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From the Desk of Emily Shields

This week did not see any public action on the state budget, but several policy measures moved forward. On Wednesday, the House passed HF654, which requires public universities and community colleges to allow weapons in personal vehicles on campus if those vehicles are locked and the weapon is out of sight. We are registered opposed to this bill because we believe these types of decisions should be made by locally elected Trustees, whose job it is to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and communities. This bill still needs to pass the Senate and be signed by the governor to move forward. Discussions are also ongoing on changes to property taxes that could impact community college levies which we are monitoring. The next few weeks may be light for most members as leadership works through negotiations on major budget and spending priorities.

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