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Massachusetts Legislature Negotiating Extending the 2019-2020 Session Beyond July 31st

July 30, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

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Beyond COVID: House Committee Advances Several FDA-Related Bills

July 23, 2020 | Blog | By Aaron Josephson, Margaret Jewett

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the House Energy & Commerce Committee continues work on several health policy issues, including Orphan Drug Act reform and continuous manufacturing.
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Senate & House Advance PPP Extension: Setting Stage for Next COVID-19 Stimulus Package

July 2, 2020 | Blog | By Alexander Hecht, R. Neal Martin, Anthony DeMaio

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The Implications of Trump's Executive Order and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

June 3, 2020 | Blog | By Christian Tamotsu Fjeld, Christopher Harvie

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Massachusetts’ Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo Delivers Remote Chamber Address on Vision for the Remainder of Legislative Session

May 21, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

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Massachusetts’ Reopening Advisory Board Releases Reopening Report

May 18, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Kaitlyn Sprague, Caitlin Beresin, Taylor Shepherd

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration’s Reopening Advisory Board published their report outlining a 4-phase schedule for reopening the Commonwealth since the closure of non-essential businesses on March 23.
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This update covers federal and Massachusetts responses to the pandemic, including the House Democrats’ phase 4 economic stimulus proposal, the SBA’s report on PPP implementation plus criticism of how it manages EIDL, and Massachusetts’s reopening plan and its proposed $1B supplemental budget to cover Covid-19 spending.
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Next Steps for 21st Century Cures 2.0

May 8, 2020 | Blog | By Aaron Josephson

On Monday, April 27, Representatives Diana DeGette (D-CO) and Fred Upton (R-MI) announced the next steps for 21st Century Cures 2.0 (Cures 2.0), legislation that will build on the original 21st Century Cures Act enacted in December 2016 (Cures 1.0). While Cures 1.0 aimed to speed up the process of bringing new treatments to market, Cures 2.0 is generally envisioned to emphasize public health and streamlined care delivery, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Elements envisioned to be in Cures 2.0 were outlined in a recently published concept paper that we discuss in this post.
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This update covers federal and Massachusetts responses to the pandemic, including the U.S. Treasury Implementation of CARES Act programs, new proposals for small- and mid-sized businesses, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and new Massachusetts rules related to masks, car dealers, and retailers.
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Rough Seas for COVID-19 Serology Tests Lead to Course Correction by FDA

May 5, 2020 | Blog | By Joanne Hawana, Hope Foster, Aaron Josephson

Responding to increased public and congressional criticism of its arguably too-flexible approach to regulatory oversight of serological tests used to detect COVID-19 antibodies, on May 4, 2020 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a revised policy aimed at reducing the risks associated with such tests.
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This update covers federal and Massachusetts responses to the pandemic, including the Main Street Lending Program and the Municipal Liquidity Fund, Phase 4 stimulus provisions for disabled Americans, funding for Massachusetts nursing homes and congregate care, the state’s Reopening Advisory Board, and more.
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This update discusses the new federal interim stimulus package, negotiations for the Phase 4 package, the Municipal Liquidity Facility, the SMART fund, plans to reopen the Massachusetts economy, and more.
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The Sobering Truth behind COVID-19’s Impact on Massachusetts’ Annual Budget

April 20, 2020 | Blog | By Steven Baddour, Daniel Connelly, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

Economists create graphs, charts and projections on the economy daily, crafting commentary to explain the ebbs and flows of market success and failures based on a variety of factors. That is no longer the case as the nation battles the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”). Economist’s projections are at the mercy of the raging virus as many states enter “the surge”, compromising health care systems, learning institutions and local economies nationwide.
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Read ML Strategies' analysis of federal and state legislative and regulatory responses to public health and economic issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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ML Strategies' analysis of federal and state legislative and regulatory responses to public health and economic issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the nation, your team at ML Strategies continues to monitor legislative and regulatory updates at the federal and state level. Each week, ML Strategies will provide weekly updates from Massachusetts and Washington, DC to keep you informed and aware of relief opportunities and guidance for your businesses and companies. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to ML Strategies professionals who are closely monitoring developments as they happen.
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What You Need to Know: State and Federal Updates Related to COVID-19

April 3, 2020 | Blog | By R. Neal Martin, Taylor Shepherd

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads across the nation, your team at ML Strategies continues to monitor legislative and regulatory updates at the federal and state level. Each week, ML Strategies will provide weekly updates from Massachusetts and Washington, DC to keep you informed and aware of relief opportunities and guidance for your businesses and companies.
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Massachusetts: Corporate Board of Directors and Shareholders Meetings Changes as a Result of COVID-19

April 1, 2020 | Blog | By Daniel Connelly, Steven Baddour, Caitlin Beresin, Kaitlyn Sprague, Taylor Shepherd

This week, Governor Charlie Baker issued COVID-19 Order No. 19, “Order Regarding the Conduct of Shareholder Meetings by Public Companies.  This Order, which is effective immediately, suspends certain requirements of M.G.L. chapter 156D, section 7.08 that relate to shareholder meetings by remote means.
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