As we approach the end of October, lawmakers around the country remained busy on varying issues. Michigan lawmakers are advancing legislation that sets more ambitious targets for clean and renewable energy standards, while the Lt. Governor of Georgia is proposing giving $10,000 to teachers who arm themselves in the classroom. Additional issues covered below include special sessions, funding for border barriers along the Texas-Mexico border, higher education, marijuana, and more.
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Halloween Podcast Episode: Haunted State Capitols!
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In this week’s episode of Back in Session, the Ryans venture into the Capitol of Shadows, a special Halloween episode to cover spooky and haunted state Capitol buildings. Do you like ghost stories? Then this haunted state Capitol episode is for you! The Ryans discuss the hauntings of Capitols in Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Maryland, and stories including assassinations, murders, untimely deaths, and more.
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Late last week, legislative leaders issued a proclamation calling for a special session next month on various issues, such as bolstering sanctions against Iran and giving extra assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Idalia.
In an attempt to address school safety and security, Lt. Governor BurtJones (R) proposed a plan for Georgia to pay teachers an additional $10,000 per year if they voluntarily undergo firearms training and arm themselves in the classroom.
Earlier this week, the Interim Study Committee for Commerce and Economic Development heard testimony on artificial intelligence to determine how AI is changing the state’s economic outlook and how lawmakers should regulate it.
Governor Kathy Hochul (D) again extended a state of emergency over the influx of migrants into New York. The goal of the extension is to give the state more flexibility to get resources to localities to support those seeking asylum in the state.
The state House, with two-thirds approval, this week called into a special session to address Governor Doug Burgum’s (R) tax relief proposal. Under the proposal, the first $60,000 in income by a single filer would not be subjected to state income taxes for next year.
Voters are set to vote on Issue 2 (marijuana legalization) in the next few weeks, but they may not have the final say as lawmakers could change or repeal the law as GOP members of the General Assembly have shown little interest in cannabis legalization.
This week, Governor Josh Shapiro indicated he would be open to speaking with lawmakers who want to change the laws regarding non-disclosure agreements, in response to a sexual harassment settlement involving a former staffer in the governor’s office.
More than half of South Carolina’s elected prosecutors want to change how the legislature selects judges. Specifically, they are calling for legislators who are lawyers to be removed from a judicial screening committee.
Citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling against race-conscious admissions practices in colleges, state lawmakers this week introduced legislation to ban the consideration of race in state financial aid and scholarships for college students.