This week was dominated by special sessions either taking place or being announced in various states around the country. Notably, as Tennessee just finished up a special session to address a spending package to address Ford Motor Company’s $5.6 billion investment into an electric vehicle factory in the state, it was announced lawmakers will be back for yet another special session. In policy news, Delaware made headlines by banning “ghost guns,” a topic we’ve covered previously.
DMGS also covered two topics this week – community solar legislation and legislation banning gas-powered lawn equipment – which are linked below.
Earlier this month, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation to legalize the sale of consumables derived from hemp, essentially allowing for the regulatory framework to be set up for the manufacture and sale of smokable hemp and hemp-infused foods.
Governor John Carney signed two pieces of legislation this week. One bill prohibits an individual subject to a PFA (protection from abuse) order from purchasing, owning, possessing, or controlling, a deadly weapon or ammunition for a firearm. The other bill bans so-called “ghost guns.”
Governor Kathy Hochul signed legislation this week, in an effort to increase government transparency, that requires documents discussed at meetings to be made available to the public upon request or be posted to the public entity’s website at least 24 hours before the start of the meeting.
A legislative subcommittee on adult-use marijuana recommended this week to move forward with a proposal on legalization marijuana for all purposes for those over the age of 21. The committee also recommended keeping the current medical cannabis program in place for those younger than the age of 21.