Our goal is to advocate for our clients' interests and not our own, that’s why we are proud of what we’ve been able to achieve on their behalf.
The following are key pieces of legislation, regulatory changes, or funding events that the Malady & Wooten team has recently accomplished:
Stopped the implementation of a new special education funding formula for charter schools which would have resulted in steep and unsustainable cuts.
Led the transit industry’s efforts to obtain significant new sources of dedicated funding in the Act 89 package that was passed in November 2013.
Secured millions in redevelopment capital assistance funds for a variety of clients.
Secured $1 million for the construction of a new facility in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Engineered insertion of provider reimbursement standards into Appropriation statute, resulting in several million dollars of savings for a client.
Helped a charter school gain approval in three municipalities in the Commonwealth.
Changed the charter school law to enable charters to borrow for capital improvements.
Assisted a client in securing $65 million in new information technology contracts with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Assisted in the creation and subsequent expansion of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program.
Secured passage of legislation to allow optometrists to refer patients to occupational therapists for care and for pharmacists to perform medication therapy management in collaboration with physicians.
Secured several million dollars in recurring annual revenue for the Pennsylvania Chartered Schools for Deaf and Blind children.
The following are glimpses into why we’re regarded as top PA lobbyists
Malady & Wooten’s lobbyists saw to the legislation which legalized slot machine gaming in Pennsylvania. Our team collaborated with leaders in the executive branch and legislators in the House and Senate as the legislation was crafted to ensure that our clients’ interests were addressed in the enacted final product.Read More
In order to be eligible for a racing facility license under the gaming statute, harness racing credentials had to be procured for our client’s new location. With sound strategic planning, developing and coordinating our client’s position and message and ongoing discourse with state and local officials, we were able to deliver what was promised.
Our team also accounted for more technical issues while lobbying and drafting legislation for their enactment. We were intentional and thorough with the following factors: the issuance of temporary facility licenses, the applicability of Keystone Opportunity Zone laws under the new act, the time frame for licensure and the distribution of revenue. These all proved to be key variables in the final product.
Continually gaining acclaim as a trusted advisor in the PA executive realm, our lobbying efforts here were integral to ensuring that our clients’ concerns were addressed in the final version of the legislation.
At the end of the Rendell Administration the General Assembly passed HB 101, an omnibus school code bill that included a laundry list of separate bills that had passed at least one chamber of the General Assembly. The amendment to HB 101 included priority legislation for all four caucuses.Read More
Due to a provision that codified local taxing, authorities could not levy taxes on public charter schools and Governor Rendell consequently vetoed the bill. The last Gubernatorial veto that had been recorded dated back to 1993. At the time, the Senate was controlled by Republicans and the House by Governor Rendell’s own party, the Democrats.
Our challenge was twofold: convincing the House Democrats to override a veto of the Governor of their own party, and convincing the Senate, who pledged not to conduct any new substantive votes in a “lame duck” session to take up the bill if the House conducted the override.
Our strategy was clear – first work with all of the House Democrats who were prime sponsors of the provisions which made their way into the omnibus school code bill and have them implore their leadership to call up the bill. These members were on the cusp of seeing important legislation they deeply cared about vanish by the stroke of a pen. It worked. The pressure from the members persuaded House Democratic leadership to agree to the veto override if they had assurances that the Senate would act.
After careful consideration and encouragement from the Senate Education Chairman and other members who had priority bills incorporated into HB 101, the Senate concluded that they would not be taking up any “new business” during a lame duck session but instead concurring on “old business.” Despite late lobbying by the Rendell Administration to avoid the embarrassment of a rare veto override, HB 101 passed again with huge bi-partisan majorities and became a law.
Incorporated in Pennsylvania in 1976, Quest Diagnostics is the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services that patients and doctors need to make the best healthcare decisions. Quest Diagnostics offers expansive access to diagnostic testing services through its wide network of laboratories and over 200 patient service centers located throughout the Commonwealth. Until recently, however, Quest’s ability to deliver the highest quality healthcare products and services, available to over 300 Pennsylvania customers, was threatened by an inconsistent interpretation of the state’s Clinical Lab Act of 1952, with regard to prohibited practices. Specifically, Quest Diagnostics, a state licensed lab, was being held to stricter anti-kickback regulations than its unlicensed out-of-state competitors.Read More
Malady & Wooten’s lobbyists mounted a sophisticated government relations campaign to persuade the Department of Health, members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Governor’s Office to level the playing field between in-state and out-of-state laboratories conducting business in the Commonwealth. This required extensive outreach to the legislative and executive branches of state government in addition to a diplomatic approach amongst competitors in the lab industry.
In the end, it was determined that the introduction of legislation was necessary to achieve Quest’s goal to expressly prohibit all laboratories operating in the Commonwealth from: 1) placing laboratory staff, specimen collectors or other laboratory personnel in a provider's office; 2) providing payment or other inducements to a provider in return for specimen collection referrals; and 3) renting space from a provider or paying rent for a space located within the provider's office for the purpose of establishing a collection center. After a 12 month legislative campaign, Malady & Wooten was successful in delivering Quest its first legislative victory in Pennsylvania when Act 122 of 2013 was signed into law.
Demand for wireless service is growing exponentially. Estimates show that in 2014 wireless networks in the United States will carry forty times the amount of traffic carried in 2009. New devices and technologies consume more bandwidth and attract more wireless subscribers. In order to meet this growing demand, it became apparent that wireless providers, including Malady & Wooten’s client, T-Mobile, must be able to build out and upgrade their existing networks in a manner which rationally and reasonably respects local government control.Read More
In February 2012, President Obama enacted the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act, which contained provisions to streamline the approval process for wireless collocations and modifications. Unfortunately, little guidance was provided in the federal legislation to determine what entities were permitted to collocate or what the approval process entailed. Considering Pennsylvania has 2,563 municipalities with varying degrees of municipal ordinances governing the installation and collocation of wireless towers, maintaining consistency in the application of the new federal law was paramount.
Malady & Wooten successfully spearheaded state legislation on behalf of its clients to leverage existing wireless infrastructure to expand and enhance wireless broadband services throughout the Commonwealth by streamlining the mobile network deployment process. Act 191 of 2012, otherwise referred to as the Wireless Broadband Collocation Act, streamlined procedures for reviewing applications for the modification or collocation of wireless communications facilities and wireless support structures upon an existing wireless support structure. The law provides the wireless industry with the tools necessary to deploy next generation wireless networks to meet the needs of their customer base while preserving local authority over wireless tower siting processes.
Strong and lasting relationships are rooted in mutual respect and measurable investments of both time and energy. Malady & Wooten’s special commitment to the Bridge Educational Foundation over the years has proven to be nothing shy of momentous. Our firm has both advocated for Bridge, resulting in state-appointed funds which make it possible to educate needy children, and personally worked to serve its network. Rick Wooten and Dennis Giorno actively sit on its Board, while Rick dually serves as treasurer. It’s these relationships, while offering insight and know-how, which empower us to give back to our community and its advancement.
- John F. Malady
Principal & Founder