There was plenty of legislative and gubernatorial actions taken this week across the country as states quickly approach the November elections. Legislation was signed in Alaska to repeal a law that allowed employers to pay those with disabilities a subminimum wage, various primary elections were held, and Louisiana lawmakers are considering a proposal to eliminate the state’s income tax.
Alabama is considering a new method of execution in anticipation of an upcoming September 22nd execution for a 1999 killing.
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Governor Mike Dunleavy signed legislation to repeal a law that allowed employers to pay those with disabilities a subminimum wage.
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A federal judge is blocking an Arizona law that would make it illegal to film police officers within eight feet.
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A group of Arkansas legislators have approved over $60 million in federal funds to assist 23 school districts.
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Governor Gavin Newsom signed CARE legislation to assist Californians struggling with mental illness.
Learn more here. Colorado
Ballot initiatives to loosen alcohol regulations in the state are causing significant political spending in the state.
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Governor Ned Lamont announced $150 million in new funding to improve air filtration system in Connecticut schools.
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Delaware held their primary election this Tuesday, with a statewide primary for State Auditor.
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Gov. Beshear announced over $11 million for the improvement of infrastructure, water treatment, and public safety in Perry County.
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Governor Ron DeSantis met with some of Jacksonville’s fire fighters and police officers regarding the recent $1,000 bonuses awarded to first responders throughout the state.
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As election day draws closer, Democrat nominee for Governor Stacey Abrams is making legalized sports betting a key campaign issue.
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Due to a school bus driver shortage, Hawaii is offering high school students the opportunity to take free public transportation to school this year.
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The Idaho Family Policy Center has started a public petition to ban drag shows in areas where children are present.
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A crime reform package passed by the legislature in 2021 is becoming a campaign issue leading into the fall election season.
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Indiana’s new abortion ban passed after the overturn of R
oe v. Wade became law on Thursday. Learn more here. Iowa
Iowa’s three public universities are requesting over $30 million in new funding from the previous year’s budget from the state legislature.
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A key wording change may impact the competitiveness of Kansas high school sports.
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A pro-abortion rights group, Protect Kentucky Access, has raised almost $1.5 million to defeat a constitutional amendment on the ballot this November that would eliminate abortion rights in the state.
Learn more here. Louisiana
Members of the Louisiana legislature are considering a proposal to eliminate the state’s income tax.
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The American Principles Project, a national conservative group, is pledging to spend millions targeting LGBTQ issues in the Maine Governor’s race.
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Governor Larry Hogan announced over $13 million in new grants to make roads safer.
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Governor Charlie Baker is indicating that tax relief will come to Massachusetts residents sometime this Fall.
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Republican Gubernatorial Nominee Tudor Dixon is proposing $1 billion in increased funding for law enforcement over her first term if she is elected in November.
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Control of Minnesota’s legislature is up for grabs this November, data shows.
Learn more here. Mississippi
Governor Tate Reeves is asking the U.S. Small Business Administration to help businesses hurt by the Jackson water crisis.
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Missouri legislators began a special session designed to provide an estimated $700 million tax cut.
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Governor Gianforte and 21 other Governors signed a letter criticizing President Biden’s recent student loan forgiveness plan.
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A group of Republican legislators have signed a pledge to end secret ballot voting for leadership positions in the legislature by 2023.
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The Nevada Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee has approved $105 million in funding for small businesses.
Learn more here. New Hampshire
New Hampshire held primary elections Tuesday, including a Republican Primary for U.S. Senate to take on incumbent Democrat Maggie Hassan.
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New Jersey lawmakers are considering changes to the state’s recently implemented plastic bag ban.
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Measures to lower alcohol driven issues in New Mexico are under consideration in the State Legislature.
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Gov. Kathy Hochul allowed the first of the Covid-19 pandemic emergency measures to expire.
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Governor Cooper is encouraging the state General Assembly to waive taxes on any forgiven student loans.
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Governor Doug Burgum announced his $80 million plan to address the lack of available childcare in the state.
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An Ohio judge has temporarily blocked the state’s six week abortion ban.
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Governor Kevin Stitt has signed an executive order to help farmers and ranchers hurt by the extreme drought conditions.
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Oregon officials have determined that landlords can raise rent by over 14% next year under the state’s rent control policy.
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The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted to hold Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner in contempt for refusing to cooperate with a legislative investigative committee.
Learn more here. Rhode Island
Rhode Island held primary elections Tuesday night, including in the race for Governor.
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A state senator in South Carolina is introducing legislation that would protect the identity of pharmaceutical manufacturers who sell drugs used for lethal injection executions.
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Governor Kristi Noem underwent a successful surgery for a condition affecting her lumbar spine.
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Metro Nashville announced an estimated $1.5 billion in public funding for a new Tennessee Titans stadium.
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Four more Texas counties have declared an invasion at the Southern border, increasing the total to over 20.
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Utah legislators have approved $55 million for over $1,000 affordable housing units.
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Creative Futures Grants will be making funding available to help the creative sector recover from Covid-19. The group received $9 million in funding from the Vermont State Legislature.
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Governor Glenn Youngkin announced a new agricultural technology firm planning to open a new vertical farm in the state.
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Governor Jay Inslee is leading a trade mission to the Nordic countries, consisting of 45 individuals from Washington state.
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Governor Jim Justice announced a $500 million investment with BHE Renewables to build a new aerospace manufacturing center.
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Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels announced his intention to increase funding to municipalities to help fund local police departments if elected.
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With election season in full swing, there are a record number of independents running for the State Legislature.
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