State Legislative and Regulatory Activity Update - March 13, 2013

 

In Georgia, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.B 184 on March 7th. The current version of the bill would allow licensure by means of accreditation for private sector institutions meeting thefollowing criteria:

(i)Such institution has operated legally in this state for at least ten consecutive years;

(ii)Such institution holds institutional accreditation by an accrediting agency that is recognized by either the Council for Higher Education Accreditation orthe United States Department of Education; and

(iii)Such institution has no formal complaints or actions against it by the commission in the past 12 months which have been unresolved for more than 45 days.

The measure has been received in the Senate and referred to the Senate Higher Education Committee.The Georgia House of Representative also released a FY 2014 budget bill that reduces Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) awards from $700 to $500. In Mississippi, S.B. 2786 was unanimously approved by the House of Representatives and signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant (R). As previously reported, the bill, effective July 1st, would require a person employed by one or more licensed institutions to obtain a permit from the Commission on Proprietary School and College Registration before directly or indirectly influencing the decision of any prospective student to enroll for a fee in a course of instruction. It also states the existence of an arbitration clause in no way negates the student's right to file a complaint with the Commission and requires schools to disclose to prospective and current students their right to file a complaint.

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