With the holiday season now in the rearview mirror, state lawmakers and governors across the country are busy preparing for the upcoming legislative sessions. We are beginning to see and hear which topics may dominate the upcoming sessions, including TikTok bans, abortion, housing, tax reform, and more.
Alabama’s new conceal carry law goes into effect on January 1, 2023, after lawmakers passed legislation allowing the practice earlier this year.
Governor LauraKelly (D) issued an Executive Order this week banning TikTok on state-issued devices. Kelly is the first Democratic governor to implement restrictions on TikTok, joining a large group of GOP governors who have taken various actions on the Chinese-owned app.
Some advocates and state lawmakers are hoping that 2023 is the year Kentucky finally legalizes medical cannabis. Legislation legalizing medical cannabis has easily passed the state House in two of the last three legislative sessions, but have died in the Senate.
DFL legislators are expected to try to advance various election-related reforms in this coming session, including proposals to restore the right to vote to people convicted of felonies who’ve served their jail sentences, expand options for mail-in voting, and more.
One democratic lawmaker in New Mexico is planning to introduce legislation that would create a commission with the authority to set salaries for state lawmakers. New Mexico is currently the country’s only unsalaried legislature.