2020 Legislative Session Previews

January 13, 2020

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McGuireWoods Consulting has prepared analyses of what to expect in the 2020 legislative sessions, in the following states — Florida, Georgia, Illinois, South Carolina and Virginia, plus an update on what to expect in healthcare policy and the courts in 2020.

McGuireWoods Consulting’s state government relations practice has a presence in seven state capitals, in addition to our multistate capabilities reaching across all 50 states. 

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Florida Legislative Session Preview
After a successful 2019 session for leadership in both the House and Senate – and with an election looming this Fall – many insiders predict a quiet legislative session this spring.


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Georgia Legislative Session Preview
When the 236 members of the Georgia General Assembly convene on January 13 for the final year of the 2019-2020 biennial session, several issues will compete for their attention before turning their full focus toward the 2020 elections. 

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Illinois Legislative Session Preview
Top 2020 agenda items for the Illinois legislature includes the Senate President race, vaping, ethylene oxide, gig economy taxation and more.  

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South Carolina Legislative Session Preview
Top issues of the South Carolina 2020 legislative session include education, V.C. Summer Nuclear Generating Station, gun control, abortion and medical marijuana. 

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Virginia Legislative Session Preview
Following elections where Democrats gained control of both chambers of the legislature, the party will be able to pursue an agenda that is very different from what we have seen in the past few years under Republican legislative leadership.


Will Virginia Follow California’s Lead on Consumer Privacy Legislation?
When the Virginia General Assembly begins its legislative session on Jan. 8, a number of privacy-related bills will be on the agenda, including HB 473, the Virginia Privacy Act, which proposes to strengthen the data privacy rights of Virginians. Read more for analysis of this bill, including its scope, main elements and the political climate influencing its fate. 


Courts and Healthcare Policy in 2020
2019 saw court hearings of a number of cases related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Several other Trump administration policies were also challenged, including Medicare payment policies, price transparency, how the Medicaid program can change and whether Medicaid beneficiaries can sue over curtailed benefits, and immigration changes affecting access to programs like Medicaid. In 2020, the courts will continue to play an important role as some cases continue in the process, and potential new lawsuits challenge the administration’s continued effort to change health policy.