In this week’s DMGS State Capital Recap, we look at the latest happenings in state capitals around the country. Issues covered include catalytic converter theft, out-of-state abortion access, marijuana, term-limits, & more.
Governor Doug Ducey (R) signed legislation attempting to curb the state’s increasing rise in catalytic converter thefts in the state.
Colorado lawmakers passed legislation that would allow a jury or judge to decide whether a person charged with felony fentanyl possession between 1-4 grams knew it contained fentanyl and have the charge lowered to a misdemeanor.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed legislation designating November 7th as Victims of Communism Day and requiring students to receive at least 45 minutes of instruction every November on “victims of communism.”
Governor Laura Kelly (D) signed legislation that will require producers of plant-based meats to include on their labels a disclaimer that is in a “prominent and conspicuous font size, in close proximity” to traditional meat terms. Disclaimers can include vegetarian, vegan and meatless, to name a few. Without any disclaimers, the food would be considered misbranded.
Under legislation signed last week by Governor Bill Lee (R), a medical clinician in Tennessee will be required to be physically present when abortion pills are administered to a patient even though federal regulations now allow mail delivery nationwide.
Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) is urging state lawmakers to act on his 90-day gas tax holiday. The measure would suspend VA’s 26-cent gas tax at the pump, would be phased out in the fall and would cost the state about $470 million.
Ohio held its 2022 primary election on Tuesday, May 3. On the ballot in the Buckeye State’s primary election were races for Ohio Governor and the U.S. Senate, among others. Here are the 2022 Ohio Primary Election results.
Capital and Capitol Happenings: Staff on the Move, Promotions, and More
Justine Murray: new Deputy Chief of Staff, City of San Diego
Laura Manion: new President and CEO, Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry
Kent Sopris: new President, New York Association of Convenience Stores
Eric Fryer: new Manager, Grassroots and PAC, US Travel Association
Jeff Waldock: new Chief of Staff, Texas House of Representatives
Jess Kirchner: new Policy Analyst, Children and Families, National Governors Association
Happy Birthdays This Week
Collan Rosier: Vice President of Government Relations, Pyramid Healthcare, Inc.
Michael Lawrence: Senior Manager, State Government Affairs, American College of Cardiology
Phil Innamorato: Senior Field Representative, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Lesley Beltran Brizuela: Legislative Aide, California State Assembly
Maureen Bereznak: Research Analyst, PA House of Representatives