Lawmakers in various states around the country took action on a myriad of issues this week. Notably, two states addressed automated speed enforcement, a right-to-repair bill passed in California, Michigan enacted a hands-free driving law, and a Digital Bill of Rights was signed into law in Florida.


Alabama

State lawmakers passed House Bill 473 which would make amendments to the current Safe Haven laws. 

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Arizona

The Arizona Senate has voted on a new recommendation to confirm a new head of the state prison system. 

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California

California lawmakers have passed Senate Bill 244, a right to repair bill, which will change requirements for manufacturers’ production of tools and parts for repairs.

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Colorado

Governor Jared Polis (D) vetoed House Bill 23-1190 which would have given cities a right of first refusal to buy apartment buildings for affordable housing reasons. 

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Connecticut

On Wednesday, the state Senate approved the so-called “Vision Zero” bill that allows Connecticut municipalities to use automated speed enforcement and red light cameras.

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Florida

Governor Ron DeSantis (R) this week signed Senate Bill 262, a “Digital Bill of Rights” bill, which has a goal of protecting user data on the Internet. 

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Illinois

The Illinois legislature passed an omnibus election reform piece of legislation, Senate Bill 2123. The bill addresses various election issues, including allowing 16 and 17 year olds to pre-register to vote online, mandating public schools close for the 2024 General Election, and establishing a task force to study future election reforms such as ranked-choice voting.  

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Louisiana

The Louisiana House has voted in favor of lifting the state’s spending cap by $1.65 billion. 

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Michigan

Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed a series of “hands-free driving” bills into law this week, which prohibits holding or using a cell phone while driving. 

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Minnesota

Included in the transportation policy and finance bill that lawmakers passed last month is the approval of a task force to assist in studying the possibility of legalizing speed cameras in Minnesota.

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New York

New York lawmakers failed to pass two worker protection bills, leaving them to stall for now.

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Nevada

The Nevada legislature approved a new budget for capital improvements during a special session.

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Ohio

State lawmakers are considering a bill that would lower the minimum hiring age for police officers from 21 to 18 years old in an attempt to address the workforce shortage issue. 

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Oklahoma 

The Oklahoma legislature, in a recent special session passed a budget bill that would repeal the franchise tax.

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Rhode Island

A bill this week advanced through a legislative committee to legalize the possession and cultivation of psilocybin mushrooms, otherwise known as “magic mushrooms.”

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South Carolina

A budget deal between the state House and Senate showed no signs of getting closer to an agreement this week as a conference committee held its first public meeting in 18 days. 

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Tennessee

A federal judge declared Tennessee’s so-called “anti-drag” law as unconstitutional, but the ruling leaves questions over enforcement and next steps.

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Vermont

In a move that was widely predicted, Governor Phil Scott (R) vetoed legislation that would have added $120 million in annual funding for child care. 

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Virginia

On Wednesday, the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board voted to withdraw the state from RGGI, an auction-based carbon emissions reduction program that other East Coast states belong to. 

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West Virginia

Governor Jim Justice (R) has announced a new plastic conversion facility in a small community near Charleston.

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

  • Lindsey Dowling: new Director of Government Affairs – NC, Carolinas Credit Union League
  • Katherine Thordahl: new Digital Director & Deputy Communications Director, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Sarah Mysiewicz: new Senior Pensions Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions
  • Sara O’Neill: new Senior Vice President, Aera Energy LLC
  • Trent Machamer: new Research Analyst, Senate of Pennsylvania
  • Julie Carraghan: new Legislative Director, State Senator Nick Miller
  • Jemille Duncan: new Director of Policy and Legislation, City of Philadelphia
  • Charles Lawlor: new Press Secretary, California State Senate

Happy Birthdays This Week

  • Matthew Welsh: Government Affairs Director, Indivior
  • Jennifer Snyder: Field Coordinator and Policy Advocate, Alliance for American Manufacturing
  • Patrick Millham: Chief of Staff, Swift Solar
  • Joe Hoellerer: Director of Government Affairs, Information Technology Industry Council
  • Hunter Tower: East Coast Director, Freedom Foundation
  • Eric Blackwell: Director, Government and Political Affairs, NRG Energy

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