Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 2294 this week, allowing Illinois residents with Medicaid coverage to now have access to mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, smoking cessation, and dental services.
For greater than a year, Kentucky legislative committee meetings have been held virtually and available via livestream to the public. Now, the public will be allowed back in the Capitol and Capitol Annex.
Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano sent letters this week to various counties asking for election-related equipment and materials in order to conduct a forensic investigation of both the 2020 election and the 2021 primary election.
Governor Greg Abbott laid out the agenda for Texas’ special legislative session, which began on July 8. The items laid out by Abbott include: bail reform, election integrity, border security, social media censorship, Article X funding (funding of the legislature), family violence prevention, youth sports, abortion inducing drugs, a “thirteenth check”, critical race theory, and appropriations.
The West Virginia legislature’s joint redistricting committee has set dates for public hearings to address the state’s redistricting process. 12 in-person hearings will be held, in addition to three virtual hearings.
As of 2021, several states have introduced various death penalty legislation that would entirely abolish the death penalty or make significant changes to the crimes eligible for the death penalty as punishment.
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