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Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - March 2017 #3

In passing its own version of the state’s 2018 spending blueprint, the Senate moved one step closer last week to satisfying the General Assembly’s lone constitutional obligation....more

Gov. Haslam Proposes to Establish School Transportation Supervisor Program

Gov. Haslam's proposed legislation to establish a school transportation supervisor program passed out of the House Transportation Committee this week. The program sets up monitoring and oversight of transportation services...more

Blog: Administration Releases “Skinny” Budget; Education Feels the Pinch

On March 16, 2017, the Administration released its Budget Blueprint for 2018. Overall, the Blueprint upholds many of the campaign promises the President made, increasing military spending by significantly cutting funds from...more

NC Legislative Update - March 2017 #2

This Week - Final arguments were heard Tuesday for litigation brought by Gov. Cooper (D) over the legality of legislation passed late last year creating the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - March 2017 #2

The General Assembly listed through a brief period of calm last week, a resetting of sorts after the drama of Crossover Day. Most of the legislation that advanced, either in committee or on the floor, did so on broad...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - March, 2017 #2

This week the pace quickens within the House and Senate policy committees while the Appropriations committees received presentations on Governor Cooper's proposed budget recommendations. Regulatory Reform (HB131) -...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - This was the third and final week of budget hearings for the House of Representatives and Senate Appropriations committees. It was a busy one, too, with four full days of presentations on everything from...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update: Legislation Continues to Move as First Committee Deadline Nears

Today marks the first committee deadline in the legislative session. By midnight tonight, bills must be approved by policy committees in the House or the Senate. Next Friday is the second committee deadline, by which all...more

Supreme Court Remands Transgender Rights Case to Court of Appeals After Trump Administration Withdraws Obama Era Guidance

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 6, 2017, the Supreme Court remanded a highly anticipated transgender rights case back to the Court of Appeals after the Trump Administration withdrew Obama era guidance regarding the rights of...more

Supreme Court Returns Transgender Bathroom Case to Lower Court

Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would not entertain arguments in GG v. Gloucester County School Board, a case that would have been the Court’s first significant opportunity to weigh in on gender identity...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - March, 2017

While various bills made their way through committees and chambers this week, the highlight was the release of Governor Cooper's proposed Budget Recommendations for fiscal years 2017-2018. Secretary Hall Confirmed -...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017

House Commerce Considers Independent Contractors, Again - Vermont's business community continues to plead with lawmakers to update the statute defining independent contractors, arguing that current law is costly and...more

Officials’ Top 10 Things to Remember About Public Participation in Local Government

As the national political climate heated up recently, some local governments are facing spillover effects, with local and sometimes even out-of-town activists and provocateurs attending city council, school board and other...more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - March 2017

The Georgia General Assembly will turn the page this evening on one of the session’s most frenzied legislative weeks, sprinting to the Crossover hard stop by which all non-budgetary bills must have cleared at least one...more

DOE and DOJ Withdrawl of “Dear Colleague” Letter Leaves FERPA’s Guidance Unresolved

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) withdrew their May 13, 2016 “Dear Colleague” letter that provided guidance on steps to protect transgender students under Title IX of the...more

Is Title IX Guidance and Enforcement About to Change?

On February 22, the U.S. Department of Education issued its first Dear Colleague Letter guidance of the new administration, rescinding the transgender rights guidance that the Obama administration issued last summer. The...more

Obama-Era Guidance on Transgender Student Rights Reversed by Departments of Education and Justice

On February 22, 2017, President Donald Trump’s administration issued a two-page "Dear Colleague" letter that formally rescinded the Obama administration’s interpretation of transgender student rights as an extension of Title...more

What Can Employers Glean from the DOE’s and the DOJ’s Position on the Provision of Transgender Bathrooms under Title IX?

On February 22, 2017, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education issued a “Dear Colleague” letter withdrawing the statements of policy and guidance issued by the Department of Education on January 7, 2015 and...more

Trump Administration Withdraws Obama-Era Protections for Transgender Students

Trump Administration Withdraws Obama-Era Protections for Transgender Students - On Wednesday evening, the United States Department of Justice and Department of Education issued a joint “Dear Colleague” guidance letter...more

Federal Government Reverses Position on Transgender Students’ Use of School Facilities

Education Alert February 27, 2017 On February 22, 2017, the Department of Education and the Department of Justice withdrew two guidance letters from January 2015 and May 2016 that explained the former administration’s...more

NC Legislative Update: February 2017 #4

This Week - Governor Cooper (D) held a budget press conference on Monday to unveil some of the highlights that his budget proposal will include. One of the most discussed highlights is raising the average teacher pay to...more

Governor Malloy Issues Executive Order On Transgender Students’ Use of Bathrooms in Public Schools

On February 22, 2017, President Trump’s administration decided to rescind, pending further review, the Obama administration’s federal guidance that requires transgender students receive access to the restrooms and locker...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. Clean Election Funding for Gubernatorial Candidates Being Challenged - Maine’s Clean Election...more

News from Second and State

Weekly Wrap - The House of Representatives and Senate Appropriations Committees began budget hearings this week to examine Governor Wolf’s proposed 2017-2018 Fiscal Year budget. Monday was a state Holiday, but on...more

LGBT Rights Up in the Air

Changes that may impact LGBT rights in the workplace have employers spinning. This week's news about the Trump administration’s rescission of federal guidance allowing transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to...more

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