Duane Morris Government Strategies

A Full-Service Lobbying Firm, with a National Network of Professionals, Navigating Clients through the Legislative Process, in Every State Capital

Cannabis 2020

US states and Cannabis[1][2] Fourteen US states and territories have legalized recreational cannabis sales for adults, with varying levels of regulation.  A total of 33 states have legalized cannabis for medical purposes. The governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania convened this past fall for a summit on coordinating cannabis and vaping policies.  New Jersey is putting a recreational cannabis constitutional measure before voters in November.  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently vowed that New York would […]

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Ranked-Choice Voting Update: Massachusetts

The General Court of Massachusetts, the state legislature, will consider adopting ranked-choice voting (RCV), after election reform advocates in the state collected over 80,000 signatures in support of the measure. If approved it would first be used in the 2022 elections, to choose candidates for both federal and state offices, including the governor. Ranked choice would not be used to elect a U.S. president or for municipal offices. Ranked-choice voting […]

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Letter from the Director

Welcome to 2020! As the Managing Director of Duane Morris Government Strategies, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the past year. 2019 was an exciting year for DMGS and for our country. As policies and initiatives shifted federally and in states, our firm was involved and helping shape changes at all levels of government and in all directions. As we continue to grow, we added new team […]

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What’s in the Nov. ’19 CR?

Congress finally passed a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government for another month.  Funding for federal agencies was extended through December 20 under a stopgap funding measure that averted a government shutdown as fiscal 2020 appropriations negotiations continue.  However, expectations are low for a full fiscal 2020 spending deal by next month’s deadline.  Appropriators continue to argue over the top-line allocations for the 12 fiscal 2020 spending bills, […]

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