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Worth Another Look: Schools that Teach

Standing by last year’s budget themes, Gov. Tom Wolf encouraged the state legislature today to fund “schools that teach.” Warning that failure to fully fund the state’s education system could result in teacher layoffs,...more

Worth Another Look: Jobs that Pay

Like last year, Gov. Tom Wolf is encouraging the state legislature to provide for “jobs that pay” as part of the 2016-2017 budget. A robust economy that includes employment opportunities can help stave off property tax...more

Purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) to be exempt from Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

On 3 February the Scottish Government published their response to the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee’s Stage 1 report on the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill. The report contains the following...more

Governor Baker Files FY2017 Budget, Economic Development Bill; Speaker DeLeo Outlines Agenda

With Beacon Hill off and running in the new year, Governor Charlie Baker and House Speaker Robert DeLeo this week unveiled key parts of their policy agendas for 2016. As part of his second budget proposal since assuming...more

2016 New York Legislative Session Preview

With the delivery of the State of the State address and budget presentation on January 13, the New York legislative session finally began in earnest. As it does every year, the Governor's budget broadly outlines a roadmap for...more

News from the Vermont Statehouse - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2016 #2

Paid Sick Leave Bill Appears on Track for Passage - The Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee on Thursday approved its version of a House-passed bill, H.187, that would require many Vermont...more

Senator Warren to address student loan activists

Senator Elizabeth Warren is scheduled to be the keynote speaker today for “National Student Debt Day,” an event in Washington, D.C. for “student loan activists from around the country.” The event is sponsored by Young...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The South Carolina General Assembly had a very active second week of session, although much of the deliberation occurred primarily in the various subcommittees and committees. A few highlights are as follows...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2016 #3

What's New: Judicial Elections - This week, the Judicial Merit Selection Commission gave legislators a report of qualified candidates for the upcoming judicial races. Judicial elections will be held on...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update

The Georgia General Assembly closed out the second week of the legislature’s two-year session Friday, busying itself with the governor’s budget recommendations and consideration of a host of controversial religious liberty...more

News from Second and State

With only the Senate in Harrisburg for session, this was a rather quiet week at the Capitol. Although we expected the Senate to pass the Fiscal Code bill, H.B. 1327 (Peifer-Pike) and send it to the Governor, the Bill remains...more

Washington Outlook for 2016

Welcome to 2016 and our annual look at what’s in store for the United States Congress in the coming year. Here you will find a preview of the US legislative agenda as well as a look at the Obama Administration’s regulatory...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2016 #2

What's New - The General Assembly convened Tuesday, January 12th for the 2nd year of the 121st Legislative Session. Below is a summary of actions in both the Senate and the House....more

South Carolina Legislative Update

The South Carolina General Assembly reconvened for the second regular session of the 121st General Assembly last Tuesday. The Senate mourned the loss of Senator Billy O’Dell (R-Abbeville) who passed away unexpectedly the...more

The nuts and bolts of HEA Reauthorization

As most in higher education are aware, Congress presently is working to reauthorize the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (20 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.), the seminal legislation that created and governs the administration of...more

Governor Deal gives State of the State Address

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal sketched out his legislative agenda for the new year in a Wednesday speech before a joint session of the General Assembly, telling legislators that major education funding reform would not come...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2016

What's New - Members of the South Carolina General Assembly will return to Columbia on Tuesday, January 12th, to begin the second year of the 121st Legislative Session. 2016 marks an election year where all 170 seats in...more

Circuit Court Holds that Public Body May Not Discuss Election of Officers in Closed Session

In Denton v. City Council for the City of Hopewell, CL 2015-71 (Hopewell Cir. Ct. 2015), a suit brought under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, Va. Code §§ 2.2-3700 et seq., (“FOIA”), the Hopewell Circuit Court...more

Georgia Legislative Session preview

Dentons’ State Government Affairs team examines a battery of local third-rail issues on tap when the Georgia General Assembly convenes January 11. We look at expanded rail service in Atlanta, balancing religious freedom,...more

Gov. Cuomo to Announce Minimum Wage Hike for State University Workers

The New York Times is reporting that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will announce a minimum wage increase for state university workers, to $15 per hour. The announcement is planned for January 4, 2016, and is estimated to...more

News from Second and State

The year 2015 has come and gone, and Pennsylvania has yet to see any snow or a complete 2015-2016 spending plan. By Christmas Eve, the House and Senate sent a $30.2 billion general appropriation bill, H.B. 1460 (Adolph,...more

New California Laws Impacting Public Agencies

This comprehensive round-up includes new legislation that will impact cities, counties, special districts and schools. There were many bills passed by California lawmakers this year that will impact municipalities and...more

Out with the Old and In with the New: President Obama Replaces No Child Left Behind with the Every Student Succeeds Act

After a controversial 13-year reign, the No Child Left Behind Act (“NCLB”) has come to an end. Last Thursday, after a bipartisan vote of 85-12 the day before in the U.S. Senate, President Obama signed into law the Every...more

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of School District in Building Project Referendum Challenge: Substance Trumps Form

School districts often find themselves in the precarious position of having to rely upon the outcome of a referendum for passage of a budget or building project while simultaneously having no control over the conduct of the...more

2016 California Construction Law Update

The California State Legislature saw the introduction of 2,297 bills during the first half of the 2015-2016 legislative session of which 1,010 bills were signed into law....more

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