Government Relations Update from Washington D.C.

While the legislature in California is on its interim recess, here are some assorted updates from Washington D.C. and other states outside of California and Nevada. Budget It is almost a guarantee that the federal government will shut down at 12:01am, Tuesday, October 1 because Congress failed to pass any of the annual appropriations bill or a continuing resolution.  House Republicans and some Senate Republicans want to either defund or delay the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010.  Without that provision, they are willing to shut down the government.  It is unclear how long the government will be closed. Affirmative Action On September 27, the Department of Education issued new guidelines that provide colleges and universities with information about the ruling in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.  Basically the Department said that the policy guidance issued in 2011 remains in effect.  For more information, please visit the Department's website … [Read more...]