State lawmakers in capitals around the country remained focused this week on the issues of abortion and firearms. Both topics were covered by DMGS this week in-depth and be viewed at the links below. Additionally, with the Fourth of July taking place at the beginning of the week, DMGS looked at recent state action around the issue of fireworks regulations.


Fulfilling a promise from his State of the State address earlier this year, Governor Doug Ducey (R) this week signed legislation that makes an unprecedented $1 billion investment to secure Arizona’s water future.

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At the end of June, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a package of gun-related legislation, including a bill targeting “ghost guns.”

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Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed an executive order stating that Colorado will not cooperate with abortion investigations in other states.

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Legislative action is being considered by Connecticut lawmakers to address prisoner transport changes, but unless a special session is called, it’ll have to wait until January. 

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Lawmakers in Delaware approved $10 million in additional funding to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for open space protection in FY23, bringing the total funding to $20 million.

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Some lawmakers in Florida think that a “heartbeat bill” could pass in the next regular session which will begin in March of 2023.

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Gov. David Ige (D) signed four pieces of legislation earlier this week related to climate change and clean energy, including a bill which sets an interim target for 2030 for Hawaii to be at least 50 percent below 2005 emissions.

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Governor Laura Kelly (D) signed the state onto a multi-state agreement to expand computer science education for K-12 schools.

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With some states taking various actions related to firearms this year, Louisiana saw limited action from state lawmakers during this year’s legislative session.

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This week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed legislation aimed at lowering marked-up costs of Michigan grain for Michigan distillers as a way to encourage to use of Michigan ingredients. The bill also allows for an increase in the number of bottles distillers can produce.

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Governor Mike Parson (R) signed a record-high budget along with 37 bills, while also issuing four vetoes.

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New Jersey

On July 5, Governor Phil Murphy (D) signed a package of seven bills aimed at addressing gun safety reforms.

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New York

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) signed legislation this week to address climate change, from bringing more energy efficiency to homes to promising certain trades don’t get left behind in the transition.

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North Carolina

On Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper (D) signed an executive order designed to strengthen access to reproductive health care in North Carolina.

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Oregon voters will get to vote this November whether or not to amend the state Constitution to penalize any state lawmakers who boycott the state Capitol in an effort to kill legislation they oppose.

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Rhode Island

Gov. Dan McKee (D) signed legislation this week to increase the capacity of market-competitive offshore wind procurement by expanding the parameters to between 600 to 1,000 megawatts.

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A Senate committee in Tennessee is set to schedule hearings this summer for lawmakers to learn more about the bidding process for Community Corrections.

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This Week’s DMGS Posts

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

  • Karla Segundo: new Senior Manager of Government Relations, National Association of Landscape Professionals
  • Brian Watts: new Principal Associate (Flood-Prepared Communities), the Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Matt Adams: new Director, AT&T
  • Mike Mattoon: new Vice President, Government Affairs and Policy, Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc.
  • Darrin Youker: new Government Affairs, Horizon Farm Credit
  • Robert Wilson: new Senior Vice President, State Government Affairs, California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues

Happy Birthdays This Week

  • Jason High: Senior Associate, Ridge Policy Group
  • Chris Borgerding: Director of Government Relations, Association of Dental Support Organizations
  • Jack Groarke: Deputy Chief of Staff and Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator, Office of Governor Tom Wolf

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