This week saw national headlines dominated by various states holding their primary elections, including California and New Jersey. Legislatively, Connecticut lawmakers are proposing a diesel tax holiday, the Pennsylvania House advanced a liquor privatization constitutional amendment, Delaware lawmakers fail to override a veto of marijuana legalization, and more.
Governor Mike Dunleavy (R) and state lawmakers celebrated the passage of the Alaska Reads Act, which aims to improve student reading outcomes across the state by third grade.
Florida lawmakers have convened for two special legislative sessions this spring to deal with issues they didn’t address during their regular legislative session, and now some democrats are hoping for a third special session to address reforming gun laws in the state.
Georgia appears likely to again run a multi-billion dollar budget surplus with the state having already collected roughly $2 billion more in general tax revenue than it’s on track to spend in the current fiscal year, and there could be even more of a surplus after the end of the month.
Dozens of state lawmakers this week sent a letter to the state’s attorney general asking him to investigate whether or not there is any price gouging or market manipulation occurring amid record setting gas prices.
State lawmakers are still working on negotiating the major details of a sports betting bill and a top-ranking senator pledged to work swiftly to send compromise language to Governor Charlie Baker’s (R) desk.
The Mississippi Department of Archive and History announced major improvements to the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians and Historic Jefferson College in Natchez. The improvements are part of an $8 million restoration project, funded by state lawmakers.