Lawmakers across the country were hard at work this week drafting bills for the upcoming 2024 legislative session. Notably, New York’s Governor announced a special election to replace GeorgeSantos, Pennsylvania’s House won’t convene until March, and the Milwaukee Brewers will remain in Wisconsin until 2050 due to a new law signed by the governor.
Arkansas Citizens for Transparency submitted a ballot measure which aims to create a right to government transparency. The proposed amendment seeks to protect the public’s right to access government documents and hold officials accountable for taxpayer dollars.
California is set to implement several new laws on January 1. Among them is a law requiring big box stores selling toys to maintain a gender-neutral toy section to eliminate stereotypes about gender-specific toys. Additionally, a speed camera pilot program in a handful of localities will take effect, as well as a law expanding sick leave.
Governor GretchenWhitmer (D) this week signed legislation to protect healthcare workers and incentivize those wishing to enter the healthcare field. The bills increase fines for those who assault health professionals while on the job.
A bill being proposed by the Senate Minority Leader would require the state Department of Transportation to start providing information about potholes on state roads in its yearly Roadway Pavement System report.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) has announced a special election to fill the House seat vacated by Representative George Santos (R), who was expelled from Congress following a House Ethics Committee report accusing him of numerous crimes and ethical lapses. The special election must take place between 70 and 80 days after Hochul’s initial call.
Governor Roy Cooper (D) and Health Secretary Kody H. Kinsley of North Carolina this week celebrated the launch of Medicaid expansion in the state. Over 600,000 North Carolinians are now eligible for Medicaid under the expansion.
Cannabis is now legal in Ohio after voters approved a ballot initiative last month, but lawmakers are still negotiating various details such as tax rates and whether or not to allow medical dispensaries to sell recreational cannabis.
Speaker of the House JoannaMcClinton (D) announced this week that the House won’t reconvene in 2024 until March 18th due to roof repairs at the Capitol. However, House republicans have criticized democratic leadership for the move and questioned the reasoning.
Lawmakers recently passed a law making it a state crime to enter Texas illegally from a foreign country. Immigration rights groups and Democrats plan to file suit, arguing the law oversteps state authority and could lead to racial profiling.
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