Marijuana Moves Inland, Potentially Forcing Federal Hand

By FOCUS, a Leonine Company   As more and more states prepare for the move into the retail marijuana market, including our neighbor to the north, Canada, two ballot initiatives in the Midwest could be the vanguard of the legalization movement’s march inward, away from left-leaning and coastal areas and into more traditionally conservative areas […]

More States File Suit Against Pharma

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business   As the opioid crisis continues to rage on across the country, two distinct approaches to combatting the problem are beginning to take shape, both coming at the state level but from different branches of state government. While state lawmakers are looking to curtail the issue through restrictions on prescriptions […]

Association Health Plans – Boon or Bust?

By FOCUS, A Leonine Business   In June, the Department of Labor, under a plan by the Trump Administration, announced the future adoption of final rules allowing for a major expansion of association health plans (AHPs) across the nation. Functionally, these plans will allow small businesses and self-employed individuals to band together and buy health […]

Corporations Use their Clout to Shape Policy

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business   In May, the Seattle City Council unanimously agreed to pass a new ordinance known as a “head tax”, which would have imposed a $275 per-employee tax on businesses in the city that take in more than $20 million annually; the tax was primarily aimed at the corporate giants like […]

State Attorneys General Take On the Feds

By FOCUS, a Leonine business   In 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under the Obama administration, enacted strict vehicle emissions and mileage standards aimed at increasing fuel economy for cars and light-duty trucks. The rules sought to require these types of vehicles to get at least 55 miles per gallon for model years […]

New Frontiers of the State/Federal Marijuana Showdown

By FOCUS, a Leonine Business   Over the past decade, the legalization of marijuana – both medically and recreationally – has exploded across the country. Just this year, Vermont became the ninth state, including the District of Columbia, to legalize the use of marijuana recreationally, while 29 total states now allow medical use of the […]

This Week in FOCUS – February 5th, 2018

Session Info Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois,Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin are in regular session. The […]