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82nd EditionNovember 15, 2019

Federal Update

Supreme Court Hearing on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On November 12, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments regarding a set of challenges to the Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Emory signed an Amicus Brief that was filed with the Supreme Court before the oral arguments in support of continuing the DACA program. During Oral Arguments, the threshold question was “whether the government’s decision to end DACA is something that courts can review at all.” The question that followed was whether the Trump Administration violated the law by ending DACA. The Supreme Court usually releases decisions the following summer, so the OGCA team will be closely following this in 2020. For those interested in listening to the recording of the argument, it will be posted here on Friday, November 15th.

Deans’ Nursing Policy Coalition

On November 18, Dean Linda McCauley joined 9 of her fellow Nursing Deans for an in-person meeting of the Deans’ Nursing Policy Coalition in Washington DC. The group heard from representatives of the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and the Veterans Administration. The group also engaged with a staffer for the House Nursing Caucus about the current Title VIII reauthorization and a push to get it considered on the Senate Floor.

Year-end Tax Package?

As the end of the year approaches, we are hoping that Congress is successful in advancing a small tax package. We are advocating for a repeal of the UBIT bucketing and qualified transportation fringe tax to be included. This particular provision has come to be viewed as damaging for both higher education and other non-profit sectors. Meanwhile, Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) and Bradley Byrne (R-AL) have introduced H.R. 4438, the Don’t Tax Higher Education Act. This legislation would repeal the net investment income/endowment tax. While it is unlikely that this would pass on its own, the OGCA team is advocating for it to be included in a larger package.

State Update

Dr. William Bornstein, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality & Patient Safety Officer, Emory Healthcare, and Dr. Jason Hockenberry, Associate Professor of Health Policy, Rollins School of Public Health, have been appointed to the state’s Medical Cannabis Commission. Emory secured two of the seven appointees to the commission, which was created earlier this year under House Bill 324. The commission is charged with establishing a low THC oil distribution network for patients in Georgia. Members will serve four-year terms.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan (R-Carrollton) spent time this week with the Emory community, first speaking to Emory political science students at the State Capitol (pictured above), followed the next day by a tour of the Emory Proton Therapy Center (pictured below).

Emory students also had an opportunity last week to hear from Sen. Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) and Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Atlanta), whose districts encompass the Emory Clifton Road campus. 

On November 12, Georgia Memory Net Project Director, Rebecca Dillard (pictured below), presented to the House Rural Development Council. Rebecca discussed the program’s efforts to diagnosis and treat Alzheimer's disease and other dementias at five memory assessment clinics throughout the state.

First Lady of Georgia, Marty Kemp, spoke in favor of Emory’s partnership with the Conservation Fund: https://news.emory.edu/features/2019/11/farms-to-tables/index.html

Emory in the Community

On November 12, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was one of a number of VIP speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new 17-story Winship Cancer Institute tower to be built next to Emory University Hospital Midtown.

On November 9, Carol So, Director of Alumni Engagement, and Tjuan Dogan, Assistant Vice President, Social Impact Innovation, planted trees at Emory Cares International Day of Service. Emory Cares brings together students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends for a day of volunteer service and community engagement. Emory’s tradition of service is celebrated through more than 90 Emory Cares projects taking place around the world

On November 8, the Atlanta Regional Commission held its annual State of the Region Breakfast. Among the many inspiring presentations and awards, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) received special recognition for a "Lifetime of Public Service." Emory appreciates all that he has done for Emory and Georgia over his many years of public service. Senator Isakson is pictured below with Betty Willis, Senior Associate Vice President, Government and Community Affairs.

Pictured above (l-r) at the ARC State of the Region Breakfast are: Susan Chana, Assistant Vice President, Earned & Social Media; Alan Anderson, Assistant Vice President for University Partnerships; Tjuan Dogan, Assistant Vice President, Social Impact Innovation; Robin Lackey, Assistant Director of Planning; Nicola Barrett, Chief Corporate Learning Officer, Goizueta Business School; Betty Willis, Senior Associate Vice President, Government and Community Affairs; Cameron Taylor, Vice President, Government and Community Affairs, Josh Newton, Senior Vice President, Advancement and Alumni Relations; Brittany Barrett, Assistant Director of Transportation; Juanita Shepard, Senior Associate Director, Office of Foundation Relations.

On November 8, the Emory Alumni Association’s Exploring Atlanta series featured “Partnerships & Possibilities.” Tjuan Dogan, Assistant Vice President, Social Impact Innovation, moderated the panel featuring nonprofit leaders discussing how their groups are positively impacting communities.  Panelists included (pictured left to right): Amir Farokhi, Atlanta City Council Member and Director of CARE’s Corporate Council; Rojit Malhotra, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Civic Innovation; Tjuan Dogan; Lesley Grady, Senior Vice President, The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta; and Brad Schweers, Executive Director, Intown Collaborative Ministries.

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