Lawmakers in states around the country kept busy this week on a range of issues including abortion, minimum wage, state budgets, firearms, and more. Notably, Alabama held its primary runoff elections this week, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb called for a special session, and Hawaii’s governor signed the first-in-the-nation $18 minimum wage bill into law.
Katie Britt has secured the GOP nomination for an Alabama U.S. Senate seat, besting U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks in a runoff election this week. The Senate seat is open due to incumbent Sen. Richard Shelby (R) retiring.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) signed legislation enacting the nation’s first statewide $18 minimum wage law. The bill calls for Hawaii to raise its’ minimum wage gradually from $10.10 per hour, first to $12 on 10/01/22 and then in increments until it reaches $18 on 01/01/28.
Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) this week called for a special session to begin on July 6th. Holcomb wants lawmakers to send $1 billion back to Hoosiers in order to combat inflation, but lawmakers could also address abortion during their special session.
The Pennsylvania House State Government committee advanced legislation this week that would move PA’s presidential primary election day to the third Tuesday of March. Under existing law, PA’s presidential primary takes place on the fourth Tuesday of April.
The South Dakota state Senate voted to remove Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg from office and permanently bar him from holding any public office, stemming from a 2020 car crash in which he struck and killed a pedestrian.
Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) signed the state’s budget into law. The budget includes $4 billion in tax cuts, eliminates the grocery tax, increases the standard deduction, and has the largest tax rebate in Virginia’s history.
Governor Tony Evers (D) called lawmakers to the Capitol for a special session to address legalizing abortion, but the GOP controlled legislature adjourned only seconds after gaveling into the special session.