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December 17 -- The New Federalism
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The ILLINOIS House approves HB 4870, a bill that allows infused medical marijuana to be administered to students by parents in Prairie State elementary and secondary schools. It moves to the Senate (ABC7CHICAGO).
IOWA Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) signs HF 2467, which makes the Hawkeye State the latest to prohibit so-called “lunch shaming” by publicly identifying students whose parents owe money for school lunches. The measure also requires school districts to provide information twice annually to all parents and guardians regarding the application process for free and reduced meals, and additionally if a student accrues lunch debt for five or more meals (DES MOINES REGISTER).
The CONNECTICUT Senate approves SB 4, legislation that would allow unauthorized immigrant students who have lived in the country continuously since age 16 to be eligible for financial aid. The measure moves to the House (HARTFORD COURANT, CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR’S OFFICE).
The PENNSYLVANIA Senate unanimously approves SB 1090, a bill that would make hazing at Keystone State fraternities a third degree felony, with cases causing serious bodily injury or death punishable by up to seven years in prison. The measure, which would also make it possible for fraternity houses used in hazing to be seized, moves to the House (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE).