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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

North Carolina Legislative Report - January 31, 2014

The General Assembly has officially completed its business for the 2013 long session. The 2014 short session will begin on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The MVA Public Affairs Legislative Report on North Carolina will be...more

CFPB’s hand seen in student loan bill

Four Senate Democrats (Senators Boxer, Warren, Durbin and Reed) recently introduced a bill entitled the “Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights.” On March 1, 2014, the CFPB will begin overseeing servicers of federal and private...more

Capital Thinking: Education

Legislative Activity - Legislation to Help Homeless Students - Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) plan to introduce legislation that will assist homeless students that...more

CFPB Director Testifies Before Senate Banking Committee

On November 12, CFPB Director Richard Cordray testified before the Senate Banking Committee in connection with the CFPB’s recent Semi-Annual Report to Congress, which covered the period April 1, 2013 through September 30,...more

Pennsylvania Senate Local Government Committee Advances Amended Municipal Financial Reform Legislation

On October 22, 2013 the Pennsylvania Senate Local Government Committee voted unanimously to move an amended version of Senate Bill 901, the vehicle for municipal financial reform, out of committee for consideration by the...more

Capital Thinking: Education

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Upcoming Hearings: Wednesday, October 30: A hearing and business meeting in the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee to mark up legislation (including H.R. 2094,...more

Congressional Democrats Seek Information On Student Debit Cards; CFPB Plans “Banking On Campus” Event

On September 26, several Democratic Members of Congress, including Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL), House Financial Services Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA), House Education Committee Ranking Member...more

Additional Information on the Government Shut Down from Federal Student Aid

In our report on the budget showdown, I neglected to link to the letter from James Runcie, the COO of the Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) about the budget shutdown. ...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

New federal student loan rates create TILA compliance challenges

Last week, in a move intended to lower interest rates on federal student loans, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act, which had previously been passed by the Senate....more

Capital Thinking Update - July 29, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, July 29, at 2:00pm. After any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30 pm, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each....more

Senate Banking Committee to hold June 25 hearing on private student loans

On June 25, the Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing on “Private Student Loans: Regulatory Perspectives.”...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

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 13: Budgets Approved, Medicaid and Tax Bills Sent to Governor Bentley

With the constitutional deadline of midnight on the 30th day closing in, Alabama lawmakers worked at a feverish pace to complete work on some of the most substantial and controversial legislation in the 2013 session....more

Gov. Brown Proposes Boost To Education Funding

Governor Brown's proposed budget, released today, includes a much needed boost to spending on public education. ...more

School Districts Cannot Spend Bond Money on Projects Not Disclosed to Voters - School Bonds with 55 Percent Vote Threshold Must...

The Fourth District Court of Appeal recently upheld a challenge to a school district’s spending voter-approved bond proceeds for field lighting at a high school stadium because the ballot proposition did not specifically list...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Easterbrook Turns the Tide on Student Loans  [Video]

April 18 (Bloomberg) -- Why and when U.S.-managed hedge funds can go bankrupt in the Caribbean, not in the U.S., is the first item discussed on the new bankruptcy video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 8: Burning The Midnight Oil

When lawmakers returned on April 2 for the second half of the 2013 Regular Session, the 16th legislative day resulted in one of the longest of the year, with both houses adjourning close to midnight and then putting in long...more

Government Relations Alert: Adjusting For A Reduced Shortfall, Governor Dayton's Revised Budget Excludes Sales Tax Overhaul

Governor Dayton yesterday unveiled his revised budget for fiscal years 2014-2015. With Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB) recently projecting the FY 2014-15 shortfall at $627 million, down from last November's estimate of...more

Now In Session: Florida’s 2013 Legislature - Summary Of Expected Higher-Level Policy Issues

Florida’s 2013 legislative session opened this week, beginning a 60-day trek to adjournment on May 3, unless extended. The state’s new 2013-2014 presiding legislative officers have endeavored to publicly present a coordinated...more

Capital Thinking Update - March 4, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Sequestration - Specific Agency Activity - Agriculture & Food - Budget and Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment -...more

Municipal Debt Reform Legislation Introduced in State Senate

Originally published in The Legal Intelligencer on February 26, 2013. A package of reform-minded bills has been introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate by Senator Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and others that, if enacted,...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Delaware to Continue Dominating Bankruptcy  [Video]

Feb. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The dominance of Delaware and New York bankruptcy courts is secure for another two years, for reasons Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle explain on their...more

Capital Thinking Update - January 28, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services -...more

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