This week, several states held high profile primary races for Governor, U.S. Congress, and the state legislature. In other notable news, several states are considering various pieces of abortion legislation, and Kansas became the first state in the country to have a direct vote on abortion access since the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Arizona held their primary on Tuesday. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs easily won the Democratic nomination with about 75% of the vote. She will face Republican Kari Lake in November.
As food gets more expensive due to grain shortages, U.S. lawmakers have likewise begun considering the impact of biofuel mandates on escalating prices, considering reforms to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to counteract its impacts on fuel and food prices. A diverse coalition of elected officials, union and business leaders, and independent refiners have been calling attention to the RFS’ effect on fuel and food price hikes, adding to the cost of inflation.
Payday loans, also known as cash advance loans or check advance loans, are a form of short-term borrowing where high-interest credit is extended by a lender based on one’s income. Typically, the loan’s principal is a portion of one’s next paycheck. However, each state has regulations that limit the cost of small loans and require the loans to be repayable over time in reasonably priced installments.
Fentanyl test strips are essentially a drug testing technology, initially developed for urinalysis, but can be effective at detecting fentanyl and fentanyl-analogs in samples of drugs. Lawmakers around the country are looking to decriminalize the use of fentanyl test strips to combat the rise in fentanyl-related deaths.
After months of negotiations, on the evening of July 27, 2022, Senator Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that they had reached an agreement on parts of President Biden’s domestic agenda (Build Back Better) to be included in a package to be passed under the Senate’s reconciliation procedure.
Capital and Capitol Happenings: New Positions, Promotions, and More
Kaylee McGuire: new Deputy Commissioner of Disability and Aging Services, New Jersey Department of Human Services
Manthan Bhatt: new Head of Government Affairs, CareRev
Michelle Rakebrand: new AVP, Government Affairs, EmblemHealth
Rahul Kalsi: new Director of Government Affairs, Nicor Gas
Courtney Perlino: new Senior Public Policy Content Development Manager, US Pharmacopeia
Rob Orr: new Director of Regulatory Affairs, Lone Star Transmission
J.C. Hernandez: new Director, Health Care, Stand Together
Happy Birthdays This Week
Michael Suleiman: Manager of Government Relations, South Jersey Transportation Authority
Amy Befeld: Legislative Consultant, Texas Association of Counties
Joe Massaro: President & CEO, Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association
Josh Wilson: Director of Legislative Affairs, Pennsylvania Treasury