NM Legislature & Proposed Changes for College Students

By: Sharna Johnson Loan assistance for minority doctoral students in engineering, science or math fields, drastic changes to the Lottery Scholarship, college transfer credits and hazing laws are among issues currently being considered by the New Mexico Legislature. The 2017 Regular Session runs from January 17 to March 18, with legislators under a deadline of February 16 to propose legislation.  Less than a month in, hundreds of pieces of legislation have already been introduced and – from introduction to committee where they either die or move forward to a vote…

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California First in Nation to Enact “Yes Means Yes” Law

California Governor Jerry Brown signed bill SB-967 on Sunday which requires “affirmative consent” to sexual activity on college campuses statewide. The bill goes on to define affirmative consent as “conscious, voluntary… and ongoing throughout sexual activity,” and revokes acceptance of “passive consent” forms such as silence, intoxication, past sexual relations between the parties involved, and inability to communicate. The bill, which adds Section 67386 to the state’s Education Code, further requires postsecondary educational facilities in California to adopt “detailed and victim-centered policies and protocols” regarding all forms of sexual and…

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