One Georgia lawmaker said he wants to prevent utility companies such as Georgia Power and Georgia Electric Membership Corporation from creating a monopoly and has proposed legislation which sets the guidelines for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.
Senate Bill 2976, would provide pandemic-related relief to the winery industry, by reducing a winery license fee enacted during the pandemic and would increase producers’ ability to self-distribute wines.
Lawmakers have introduced the “LETT’s Grow” bill, (Legalize, Expunge, Treat and Tax), that would legalize sales of marijuana, expunge past crimes, allow medicinal use and tax sales of cannabis for adults who use it recreationally.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday chose a new map of congressional districts by selecting boundaries that broadly adhere to the outlines of current districts, even as the state loses one seat because of sluggish population growth.
The Legislature’s budget committee advanced legislation earlier this week that would provide up to $1.4 million per year to help farmers keep fertilizer on their fields and out of lakes, rivers and groundwater. The legislation would also fund a new position within the University of Wisconsin System to monitor groundwater quality.
There has been a significant increase in state-level activity related to hemp since Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act and categorized it as an agricultural product. The Farm Bill also permitted states to submit plans and apply for regulatory authority over hemp production in their state.
According to the American Gaming Association, sports betting is live and legal in 30 states and legal, but not yet operational, in three other states. As background, we previously noted that in 2018, the United States Supreme Court struck down a 1992 federal law that prohibited states, except for Nevada, from authorizing sports gambling. Could 2022 see additional states finally allow sports betting?
Capital and Capitol Happenings: Staff on the Move, Promotions, and More
Sarah Patterson: new Manager of Regional Services, Southern California Association of Governments
Diane Acri: new Chief Counsel to the Speaker of the House, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Joe Garcia: new Principal, Texas Star Alliance
Happy Birthdays This Week
Mark Gorman: Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer, National Association of Cannabis Businesses
Andi Morony: Legislative Director, Texas State Rifle Association
Anthony Cunningham: Director, Government and Political Relations, Tilghman Atlantic
Brianna Durkee: State Government Relations Director (NY), American Heart Association