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Latest Developments From The Connecticut General Assembly: The Education Committee Passes More Bills

On March 18, 2015, the General Assembly’s Education Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee the following proposed bills...more

Federal student privacy law in flux

In recent months, the White House and members of Congress have called for an overhaul of the forty-year old Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) ((20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), which safeguards the...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

White House Issues Student Aid Bill of Rights

A Presidential Memorandum titled the "Student Aid Bill of Rights," issued last week by President Obama, calls for the creation of a new complaint system for federal student loans. This proposal is likely to result in...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The House of Representatives convened on Monday of last week to begin their deliberations of the annual appropriation bill. The over $6.9 billion budget received second reading on Thursday, without a proposed bond measure,...more

SC Public Policy Update - March 2015: After a long week of debate, the House adopted its version of the budget last Thursday night...

What's New - After a long week of debate, the House adopted its version of the budget last Thursday night. The Budget included $7 billion in spending. However, a proposal to borrow $500 million for building projects...more

Latest Developments From The Connecticut General Assembly: March 19 Public Hearing

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, the General Assembly’s Education Committee will conduct a public hearing on the following proposed bills...more

A Moment of Simple Justice - Vaccines [Video]

Mar. 17, 2015 (Mimesis Law) -- With more and more people hopping on the anti-vaccination bandwagon, Scott wonders if this is an instance where parents' constitutional rights should take a back seat to public safety....more

DRM Legislative Update - March 2015

In This Issue: - It’s All About the Money - Panel Approves Payroll and Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Taxes to Fund Health Care Initiatives - Vermont Health Connect Costs Continue to Rise - Education...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/2015

The legislature has finished the 11th week of session, meaning only nine weeks remain before the 2015 session comes to a close. With the first bill deadline approaching at the end of next week, committees have been conducting...more

DRM Legislative Update - February 2015

In This Issue: - Determination First, Details to Follow - Committee Approves State False Claims Act - Rent-to-Own Legislation Substantially Modified - Senate Judiciary Considers Limit on Building...more

Week in Review - March 2015 #2

Surplus - The state Republican Party has approved a “Give It All Back” ad campaign encouraging Gov. Dayton and the Legislature to return all of the projected $1.9 billion budget surplus to Minnesotans in the form of...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The General Assembly was extremely busy this week. The House adopted a comprehensive ethics reform bill similar to the individual bills already sent to the Senate, legislation authorizing a veterans’ services study committee...more

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: March 11 Public Hearing

As promised previously, we will be keeping you up to date with developments in the General Assembly. On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, the General Assembly’s Education Committee will conduct a public hearing on the following...more

NC Legislative Update for March 2015

This Week - Legislative activity resumed to a normal pace at the North Carolina General Assembly after being interrupted by two weeks of winter weather. The Governor released his budget proposal and the lawmakers were...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly convened for the 2015 legislative session on January 14. Lawmakers returned to Raleigh on January 28 to begin the session in earnest. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

Baker Proposes State Budget Focused on Savings

Wednesday, the Baker-Polito administration revealed the details of their $38.1 billion FY2016 budget. Seeking to overcome a structural deficit, which at $1.8 billion, represents nearly five percent of the total budget, the...more

Snowmageddon Legislative Update February 2015

Welcome to the Snowmageddon version of the Legislative Update. What a strange week in Raleigh with cancelled schools, legislative hearings and events. Going by twitter, the only event at which a legislative quorum was reached...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: 03/2015

The pace is beginning to pick up at the Capitol, and this week both the House and Senate added floor sessions to hear bills and confirmed commissioner appointments. Committees are starting to take on more controversial...more

News from Second and State

Budget, budget, budget. On Tuesday, Gov. Tom Wolf delivered his inaugural budget address to the largely Republican General Assembly; Monday had been filled with speculation and Wednesday largely consumed with reaction. You...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. Legislative Leaders Discuss Legislative Goals with Pierce Atwood Clients - On March 2nd,...more

Texas Legislature Gets in Gear

The biennial Texas Legislative Session started January 13. Two months later, they are now setting committee hearings other than finance ones. But Mondays and Fridays are still pretty much travel days. So, last Friday I...more

“We are the state that built America”

This morning, Gov. Tom Wolf presented his inaugural budget to the General Assembly. Calling the proposal “a different kind of budget” that “includes Democratic ideas, Republican ideas and ideas that exist beyond party lines,”...more

How Will Immigration Executive Action Impact Higher Education Institutions?

Multi-national personnel and students are uniquely important to the mission and objectives of higher education institutions. The recent focus on immigration reform at the federal level raises the potential for broader...more

The Government's Strategy to Combat the "Cyber Arms Race"

In the midst of ongoing, escalating and increasingly troublesome reports of large-scale corporate cyber breaches, the federal government is trying to fight back more forcefully with a dual strategy to shore up agency...more

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