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Hearings resume as Legislature reaches Floor Cutoff

March 10, 2017

The Legislature reached floor cutoff on Wednesday, which means that bills had to be voted out of their originating chamber in order to continue on in the legislative process. Committee hearings resumed Thursday, with House bills being heard in the Senate and Senate bills being heard in the House. Neither the House Higher Education Committee nor the Senate Higher Education Committee held hearings this week. >>

College system-requested bills passed, others up for hearings as policy committees reach cutoff

February 17, 2017

Today marks the first cutoff of the 2017 session: bills in policy committees must be approved by that committee in order to continue on in the legislative process. The House version of the leasehold excise tax exemption bill was up for a hearing while the House version of the corrections education bill was heard before the House Appropriations Committee. >>

System-request, opportunity scholarship expansion bills heard as committee hearings continue

February 03, 2017

Policy committee hearings continued this week as Senators took up community and technical college system-requested bills on corrections education and the Customized Training Program. The House versions of the bills were heard in the House Higher Education Committee on Jan. 17. Bills on the Opportunity Scholarship and a workforce study also received hearings. Meanwhile, work sessions were held on textbook costs and on teaching requirements for faculty. >>

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