This week saw plenty of action in state capitals around the country, despite it being summer. A few notable states held their primary elections this week, including Alaska, where
ranked-choice-voting was used for the first time in the state, and Wyoming, where U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney was defeated. Additionally, California’s deadline to send legislation to the governor’s desk is approaching, Colorado lawmakers are pushing wildfire prevention legislation, and the issue of open primaries vs. closed primaries is being discussed in different states. Alabama
In Alabama, the state Republican Party approved a resolution urging the Alabama legislature to implement closed primaries.
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On Tuesday, Alaska held their first ranked choice primary election for the races of Governor, U.S. Senate, and Alaska’s lone U.S. House seat.
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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation that will make every K-12 student eligible for a new school voucher program.
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As the August 31st deadline to send legislation to the governor for the year approaches, here are some of the bills that California’s legislature is considering.
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Some Colorado legislators are pursuing legislation to improve wildfire prevention.
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On Wednesday, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont announced that the state Department of Transportation has been awarded over $20 million in federal grant money to modernize part of the state’s bus system.
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Gov. Ron DeSantis announced new legislation will be proposed for the 2023 legislative session to increase recruitment of teachers in the state.
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Gov. Brian Kemp is allocating over $1 billion in federal COVID-19 dollars to help fund social programs in the state.
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Hawaii held primary elections on Saturday, including for governor.
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A federal judge has decided whether or not the Idaho Legislature can intervene in the U.S. DOJ’s lawsuit against Idaho’s abortion ban.
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The latest investment into the state’s rainy day fund brought its balance to over $1 billion for the first time.
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National surrogates on both sides of the aisle are flocking to the Iowa as the mid-term elections approach.
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Kansas Gov. Laure Kelly nominated three individuals to fill vacancies on the Board of Regents, the state’s higher education coordinating board.
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A group of students in Kentucky are urging state lawmakers to increase mental health resources in schools.
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Gov. John Bel Edwards, along with members of the Legislative Black Caucus and Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs participated in the groundbreaking of the first African American Veterans Monument in the state.
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is proposing a sales tax break on back-to-school supplies as kids prepare to go back to school.
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Gov. Tim Walz announced about 90,000 more students in the state will be eligible for free school meals this upcoming year.
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Gov. Mike Parson is meeting with lawmakers to gain support for his $700 million tax cut plan.
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Montana lawmakers will consider a special session to discuss potential state tax rebates.
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State Senators in New Jersey are proposing legislation that would ban the new LIV Golf league from holding tournaments in the state.
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A budget forecast in New Mexico is projecting that the state will receive $2.45 billion in unexpected revenue for the 2024 fiscal year.
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin is proposing a reversal on New York’s ban on natural gas drilling, a policy that has been in place since 2014.
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A federal judge has reinstated North Carolina’s 20-week abortion ban, passed originally in 2015.
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Gov. Mike DeWine announced $42 million in new grant funding for local law enforcement.
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Gov. Kevin Stitt granted a 60-day reprieve to an inmate on death row.
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State lawmakers are working on bills to help fund billons of dollars in public school mental health resources for the 2023 legislative session.
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Gov. Tom Wolf issued an executive order discouraging conversion therapy and directing state agencies to further discourage such activity.
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Gov. Dan McKee signed legislation on Wednesday to increase funding for programs that support Rhode Island senior citizens.
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The South Carolina Supreme Court temporarily blocked the state’s six-week abortion ban.
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Gov. Bill Lee announced three new key officer and staff appointments.
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A judge in Texas is allowing a lawsuit against Utah’s ban on transgender girls participating in girls sports to proceed, refusing to dismiss the lawsuit.
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Gov. Phil Scott issued a 10-point plan to improve public safety and violence prevention.
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Brewers in Virginia are planning legislation that would allow for self-distribution.
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Gov. Jim Justice declared a state of emergency Monday in two counties in response to damaging flash flooding.
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Gov. Tony Evers announced a new $10 million grant program to help Wisconsin citizens who own private, contaminated wells they use as a water source.
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Wyoming held primary elections on Tuesday, including a nationally watched race for the state’s at large congressional seat.
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