New England Board of Higher Education Legislative Advisory Committee
NEBHE began convening the Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC) semi-annually in 2013. The purpose of the Committee is threefold:
Strengthen state higher education policymaking in New England;
Promote regional dialogue and greater interstate collaboration; and
Inform and advise NEBHE's policy analysis, research, and program activities.
Recent Committee meetings have included discussions on outcomes-based funding, state goals, teacher preparation, financing and funding higher education, and college affordability.
Committee membership is comprised of legislative delegates to the NEBHE Board and two to three additional sitting legislators from each state, nominated by respective state legislative delegates to the NEBHE Board.
As of spring 2016, current LAC members include:
Chair, *Rep. Joseph McNamara, Chair, Health, Education and Welfare Committee, Rhode Island Vice Chair, Sen. Rebecca Millett, Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Maine
*Sen. Beth Bye, Co-Chair, Appropriations Committee Sen. Mae Flexer, Vice Chair, Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee
*Rep. Roberta Willis, Co-Chair, Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee Rep. Gregory Haddad, Appropriations Committee, Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee
*Sen. Brian Langley, Chair, Education and Cultural Affairs Committee
*Rep. Matthea (Mattie) Daughtry, Education and Cultural Affairs Committee Rep. Matthew Pouliot, Education and Cultural Affairs Committee
Massachusetts Sen. Michael Moore, Co-Chair, Higher Education Committee *Sen. Marc Pacheco, President Pro Tempore Rep. Thomas Sannicandro, Co-Chair, Higher Education Committee
*Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, Vice-Chair, Ways and Means Committee Sen. Nancy Stiles, Vice Chair, Senate Education Committee
*Rep. John (Jack) Balcom, Vice Chair, House Education Committee Rep. Mary Gile, House Education Committee
*Sen. Lou DiPalma, Vice Chair, Senate Finance Committee; Senate Education Committee
*Sen. Hannah Gallo, Chair, Senate Education Committee Sen. Harold Metts, Vice Chair, Senate Education Committee
*Rep. Joy Hearn, House Finance Committee, Subcommittee on Education Rep. William W. O’Brien, Deputy Majority Leader, Vice Chair House Corporations
*Sen. Kevin Mullin, Chair, Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs
*Rep. Alice Miller, House Committee on Education Rep. Johannah Leddy Donovan, Ranking Member, House Ways and Means Committee Rep. Tim Jerman, House Committee on Education Rep. Kate Webb, Assistant Majority Leader