This past week, several states (Montana, Utah, Wyoming) introduced or advanced legislation to ban the provisioning of gender-affirming care for transgender youth. Republican legislators in states including Arkansas, Kansas, North Carolina and West Virginia have introduced measures pertaining to school choice and curriculums. Additionally, bills pertaining to abortion legality were furthered in Idaho, Minnesota, and Nebraska, and measures relating to firearm access and use were introduced in Florida, New Mexico, and Washington.
Alabama’s Attorney General Steve Marshall has filed a lawsuit challenging the early release of 369 inmates.
Governor Mike Dunleavy (R) has revealed bills that would create a leasing structure for companies who want to capture and inject carbon dioxide emissions into the ground, and would contribute to the global market for carbon credits.
Arkansas’s Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is reviewing the curriculum content of the pilot AP African American studies course, in light of Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s (R) Executive Order 23-05 which “prohibit[s] indoctrination and critical race theory in schools.”
California has introduced a competing plan on how states reliant on the Colorado River can save water one day after six other states revealed their proposal. California’s proposal has been criticized for its failure to account for water lost during transportation or through evaporation.
Idaho’s State House of Representatives has approved a bill that would withhold state sales tax revenues from local governments that are refusing to enforce state felony laws, particularly laws that criminalize abortion.
Governor Maura Healey (D) has proposed a supplemental spending plan to house migrants, which would cost $282 million, and provide support for emergency assistance, expanding shelter capacity, and funding school opportunities.
Mississippi’s Senate Finance Committee has approved HB 401, a bill which would ban car companies from operating their own locations within the state, with the intention of making it more difficult for electric car companies to sell directly to customers in the state.
Republicans in North Carolina’s Senate have introduced a “Parents’ Bill of Rights” that would prohibit instruction on gender identity and sexuality in K-4 public school classes, and expand the authority that parents can have over children’s reading materials, education, and mental health care.
Oklahoma’s Attorney General Gentner Drummond announced that he has dismissed a lawsuit regarding the handling of federal Covid-19 relief education funding, filed initially by the state’s former attorney general.
Governor Dan McKee (D) and Rhode Island’s Executive Office of Health & Human Services have launched a pilot program to serve Rhode Islanders with acute illnesses or injuries and are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.
Tennessee Republicans filed several bills which would enable them to appoint members to and exert control over the governing boards for several of Nashville’s Music City landmarks including Nissan Stadium, Bridgestone Arena, and Nashville’s airport.
Governor Greg Abbott (R) has announced that he will be establishing a “border-czar” role, filled by MikeBanks, in order to expedite the construction of a border wall in collaboration with the Texas National Guard and state troopers.
A bill introduced in West Virginia’s Senate would require public schools, including colleges and universities in addition to K-12 schools, to display the motto “In God We Trust” in “a conspicuous place.”
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan organization which tracks campaign spending, reported that overall spending in Wisconsin’s 2022 gubernatorial race was 77% higher than previous spending records.