Legislative Update Archives
December 20, 2007
University Relations Summit
Our annual 2008 University Relations Summit will be a two day event - Thursday, January 24th and Friday, January 25th. Beginning at noon, Thursday's session will focus on the 2008-09 budget request, advocacy strategies, the Commission on Higher Education and include a panel of legislative/higher education experts. Friday's session will be devoted to the impact of the new changes in ethics and lobbying rules both from the state and federal perspectives and conclude at noon. Registration material will follow shortly.
New GR Personnel
Several campuses have assigned government relations responsibilities to new staff since the end of the 2007 session:
The 2008 Higher Education Legislative Profiles (HELP) will be available at the January 24th Summit. This project matches the number of current students, employees and alumni with the individual members of the Assembly and Senate and their districts in which they reside. We would like to encourage all those campuses that still have outstanding data to provide such to Teare VanDenburgh (email@example.com) as soon as possible. You know who you are!
BOT Legislative Agenda
The Board of Trustees recently approved a series of legislative proposals for consideration during the 2008 Legislative Session.
Amidon & NYPIRG Litigation
A 11/20/07 federal appeals court has upheld a ruling that the UAlbany’s student government violated the First Amendment by using a campus referendum to determine how much money from the mandatory activity fees could be allocated to a conservative student group.
State of the State
The State of the State will be at 1:00pm on Wednesday, January 9th.
Commission on Higher Education
The Commission on Higher Education (CHE) recently issued its preliminary report.
Campus Advocacy in the Capitol
The Office of University Relations will be hosting a series of meetings on selective Tuesdays in Albany to which all campus based government relations coordinators are invited. These informal sessions will afford those campus folks who choose to travel to Albany on behalf of their home campus, an opportunity to gather and share current updates and activity in the Legislature. In addition, legislative staff will be invited to join our group to offer their insights as to current higher education issues. The dates to date are:
Tuesday February 5th
Additional information will be forthcoming regarding times and locations, however it is anticipated that these sessions will be held in the early morning prior to the beginning of the Tuesday committee schedules.