NASPA Region VI Public Policy Update: Student Borrowers | Alcohol Sales | NVRD | Emergency Aid

Marcus A. Rodriguez, Public Policy Division Rep

September 18, 2018

Student Borrowers And Advocates Win Court Case Against DeVos

A federal judge ruled this week that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' delay of a key student borrower protection rule was improper and unlawful. "This is such an important win for student borrowers and anyone who cares about a government that operates under the rule of law," says Toby Merrill, of Harvard Law School's Project On Predatory Student Lending. The judge is expected to order a remedy in the next week. Read more HERE.

SB-905 Alcoholic beverages: Hours of Sale - Active Bill - Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m. on 9/10/18

SB 905 (Wiener) - Would authorize the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), beginning January 1, 2021, to issue an additional hours license to an on-sale licensee in a qualified city (Cathedral City, Coachella, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Francisco, and West Hollywood) that would allow the selling, giving, or purchasing of alcoholic beverages at the licensed premises between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., upon completion of specified requirements.

Volunteers, organizations, artists, and activists all over the country will "hit the streets" for NVRD. This year, SA Pros across the country will join the NVRD efforts by hosting campus events that will register new voters and introduce students to civic engagement and political participation. Take this day to learn more about student voter mobilization efforts and the impact that college students can have on upcoming elections. Please encourage your departments to help students register to vote, update their mailing addresses, and find their designated polling location. #MidtermsOnMyTerms #NationalVoterRegistrationDay

NASPA is part of the Students Learn Students Vote coalition which is one of NVRD's Premier Partners. NASPA support platforms @NASPA_LEAD and @VFCampus on Twitter are promoting endeavors and resources related to voter engagement, education, access, and turnout on a daily basis. Democratic engagement resources are also available via the NASPA LEAD Initiative and the Voter Friendly Campus designation process. Both of which are active participants in the Students Learn Students Vote coalition which advocates for student voter engagement and their legal rights to exercise this civic liberty. Additionally, NASPA supports the use of graphics at: and: 

Additional resources related to NVRD:

Election Imperatives: Ten Recommendations to Increase College Student Voting and Improve Political Learning and Engagement in Democracy

Campus Takeover Toolkit: How to Create Successful National Voter Registration Day Events at Colleges and Universities.

NASPA Policy Briefing Series - Let’s Talk About Emergency Aid: Creating Pathways for Student Success and College Completion

Join us for this free, 30-minute briefing offered once a month. Sign up today for our briefing September 27, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. ET. Major tenets of NASPA’s Public Policy Agenda—Student Success and College Completion; Student Safety and Wellness; Cost of Higher Education, Student Debt, and Borrower Protections; and Inclusive Opportunities for Access and Success in Higher Education—align with the goals of emergency aid programs in institutions of higher education. Register HERE.

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