Monthly Archives: October 2021

Salem Witch Trials: 2021 Legislation Exonerating Accused Witch

2021-10-31T10:04:00-04:00

Digital image by Ryan Stevens; image source by Larisa Koshkina from Pixabay  In the spirit of Halloween, one may be interested to know that Massachusetts state lawmakers this year introduced legislation related to the Salem Witch Trials. The Salem Witch Trials began in 1692 and involved over 150 women, men, and children, accused of witchcraft. Not only [...]

Salem Witch Trials: 2021 Legislation Exonerating Accused Witch2021-10-31T10:04:00-04:00

October 29th DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Redistricting, Special Sessions, and California May Ban Live Weapons on Movie Sets

2021-10-29T09:43:14-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by David Mark from Pixabay  This week, unsurprisingly, redistricting continued to remain a top priority for many legislatures across the country. Outside of redistricting and various special sessions, one lawmaker in California made news by proposing to ban live weapons for movie sets following the recent accidental shooting death of [...]

October 29th DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Redistricting, Special Sessions, and California May Ban Live Weapons on Movie Sets2021-10-29T09:43:14-04:00

Around the States: 2021 Special Session Updates

2021-10-27T09:39:37-04:00

Digital image by Ryan Stevens; image source by David Mark from Pixabay  Some state legislatures may be called into “special sessions” to address specific policy topics in addition to regular legislative meetings.  In 14 states, only governors may call special sessions.  In the other 36 states, the governor or the Legislature may call for a special session.  [...]

Around the States: 2021 Special Session Updates2021-10-27T09:39:37-04:00

To-Go Cocktail Legislation: Fall 2021 Update

2021-10-25T10:31:55-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by Pexels from Pixabay  It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has harmed the operations of restaurants and bars across the country. During the pandemic, many states have looked to soften their stances on allowing cocktails to be ordered to-go as a way for restaurants and bars to help [...]

To-Go Cocktail Legislation: Fall 2021 Update2021-10-25T10:31:55-04:00

October 22nd DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Special Sessions Dominate and Delaware Bans Ghost Guns

2021-10-22T10:51:10-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by Jason Gillman from Pixabay  This week was dominated by special sessions either taking place or being announced in various states around the country. Notably, as Tennessee just finished up a special session to address a spending package to address Ford Motor Company's $5.6 billion investment into an electric vehicle [...]

October 22nd DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Special Sessions Dominate and Delaware Bans Ghost Guns2021-10-22T10:51:10-04:00

Legislation Banning Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment

2021-10-19T20:48:37-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay  As states continue to address the need to reduce carbon dioxide and other air pollution, California made the news recently when Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation that will eventually ban the sale of gas-powered lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and chainsaws. While many localities around the [...]

Legislation Banning Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment2021-10-19T20:48:37-04:00

Community Solar Legislation

2021-10-17T20:10:32-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by andreas160578 from Pixabay The U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) defines ‘community solar’ as any solar project or purchasing program in a geographic area whose benefits flow through to multiple customers, including individuals, businesses, non-profits, and others. Community solar is allowed in at least 21 states [...]

Community Solar Legislation2021-10-17T20:10:32-04:00

October 15th DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Louisiana Has a $1B Surplus, Bipartisan Recreational Marijuana Legislation Introduced in Pennsylvania, & California Bans Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment

2021-10-14T07:36:00-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by DEZALB from Pixabay  As we approach the halfway point through October, lawmakers and executives around the country proved to be quite busy this week. Notably, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation banning gas-powered lawn equipment, an issue that has been gaining some traction across the country in localities and [...]

October 15th DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Louisiana Has a $1B Surplus, Bipartisan Recreational Marijuana Legislation Introduced in Pennsylvania, & California Bans Gas-Powered Lawn Equipment2021-10-14T07:36:00-04:00

NJ Ready to Award 24 Medical Marijuana Licenses This Week

2021-10-12T20:30:00-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image sources by Rex Medlen & Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay  by: Dominic J. Magnolo Two years ago, COVID-19 was not even a thought, gasoline was averaging $2.38 a gallon, the country’s first vaping death was reported leading many states to ban it, and adult-use marijuana was still illegal in New Jersey. While New Jersey [...]

NJ Ready to Award 24 Medical Marijuana Licenses This Week2021-10-12T20:30:00-04:00

Preparing for COVID-19 Testing Requirements

2021-10-11T13:19:18-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image sources by Gerd Altmann & FrankundFrei from Pixabay  Last month, the U.S. Government (USG) announced that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would introduce an Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS) requiring private-sector companies that employ 100 or more workers to require either proof of vaccination or weekly testing.  OSHA is still working [...]

Preparing for COVID-19 Testing Requirements2021-10-11T13:19:18-04:00
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