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Like many other states, California requires the office of the Legislative Counsel to draft measures – including bills, resolutions, and constitutional amendments – in a gender-neutral manner. In 2018, California adopted Assembly Concurrent Resolution 260. According to the language of ACR 260, it is intended to encourage the Legislature to engage in a coordinated effort to revise existing statutes and introduce new legislation with inclusive language by using gender-neutral pronouns, or even reusing nouns to…
On occasion, a bill reader may come across a severability or savings clause contained in a California bill. Basically, the severability clause is a statement by the Legislature that if a part of a law that’s enacted is subsequently held to be invalid or unconstitutional, then the unconstitutional provision doesn’t invalidate the rest of the remaining law. A general rule that’s been developed and applied by the courts over a long period of time is…
Today we’ll take a look at some things that legislative drafters need to consider when drafting legislative constitutional amendments in California. As you know, in the California Legislature there are constitutional amendments that can be introduced in either the Senate or the Assembly and those constitutional amendments require a two-thirds majority vote in both houses in order to be placed on the statewide ballot. Once on the ballot, the amendment takes effect if a majority…
Under Iowa law, there are two types of legal custody: joint and sole. With sole legal custody, a parent has the ability to make all decisions regarding the child’s education, extracurricular activities, medical needs, and religious instruction without any input from the other parent. That is, if a parent has sole legal custody, they can make the decision for the child to get the COVID-19 vaccine without consulting the other parent. Because sole legal custody…
Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen P.C. bids a fond farewell to Shareholder Attorneys Joan Fletcher and Jeff Krausman who retired from the firm on December 31, 2020. Joan’s practice focused on litigation and employment, with experience in state and federal courts. Her primary areas of practice included complex commercial litigationemployment litigation, including matters involving non-compete and trade secret litigation, and OSHA defense and consultation. Prior to joining Dickinson law in 2002, Joan…
Co-authored by Attorney Rachel Soderstrum  Bipartisan, veto-proof legislation was sent to President Trump on December 21, 2020 for a second round of pandemic stimulus, along with the federal budget for FY 2021. Despite last-minute objections from President Trump that the stimulus payments were too small and the budget included wasteful spending, he signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA 2021) on December 27, 2020. Tax Credits The CAA 2021 allows FFCRA-covered employers to voluntarily extend…
In Episode #7 of Beyond Juris, we speak with Nate Battles of ZebraHost, a cloud and web hosting company in Des Moines, Iowa. Tune in to learn about the underworld of Kansas City’s SubTropolis, tips to protect your business from data breaches, and what companies like ZebraHost are doing to prevent an impending energy crisis. You won’t want to miss this new episode of our podcast co-hosted by Attorneys Grace Bogart and Andrea Rastelli.…
Client Alert News Pandemic Relief Update December 23, 2020 On Tuesday, December 21, 2020, The United States Congress passed and sent to President Donald J. Trump a new stimulus package that, among other things, provides for new stimulus payments to lower income households, as well as a new round of Paycheck Protection Loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans, resolves tax issues related to Paycheck Protection loans and loan forgiveness, makes more retirement plan money available…
One of the many joys of indulging in end-of-year wrap-up projects is re-hashing the stories told by the clients you’ve worked with over time. While going through past episodes of This Week in Legal Blogging, I was reminded of the passion and talent that we have in this community of legal bloggers. It’s clear that lawyers are using both the style and content of blogging as an outlet to connect with readers in their…
Join us for Episode #6 of our podcast as we speak with Justin Brady of the Justin Brady Show and Cultivate about turning ideas into executed successes, positive PR for start-ups, and the importance of listening, empathy, and trust in effective business leadership. Co-hosted by Attorneys Grace Bogart and Andrea Rastelli, Beyond Juris is Iowa’s only syndicated legal podcast in the market. You can stream it now on the new podcast page of our website or find…