Monthly Archives: June 2021

New Jersey Primary Election Recap


Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image sources by Element5 Digital from Pexels & Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay  The New Jersey Primary Elections were held on June 8.  New Jersey and Virginia are the only states to have gubernatorial races this year, as well as state legislative races.  Presently, Democrats maintain a trifecta in New Jersey, controlling the governor’s office, state [...]

New Jersey Primary Election Recap2021-06-30T17:28:21-04:00

States and Cities Faceoff Over Natural Gas Bans


Digital image by Ryan Stevens; image sources by Josy Dom Alexis & Magnascan from Pixabay  In July 2019, Berkeley, California, became the first city in the United States to ban natural gas connections for new buildings. The ban went into effect at the beginning of 2020, and as California works toward a zero-carbon energy grid, many other cities [...]

States and Cities Faceoff Over Natural Gas Bans2021-06-25T11:59:30-04:00

Election Reform Legislation: 2021 Update


Digital image by Ryan Stevens; image source by Element5 Digital from Pexels Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent safety protocols enforced, many states improved voters’ ability to cast ballots in the 2020 election.  States rapidly expanded their mail-in voting eligibility, extended voter registration deadlines, and allowed voters to drop off mail-in ballots at secure “drop box” locations. [...]

Election Reform Legislation: 2021 Update2021-06-23T17:38:39-04:00

State & Federal Firearm Legislation & Action – Spring 2021 Highlights


Digital image by Ryan Stevens; image sourced by Brett Hondow from Pixabay 2020 saw a 25% surge in homicides and non-suicide-related shootings. There were 4,000 more firearm deaths and more than 9,000 firearm-related injuries in 2020 than in 2019. In response to the nationwide uptick in gun violence, several states and the U.S. government are considering measures to [...]

State & Federal Firearm Legislation & Action – Spring 2021 Highlights2021-06-17T16:40:49-04:00

Vaccine Passport Legislation & Executive Orders


Map created by Peter Brath with The Biden administration has publicly announced that it does not intend to implement a vaccine passport system nationally. Nevertheless, many states have taken action on their own to either implement vaccine requirements or ban them via vaccine passport legislation or executive action (vaccine passport executive orders). Oregon and [...]

Vaccine Passport Legislation & Executive Orders2021-06-15T22:53:51-04:00

Earmarks’ Return to Capitol Hill


Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image sources by Gerd Altmann & Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay  As DMGS noted previously, earmarks are making a return in the 117th Congress after a decade-long moratorium. Democrats in both chambers and House Republicans allowed their members to request earmarks, renamed “community project funding.” Leaders of both parties required their members to limit [...]

Earmarks’ Return to Capitol Hill2021-06-10T21:07:49-04:00

The Biden Administration’s Budget Proposal Highlights


Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image sources by David Mark, heblo, & Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay  The Biden administration released the full version of its fiscal 2022 budget. The budget calls for $6 trillion in spending and a deficit of $1.8 trillion; deficits would exceed $1 trillion for a decade. It proposes detailed allocations for federal agencies following [...]

The Biden Administration’s Budget Proposal Highlights2021-06-10T13:49:31-04:00

Cryptocurrency Legislation in 2021


Digital image by Ryan Stevens; image source by Darwin Laganzon from Pixabay  A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency secured by cryptography and based on blockchain technology.  Blockchain is a decentralized technology spread across a myriad of computers that manage and record transactions and is known for its security.  The government has noticed the growing cryptocurrency [...]

Cryptocurrency Legislation in 20212021-06-09T07:21:00-04:00

States Lifting Mask Mandates


Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by Anastasia Gepp from Pixabay  As the CDC updates its COVID guidance to allow vaccinated people to go maskless, many state legislatures are beginning to scale back or dissolve their COVID restrictions altogether. The following states are lifting their mask mandates or banning mask mandates. California: California plans to align [...]

States Lifting Mask Mandates2021-06-07T12:31:57-04:00

School Choice Legislation: 2021 Update


Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; images sourced by Hermann Traub & Thanks for your Like • donations welcome from Pixabay  In the year 2021, many states passed new school choice legislation or legislation expanding existing school choice programs.  School choice comes in many different forms across the country. However, almost every state has some system that allows families [...]

School Choice Legislation: 2021 Update2021-06-04T13:09:57-04:00
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