New Illinois Law Creates Grant Program for In-State Students: On Tuesday, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed into law a measure that will provide financial aid for students attending public institutions of higher education in the state through a new grant program called AIM HIGH. According to the law, beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year, each Illinois public university can establish a merit-based scholarship pilot program for eligible students. [Illinois General Assembly]
The last 2018 legislative sessions are coming to a close! We’ll continue to share the latest state policy news here each week, but content might be lighter during this time of year as lawmakers shift gears to election mode. According to Ballotpedia, 87 of the nation's 99 state legislative chambers will hold elections this year, and nearly 82% of all state legislative seats will be up for grabs.
California and Ohio are the only states currently in regular session. Puerto Rico is also in regular session. Next year’s session are just around the corner, and activity for 2019 has already begun. Florida, Kentucky, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, and Virginia are currently posting 2019 bill drafts, prefiles, and interim studies. The following states are currently holding 2019 interim committee hearings: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida (House), Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois (Senate), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi (Senate), Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma (House), Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
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