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State Legislative 2021 Leadership

As the dust settles from the 2020 elections, state lawmakers will elect new leadership for 2021 sessions. Familiar faces are continuing in their legislative leadership roles in some states, while new leaders appear in others. Connecticut Connecticut has a new House Speaker in Matt Ritter.  Ritter previously served as Majority Leader; Jason Rojas will replace Ritter in that role.  The House Republican Caucus will now be led by Vin Candelora, […]

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Michigan Criminal Justice Reform

Earlier this year we looked at clean slate and second chance legislation introduced and passed around the country, including Michigan. The package of bipartisan clean slate criminal justice reform bills in Michigan were signed into law in October by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, but this was not Michigan’s first foray into criminal justice reform. Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration Last year, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2019-10, establishing […]

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DMGS OnPoint: House & Senate Leaders in the 117th Congress

Parties Have Elected Their Leaders for the 117th Congress Most top lawmakers are returning to their leadership roles House Democrats will have a smaller majority in the new Congress Formal speaker election takes place on first day Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is the party’s nominee; said this could be her last term as speaker Members could join incoming Biden administration, further narrowing advantage after Nov. 3 losses The Senate majority will […]

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New COVID-19 Restrictions

UPDATED: 11/24 Nearly 11 million people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the United States this year, with over 247,000 deaths.  As COVID-19 cases surge heading into the winter season, many states are considering or already implementing new restrictions to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Northeastern states’ governors held an emergency (virtual) summit to discuss coordinating policies to address surging COVID cases. The call included New York Governor […]

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