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Description: Nominee: Secretary of Education | Nominee: EPA | Cabinet Nominees from the South | State Legislatures in 2017
Public Policy Notes S outhe r n E a r ly C hild hood As s o ci a tio n President Trump Executive Orders & Presidential Memoranda His First Week During his campaign candidate Trump said he would act immediately on certain issues and he s keeping those campaign promises. During his first week in office he has implemented a number of Executive Orders and Presidential Memoranda that are designed to address the issues on which he campaigned. prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market. At this point in time a proposed replacement plan is not available. January 2017 Public Policy Notes issued an Executive Order Expediting Environmental Reviews and Ap- Inside this Issue provals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects. Nominee Secretary 2 of Education On January 25th he 2 issued an Executive Or- Nominee EPA der Enhancing Public Cabinet Nominees 3 Safety in the Interior of from the South the United States which State Legislatures in 4 dealt with immigration enforcement and includ- 2017 ed provisions to eliminate sanctuary cities. Marijuana and He also issued an Executive Order Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements. Much has been reported about the wall and it is defined as a contiguous physical wall or other similarly secure contiguous and impassable physical barrier in the order. He promised immediate action on his big four issues upon taking office (immigration infrastructure trade and ACA). Click here for a complete list of Trump s presidential actions. On January 23rd he signed a Presidential Memorandum Regarding Withdrawal of the United States In this article we ll give you a summary of the actions taken by from the Trans-Pacific PartPresident Trump during his first nership Negotiations and Agreement. This withdrawweek in office. We ll also proal affects the trading partvide links to the full text of nerships with Asia in parthose documents so that you ticular China. President can do additional research on Trump has stated his intenthe content and tenor of the tion to negotiate individualorders. ly with countries that On the day of his inauguration formed the Trans-Pacific Partnership. January 20th he signed the Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient On the same day he instiProtection and Affordable Care tuted a hiring freeze for all Act Pending Repeal. federal civilian employees. This Order does not repeal the Affordable Care Act however In the meantime pending such repeal it is imperative for the executive branch to ensure that the law is being efficiently implemented take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act and On January 24th he then also issued a Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of American Pipelines. Additional memoranda reversed President Obama s suspension of the Keystone XL Pipeline project and the Dakota Access Pipeline. He also Kids In our August 2016 issue of Public Policy Notes we took a look at the unintended consequences of marijuana legalization laws in regard to children. The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a position statement in regard to the implementation of these laws and the need to protect children from unintended exposure. Click here to find the rationale behind their statement. Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education With the selection of Betsy DeVos to become Secretary of Education President-Elect Trump opened up a discussion on the role of the Secretary and the background needed to fill that role. Ms. DeVos is an American businesswoman philanthropist and education activist who has a long history of advocacy for school choice and voucher programs but little political experience. She has been actively engaged in advocacy efforts in Michigan and served as Chair of the Michigan Republican Party from 2003-2005. In 1989 she and her husband launched the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. According to the Foundation website Our faith motivates our giving it is integral to who we are and what we do. Our giving is centered in cultivating leadership accelerating transformation and leveraging support in five areas Community We endeavor to make West Michigan a desirable place to live by supporting efforts that lead to community transformation improve community health and provide support for essential community needs. support and develop leaders. Ms. DeVos participated in a nomination hearing with the Senate Committee on Heath Education Labor & Pensions and generated concern among Democratic Senators about her lack of knowledge of many education programs including the 40 year old IDEA law that provides services to children with disabilities. Click here to access a video of the hearing. Democrats on the Committee requested a second hearing for Ms. DeVos but Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) chair of the committee rejected that request. The Senate Committee will vote on her nomination on January 31st. Education We strive to be a catalyst for positive change by expanding choices and improving access opportunities primarily in K12 education. Arts Nationally and internationally we build capacity in arts leaders and equip them to effectively manage and lead their organizations. Justice Fundamentally we believe all people have the right and access to justice. We support organizations that help free rescue or provide access to the oppressed and the vulnerable. Leadership With intention we aim to train equip Environmental Protection Oklahoma AG Gets the Nod Environmental Protection Agency Edward Scott Pruitt President Trump has nominated Scott Pruitt the Attorney General of Oklahoma for the position of Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. This nomination has caused a great deal of controversy primarily Public Policy Notes because of Pruitt s actions against EPA regulations as Attorney General of Oklahoma. Pruitt represented Tulsa and Wagoner counties in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1998 to 2006. In 2010 he was elected to serve as Attorney General of the state. He grew up in Kentucky and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Tulsa in 1993. A nomination hearing for Mr. Pruitt was held on January 18th and much of the focus of the hearing was on his position on climate change. Pruitt recently joined in two lawsuits against EPA regulations with AG s from other states. One suit relates to the Clean Power Plan (reduction of greenhouse emissions) and the other with regulations to curtail emissions of methane a product of oil & gas production. Trump Picks Many Southerners for Cabinet The President s Cabinet is composed of heads of the major federal departments and of 15 proposed nominees four of those hail from Southern states. U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Jeff Sessions III Senator Sessions is currently a U.S. Senator from the state of Alabama. He was nominated by President Trump to be the U.S. Attorney General and faced a contentious nomination hearing beginning on January 10 2017. Sessions currently ranks 15th in seniority in the U.S. Senate having been elected to the Senate in 1994. From 1981-1993 he served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama and was elected Attorney General of Alabama in 1994. His nomination to the federal judiciary was killed by the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986 and his failure to win nomination for that position was a point of discussion during his confirmation hearing. Much of the questioning during the hearing focused on his commitment to civil rights and an impartial prosecution of the position of U.S. Attorney General. Secretary of Agriculture George Ervin Sonny Perdue III Governor Perdue served as the 18st Governor of Georgia from 2003 to Volume 10 Issue 1 2011. Upon his inauguration he became the first Republican Governor of Georgia since Reconstruction. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1971 from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a military veteran and served in the Georgia General Assembly as a Senator from the 18th district from 19912001. He currently serves on the Governors Council for the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington D.C. If confirmed he will be only the second Secretary of Agriculture from the Deep South. Secretary of Health & Human Services Thomas Edmunds Tom Price Elected in 2005 Tom Price currently serves as the U.S. Representative for Georgia s 6th Congressional District which encompasses Atlanta. He serves as chairman of the House Budget Committee and previously served as chairman of the Republican Study Committee and the Republican Policy Committee. Price graduated with a M.D. from the University of Michigan Health System and completed his residency at Emory University in Atlanta. He operated an orthopedic clinic in Atlanta for 20 years before returning to Emory as assistant professor of orthopedic surgery. In 1996 Price won election to the Georgia Senate and served four terms. Secretary of Energy James Richard Rick Perry Rick Perry served as the Governor of Texas from December 2000 to January 2015. In 1998 he was elected Lieutenant Governor and assumed the governorship when thengovernor George W. Bush resigned to become president. Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas history. Prior to his service as Governor he was elected to the Texas House of Representatives and also served as Texas Agriculture Commissioner. He served as chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2008 and again in 2011. He also ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012 and 2016. What s Next Nomination hearings were held for Rick Perry on January 19th and Tom Price on January 24th. A hearing for Sonny Perdue has not yet been scheduled. Committee interviews are the first step toward confirmation of the nomination. A vote of the full Senate follows a positive committee recommendation. Politico.com posts a blog with updated hearing info. Page 3 Southern Early Childhood Association 1123 S. University Ste 255 Little Rock AR 72204 Phone 800-305-SECA Fax 501-227-5297 E-mail info southernearlychildhood.org www.southernearlychildhood.org How to Use Public Policy Notes If you re interested in advocacy one of the most effective tools that you can have is access to information. This newsletter is provided as a service to locate and share information that we think will be helpful to you in your work at the state level and to keep you updated on what s happening in public policy. You ll find information that Compares your state to other SECA states--how you re doing what issues you have in common what the hot topics are in your states. Brings the national scene to your fingertips and gives you a perspective on how national events might impact you...You ll also receive information about where to find additional information. We hope you ll find it helpful. Children need you to be their voice in your community and state. This monthly newsletter is produced by Glenda Bean SECA Executive Director. SECA strives to provide non-partisan and non-biased information A Voice for Southern Children that is of interest to early childhood educators. Sign up at http www.southernearlychildhood.org public-policy public-policy-notes to receive notice of its availability each month. State Legislatures in 2017 Legislatures in all SECA states are meeting this year. The schedule follows. Alabama Feb 7-mid May Arkansas Jan 9-March 9 Florida March 7-May 5 Georgia Jan 9-late March Kentucky Jan3-March 30 Louisiana April 10-June 8 Mississippi January 3-April 2 N Carolina Jan11-mid-July S Carolina Jan 10-June 1 Tennessee Jan 10-mid April Texas Jan 10-May 29 Virginia Jan 11-Feb 25 West Virginia Feb 8-April 8 Click here for a calendar for all 50 states. Source National Conference of State Legislatures www.ncsl.org Note that the adjournment dates can change depending upon the work flow and ability to conclude business within the legislative body. Note also that some states have organizational session dates which may pre-date the actual convene date. izational session date for January 11th but will not convene until February 8th. For advocates it s important to learn what business was conducted on those organizational session dates. It may be as simple as committee assignments (which you will need to know) or there may have been some changes to House and Senate rules and protocols. SECA has provided you with a simple on-line system to find the contact information for your state. Click here to go to our website page that provides state advocacy contacts. You ll find this page listed on the drop down menu under Our States. Remember SECA & its members are the Voice for Southern Children. Florida held an organizational session in November 2016. The convene date is March 7 2017. North Carolina scheduled their organizational session for the opening date of January 11th. Oklahoma set an organizational session date of January 3rd but will not convene until February 6th. West Virginia scheduled their organ-