It may be the holiday season, but lawmakers around the country were certainly busy this week. Notably, a few states saw the introduction of automated speed enforcement legislation, which you may remember from our overview earlier this year.
In other news, another state has introduced legislation similar to Texas’ abortion ban bill, Illinois wants to ban ghost guns, redistricting remains underway in various states, and states continue to grapple with how to spend federal COVID relief dollars.
Alabama GOP state lawmakers filed a bill similar to a Texas law prohibiting abortion at six weeks of pregnancy and allowing any woman who has an abortion to be sued for $10,000.
State officials in Connecticut will be installing speed cameras in work zones next year to improve safety and catch speeders. Legislation allowing for such cameras was included in the state’s 790 page budget implementation bill earlier this year.
Kentucky lawmakers held a special work group session earlier this week to hear testimony on what groups are most deserving of bonus pay. As much as $400 million in federal funding for essential employees who worked through the COVID-19 pandemic is included in the upcoming two-year budget.
GOP lawmakers in the state House have released a draft of a citizen-drawn map of Pennsylvania’s 17 congressional districts as the state begins to see some movement with redistricting. The proposed map can be viewed directly here.
With the 2021 elections now in the rearview mirror, many are already fixated on various races in 2022, especially gubernatorial races. While two states, Virginia and New Jersey, held their gubernatorial elections in 2021, 36 states will hold them in 2022.