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October 29th DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Redistricting, Special Sessions, and California May Ban Live Weapons on Movie Sets

2021-10-29T09:43:14-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by David Mark from Pixabay  This week, unsurprisingly, redistricting continued to remain a top priority for many legislatures across the country. Outside of redistricting and various special sessions, one lawmaker in California made news by proposing to ban live weapons for movie sets following the recent accidental shooting death of [...]

October 29th DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Redistricting, Special Sessions, and California May Ban Live Weapons on Movie Sets2021-10-29T09:43:14-04:00

COVID Vaccine Mandates & Testing Requirements

2021-08-24T20:28:00-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by torstensimon from Pixabay  On August 23rd, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 years and older.  In announcing the vaccine’s approval, Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock noted that they hope the full FDA approval will instill additional confidence for people to [...]

COVID Vaccine Mandates & Testing Requirements2021-08-24T20:28:00-04:00

Mask Mandates in Schools: Where Does Your State Stand?

2021-08-18T20:36:00-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by Muhammad Rizwan & Thanks for your Like • donations welcome from Pixabay  Many states began dialing back their COVID restrictions earlier this spring and summer, including mask wearing.  However, with the Delta variant of COVID-19 becoming more prevalent and the CDC issuing new guidance, more states and localities have begun [...]

Mask Mandates in Schools: Where Does Your State Stand?2021-08-18T20:36:00-04:00

Vaccine Passport Legislation & Executive Orders

2021-06-15T22:53:51-04:00

Map created by Peter Brath with mapchart.net The Biden administration has publicly announced that it does not intend to implement a vaccine passport system nationally. Nevertheless, many states have taken action on their own to either implement vaccine requirements or ban them via vaccine passport legislation or executive action (vaccine passport executive orders). Oregon and [...]

Vaccine Passport Legislation & Executive Orders2021-06-15T22:53:51-04:00

States Lifting Mask Mandates

2021-06-07T12:31:57-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by Anastasia Gepp from Pixabay  As the CDC updates its COVID guidance to allow vaccinated people to go maskless, many state legislatures are beginning to scale back or dissolve their COVID restrictions altogether. The following states are lifting their mask mandates or banning mask mandates. California: California plans to align [...]

States Lifting Mask Mandates2021-06-07T12:31:57-04:00

Legislation Restricting Governors’ Powers During an Emergency

2021-04-16T10:21:49-04:00

Digital Collage by Ryan Stevens; image sources by David Mark, OpenClipart-Vectors, & Gerd Altmann from Pixabay  The COVID-19 pandemic brought about unprecedented actions by state governments across the country.  Governors across the U.S. issued a myriad of executive orders and declarations in response to the pandemic, including new restrictions related to COVID-19.  Such actions have brought criticism from [...]

Legislation Restricting Governors’ Powers During an Emergency2021-04-16T10:21:49-04:00

How Many People Are Fully Vaccinated In Your State: Our 50 State Guide

2021-03-24T17:10:50-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image sources by Gerhard G. & Arek Socha from Pixabay  According to the CDC, the United States has administered 128 million total vaccines.  Every state began developing their COVID-19 vaccine plans for distribution and administration in the fall of 2020, but where do the states stack up now in terms of vaccine [...]

How Many People Are Fully Vaccinated In Your State: Our 50 State Guide2021-03-24T17:10:50-04:00

Federal Developments and Support for COVID-19 Testing

2021-02-17T12:59:39-05:00

Digital Collage by Ryan Stevens; images sourced by Daniel Roberts and Gerd Altmann from Pixabay  Last year, we provided a breakdown of COVID-19 testing, including a breakdown of diagnostic tests (i.e., PCR tests, rapid antigen tests) and antibody tests.  We also covered how COVID-19 tests get authorized for use by the FDA and what actions the federal government [...]

Federal Developments and Support for COVID-19 Testing2021-02-17T12:59:39-05:00

Louisiana Special Sessions

2020-10-09T07:30:00-04:00

DMGS Article Highlights Earlier this year, DMGS took an in-depth look at Nevada’s two special sessions that convened this past summer.  Like Nevada, Louisiana has also convened two special sessions this year.  Louisiana’s second special session is currently ongoing. Refresh: What is a Special Session? Digital collage by Alana Burman; image source Unlike a regular [...]

Louisiana Special Sessions2020-10-09T07:30:00-04:00

State Action on Stimulus Checks

2020-09-17T07:30:00-04:00

by: Ryan J. Stevens Digital Collage by Alana Burman Congress passed the CARES Act nearly six months ago, which provided roughly $2 trillion to individuals, businesses, and states in response to the global coronavirus pandemic.  The Act also included payments of as much as $1,200 for individual taxpayers and $500 per child, phased out when [...]

State Action on Stimulus Checks2020-09-17T07:30:00-04:00
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