NOVEMBER 2009 UPDATE

OFFICE OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Legislation and Policy Report
November, 2009


WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The President worked with the Senate to help move healthcare reform legislation and Congress worked at passing additional FY2010 appropriations measures. 
 
Appropriations and Budget – An update on Recovery Act reporting, progress of FY2010 appropriations bills, and requested science research funding in FY2011. 

Energy –  The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works attempted to mark-up a climate change/energy bill. 

Higher Education –  Recent developments on reauthorization implementation and the Department of Education releases a template for net price calculator for colleges.

NASA – Administrator Charles Bolden announces a reorganization of the NASA Advisory Council

National Institutes of Health – Updates on stimulus funding awards, the work of the Scientific Management Review Board and a recently released report on managing conflicts of interest.

Research – Recent developments on regulation of highly dangerous pathogens and the establishment of a national research study recruitment registry. 

Odds and Ends – Miscellaneous items of interest. 

Comings and Goings – Appointments, resignations, deaths. 

THE BUCKEYE STATE

Election Results on Statewide Ballot Issues – Reports on how state issues 1, 2 and 3 fared at the polls. 

Legislation – Updaes on an operating  budget correction bill,  introduction of another STEM tax credit bill, and a resolution that would alter State Issue 3 as approved by voters. 

Other States – California and Nebraska address stem cell research issues, and a report comparing states on K-12 educational standards and outcomes.

LOCALLY… Results of Cleveland City Council and Mayoral elections and Cuyahoga County government reform Issues 5 and 6.

Sources of information for this report include the Association of American Universities, American Institute of Physics, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio’s updates and reports, newspapers, political and legislative wire services, and others.

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