We are now days away from the 2022 midterm elections where voters around the country get to cast their ballots for races like governor, Congress, state legislature, and more. While most attention this week was paid to the upcoming elections, lawmakers and governors were rather busy in various states such as Pennsylvania, California, Kentucky, and more.


Governor Kay Ivey announced over $1 million for new research grants at three Alabama Universities.

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Schools in Arizona are facing a budget crisis unless state lawmakers intervene.

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Current elected officials in Arkansas campaigned this week against an upcoming amendment that would legalize recreational marijuana.

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Governor Gavin Newsom announced this week he is withholding $1B in state funding for cities and counties until local political leaders are able to show they have plans to address California’s homeless crisis.

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State medical boards met this week to approve the drafting of a rule that would ban gender-affirming health care for Florida youth.

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Governor Pritzker announced a a change in state policy that would no longer require incarcerated women to pay for their abortion procedures.

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Governor Reynolds announced the appeal of a district court ruling allowing school districts to impose universal mask mandates.

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A lawmaker in Kentucky is pushing legislation that would implement a hands-free cell phone law while driving.

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Lawmakers in Louisiana received a briefing on the state’s tax structure as they consider potential changes to the state’s tax codes.

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A group in Maine submitted over 80,000 signatures to the Secretary of State to have the legislature consider a bill that would place new limits on campaign spending.

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A law that bans the disposal of mattresses textiles, clothing items, shoes, and linens became law this week.

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Governor Tate Reeves announced his intention to call a special legislative session regarding a $2.5 billion economic development project.

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State officials, including Governor Mike Parson, hope to increase funding for police at the State Capitol complex.

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New Jersey

Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation this week amending the NJ Department of Education’s grant program for STEM teachers that was established back in 2019.

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Governor Wolf signed a new $2 billion tax credit package including incentives for hydrogen production, milk processing, and biomedical research.

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South Carolina

Members of the South Carolina Legislature met this week to try and come to a compromise on legislation that would include harsher abortion restrictions as the session nears its close on Nov 13th.

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Governor Greg Abbott directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to increase the Emergency Operations Center readiness level in anticipation of severe weather.

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Governor Phil Scott held the Governor’s annual School Safety Conference this week, where representatives from districts across the state discussed violence prevention.

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State Senator Amanda Chase announced her intention to introduce a bill that would ban abortion completely in Virginia.

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Washington State officially lifted the last of its COVID-19 emergency orders on Monday.

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DMGS Posts This Week

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

  • Nicholas Schilligo: new Senior Director, Government Relations, 1-800 CONTACTS
  • Melanie Bull: new Principal, Capital & 5th
  • Tegan Gelfand: new Director, Government Affairs, Federal & Head of Public Policy, Ferring Pharmaceuticals
  • Jose Alvarado: new Board Member, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce
  • Megan Ekstorm: new Director of Public Affairs, Zillow Group

Happy Birthdays This Week

  • Altmann Pannell: Director of Government Relations for the Mid-Atlantic Region, Coca-Cola Consolidated, Inc.
  • Jonathan Lutz: Executive Director, API Pennsylvania
  • Matthew O’Donnell: Senior Director, State Government Affairs, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Alexis Lauver: Harrisburg Regional Field Director, PA Stands Up
  • Marvin Deon: Chief Legislative Representative, County of Los Angeles

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