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This week saw activity in state capitols across the country on a multitude of issues ranging from redistricting to mask mandates, marijuana, special sessions, and more.

Notably, the Census Bureau released data on Thursday that is used to draw both congressional and state legislative district lines, prompting state lawmakers to get to work to address redistricting.


During a committee meeting Tuesday, legislators approved the study of a bill that would prohibit employers from requiring the disclosure of an employee’s vaccination status.

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Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order requiring masks in schools, citing the COVID delta variant and already existing outbreaks in some schools.

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Governor Steve Sisolak proposed “Innovation Zones” in his State of the State address earlier this year, and now lawmakers kicked off a study committee this week to address them. Lawmakers are specifically looking at an economic development proposal that would allow technology companies to exercise powers similar to those of local governments if they own land and promise investment.

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Numerous lawmakers are urging Governor Pete Ricketts to reinstate the state’s COVID dashboard as schools begin opening for the fall and businesses begin making operational decisions.

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New York

New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will soon become the first woman governor in New York’s history when Governor Andrew Cuomo’s resignation takes effect following his sexual harassment scandal.

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North Carolina

Lawmakers in North Carolina adopted guidelines on Thursday for redrawing political lines. As a result, the General Assembly is not permitted to use racial demographic and election data to inform how districts and maps are drawn this year.

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The Tennessee Speaker of the House, Cameron Sexton, sent an open letter along with 72 other GOP lawmakers to Governor Bill Lee, requesting a special session to cover school mask mandates.

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Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan signed civil arrest warrants on Tuesday for the 52 House Democrats still missing from the state Capitol. Phelan is hoping to regain a quorum so the House can start moving legislation during Texas’ second special session.

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Wisconsin Democrats are taking their push to legalize cannabis over the board to a dispensary in Illinois that attracts Wisconsin customers.

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