New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Anti-Gerrymandering Bill

New Hampshire’s Republican Governor Chris Sununu vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have created an independent state redistricting commission as a remedy to the state’s record of partisan gerrymandering.

The bill (H.B. 706) would have allowed the state legislature to nominate 20 registered voters that 1) were not statewide political office holders and 2) had not been lobbyists in the last decade. From those 20, the legislature would choose 10 board members, who would in turn choose 5 more board members to join them.

This Week in Washington

An increasing concern for an economic downtown leading up to the 2020 looms over President Trump’s hopes for a second term. With a global factory slowdown and Trump’s trade war already weighing on growth =, fears of a broader downturn rose.

Such a scenario would likely bolster the messages of Democratic candidates’ campaigns which have highlighted rising income inequality, untenable costs of health care, and higher & vocational education to argue that the working class isn’t feeling the boom. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who posted a Medium blog in July about the economic slowdown, tweeted that “the warning signs for another recession are flashing. We need to pay attention and act now, while we still have time to avert a downturn.”

Catch up on these issues and more in our blog post here.

This Week in the States

  • Tennessee – Don’t bank on sports betting law: It awaits state rules, appointments
  • New Hampshire – Governor just vetoed a bipartisan redistricting commission
  • New York – legislation certifying doulas through the state facing uncertain fate following pushback
  • Oregon – Public employees sue over new PERS law
  • Oklahoma – Lawmakers urge collaboration in gaming compact negotiations
  • Illinois – Pritzker signs anti-harassment bill
  • Pennsylvania – Governor wants to take Pa.’s charter school law from among nation’s worst to 1 of its best
  • Oklahoma – Lawmaker seeks statewide vote on permitless carry
  • Florida – 5G cell towers are coming to Florida⁠— and they could be installed in your front yard
  • Minnesota – Bipartisan meetings, informal conversations seek common ground on Minnesota’s energy future
  • Colorado – Senate President Leroy Garcia targeted for recall
  • Texas – Texans get ready for beer to go and booze delivery
  • Alabama – Medical marijuana commission holds first meeting
  • Ohio – Is it hemp or marijuana? Ohio AG offers help to differentiate
  • Georgia – House speaker sets rare budget hearings after Kemp orders cuts
  • New Mexico – Leaders outline domestic terrorism legislation
  • Wyoming – Revenues ahead of estimates, though structural problems remain
  • Wisconsin – Lawmaker Introduces Bill Requiring Background Checks For More Gun Sales

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