Governors, lawmakers, and other state officials from across the country dominated headlines this week in various responses to the ongoing Ukrainian crisis, something DMGS covered in two analyses earlier this week (linked below). However, lawmakers were still business-as-usual with other topics on their agendas including marijuana, gaming, COVID-19, abortion, and CRT. Notably, Connecticut lawmakers are considering legislation that would make it a crime to forge a COVID-19 vaccine card, Florida lawmakers passed an abortion ban bill, and Ohio lawmakers advanced a bill that would require hospitals to allow visitors during a pandemic.
An Alabama state senator is making another effort to pass a gambling bill after announcing two new bills Thursday, one which calls for a constitutional amendment and another that is designed to implement that amendment.
Under a recently introduced bill, Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources would implement a pilot program which includes at least 12 cameras that can be moved around the state and spot a wildfire from 100 miles away.
Indiana lawmakers lawmakers are taking another shot at enacting a bill that would allow all adults in the state legally entitled to own a firearm to carry a handgun in public without obtaining a state license.
A measure in the state Senate that would legalize recreational marijuana in Maryland on July 1, a year quicker than a similar House measure, garnered significant support Thursday during a state Senate hearing.
The same South Dakota legislative committee that thwarted a proposal to legalize recreational marijuana on Monday also advanced a separate bill that would repeal portions of the medical marijuana law adopted by voters in 2020.
Since last week’s invasion of Ukraine by Russia, governments around the world have imposed various sanctions against Russia, including the U.S. federal government. In addition to the federal government imposing sanctions, states have already taken their own actions directed towards Russia and in support of Ukraine.
While state capitols have lit themselves azure and yellow in support of the Ukrainian people, lawmakers and other state officials are also hoping to act. While some actions may be more symbolic, such as resolutions supporting Ukraine and denouncing Russia, others propose more pointed resolutions and legislation.
Capital and Capitol Happenings: Staff on the Move, Promotions, and More
Danny Martinez: new Associate Director of State Government Affairs, CSL Behring
John Loyer: new Head of North American Government and Public Affairs, Somfy Group
Michael Humphreys: new Acting Commissioner, Pennsylvania Insurance Department
Erica Woods: new Board Member, US Cannabis Council
Michael Baker: new Vice President, Legislative Affairs, National Propane Gas Association
Sarah Patterson: new Manager of Regional Services, Southern California Association of Governments
Ben Wright: new Director of Public Affairs, Texas Medical Association
Jenna Reese: new Executive Director, Ohio Forestry Association
Happy Birthdays This Week
Catie Scott: Executive Director, Interior Finish Contractors Association of Delaware Valley
Bryan Cherry: Vice President, PinPoint Results
David John: Vice President of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania State Alliance of YMCAs
Jackie Cornell: Senior Director, Regulatory & Government Affairs, Unite Us