It was a busy week for lawmakers and governors around the country. California’s governor reflected on his recent visit to China and the future of autonomous and potentially flying vehicles, a lawmaker in Georgia is trying to codify the definition of “anti-semitism,” Texas lawmakers are advancing funding for a border wall, and Pennsylvania lawmakers this week heard testimony related to the potential legalization of recreational marijuana.
Arizona’s Attorney General Kris Mayes (D) plans to propose a “red flag” bill, which would allow courts to remove guns from individuals who they believe pose a threat to schools. The bill would require a judge to obtain “compelling evidence” to issue an extreme risk protection order. Through the order, the gun owner would be required to temporarily surrender their weapons until a hearing is conducted. Over 20 states have already passed such laws.
Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom (D) visited Tesla’s Gigafactory in China and shared his thoughts on the future of motor vehicles, namely that humans may not be driving much longer as cars become autonomous.
A temporary legislative committee tasked with addressing the opioid crisis passed four proposals but turned down a plan to establish safe injection sites where people could use illegal substances under medical supervision. Concerns about Governor Jared Polis’ (D) possible veto had an impact on the decision, which was in line with the conclusion of a similar attempt in a Senate committee earlier this year.
Delaware implemented new regulations to prevent consumer fraud by home improvement contractors. The new regulations prevent contractors from claiming a signed contract was an estimate or not binding. It also requires contracts to include an approximate completion date, required materials and costs, contractor contact information, and installation or delivery fees.
Students for Justice in Palestine groups in Florida’s public university system were recently ordered to dissolve by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), who cited a federal law that forbids providing “material support to terrorist organizations.”
Esther Panitch (D), Georgia’s only Jewish legislator, is renewing a push to define “antisemitism” in Georgia law. Panitch has asked Governor Brian Kemp (R) to add a bill to the upcoming special session that would codify an anti-semitism definition.
A new bill introduced by Rep. Matt Koleszar (D) aims to publicize how much public funding charter schools spend on education and private management companies. The bill is among several others pushing for greater transparency with charter schools.
Governor Kathy Hochul (D) signed legislation to expand the rights of homeowners in manufactured home parks. The legislation expands the right of first refusal for homeowners, requires homeowners to notify owners of manufactured home parks within 60 days of making an offer to purchase the park, and requires homeowners to make the offer within 140 days.
Ten new laws impacting drivers and vehicle registration in Oklahoma went into effect this week. Some of the new laws include allowing for an optional two-year motor vehicle registration, allowing more time for customers to pay their tag, title, and tax on a new vehicle, and more.
State Representative Ben Bowman (D) is drafting a bill for the 2024 session to ensure that medical practices are run by physicians. The bill would ban management services organizations from using non-compete agreements with physicians and from prohibiting physicians from speaking out about their practices.