As the country faces increasingly high gas prices, lawmakers and governors around the country made headlines this week in proposing ways to offer relief to consumers at the pump. In other news, we saw action around cannabis, mask mandates, legislative session adjournment, and more.


Alabama’s gas tax is 28 cents a gallon, 10 cents more than before the Rebuild Alabama Act took effect in 2019 to raise money for infrastructure. One lawmaker proposed repealing part of that act that could automatically increase the gas tax by one cent every other year after 2023, but said lawmakers haven’t talked about suspending the gas tax amid the current price surge.

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Governor Gavin Newsom said this week that his administration is working with leaders in the legislature on a gas tax rebate amid record-high prices.

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State lawmakers are trying to expand the number of people who sit on powerful vacancy committees charged with selecting replacements for state legislators who step down in the middle of their terms.

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State leaders and lawmakers in Connecticut finally broke their silence earlier this week on what to do about gas prices.

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State lawmakers have floated the possibility for a series of tax holidays to cut back on sales taxes to save money, rather than reducing taxes at gas pumps. 

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Lawmakers in Georgia have filed their own version of Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The bill, officially titled the “Common Humanity in Private Education Act” would prohibit schools from encouraging classroom discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in K-3rd grade, and in levels that are not age appropriate for students.

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The Illinois House voted overwhelmingly at the beginning of the week to give the chamber’s mask mandate the boot.

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The State of Iowa’s gas tax is around 30 cents a gallon, but the Speaker of the state House said it’s not likely the Iowa legislature would vote to temporarily suspend the state gas tax.

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On Wednesday, for the first time since the pandemic began, Maine lawmakers convened without a mask requirement, voting on an election integrity proposal and a needle exchange expansion.

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Maryland Gov Larry Hogan and legislative leaders agreed Thursday on legislation to provide a one-month gas tax holiday.

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On Wednesday of this week, Mississippi state lawmakers faced a floor deadline for all general bills and constitutional amendments that originated in the opposite chamber. Numerous bills were passed or killed, while lawmakers invited conference on others.

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New York

A final state budget deal should include an expansion of New York’s earned income tax credit to include people younger than 25 years of age, those who do not have children and people who file income taxes without a Social Security number, according to state lawmakers this week.

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This week, Pennsylvania Senate President Pro Tempore, Jake Corman (R) proposed lowering the state’s liquid fuels tax by a third through the end of 2022 with the hope of providing relief as prices rise.

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Virginia has a new law which makes some police documents available to the public after the case has been closed, but state lawmakers are trying to roll that back.

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State lawmakers adjourned their 60 day legislative session this week and approved a $64.1 billion supplemental state budget and a nearly $17 billion, 16-year transportation revenue package.

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The Majority Leader of the Wisconsin Assembly said at the beginning of the week it’s likely the state will eventually legalize cannabis, but lawmakers are trying to find the right way to handle it.

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