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State capitals around the country were abuzz this week with plenty of action taking place. Some states, like Idaho, wrapped up their legislative sessions, while others tackled hot-button issues. Such issues include a Pennsylvania House Committee passing legislation prohibiting transgender girls from participating in women’s sports and Florida lawmakers taking aim at Disney and discussing removing their governing autonomy in the state.


Alabama

The Alabama Senate voted 32-0 Thursday for the budget that would raise minimum salaries for teachers with nine or more years experience.

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California

This week, California lawmakers voted to extend the state’s eviction ban for some renters.

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Colorado

Colorado lawmakers started debate this week on a $36 billion state budget proposal.

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Florida

Lawmakers in Florida are discussing a repeal of the 1967 Reedy Creek Improvement Act, which allows Disney the autonomy to act as its own. government.

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Idaho

This week, lawmakers wrapped up the 2022 legislative session that included passing the state’s largest ever income tax cut of $600 million and one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion bans.

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Kansas

Legislation that would legalize sports betting in the state is back in the Senate after being amended and passed through the House.

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Kentucky

Gov. Andy Beshear (D) signed several pieces of legislation this week that recently passed the legislature.

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Maryland

Earlier this week, Maryland lawmakers approved a new congressional map to meet the deadline imposed by a judge last week.

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Michigan

Earlier this week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed a $4.7 billion bipartisan infrastructure spending bill into law. The bill specifically designates almost $2 billion for water-related priorities such as clean drinking water and safe dams.

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Mississippi

The Mississippi legislature voted this week to pass a bill that would reduce the state income tax over four years, beginning in 2023.  This marks the largest state income tax cut ever in Mississippi.

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Missouri

Current state law in Missouri prohibits cellphone use while driving for people younger than 21, as well as people operating commercial vehicles. However, a few bills moving through the Legislature would expand that prohibition to all drivers.

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Nebraska

Nebraska lawmakers’ debate on prison reform continued until late into the night on Wednesday.

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New Jersey

New Jersey Senate President Nick Scutari (D) announced this week the formation of a special committee to conduct oversight hearings for delays in opening up legal weed sales in the state.

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New York

Governor Kathy Hochul (D) and legislative leaders missed the state’s budget deadline after failing to reach a consensus after arguing over issues such as bail reform and casinos in NYC.

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Oregon

Oregon lawmakers recently passed legislation allocating $7 million for the Oregon Department of Transportation to invest in wildlife corridor projects.

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Pennsylvania

Legislation that would prevent transgender girls and women from competing in women’s sports in Pennsylvania passed the state House Education Committee this week.

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Tennessee

Gov. Bill Lee (R) announced a proposal this week for a 30 day suspension of state and local grocery sales taxes to help provide financial relief to residents.

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Wyoming

Wyoming lawmakers distributed more money than ever before this year when they set the state’s budget for the next two years and also allocated federal ARPA dollars and funding for capital construction projects.

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This Week’s DMGS Posts

  • Same-Day Voter Registration: 2022 Legislative Update
    • With the 2022 primary election season nearly upon us, many voters have questions to ask, including whether their state is an open or closed primary, when the election is, and when they can register to vote or change their registration. Nineteen states, as of 2021, implemented same-day voter registration on Election Day.
  • State Legislation Prohibiting Government Dealings with Russia
    • Not long after Russia invaded Ukraine, the U.S. federal government and various state governments began taking myriad action against Russia and in support of Ukraine. Since our last update, states started taking more pointed actions, particularly with legislation prohibiting government dealings with Russia and Belarus.

Capital and Capitol Happenings: Staff on the Move, Promotions, and More

  • Crystal Pruitt: new External Affairs Lead, Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC
  • Jonathan Wren: new Senior Communications and Policy Analyst, VPD Government Solutions
  • Matthew Welsh: new Director of Government Affairs, Opiant Pharmaceuticals
  • Shawn Gremminger: new Director, Health Policy, Reservoir Communications Group
  • Montana Williams: new East Coast State Policy Manager, Waymo

Happy Birthdays This Week

  • Andrew Paris: Senior Policy Manager, Dentons Cohen & Grigsby
  • Tyler Power: Director of Government Relations, Hy-Vee, Inc.
  • Gene Veno: Director Governmental Affairs & Public Advocacy, Susquehanna River Basin Commission
  • Danie Bendesky: Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Pennsylvania Department of State
  • Marlow Colvin: Vice President of Government Affairs, ComEd
  • Eric Kiehl: Director of Policy and partnership, PA Association of Community Health Centers
  • Jack Gombach: Government Affairs & Grassroots Advocacy Consultant, Community Networking Resources

Email future suggestions to rjstevens@dmgs.com.


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