States were busy across the country again this week passing legislation on a variety of issues, namely infrastructure, cannabis, automated speed enforcement, and state budgets.


The Alabama legislature is considering House Bill 479, which would reduce the statewide sale tax on food.

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Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs (D) vetoed Senate Bill 1234 which would have banned the use of photo cameras to enforce speeding or red light violations.

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California lawmakers are considering legislation that would require a human driver to be present in the cab of driverless vehicles for at least the next five years.

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Colorado Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera (D) has signed House Bill 23-1215 into law, which changes regulation around facility fees in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

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The Connecticut House passed Senate Bill 922, which will prevent higher education institutions from using debt as reason to withhold student transcripts.

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Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed new legislation that would allow the use of cameras to enforce school zone speed limits.

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The Illinois legislature has failed to pass Senate Bill 1559, a cannabis reform bill, partially due to legislators’ disagreements over the role of Delta-8 THC.

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The Kentucky Opioid Abatement Advisory Commission is considering a new $42 million funding grant to research for treatment of opioid addictions.

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The Louisiana Legislature passed a new $50 billion plan to protect and restore the coast over the next half century.

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Michigan lawmakers proposed a package of bills that would change who is eligible for driver’s licenses, including adding those who are in the country illegally.

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Minnesota Governor Tim Walz (D) signed a bill that will legalize the usage of recreational marijuana for adults 21 and older.

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New York

New York lawmakers are closer to passing the Clean Slate Act, which will seal criminal records for certain misdemeanors and felonies.

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The Oklahoma legislature has passed tax reforms, including the state’s franchise and marriage taxes. The legislature failed to repeal the state’s grocery tax, however.

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Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s House Finance Committee is set to vote on the rewrite of their proposed $1 billion tax plan that was proposed earlier this year. Final disputed items included tax cuts and funding for education.

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Proposed teacher pay raises failed this past week, with proposals getting tied up in a debate over private school vouchers programs.

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Governor Phil Scott (R) is set to sign House Bill 127 into law which will make Vermont the 38th state to have legal online sports betting.

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The Virginia legislature has released $6 million of federal funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to procure food products from local farmers.

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West Virginia

West Virginia’s Governor Jim Justice (R) has approved a series of 17 West Virginia Water Development Authority Projects.

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Capital and Capitol Happenings: New Positions, Promotions, and More

  • Adam Nagel: new Director of Government Affairs, PennFuture
  • Noah Marty: new Senior Legislative Aide, California State Assembly
  • K. Elizabeth Gross: new Director, Government Relations, Discovery Financial Services
  • James Logan: new Manager, State Government Affairs, American Cleaning Institute
  • Tony Signorella: new Director of Government Affairs, Comcast
  • Marisa Balanda: new Deputy Policy Director, PennDOT
  • Bryan Barash: new Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and External Affairs, Dutchie
  • Danielle Waterfield: new Senior Advisor for Environmental Review – CHIPS Program Office, U.S. Department of Commerce

Happy Birthdays This Week

  • Shelby Vannoy: Assistant Director of Public Policy, Tennessee Farm Bureau
  • Sean Slone: Senior Policy Analyst, The Council of State Governments
  • Jeffrey Waldock: Chief of Staff, Texas House of Representatives
  • Timothy Graham: Director of Governmental Relations & Coalitions, Kansas National Education Association
  • Matt Herriman: Director of External Affairs & Development, Noble Education Initiative 
  • Katie Troller Bond: Director, Federal Government Affairs, Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Juan Vargas: Public Policy Coordinator, Meta
  • Alexandra Kozak: Pennsylvania Field Manager, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

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