It may be summer but lawmakers and governors across the country were nonetheless busy this week on a myriad of issues. Notably, the special Texas State House investigative committee released their report of the Uvalde school shooting and Colorado lawmakers continue to push for more gun changes approaching the 10 year anniversary of the Aurora theater shooting.

Make sure you read this week’s DMGS posts below on states’ proposed bans on flavored tobacco, and legislation regarding urban farming.


The Democratic members of Arkansas’ legislature are pushing for an increase in teachers’ salaries, which are currently among the lowest in the United States.

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Approaching the 10th anniversary of the shooting at an Aurora theater, Colorado lawmakers continue to push for more action on guns.

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Governor Ned Lamont this week signed legislation that updates Connecticut’s criminal justice statutes to allow law enforcement and the courts to provide “swifter, more effective” responses to youth charged with repeated motor vehicle theft and other crimes.

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Following the death of a 14-year old at an amusement park earlier this year, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried is proposing legislation to improve rider safety.

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Governor Andy Beshear this week joined state lawmakers, educators and advocates to sign six bipartisan pieces of legislation which expand education access in Kentucky.

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On Monday, lawmakers in Massachusetts sent Gov. Charlie Baker the final budget of his tenure.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed 15 pieces of legislation this week including one to expand the state’s commercial maritime ports.

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New York

Governor Kathy Hochul today signed eight bills to provide support and resources for victims of human trafficking. 

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The first detailed report on the school shooting in Uvalde, released to the public and victims’ families on Sunday, found that top-to-bottom failures combined to turn the May 24th attack into the worst school shooting in the history of Texas.

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West Virginia

Earlier this week, Gov. Jim Justice called for state lawmakers to return to the Capitol next week to consider a permanent 10% reduction in the state’s income tax.

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This Week’s DMGS Posts

Capital and Capitol Happenings: New Positions, Promotions, and More

  • Bob Reilly: new Vice President and Government Relations Officer, WellSpan Health
  • Devin Whitney: new Senior Manager, Public Affairs & Strategic Research
  • Leah Sailhamer: new Director of Government Affairs, Nationwide Energy Partners
  • Amanda Martin: new Lobbyist, Williams Public Affairs
  • Sarah Gilmore: new Director, Government Affairs, Retail Industry Leaders Association
  • Robert Williams: new Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, US Department of Commerce, NTIA
  • Carly McCain: new Deputy Director of Coalitions for Ohio, Americans for Prosperity
  • Michael Lyle: new Senior Government Relations Director, Elevance Health
  • Erin Kanter: new Vice President, Advocacy & Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Bankers Association
  • Simit Pandya: new Associate Director of Government Relations & Public Policy, Medical Professional Liability Association

Happy Birthdays This Week

  • Holly Lubart: Government Affairs Consultant, News/Media Alliance
  • Nate Goodman: Digital Advocacy Manager, Child Care Aware of America
  • Christopher Beichner: President & CEO, Allegheny Land Trust
  • Kevin Tschirhart: Senior Strategy and Engagement Advisor, New York City Mayor’s Office of Operations
  • Dennis McManus: Government Affairs Director, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

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