It may be the middle of the summer, but that didn’t stop a plethora of legislative and executive action from taking place this week. Some states continued to work on, or finalize, their respective budgets, Oklahoma became the 41st state to offer online voter registration, a court ordered New York to redraw its congressional maps, and Texas lawmakers passed a deal to address property taxes.
$2.6 million will be allocated towards state infrastructure projects through Alabama’s Annual Grant Program. Governor Kay Ivey (R) made the announcement earlier this week and believes the funding will help resolve the state’s issues in transportation infrastructure.
School districts across the state are facing increasing costs from insurance premiums. Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R) announced that the state will help alleviate school districts of these costs, which are estimated around $11 million.
Governor Gavin Newsom (D) signed a package of bills to improve the state’s infrastructure. Legislation includes improving the state’s transportation system and clean water supply, as well as building a 100% clean energy grid.
Governor Ned Lamont (D) vetoed five bills, which originally passed unanimously by both chambers of the General Assembly. Despite convening on Monday for mandatory technical sessions, lawmakers declined the opportunity to override the governor’s vetoes.
Governor Janet Mills (D) signed Maine’s budget bill this week, which will now pay for family and medical leave beginning in 2026. Maine joins 12 other states to require employers to offer paid family and medical leave.
Maryland Representative Jamie Raskin (D) will not run for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat, following the retirement of Senator Ben Cardin (D). The Maryland Representative will instead seek reelection in the House.
The state’s budget remains in deadlock after lawmakers failed to send a completed budget to the governor before the new fiscal year began. While lawmakers passed the state’s spending plan, they still need to sign bills before going to Governor Josh Shapiro (D).