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Womble Legislative Update

Three and a half weeks into the new state fiscal year we have no newly adjusted budget, and the passage of important bills has slowed to a trickle, but there's a distinct uptick in hostage-taking of bills....more

Capital Thinking: Education

Legislative Activity - House’s Legislative Agenda - On Monday, the House will consider and likely pass the following pieces of legislation: The STEM Education Act (H.R. 5031). The bill would include...more

The Senate Makes An Offer

House and Senate budget negotiators have been talking past one another for weeks now but today we have hope....more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

South Carolina Legislative/Election Update

This issue includes information regarding Governor Haley’s budget vetoes, various news items, results from this week’s primary, and meetings scheduled for next week. The General Assembly will return on June 17, 2014, to...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - June 2014: Following the GOP state convention this past weekend, House members returned to...

House Budget - Following the GOP state convention this past weekend, House members returned to Raleigh Tuesday to continue the budget process. House leadership held a press conference Tuesday morning to unveil their...more

From Second and State: Capitol Wrap – Week of June 9

While budget negotiations continue to take center stage this month, some state legislators elsewhere throughout the Capitol are making moves to change the size of state government and the rules by which elected officials and...more

North Carolina Legislative Report

The General Assembly’s Short Session began Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be distributed weekly to keep you up to date on the latest legislative issues facing the...more

From Second and State: Session Preview

After a three-week break for the primary election and the Memorial Day holiday, the House and Senate will reconvene on Monday and continue with session days on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. With less than a month to go...more

Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

Today the White House issued the “first” report from its task force on sexual assault. The Report provides a number of recommendations for colleges and universities and is a “must read” for any administrator charged with any...more

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Use Of Race-Based Preferences In State University...

Executive Summary: The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld an amendment to the Michigan constitution that prohibits the use of race-based preferences as part of the admissions process for all state universities. See Schuette v....more

Supreme Court Rules On Affirmative Action

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action is attracting a fair amount of attention in the news media. From an employment law perspective, the case likely will have little impact....more

Oklahoma Government Bodies May Not Consider Race, Sex, Ethnicity Or National Origin In Employment, Contracting, Or School...

In 2003, despite the Constitutional prohibition on racial discrimination, the U.S. Supreme Court in Grutter v. Bollinger permitted the University of Michigan to consider applicants’ race to ensure a diverse student body. In...more

Supreme Court Holds Voters Have a Right to Reject Government-Funded Racial Preferences in Public Higher Education

On April 22, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States held that although consideration of race in admissions is constitutionally permissible, voters have every right to reject it. The case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend...more

Capital Wrap-Up April 2014 #1

In response to the recommendations made by the Governor’s Task Force on Child Protection, six child protection bills made it to the Governor’s desk this week. Two of those bills have been signed....more

Alabama Legislative Update – Sine Die – The 2014 Legislative Session Ends

The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. In previous years, sessions have ended just minutes before midnight on the 30th legislative day. This year was different. As soon as both...more

Senate Bill 477: Could There be Changes to Teacher Planning Periods?

Senate Bill No. 477 completed legislation, and as of the date of this Dinsmore & Shohl Education Law Practice Group Alert, the Bill is awaiting the signature of the Governor. The Bill, among other things, relates to the daily...more

Update on Social Media Legislation in Maine

Updating my previous post on this topic, the Judiciary Committee today reported L.D. 1194, An Act to Protect Social Media Privacy in School and the Workplace out of Committee with a recommendation that the bill be passed as...more

Alabama Legislative Update - Week 6: Halfway Through the Session, Tax Bills Take Center Stage

Last week marked the halfway point in this legislative session, with Tuesday being the 15th of 30 legislative days. Legislative leaders still expect the 2014 session to end on April 7....more

Alabama Legislative Update - Week 3: Mother Nature and Old Man Winter Disrupt Legislative Schedule

Alabama was taken by storm last week. Among the thousands stranded on highways or the fortunate ones at home or at work were scores of State Legislators who could not get to Montgomery or who could not leave Montgomery. The...more

Governor Vetoes AB 375

On October 10, 2013, Governor Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 375. AB 375 had proposed to "streamline" the certificated dismissal process, but would have imposed significant burdens on districts that potentially would have made...more

Ten Things to Know About the 2013 North Carolina Legislative Session

The North Carolina General Assembly has completed its 2013 session after passing a two-year budget and considering hundreds of bills on a variety of topics. Here are some highlights from this year’s session...more

2013 Summary Of New Maine Laws & Carried Over Legislation

As an on-going service to our clients, Pierce Atwood is pleased to provide this updated summary of selected new Maine laws enacted during the 126th Maine Legislature’s 1st Regular Session and 1st Special Session, as well as...more

2013 Florida Legislative Session Recap

Prior to the start of the 2013 Florida legislative session, President Gaetz and Speaker Weatherford outlined a joint agenda that included tackling ethics, elections, campaign finance, state pensions and higher education. The...more

Businessweek Reporter: BigLaw Is "Crash Landing" [Video]

May 2 (Bloomberg Law) -- Paul Barrett, assistant managing editor and senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia that Big Law is currently experiencing "a very difficult crash landing that is...more

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