Facilitated by CHPA’s NextGen Task Force, this networking event, open to all participants, is essential for making powerful connections. NextGen grows CHPA’s community by connecting industry professionals with each other. Join us for this ‘after hours’ event in a relaxed environment. This event is included in the Regional Conference registration or may be purchased as a separate ticket for $30 if not attending the full program. Join us at Ipic Theater at The Domain Austin, located at 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, Austin, Texas.
If you operate in Michigan, please review this legislation as it addresses the prevention and management of bed bug infestation. What's your company's responsibility? What's the landlord's responsibility? Click on the bill number for complete information.
Bed Bugs/Pest Infestation
MI S.B. 657 - Housing; landlord and tenants; allocation of responsibilities; provide for with respect to prevention and management of bed bug infestation. Amends title & sec. 1 of 1972 PA 348 (MCL 554.601 ) & adds secs. 1d, 1e, 1f & 1g.
There has not been any recent activity on CHPA's issues of interest in Canadian provinces. Here's what's going on in other US state governments:
FL - Former Republican governor and now Democrat Charlie Crist kicked off his 2014 gubernatorial campaign at rally in St. Petersburg today. Crist leads Gov. Rick Scott (R) in the most recent polls, primarily due to the incumbent's unpopularity.
HI - The House Finance Committee resumes taking testimony today from the more than 5000 people who signed up to testify on the same-sex marriage bill. Lawmakers expect to finish passing the measure and adjourn the special session later this week.
IL - Legislative leaders profess progress has been made in recent talks on pension reform legislation, however no vote is expected this week when the legislature convenes for the last three days of the veto session.
NH - The New Hampshire legislature convenes a special session on Medicaid expansion beginning Thursday, Nov. 7.
NJ - Gov. Chris Christie (R) holds a 61-33 lead over Barbara Buono (D) in a Quinnipiac poll released today, one day before the election.
VA - Terry McAuliffe (D) leads Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) 46-40 in the Virginia's governor's race, according to a Quinnipiac poll also released today.
Are you looking to get added exposure for your company at a reasonable cost? If the answer is yes, you will want to take advantage of the West Regional Sponsor and Exhibit opportunities before they are gone! There is a package for every budget. From exhibit spaces to sponsorships ranging from $500 - $5,000, there is something for you. CHPA appreciates your help in ensuring the success of these events.
Thank you to our current sponsors and exhibitors:
Onsite Program - AZUMA Leasing
Housing - Amber Lodging Company
Silver - ExecuStay Midwest
Silver - Brook Furniture Rental
Silver - Post Corporate Apartments
Bronze - Gables
Bronze - Oakwood Temporary Housing
Exhibitor - Suite Interiors
Experienced relocation professionals share industry trends and current client needs. Find out how that impacts what you need to be doing right now. Together, we will discuss the major trends emerging in relocation programs, along with potential implications for the corporate housing industry.
Rebecca Cole has been in the relocation industry since 1998. She is currently the Senior Manager of Global Mobility at VMware. Her professional experience includes oversight of and responsibility for corporate account management, service quality and performance. During the first half of her relocation career she worked on the corporate client side. She has worked for eight years as the Account Manager, representing SIRVA on-site at Dell Inc. in Austin, TX. As Director, Client Engagement, Rebecca is the client’s primary point of contact, accountability and control. She facilitates the client’s program objectives, ensuring that all of the right SIRVA resources are aligned to achieve optimum results.
Jason Exley is an international human resource professional specializing in global mobility. He has been in the mobility industry for eleven years with ten of those managing in-house global mobility functions for Bechtel, CH2M HILL, TeleTech, and Western Union. He has handled mobility programs as large as 1,000 assignees annually and thrives in the areas of global relocation, benefits, immigration, and taxation.
Lauren Richards has held the position of U.S. Domestic Relocation Program Manager at Dell since 2006. She manages all aspects of a fully outsourced program. Her current role includes building and maintaining strategic partnerships with HR and internal businesses; program training; vendor management; overseeing RFP’s; policy benchmarking policy restructuring; exceptions management among other responsibilities. Lauren received her CRP designation in 2000 and her GMS designation in 2006.
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Most Canadian provinces' parliaments have been adjourned lately so there is not a lot of activity to report. Many parliaments are getting ready to resume sessions over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for increased activity in Canada that may impact your company.
In the United States, Pennsylvania is the only state that has seen recent activity in the past two weeks. This activity has been in the hotel tax area. Specifically, if you operate in Pennsylvania, please review the following pieces of legislation:
Pennsylvania H.B. 871: An Act amending Title 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in other subjects of taxation, further providing for excise tax on hotel room rental.
Pennsylvania H.B. 873: An Act amending the act of August 9, 1955 (P.L.323, No.130), known as The County Code, in fiscal affairs, further providing for authorization of certain hotel room rental taxes; and, in grounds and buildings, further providing for certain hotel room rental taxes.
Pennsylvania H.B. 875: An Act amending Title 64 (Public Authorities and Quasi-Public Corporations) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, further providing for hotel room rental tax and continuation of existing tax.
Here's a summary of what is happening across the United States:
AR - A three-day special session on teachers' health insurance adjourned on Saturday after lawmakers successfully passed several measures to address rising premiums.
CA - Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Sunday finished acting on bills passed in the 2013 legislative session. The Governor vetoed 96 of the 800 bills that lawmakers sent to his desk this year.
IL - The legislature reconvenes in Springfield on Tuesday for the two-week veto session. Lawmakers may take up incentives for Archers Daniels Midland to keep their headquarters in-state, but major issues including pension reform, same-sex marriage and gun control are likely to get pushed back to the 2014 session.
NH - New Hampshire lawmakers will hold a two-week special session on Medicaid expansion beginning Nov. 7.
OH - Gov. John Kasich's (R) proposal to expand Medicaid is expected to be adopted by the state Controlling Board when the group meets later today.
OK - Gov. Mary Fallin (R) officially kicked off her re-election campaign Thursday. Fallin was elected governor in 2010 by a wide margin and is expected to face little opposition in 2014.
UT - Gov. Gary Herbert (R) has ordered the legislature to meet in special session on Wednesday to appropriate money to keep national parks in the state open and to ensure health benefits for furloughed state workers. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/56989416-90/parks-furloughed-herbert-money.html.csp
VA - The Richmond Times Dispatch refused to make an endorsement and has instead selected "none of the above" in Virginia governor's race between Republican A.G. Ken Cuccinelli, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, and Libertarian Robert Sarvis. The candidates will get one more chance to sway voters when they hold their final televised debate this Thursday.
WI - New revenue figures reveal that the state budget surplus is $89 million higher than projected. The news is well timed for lawmakers who are expected to pass property tax cuts this week.