Lawmakers and governors from around the country reacted to the tragic shooting at a Texas elementary school, with many calling for various actions to help curb gun violence. Additionally, states such as Georgia held primary elections, Kansas lawmakers finished their 2022 session, Rhode Island’s governor signed legal cannabis legislation, and Delaware’s governor vetoed recreational marijuana legislation.
Following the Robb Elementary School mass shooting, Arizona Senate Democrats are urging the failure of two bills now moving through the legislature. One bill would extend the places concealed weapons permit holders can carry firearms, and the other allows anyone driving on school grounds to have a loaded weapon in their vehicle.
Colorado state lawmakers have passed several pieces of gun-related legislation in recent years. While Democrats control both legislative chambers and the governor’s office, there appears to be no effort to pass some of the most protective gun violence legislation.
Georgia’s general election match-ups appear set following this week’s primary election. incumbent Governor Brian Kemp bested former U.S. Sen. David Perdue in the Republican primary and will face Stacey Abrams this fall, who was uncontested in the Democratic primary. In the U.S. Senate race, incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D) will face off against Herschel Walker (R) in the general election after winning their respective primaries.
On May 25, Governor Phil Murphy again challenged the state’s Democratic-controlled legislature to vote on a set of stalled gun-control proposals introduced more than a year ago. Murphy also called on lawmakers to hold votes on all gun-related bills, even those that would loosen the state’s firearm laws, to “make every legislator choose whose side they have chosen to be on.”
Governor Kevin Stitt signed SB 615 into law. The bill regulates access to public-school bathrooms by a person’s birth sex. School districts and charter schools that do not comply face a 5% reduction in state funding.
If the conservative Supreme Court majority overturns the holding of Roe v. Wade, a group of Republican state lawmakers is preparing a legislative plan to bar private companies from helping employees seek abortions outside of Texas.