Lawmakers and state executives were busy this week across the country on a myriad of issues. In the first August edition of DMGS’ State Capital Weekly Recap, we look at issues including special sessions, mask mandates, marijuana, redistricting, COVID vaccine mandates, and more.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy postponed Alaska’s special session by two weeks after lawmakers requested more time for them to prepare. The special session will begin August 16.
A working group of state officials and pot-industry representatives met on August 2 to start the discussion of implementing Colorado House Bill 1317, an expansive law that creates new restrictions and mandates for the state’s medical marijuana and marijuana concentrate sectors.
Minnesota lawmakers are considering giving $1,500 bonuses to full-time long-term care staff working in Minnesota facilities during the COVID pandemic. The bonuses would come form a $250 million state fund designed to help essential workers.
New York state lawmakers are wrapping up their impeachment investigation of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Assembly will soon consider articles of impeachment against the governor. This news comes after the New York state attorney general’s office released a report earlier in the week concluding that Cuomo had sexually harassed almost a dozen women.