The state bills listed here are those that have a bearing on community colleges and that were enacted into law. They were identified through searches of state legislative Web sites. Most of these Web sites offer subject indexes to bills or enactments, and these indexes were used to identify bills related to community colleges specifically or to postsecondary education covering both two-year and four-year institutions. If a state’s legislative Web site did not provide a subject index, a key word search was used, employing the terms "college," "student," "tuition," and 'postsecondary." Finally, if neither an index nor a key-word-search engine was available, relevant bills were identified by physically scanning the titles of enacted legislation. (Specific sources, by states, are listed in appendices to the bill compilations.)
Each entry in this compilation includes a bill number, the Internet address at which the bill can be found, and an annotation indicating what the bill is about. The annotations are either excerpts from the bills themselves or summaries prepared by legislative staff members and posted on state legislative Web sites; Internet addresses are provided for the latter. Here is a sample entry:
While this listing is compiled as an aid to those seeking information on bills affecting community colleges, it is limited in several ways:
Please feel free to send comments or criticisms. They will help in the further development of this listing.