With Election Day quickly approaching, many states held debates for various races this week, including for governor. In some notable legislative news, lawmakers in Mississippi are gearing up to address Kratom in the 2023 legislative session, Pennsylvania lawmakers passed legislation that would allow junior firefighters to train on live-burn interior firefighter module, and Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a new package of legislation designed to assist veterans in Oklahoma.
DMGS also covered various topics this week, including Halloween legislation, ranked-choice voting, mattress recycling, and parental bills of rights.
The Alabama Work Force and Wage Gap Task Force introduced a list of legislative priorities for lawmakers.
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Candidates for Governor of Colorado met this week to debate two weeks out from Election Day.
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The Connecticut state government mailed out almost 250,000 checks to low-income households as part of the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit Enhancement Program.
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The State Employment Benefit Committee voted to continue state retiree health plans through the end of 2023.
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Incumbent Governor Ron DeSantis (R) debated Democratic opponent Charlie Crist (D) this week.
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Governor David Ige announced a joint declaration with Israel establishing a strategic partnership for cultural, educational, and economic exchanges.
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Governor Pritzker’s office announced the Safe Sleep Support program, designed to address sudden unexpected infant death.
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The Indiana Department of Revenue announced that the state’s gas tax will increase by 1.1 cents per gallon in November.
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Governor Laura Kelly announced over $22 million to over 60 organizations dedicated to helping victims and survivors of violent crimes.
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Advocacy groups in Massachusetts are urging the state legislature to consider legislation to provide inmates with free prison phone calls.
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Lawmakers in Mississippi are hearing evidence related to potentially banning Kratom in the 2023 legislative session.
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The Montana State Prison has launched a new program that provides coding training to prison inmates to reduce recidivism rates.
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Republican Governor Chris Sununu debated Democratic nominee Tom Sherman in a debate on Tuesday.
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Governor Murphy and Attorney General Platkin announced $20 million in grants to assist the state’s victims of violent incidents and those impacted or at risk of gun violence.
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Incumbent Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul faced off against Republican challenger and Congressman Lee Zeldin.
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Governor Roy Cooper signed a new executive order designed to incentivize new zero-emission vehicle technologies.
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Governor Doug Burgum is asking the state legislature for $20 million in funding for rural revitalization programs for smaller communities.
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Legislators in Ohio are asking for $600 million in funding for 38 school districts across 18 Appalachian counties.
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This week, Governor Kevin Stitt signed a new package of legislation designed to assist veterans in Oklahoma.
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Lawmakers in Pennsylvania approved legislation that would allow junior firefighters to train on live-burn interior firefighter modules. The bill now goes to the Governor’s desk for approval.
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Governor Dan McKee signed legislation that would keep the addresses of domestic violence survivors confidential.
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A new poll is showing Governor Kristi Noem with a double-digit lead in South Dakota less than two weeks from Election Day.
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Governor Phil Scott announced $30 million in new funding in American Rescue Plan Act funding for village water and wastewater infrastructure.
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Governor Jim Justice announced that he will not require Covid-19 vaccines for students in West Virginia public schools.
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