There was plenty of legislative and gubernatorial actions taken this week across the country as states quickly approach the November elections. Notably, New Jersey lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation to create firearm-free zones, California set an end date for its COVID-19 state of emergency, and Pennsylvania lawmakers advanced legislation that would require high school students to take personal finance classes.


Governor Dunleavy announced that he will introduce legislation to address the fentanyl crisis in Alaska.

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Governor Newsom announced an end to the Covid-19 state of emergency in California.

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A judge in Delaware has blocked efforts by the state to change healthcare plans for state retirees.

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Governor Ron DeSantis announced Florida lawmakers would hold a special session to address relief efforts for Hurricane Ian.

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Governor J.B. Pritzker announced changes to the state’s Covid-19 policy.

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Indiana lawmakers will hear legislation that would consider additional funding for students who live in poverty.

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Kansas lawmakers held another hearing on the potential legalization of medical marijuana.

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Lawmakers in Kentucky are considering legislation to criminalize hazing in the state.

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Governor Edwards announced over $300 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure funding to expand electric vehicle battery manufacturing.

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Governor Janet Mills announced $7 million in energy relief for Maine small businesses.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed legislation to restrict the Governor’s ability to extend emergency orders issued by the Governor.

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New Hampshire

A legislator in New Hampshire announced his intention to introduce legislation to legalize cannabis in the state during the next legislative session.

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New Jersey

This week, four months after the United States Supreme Court affirmed a constitutional right to carry, a New Jersey Assembly committee advanced legislation that would create firearm-free zones and otherwise tighten gun control in the Garden State.

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New York

Governor Kathy Hochul announced over $15 million in state investments to expand child care access in the state.

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North Carolina

Governor Cooper announced over $30 million in state funding from the N.C. Volkswagen Settlement Program to fund over 150 new electric school buses.

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Lawmakers in the Pennsylvania State Senate approved legislation that would require high school students to take personal finance classes.

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Governor Glenn Youngkin announced “Operation Bold Blue Line” to recruit and retain police officers.

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

  • Max Behlke: new Deputy Executive Director, Institute for State Policy Leaders
  • Aaron Iovine: new Executive Director, Digital Assets Regulatory Policy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • John Loyer: new Member, Board of Directors, Attachment Energy Ratings Council (AERC)
  • Morgan Roth: new Senior Public Policy Manager, Motional
  • Aiken Hackett: new Vice President, Federal Government Relations, Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Happy Birthdays This Week

  • David Dix: CEO, Luminous Strategies
  • Nicole Bunce Ogburn: Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs, Office of Governor Glenn Youngkin
  • Adrian Hemond: CEO, Grassroots Midwest
  • Rene Diehl: Government Affairs Counselor, K&L Gates
  • Marc Gergely: Director of Government Affairs, DTI Development, Inc.

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