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June 17, 2016
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Commissioner MaryEllen Elia Statements on Recently Passed Legislation

Protecting Students Using Online Education Marketplaces (S.4741-B Golden/A.6801-B Lentol):

Students can now take advantage of online education marketplace courses while ensuring they are protected from exorbitant tuition and fees. Technology plays an important role in helping students find courses that will benefit them and this legislation helps them do that with further assurance in the integrity of this process when enrolling in these courses.  I appreciate the collaboration of the Higher Education Chairs, Senator LaValle and Assemblymember Glick, as well as the bill sponsors, Senator Golden and Assemblymember Lentol. 

Archived Records Funding Sweep Protection (A.10527 Fahy/S.6708-A Ritchie):

I applaud the Legislature, including bill sponsors Senator Ritchie and Assemblymember Fahy, for passing this important bill to ensure local governments have the resources they need to preserve, protect and provide access to vital and archival records. Historically, this has been swept for other purposes. Under this bill, the money would be distributed as local government grants to be used as intended, conserving our state’s history.