This week, lawmakers had their hands full with various issues ranging from budget surpluses to transgender students in school sports. Additional issues include a new voter fraud police force in Florida, tax incentives in Connecticut, medical marijuana legislation in Ohio, solar energy legislation in New York, and much more.
California’s budget surplus is at a record $68 billion and some lawmakers want to use $8 billion to send out to taxpayers in the form of $200 checks.
Connecticut lawmakers approved legislation this week to provide up to $75 million in tax incentives to Sikorsky under an agreement Gov. Ned Lamont has said will keep the helicopter maker’s headquarters in the state for the next two decades.
The Missouri House advanced legislation this week that would bar physicians and healthcare professionals employed by state and local governments from providing “gender transition procedures” to anyone younger than 18.
Legislation in New Hampshire would require people who use same-day registration to vote without required photo documentation to use an “affidavit” ballot. They would then have ten days to provide the missing documentation to their city or town hall, or their vote would be voided.
This week, the Ohio House Government Oversight Committee held another hearing on legislation that would streamline the process for businesses looking for a medical marijuana license and permit physicians to prescribe medical cannabis when they ‘reasonably’ believe it will benefit a patient.
In our last 2022 primary election preview, we looked at gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races in Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Oregon. To recap, 36 of the 50 states will hold gubernatorial elections this year. There are currently 23 Democratic governors and 27 Republican governors. Democrats are defending 16 governorships this November, while Republicans will defend 20. Further, 34 out of 100 U.S. Senate seats are up for election this year, including two special elections in Oklahoma and California. Plenty is at stake in other states, such as Arizona, Florida, and Nevada.
On April 19, Governor JB Pritzker signed the FY 2023 Illinois state budget into law, including $1.8 billion in tax relief. Highlights include rebate checks for working families, grocery tax suspension, property tax rebates, gas tax freeze, and more. The budget consists of projected revenues of $46.329 billion and expenditures of $45.986 billion, leaving a $444 million surplus. The budget also appropriates Illinois’s remaining American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal funding, totaling $4 billion.
Capital and Capitol Happenings: Staff on the Move, Promotions, and More
Morgan Roth: new Senior Manager, Government Partnerships, Bird
Jennifer Dunlap: new Land Protection Director, Manada Conservancy
Giovanni Castro: new Public Policy Manager, Uber
Happy Birthdays This Week
Barbara Zektick: CEO, Z+C
Sharon McBride: Sr. Director, Global Advocacy & Public Policy Programs, eBay
Mike Nerozzi: Director of Government Affairs, the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute
Katie Merritt: Director of Policy and Planning, PA Insurance Department