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On November 8, 2022, Missouri voters considered Amendment 3 (the “Amendment”), a ballot initiative aimed at amending Missouri’s constitution legalizing recreational marijuana. Medical marijuana in Missouri was initially legalized November 2018 via the passing of Amendment 2. Unlike Amendment 2, the purpose of Amendment 3 is to “make marijuana legal under state and local law

A direct vote by the electorate on a single proposal, law, or issue. Stronger Referendums (or citizen initiatives) have a long history in American politics and even pre-date the founding of the Republic. In 1775, Thomas Jefferson proposed the inclusion a mechanism for referendums in the Virginia state constitution, which was ultimately rejected. The concept then languished

From policy to patients and everything in-between, the health care industry is constantly evolving. Check out this discussion with Eric Tower and Dr. Lee Sacks regarding the shifts in society to understand where health care is headed. The pair addresses the concerns that employers are anticipating related to cost and the unsustainable
losses that hospitals

From policy to patients and everything in-between, the health care industry is constantly evolving. Check out this discussion with Eric Tower, Hector Torres and David Morlock regarding the shifts in society to understand where health care is headed. David and Hector address value based care, what can be done to offset the cost
increases

From policy to patients and everything in-between, the health care industry is constantly evolving. Check out this discussion with Eric Tower and Robert Friesen regarding the shifts in society to understand where health care is headed. Robert addresses population health across the world and the United States and what changes he
believes would bring significant

On October 4, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education (the “Department”) released new guidance for students and schools on Title IX’s prohibition of discrimination based on pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions (the “Guidance”). As outlined in a memorandum from the White House’s Gender Policy Council Director, this Guidance was released in response to the Supreme Court’s

On October 24, 2022, the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) released Security Directive 1580/82-2022-01 regarding “Rail Cybersecurity Mitigation Actions and Testing.” The directive is applicable to freight railroad carriers identified in 49 C.F.R. 1580.101 and other TSA-designated freight and passenger railroads. This Security Directive follows last year’s Security Directive 1580-21-01, “Enhancing Rail Cybersecurity” and is part

Thompson Coburn partner Mackenzie Wallace was the featured guest on a recent episode of AHLA’s Speaking of Health Law Podcast, where she sat down with Bob Paskowski, Consulting Principal, PYA, to discuss the latest trends and challenges facing the provider and payer in today’s health care market. Mackenzie and Bob discussed some of the

On August 24, 2022, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced a $1.2 million settlement with cosmetics retailer Sephora resolving alleged violations of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Although the CCPA has been in effect since January 2020, this marks the first time that an enforcement action under the statute has led to fines for

The use of transcript holds at institutions of higher education as a debt collection tool has recently become the subject of much debate and scrutiny. Because a transcript hold is one of the few levers that institutions have to address unpaid balances, institutions have long required that students be current on their financial obligations to