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SC Public Policy Update - January 2017

What's New - Members of the South Carolina General Assembly returned to Columbia on Tuesday, January 10th, to begin the first year of the 122nd Legislative Session. The top priorities facing lawmakers entering the new...more

2017 May Be an Eventful Year for Student Loan Industry

As expected, student loans were a major issue in 2016, as the presidential election brought the issue to the forefront and regulatory scrutiny continued to rise. 2017 is now upon us, and the CFPB wasted no time getting the...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Legislature’s First Regular Session Launches - On Wednesday, January 4, the Maine...more

Governor Cuomo Announces Tuition-Free College in New York

Last Tuesday, January 3, 2017, Governor Cuomo, with the support of Vermont Senator and one time presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, introduced a robust plan to offer tuition-free college educations to eligible New Yorkers....more

The Reality Of “Sanctuary Campuses”

Throughout the course of his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump pledged to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and also eliminate the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA) – which allows some...more

Two International Entrepreneurs Start under New York’s International Innovators Visa Program

Understanding the scarcity of H-1B visas, early in 2016, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY), launched the International Innovators...more

They’re Back! What Can Schools Expect from the 2017 General Assembly Session?

On January 4, the 2017 session of the Connecticut General Assembly began. The session is scheduled to adjourn on June 7, 2017. One can assume that a plethora of proposed bills affecting Connecticut school districts will be...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - The holidays have come and gone and folks in Harrisburg are ready to get back to the legislative grind. On Tuesday, the General Assembly convened the 2017-2018 legislative session and six new Senators and...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 2017 Legislative Session Preview

On January 3, 2017, not only will the 90th session of the Minnesota Legislature convene, but the Minnesota Capitol building will once again be open to the public after undergoing a three-year, $272 million comprehensive...more

Title IX Enforcement and Interpretation: The Winds of Change are Blowing

Seyfarth Synopsis: Title IX enforcement issues continue to notably permeate the agenda of colleges and universities. The winds of change to Title IX enforcement may be blowing in 2017. This Management Alert will review the...more

OCR Complaints – Trends and Predictions

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently issued two reports highlighting its work during both fiscal year (FY) 2016 and President Obama’s entire eight-year term of office. The number of OCR...more

Ohio Governor Signs Guns in Trunks Law

Soon many Ohio employers will no longer have the right to ban firearms from all company property. On December 19, 2016, Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 199, which prevents employers from prohibiting concealed handgun...more

In Legislative Foray vs. Principals, School Custodians Gain a Short-Lived Victory

On December 1, both the Massachusetts House and Senate enacted a bill during informal sessions that would have made it harder for public school principals to fire custodians and other non-teaching employees for not doing...more

Restorative Justice Bills Await Governor's Signature

A set of bills, recently enrolled and awaiting the Governor's signature, will radically alter the landscape of student disciplinary action in Michigan. House Bills 5618, 5619, 5620, 5621, 5693, 5694 and 5695 (collectively,...more

2016 Year in Review

As 2016 draws to a close, so does the 2015-2016 legislative session. On November 30, the House of Representatives and the Senate adjourned sine die, and no bills will be introduced or considered until the new General Assembly...more

Supporting Undocumented Students in High School and College

In the wake of the presidential election, we have experienced a noticeable increase in the number of inquiries from both our K-12 and higher education clients concerning the unique and complex issues facing undocumented youth...more

New York Adopts Pathologists’ Assistants Law

New York State has adopted a new law that establishes the profession of licensed pathologists’ assistant. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed S.7932/A.10408 into law on November 28, 2016. The new law adds Article 168 to the...more

College May Have Averted Flag Debacle If They'd Consulted Stan Rosenberg

The brain trust that runs Hampshire College in Amherst thought it would be a good idea to lower the American flag to half-mast on Wednesday, Nov. 9, the day after Trump’s victory, “as an expression of grief over the violent...more

What will U.S. Business Immigration Look Like Under A Trump Administration?

More than 10 days have passed since the election results were revealed, and the United States now has a businessman as its president-elect ready to take office on January 20, 2017. However, despite his business background, it...more

Trump and Transgender Student Rights — An Early Decision For The President-Elect In Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.?

Well here we are. We will soon have a new president. As we move away from the “hows” and “whys” of the election and on to the “whats” of President-Elect Trump’s impending presidency there are a wide-number of education law...more

Alert: Presidential Transitions: A Primer on Rulemakings

A smooth transition from the outgoing to incoming administration is a hallmark of democracy and something both parties strive to achieve. Among the myriad issues that must be addressed, one of the more important ones for both...more

Make college great again: Higher education in the Trump era

Much has already been written about President-elect Donald Trump’s unanticipated victory and the GOP retention of Congress last week. But what should the nation’s institutions of higher education — and the students they serve...more

How Election Results Will Impact North Carolina Businesses

After a lengthy and contentious campaign, voters have chosen new leaders for our nation and state. Those choices could impact North Carolina businesses in a number of significant ways....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome 2016 Maine Election Edition - It’s been a very busy and active campaign season in Maine, with candidates for federal offices and all Maine legislative seats, plus six ballot questions. We thought it timely...more

Understanding the New Truancy Regulations

A new piece of state legislation significantly changes the law addressing truancy for students in Pennsylvania. Gov. Wolf signed House Bill 1907 into law Nov. 3, changing the provisions of Article XIII of the Public...more

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