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June 29, 2015 

House and Senate Begin Battle on Budget Negotiations

Last week the House voted not to concur with the Senate’s budget proposal in a unanimous vote of 112-0, setting off budget negotiations between the two chambers that could last well into the summer. House Bill 372, 2015 Medicaid Modernization, passed the House last week with a final vote of 105-6 after previously clearing both the House Health and Appropriations committees. House Bill 255, Building Code Reg. Reform, passed the Senate last week with a final vote of 40-0.

To read more of this week's legislative blog, written by Kerri Burke of McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC, click here.

To review the Charlotte Chamber's 2015-2016 Legislative Agenda, click here.

Register Now - 2015 Charlotte Region Chamber Trip to Washington, D.C.

The Charlotte region chambers will host our annual trip to Capitol Hill on September 8-9, 2015. The trip will be held in conjunction with the North Carolina Business & Economic Development Summit hosted by members of our North Carolina Congressional Delegation. Attendees will represent the Charlotte region business community during this two-day event. The trip agenda includes a reception with the North Carolina Congressional delegation, meetings with members of the administration, business networking and more.

The trip cost is $575 per attendee for early bird registration before July 17, 2015. After July 17, the rate is $675.

Registration cost covers hotel accommodations at the Grand Hyatt, Washington, D.C. for one night, four meals (two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast), conference and panel discussions, and transportation to program activities. You don't want to miss this unique opportunity to learn more about the chamber's public policy advocacy, while networking with regional business leaders and elected officials - all in the nation's capitol.

Please note, the registration fee does not include travel to and from Washington. Book your travel early to take advantage of low fares. Recommended arrival on September 8 is between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. if flying into Reagan National Airport or by 10 a.m. if flying into Dulles or BWI airports. Formal program activities will end after lunch on September 9. For more information, contact Carrie Cook.

Register by July 31 to ensure your hotel reservation with our group rate at the Grand Hyatt.

Click here to register for the annual trip to Capitol Hill.

Business and Workplace Topics Committee Meeting

The Business and Workplace Topics committee will meet Thursday, July 9, 2015, at 8 a.m. at the Charlotte Chamber. The committee will host Travis Vance of the Labor Lawyers, Fisher & Phillips LLP, who will speak to the committee about the legal aspects of Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and citation defense.

Travis will offer committee members an in-depth, practical examination of OSHA and how it, and the Secretary of Labor's right to enforce the act, may potentially affect business.

Committee members will be provided a thorough analysis of the act, including its history and purpose, the type of citations (e.g. serious, other-than-serious, willful and repeat), penalties, including both civil and criminal, that may be issued under the act, and a step-by-step discussion of the legal process implicated when a citation is issued.

To register for this committee meeting, click here.

For questions regarding this committee meeting, please contact Laura Guacci at 704.378.1322.

For the 2015 calendar of all upcoming public policy signature events, click here