This week, lawmakers around the country continued to discuss and take action on ways to respond to rising gas prices, a topic we’ve recently covered. Other issues remain at the forefront of lawmakers’ minds, including CRT, banning of gas-powered lawn equipment, catalytic converter thefts, redistricting, smoking, medical marijuana, and more.
This week, state lawmakers announced legislation that will provide a $400 rebate for every taxpayer in the state to help ease the burden of the state’s rising gas prices.
Colorado lawmakers are backing off legislation, SB 138, that would have prohibited the sale or advertising of gas-powered lawn equipment along the northern Front Range, including the Denver metro area.
Two democratic lawmakers called on fellow state legislators to pass their legislation to classify “emergency medical services” as “essential services” under state law. The legislation would also tackle the EMS personnel shortage by making sure they have access to health and pension benefits.
The Rhode Island state House this week passed a bill that would give the Department of Environmental Management (DEM) the authority to set up a quarantine area that would prevent domestic animals or products from traveling if a suspected case of a contagious disease is present.
Amid the rising surge in gas prices, state lawmakers and governors around the nation are proposing various solutions to help provide some sort of relief at the pump for consumers. However, not all states are taking action, and some states may be unlikely to take any action at all, such as Alabama and Iowa.
Tuesday March 15th marked the last day statewide and congressional candidates in Pennsylvania could circulate and file nomination petitions to get on the ballot for the 2022 Pennsylvania Primary. Plenty is at stake in the Keystone State, with Governor Tom Wolf (D) term-limited, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman (D) seeking the democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, and incumbent U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R) not seeking re-election.
Capital and Capitol Happenings: Staff on the Move, Promotions, and More
Jacqueline Wong: new Executive Director, First 5 California
Herb Tyson: new Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, US Department of Commerce, NTIA
Andrea Gutierrez: new Government Relations (West), McKesson & The US Oncology Network
Danielle Scoggins: new Vice President of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Florida Hospital Association
Matthew Walsh: new Government Relations Manager, Accenture
Happy Birthdays This Week
Kevin Busher: Pennsylvania Government Affairs Manager, Duane Morris Government Strategies
Brandon Danz: Senior Director, WellSpan Health
Madeline Urbish: Head of Government Affairs & Policy (New Jersey), Ørsted
Hugh Allen: Executive Deputy Treasurer and Chief of Staff, Pennsylvania Treasury
Dy Reed: Lead State Government Affairs Manager, Washington Gas
Taylor Justice: Co-Founder & President, Unite Us
Davante Lewis: Director of Public Affairs and Outreach, Louisiana Budget Project