We have a long history of effectively representing a wide variety of commercial clients in the legislature and before administrative and regulatory agencies. Our experience, knowledge of the issues, and understanding of the political, regulatory and economic conditions under which our clients operate enables us to serve as a uniquely effective advocate for our clients. Our firm’s Regulatory & Compliance Practice Group often works in concert with the Government Relations Group to help clients identify and respond effectively to legislative and regulatory opportunities and hazards. The firm also draws upon the resources of the State Capital Group, a selective global network of leading attorneys, to provide clients direct access to the latest information and developments in legislatures across the United States.
The Government Relations Group provides full-service lobbying to advance, oppose, or improve legislation affecting the firm’s clients.
- Strategic and technical legislative support
- Legislative action plans
- Drafting bills and amendments
- Testifying before legislative bodies
- Networking with legislators and lobbyists
Bill Tracking and Monitoring
Our firm serves as a client’s eyes and ears at the State House. The firm consults with our clients to determine which issues, if any, should be closely followed during a legislative session and conducts the appropriate follow-up.
- Identifies and reports on bills which do not require immediate, active lobbying
- Forwards committee schedules and up-to-date bill drafts to clients on a regularly scheduled or as-needed basis
- Legislative updates on the status of bills, committee locations, floor activity, committee reports and amendments
- Legislative monitoring by attending committee hearings on specific bills of interest and engaging in discussions with other involved partners, including legislators, officials, and other lobbyists.
Our firm serves as regulatory counsel for many of its clients on a year-round basis, drawing upon our productive working relationships with regulators and state officials to provide guidance and insights. We provide effective advocacy for clients in a wide array of contexts, including:
- Contested administrative cases
- Formal administrative rule-making procedures
- Informal resolution of many minor regulatory matters
We often collaborate with our firm’s Regulatory & Compliance Group to resolve specific challenges faced by clients.
Examples of Recent Legislative Efforts
The firm routinely participates in the development of legislation dealing with complex subject matter and works with its clients to seek prompt and successful action on such legislation. Recent examples include:
- Comprehensive lobbying and monitoring on legislation and issues affecting higher education, including increased and sustained appropriations in both the general fund and capital budgets, tax expenditures, funding formula for higher education appropriations, open meeting law revisions, board governance, and dual enrollment/early college legislation
- Comprehensive lobbying on legislation and issues affecting oral health, including increased funding for Medicaid reimbursements, enhanced funding for loan repayments and other recruitment and retention measures, opposition to a new provider tax on dentists to support health care expenditures, and opposition to authorization for a new addition to the licensed dental team, including scope of practice issues, education requirements, and related issues affecting the members of the dental team
- Comprehensive lobbying and monitoring on legislation and issues affecting education finance and property taxes, including Acts 60 and 68, subsequent amendments to those Acts, legislative and other studies of Vermont’s education finance system, and continued efforts to reform or revise that system
- Comprehensive lobbying on state energy programs promoting renewable energy mandates or similar provisions by defeating or significantly lessening such mandates on electric utilities
- Comprehensive lobbying on legislation and issues related to exemptions from property, income or sales taxes on behalf of businesses and entities in the insurance, electric, financial services, or general business industries
- Revisions to Vermont’s telecommunications law that resulted in more streamlined regulation of certain telecommunications companies
- Enhanced funding and recognition for public transit in Vermont
- Restructuring of Vermont’s captive insurance laws and premium tax structure
Frequently Asked Questions:
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