Despite this week being sandwiched between Christmas and New Years, plenty of action was taken in state capitals across the country, especially as it relates to COVID-19 and preparing for 2022 legislative sessions which are right around the corner.
Lastly, all of us at DMGS would like to wish you a Happy New Year and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2022! See you next year!
California has a massive budget surplus heading into the next legislative session and lawmakers are trying to figure out how to meet the requirements of the State Appropriations Limit.
State lawmakers in Washington introduced legislation to reduce penalties for drive-by shootings with a goal to promote racial equity in the criminal legal system. Lawmakers are scheduled to begin their 60 day session on January 10th.
With many schools across the country switching to virtual or hybrid learning due to the pandemic, some are pushing for such learning to replace traditional snow days where students have “off” for the day due to inclement weather.
December brings the holiday season, with various Christmas and other holiday decorations, including trees, lights, and more. However, some lawmakers are hoping to play a role in addressing various issues surrounding these myriad decorations. Others hope to extend certain sales tax exemptions related to the holidays and holiday organizations. One lawmaker even plans to introduce legislation to provide tax credits to address the shortage in Santa Clauses this year.
Capital and Capitol Happenings: Staff on the Move, Promotions, and More
Brandon Marchy: new Senior Legislative Advocate, California Medical Association
Joseph Foskett: new Director of Government Affairs (New York), Invenergy LLC
Gregory Snyder: new Senior Government Relations Associate, Bellamy Genn Group
Happy Birthdays This Week
Glenn Grell: Executive Director, PA Public School Employees Retirement System
George Ivanov: Head of International Policy and Government Affairs, Waymo
C. Mitch Taylor: Director, Government Affairs, SHRM
Jordan Layson: Director, U.S. Government Affairs, Amgen
Meredith Beeson: Director of State Government Affairs, Global Business Alliance
Richard Romer: Manager, Association Governance & Public Policy, AAA National