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 now at the state level. On marijuana, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Pennsylvania introduced legislation this week to legalize adult-use marijuana and New Jersey finally is set to announce the 24 winners for medical marijuana licenses from a 2019 RFA. The issue of automated traffic enforcement saw action as well, with the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security held a lengthy hearing this week to address the issue, amongst others.
All this and more, below in our State Capital Weekly Recap.
Several GOP lawmakers in Alaska are urging easier access for residents to use ivermectin amid the pandemic, despite ivermectin not being authorized by the FDA for preventing or treating COVID-19.
Florida’s Department of Health appeared before state Senators this week, where lawmakers asked COVID-19 related questions. One question that wasn’t asked was about pending fines for businesses and governments accused of asking for vaccination proof.
Louisiana recently finished closing out the books for the recently ended fiscal year. After the state’s bills were paid, state accountants found the amount of money leftover to be significant – about $1 billion.
Massachusetts’ Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security on Wednesday held a hearing to discuss various pieces of legislation, including bills that would authorize cities and towns to allow for automated photo enforcement.
Governor Greg Abbott this week issued an executive order stating that “no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”
Abbott also added this issue as an item to the Third Special Session agenda and his executive order will be rescinded upon the passage of such legislation.