It was a busy week in states around the country. Governors and state legislatures worked through state budgets and economic incentives, proposals to address youth mental health were considered, and New York became the first state in the nation to officially ban fossil-fuel use in new construction.


A proposal in the Alabama legislature that would provide an $800 tax rebate for Alabama households is expected to be considered this week.

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A bill that would extend Medicaid coverage for new mothers advanced through the Alaska State House by a vote of 35-3.

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A bill that would guarantee funding for a statewide recycling program passed the State Senate.

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The State Legislature approved a piece of legislation that would provide $150 million in funding to aid hospitals in financial distress.

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A proposal that would offer mental health screenings to sixth through 12th graders cleared the General Assembly.

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The Florida State Senate approved a bill that would allow the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Board to cancel agreements that were signed up to three months before the board’s creation.

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Governor Brian Kemp (R) signed a package of bills to help combat the state’s workforce shortage.

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Governor J.B. Pritzker (D) is expected to sign a bill that would prevent institutions that ban books from receiving state funds.

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Governor Laura Kelly (D) announced $30 million towards increasing high-speed internet availability in the state.

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Governor Wes Moore (D) signed a package of bills, including legislation that would create licensing and tax rates in preparation for the opening of a recreational marijuana market on July 1st.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) announced the opening of a new hydrogen plant in the state, which is expected to add 500 new jobs.

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Governor Joe Lombardo (R) is advocating for a new bill that would provide funding to help attract the Oakland Athletics baseball team to Las Vegas.

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New York

The New York State Legislature passed a new bill that bans the use of fossil-fuels in any new construction. The measure includes stoves, furnaces, and water heaters that use gas.

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North Carolina

The North Carolina Legislature passed a new measure that would ban abortion in the state after 12 weeks.

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A new bill to broaden protections for LGBTQ+ individuals in Pennsylvania passed the State House this week.

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South Carolina

Governor Henry McMaster (R) signed a new law establishing school voucher programs. The programs will give up to 15,000 students six-thousand dollars a year for private school tuition and associated expenses.

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The State Legislature passed new bills this week that establish new regulations on producing, selling, and distributing products containing hem-derived cannabinoids.

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Governor Glenn Youngkin (R) announced that he would not be a candidate for President in 2024.

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

  • Leah Hirsch: new Vice President, Medicare Operations, Government Contracts, Molina Healthcare
  • Matthew Welsh: new Government Affairs Director, Indivior
  • Joseph Crifasi: new Government Affairs Analysis, Chevron
  • Lesly Weber McNitt: new Senior Director of U.S. Advocacy and Communications, Eleanor Crook Foundation

Happy Birthdays This Week

  • Jeannette Zanipatin: California State Director, Drug Policy Alliance
  • MoReno Taylor: Executive Director, Fund MI Future
  • Joe Forte: Deputy Chief of Staff and Chief Diversity Officer, State of New Jersey
  • Shelby Rexrode: Policy Officer, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency
  • Christopher Francis: State Budget and Policy Advisor, California State Senate
  • Rob Karr: President and CEO, Illinois Retail Merchants Association

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