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Transgender Accommodation Issues at the Forefront of Employment and Education

Earlier this month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a new Fact Sheet, announcing its formal position on bathroom access rights for transgender employees. The Fact Sheet provides employers with a...more

News from Second and State

This was the last week of session before high-budget season starts in June, and all of the action was in the House of Representatives. Though it’s never really certain how the state spending plan will shake out until it’s...more

Fate of Proposed Surtax on Millionaires Could Hinge on Three Simple Words

The plan to have Massachusetts collect about $2 billion more per year through a new 4% income surtax on millionaires seems to be encumbered by an unavoidable-but-possibly-fatal vulnerability. The weakness consists of...more

Senate hearing reviews ransomware in a school system

On May 18, the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism heard from Charles C. Hucks, the Executive Director of Technology for the Horry County, South Carolina, School System. The 52 schools and the...more

Legislative Update

House Passes Budget: This week was budget week at the General Assembly with the House passing a $22.22 billion budget by week’s end. The budget drew more bipartisan support than any other budget since the Republicans...more

News from Second and State

Harrisburg was a hive oinally activity this week, with both the House and Senate in town for voting session. There were committee meetings aplenty, too. On Monday, the House Appropriations Committee reported out H.B. 1956...more

Transgender Employee Bathroom Use

Ah, the bathroom. A place of relief and solitude for many, but for the last six weeks, it has been the focus of controversy. North Carolina now requires that people only use restrooms designated for the gender that appears...more

Under the Dome Special Edition: 2016 Summary of New Maine Laws

We are pleased to share our 2016 Summary of New Maine Laws enacted during the Second Regular Session of Maine's 127th Legislature, which adjourned sine die April 29, 2016. We provide you this summary to help you stay...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016 #2

What's New - SENATE - It was a short but busy week in the Senate as members worked through numerous bills remaining on the Senate calendar. The Senate gave third reading on Thursday to H. 5009, relating to the...more

News from Second and State

Once again, we only had one chamber in Harrisburg this week. While the House was in recess, the Senate was in for three days of voting session, holding committee meetings and shuffling bills around that may pop up again in...more

Orange County Adopts Increased School Impact Fees with Two-Stage Implementation Dates

On May 10, 2016, the Orange County Board of County Commissioners voted to substantially increase School Impact Fees throughout the County, including all of the municipalities. The new rates will take effect in two stages: ...more

U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Issue ‘Significant Guidance’ on Transgender Rights under Title IX

The U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Education (DOE) have issued a joint “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) containing “significant guidance” on how these departments will apply sex discrimination protections under Title IX...more

SC Public Policy Update - May 2016

What's New - SENATE - The Senate approved its version of the State’s $7.5 billion budget on Wednesday by giving third reading to H. 5001 (Appropriations Bill) and H. 5002 (Capital Reserve Fund). The Senate approved...more

The Obama administration weighs in on the transgender bathroom debate

This week the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) clarified that the Obama administration considers denying equal access to a bathroom corresponding to an individual's...more

News from Second & State

Weekly Wrap: - Though only the House of Representatives was in Harrisburg for voting session, and only for two days, we’ve still got a few noteworthy items to report from this week. On Monday, the House Rules Committee...more

Get Ready to Rumble—DOJ Alerts North Carolina Governor that New Bathroom Law Violates Federal Statutes

The head of the federal Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division wrote to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory that HB2 (see our previous blog posts about HB2 here and here), a law banning public agencies from allowing...more

Georgia governor issues 17 vetoes

Georgia's Republican governor on Tuesday issued his final 16 vetoes of legislation passed this session by the GOP-controlled legislature, most notably breaking with his party over a controversial measure that would have...more

FY2017 Massachusetts Budget Update: The House Budget

In a unanimous vote of 156-0, the Massachusetts House of Representatives approved a $39.56 billion spending plan for FY2017 on April 27. Over three days, the House considered more than 1,300 amendments to pass a final budget...more

Special Report: How Should NC Employers Apply Restroom Policies Following HB2?

The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, commonly known as HB2, continues to generate controversy and confusion. The new law has caused many employers to reexamine their policies with regard to restroom use by employees...more

News from Second and State

A Look Ahead: - Next week looks relatively quiet, with only the House of Representatives in Harrisburg for voting session. On Monday, the House Gaming Oversight Committee will hold a public hearing at Hollywood Casino...more

Competing Budgets

Lengthy floor sessions ensued this week as House and Senate lawmakers took up supplemental budget bills in their respective chambers. The Republican House had three bills to debate over the course of the week. The DFL Senate...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

The House and Senate focused on their funding bills this week, with each body considering their respective set of supplemental budget recommendations. Legislators spent late nights working through the bills and abundant...more

House Committee examines student data privacy concerns

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce recently held a hearing to evaluate federal policies affecting education research and student privacy. At issue is whether and how Congress will update the 1974 Family...more

SC Public Policy Update - April 2016 #4

What's New - SENATE - Debate in the Senate on ethics stalled once again this week, as committee work on the State’s budget took top priority. During limited floor debate, the Senate gave second reading to S. 139 by...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

Thursday, April 21 was the third bill deadline at the Legislature, by which date committees must act favorably upon all major appropriation and finance bills. During the week, committees in both the House and Senate met...more

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