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DMGS Week in Review – April 14, 2019

Hill Day Strategies

When your organization is planning its Government Relations strategy for the upcoming year, you cannot overlook the effectiveness of planning a Hill Day.

Non-profits, business associations, advocacy groups, local government associations, trade groups, and beyond each have their own unique reasons to travel to Washington, but it is safe to say that if you touch the federal government in any way, a Hill Day can be an important tool.

Learn some of the key strategies to consider when planning your Hill Day here.

The Week Ahead in Washington

Congress has left Washington for a two-week break, but lawmakers look to lay the groundwork for a busy spring agenda when they return. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he hopes to reach what so far have been elusive bipartisan breakthroughs on immigration, infrastructure, and budget caps.

Congressional Democratic leaders are also laying the groundwork for a broad infrastructure package that could reach $2 trillion in new investment, and they are hoping to make it a bipartisan push with a House vote by June or July. House and Senate Democratic leaders will meet with Trump in the coming weeks.

Read more in this week”s update here.

This Week in the States

  • South Carolina – Why an overhaul of SC public education likely won’t become law this year
  • Indiana – Payday lending, school funding among top remaining issues
  • New York – What’s next for trying to legalize marijuana in New York?
  • Louisiana – Election-Year Legislative Session Kicks Off
  • New York – Critics say New York’s opioid tax will help no one
  • South Carolina – Time is running out for many bills in SC Legislature
  • Nebraska – Expansion of opioid controls advances in Nebraska Legislature
  • Minnesota – Tribes emerge as key players in debate over sports betting in states
  • Wisconsin – Marijuana advocates have hope but face hurdles as Wisconsin eyes legalization
  • Connecticut – Latest pot legalization bills up for a key committee vote in Connecticut
  • California – No Big Gulp ban in California this year: SF lawmaker pulls bill
  • Michigan – Lawmakers seek June 1 deadline for medical pot shops to get licensed
  • Colorado – Coloradans were set to get a property tax cut. Gov. Polis is mulling a workaround to stop it.
  • Pennsylvania – New Pennsylvania gun law takes effect as more change debated
  • New Hampshire – Sununu calls budget passed by NH House a ‘mess’
  • Arizona – Governor calls for bill that bans texting and driving
  • Nevada – Lawmakers tackle bill gradually raising minimum wage to $12 by 2023, first increase in eight years
  • Texas – To lower Texans’ property taxes, Abbott and other GOP leaders want to raise sales tax by a penny
  • Georgia – Here’s quick look back at what was, wasn’t accomplished in 2019 Georgia legislature
  • Oregon – Halfway Home, Oregon Legislators Still Face Huge To-Do List
  • Massachusetts – As Health Care Costs Soar, State Legislators Focus On Price-Control Techniques

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