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Statutory Waivers Under the New School Funding Bill

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

As reported in an earlier alert, the State’s new school funding bill, Senate Bill 1947 (Public Act 100-0465), provides new mandate relief. School districts have been eligible to petition the General Assembly for waivers from...more

New School Funding Bill on The Way to The Governor’s Desk

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The rollercoaster ride of the past weeks on school funding is coming to an end as the General Assembly has passed a new compromise bill that is expected to be signed by Governor Rauner as early as the end of this week. ...more

Denver City Council Approves Great Hall Project Development Agreement

by Nossaman LLP on

In the early hours of August 15, 2017, the Denver City Council approved a $1.8 billion development agreement between the City and County of Denver’s Department of Aviation and Denver Great Hall, LLC, a consortium led by...more

Nine Members Again, the Supreme Court Takes On Uneasy Relationship Between Church and State

by Baker Donelson on

On June 26, 2017, the last day of its session, the Supreme Court issued what is likely to be one of its most significant rulings this year – and possibly for years to come – in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia,...more

U.S. Supreme Court Forbids Exclusion of Churches from State Grant Program

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 26, 2017, in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, the U.S. Supreme Court held unconstitutional under the Free Exercise Clause Missouri’s refusal to award a playground resurfacing grant to a church. The...more

Supreme Court: Public Benefit Programs Cannot Exclude Churches Solely Because They Are Religious

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, No. 15-577 (June 26, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that excluding a church from a public benefit program for which it is otherwise qualified violates the Free...more

Tax-Exempt Financing of Churches, Parochial Schools and Other Sectarian Institutions After Trinity Lutheran Church: Permitted? ...

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 opinion in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, precluding states from discriminating against churches in at least some state financing programs, raises anew the question of...more

Health Alert (Australia) 19 June 2017

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: 9 June 2017 - Health Services Union v St John of God Health Care [2017] FWC 2981 - Alleged dispute arising under an enterprise...more

North Carolina Legislative Update - June, 2017

by Brooks Pierce on

This week at the General Assembly, the House approved its proposed budget for the biennium while the Senate continued committee work. House Budget Proposal (S257) - The House voted to adopt its version of the budget...more

With Eye on Legislative Purse Strings, Public University Board Promotes Former Rep

by PretiFlaherty on

The board of trustees of Salem State University voted 7-3 on May 24 to elevate John Keenan, a lifelong resident of Salem, former state rep and former House chair of a powerful legislative committee, to the presidency of the...more

Senate Bill Proposes Major Market-Based Remodel of Cap-and-Trade Program

by Stoel Rives LLP on

California’s cap-and-trade program withstood a battle in court, and now the Legislature is proposing changes to the controversial program. Senator Bob Wieckowski (Democrat – District 10), Chair of the Environmental Quality...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2017 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - California cracks down on last beachfront sand mining operation in U.S. - San Jose Mercury News - May 16 - On Tuesday, the California State Lands Commission issued a demand to the...more

The Latest on School Funding Legislation and Litigation

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The issue of school funding reform is being addressed on many fronts this year. In Springfield, proponents of funding reform and the evidence based model continue their efforts at legislative change. Meanwhile, school...more

Kansas Supreme Court Declares School Funding Formula Constitutionally Inadequate, Gives Legislature Until June 30 to Enact New...

by Stinson Leonard Street on

Earlier this month, the Kansas Supreme Court issued an opinion in Gannon v. Kansas holding that the state’s current system of funding public education was inadequate under the state's constitution. The Court relied primarily...more

Proposals to Cap State Medicaid Funding: Massachusetts Considerations - Prepared for the Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage and...

In a new chart pack commissioned by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation for the Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage and Care, Manatt Health provides an overview of proposals to cap federal Medicaid funding...more

Manatt on Health Reform: Weekly Highlights - March 2017 #2

CBO finds that the number of uninsured would nearly double under the American Health Care Act; CMS's new Administrator is confirmed; and New Mexico and Massachusetts move to protect reproductive healthcare under ACA repeal....more

NC Legislative Update: March 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

This Week - Gov. Cooper (D) unveiled his $23.5 Billion budget proposal on Wednesday, a roughly $1 Billion or 5.1% increase over the 2016-17 budget. State Budget Director Charlie Perusse gave the Governor’s Recommended...more

Water, Water Everywhere: Coming Soon to a Legislative Chamber Near You

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

Water is a real estate issue, a business issue, a taxpayer issue. Whether you're a developer, a farmer, a city manager, a manufacturer, or "just" a taxpayer, I think you’ll be hearing a lot more about water in the next few...more

The Reality Of “Sanctuary Campuses”

by Fisher Phillips on

Throughout the course of his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump pledged to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and also eliminate the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy (DACA) – which allows some...more

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Enforces Parties’ Stipulation to Remedies and Waiver of Judicial Review in Administrative Proceeding

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

While many of us spent this past Halloween gorging on a variety of candies and sweets, Wisconsin’s court of appeals was busy rendering an opinion that likely left Travis Technology High School (“Travis Tech”) with a decidedly...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome 2016 Maine Election Edition - It’s been a very busy and active campaign season in Maine, with candidates for federal offices and all Maine legislative seats, plus six ballot questions. We thought it timely...more

Sinking Fund Legislation Approved by Senate

by Miller Canfield on

The Michigan Senate passed HB 4388, which amends Section 1212 of the School Code to allow additional uses of sinking fund proceeds for sinking fund millage proposals authorized by the voters after the bill becomes effective....more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Maine Community College System Seeks Increase in State Funding - In the upcoming...more

See You In Court – October 2016

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

For years now, Bob Bombast, veteran member of the Nutmeg Board of Education, has been perplexed by and concerned about the State formula for providing funds for education. Accordingly, he has watched carefully – and...more

New York Court Finds Schools Not Constitutionally Underfunded

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On September 19, 2016, an Albany, New York trial court in Maisto v. New York rejected plaintiffs’ claims that the state was constitutionally underfunding eight small-city school districts. Stinson Leonard Street attorneys...more

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