STATE LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY ACTIVITY UPDATE – January 15, 2013

State legislatures in 41 states have kicked-off their 2013 legislative sessions. Accordingly, APSCU is vigilantly monitoring bill as they are introduced. 

Kentucky House Education Committee Chair, Carl Rollins, introduced a concurrent resolution that directs the Legislative Research Commission to establish a task force to study "postsecondary education appropriations and student financial aid." The taskforce will be comprised of the chairs of both the House and Senate Education Committee, three members of both chambers, the president of the Council of Postsecondary Education, the executive director of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance and other members as needed. Their recommendations are to be reported by November 29, 2013.

In Missouri, legislation was introduced to require the Department of Higher Education and the Coordinating Board for Higher Education to adopt a policy requiring every institution of postsecondary education to award educational credits to veteran students "for courses thatare part of the student's military training or service and that meet the standards of the American Council on Education or equivalent standards forawarding academic credit if the award of educational credit is based upon the institution's admissions standards and its role, scope, and mission." If approved by the legislature and signed into law, this policy will be effective staring on January 1, 2014.

A Virginia Senate Subcommittee will be considering SB 858 on Thursday. The bill requires certification for surgical technologists and licensure for surgical assistants. Additionally, the measure establishes the Advisory Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting to assist the Board of Medicine in the regulation of surgical technologists and assistants.

On the regulatory front, Georgia's Board of Licensed Practical Nurses proposed amendments concerning nursing education programs. Of specific interest, the board will update the definition of "approved nursing education program" to allow non-regionallyaccredited institutions to offer programs if their curriculum meets criteria similar to and not less stringent than those established for other approved nursing programs. The Board will accept comments until February 6th and hold a public hearing on February 13th.

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