Lawmakers and governors around the country were busy this week, despite the July 4th holiday. Many states finalized or continued to work on their respective state’s budget, including Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Meanwhile, New Jersey enacted a law requiring flood risk disclosure, recreational cannabis sales went live in Maryland, and Wisconsin’s governor used his line-item veto power to increase school funding for the next 400 years.
The Alabama medical cannabis licensing process has been halted due to “potential inconsistencies” in data according to the Medical Cannabis Commission. The commission will meet Monday and announce program updates.
Governor Janet Mills (D) vetoed a bill allowing the four Wabanaki tribes of Maine to receive the same benefits as other federally recognized tribes. House members fell 10 votes short of overriding the veto.
Governor Josh Shapiro (D) announced he would line-item veto the $100 million private school voucher program he previously supported in the state’s budget that had already passed the state Senate. Vouchers became a main sticking point between Senate Republicans and House Democrats in budget negotiations.
This week, Governor Phil Murphy (D) signed legislation requiring sellers of property and landlords to to disclose knowledge of a property’s history of flooding, flood risk, and location in a flood zone.
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) announced that the state will begin adopting some of the country’s strictest vehicle emissions regulations to improve consumer vehicle choice and further aggressive climate goals.