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May 2015

Chemical regulation reform continues to move forward…

As reported in this column last month, the three-decade effort to update and strengthen the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)—the federal government’s primary law for regulating chemicals—appears headed for congressional approval this year.


OSHA zeroes in on cell-tower safety rules…

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has requested comments and information by June 15, 2015 about the hazards and safety issues for employees working on communications towers.


Opponents of NLRB's "ambush election" rule suffer dual setbacks…

Efforts to void or delay the so-called “ambush election” rules issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are not going well in Congress and the federal courts.


Obamacare issues are on hold as all sides awat a Supreme Court decision…

The U.S. Supreme Court is presently considering the arguments in a challenge to Obamacare that could lead to the loss of federal subsidies for millions of Americans who cannot otherwise afford health insurance.


"Fast track" trade pact proposal creates strange political coalitions…

If there’s one issue that upsets the usual order of Republican and Democrat allegiances, it’s trade—and in particular so-called “free trade” agreements.

That’s the case right now as President Obama puts on a full-court press to win congressional approval of a far-reaching Pacific trade deal that faces opposition from both Democrats and Republicans. 



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Most recently, he has operated his own consulting business specializing in government affairs and business consulting for corporate and association clients. Prior to that, Gene served in senior management positions with Wolters Kluwer (CCH Tax and Accounting) and H&R Block, Inc. following an award-winning career as a Washington journalist with newspaper and magazine publishers.

In his corporate positions, Gene played a key role directing relations with numerous federal and state government agencies and twice has served as president of the leading association in the tax software and tax preparation industries. His many years managing business-to-business sales and marketing have given him a broad understanding of the problems and challenges facing small to medium sized companies.

His earlier journalism career included writing about Congress, the White House and numerous federal agencies for the Scripps-Howard Newspaper group as well as the Kiplinger Washington Letter and other business publications. Gene holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University.