This week was certainly a busy one for lawmakers and governors around the United States. Georgia’s governor has suspended the state’s gas tax again, Arkansas reinstated a ban on COVID vaccine mandates, California lawmakers approved allowing their staff to unionize, and Florida’s Speaker announced a special committee to look at hurricane relief and resilience.
Learn about these issues and more in this week’s DMGS State of the States!
On Thursday, Governor SarahHuckabeeSanders signed a bill that reinstates a ban on COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The bill specifically bars public agencies such as schools and state agencies from requiring an individual to receive a vaccine or immunization for COVID-19.
Connecticut is set to use most of last fiscal year’s $1.9 billion surplus to reduce pension debt in the coming months. With that, the state will have added $7.7 billion in supplemental payments in the last four years to reduce pension debt.
Following another major hurricane in August, House Speaker PaulRenner announced this week a select committee to address hurricane relief and storm resilience. The committee, set to be chaired by Rep. MichaelGrant, will examine ways to both protect and repair the state from future storms and look at immediate needs for hard-hit areas by recent hurricanes.
Thanks in part to another state surplus, Governor BrianKemp this week announced he is again suspending Georgia’s gas tax. The gas tax suspension is set to run through October 12, but he indicated he will continue to suspend the gas tax on a monthly basis via executive orders.
For the second time, a proposed constitutional amendment to overhaul the way Ohio draws its political maps has been rejected after Attorney General DaveYost rejected a proposal to create an independent redistricting commission.
Control of the state House in Pennsylvania is again up for grabs. A special election in Allegheny County on September 19th will decide which party controls the House, which is currently divided evenly, 101-101.