past COVID: Emerging HR Policy and Practice Issues From 2022 and Into 2023

Spencer Fane attorneys Casey Murray, Madison Perry, Brian Peterson, and Sue Willman will present at an upcoming WorkSmarts seminar covering a wide variety of labor and employment-related topics. The firm will also provide breakfast and lunch to attendees.

Marijuana in Schools: What Educators Need to Know

Spencer Fane attorneys Stephanie Lovett-Bowman and Bethany Vanhooser will present an upcoming webinar on the effect of evolving state marijuana laws on schools.

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