Around the country, lawmakers and state executives are taking action on a myriad of items impacting their respective states. Florida began laying the groundwork for the 2024 legislative session, North Carolina lawmakers finally agreed on a budget, Pennsylvania’s governor is embracing ways to navigate generative AI, and Texas lawmakers will return to Austin for a special session on school choice.
In addition to this flurry of legislative activity, we have exciting news to share from DMGS: we started a podcast! More on that below.
Back in Session: a DMGS Podcast
“Back in Session,” is a new DMGS podcast focused on exploring various state-level policies and legislation shaping our nation, one state at a time.
Join our hosts, Ryan Stevens and Ryan DeMara from Duane Morris Government Strategies, as they engage a diverse range of guests to bring you behind the scenes of the legislative process.
Whether you are a policy wonk looking to dive into recent legislative developments, or a curious citizen interested in getting to learn more about the issues in your state and beyond, “Back in Session” is the podcast for you. Each episode offers fresh perspectives, shedding light on challenges and opportunities that shape policy landscapes in states around the country.
In our inaugural episode, Ryan and Ryan from DMGS speak with GerryWosewick of the Pennsylvania School Bus Association. Gerry provides insight on the challenges facing the school bus transportation industry, what it’s like working with a new gubernatorial administration, and the best place in Philly to get a cheesesteak.
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Last week, lawmakers passed legislation to increase the minimum wage for fast food workers by $5, to $20. The legislation, if approved by Governor GavinNewsom (D), would also create a first-of-it-kind ‘food council’ tasked with setting workplace and pay standards for the industry as a whole.
As Governor PhilMurphy (D) has joined other governors in asking President Joe Biden for federal funding to support offshore wind development, GOP state legislators in New Jersey are calling for a pause on such developments.
This week, Governor Kathy Hochul (D) signed numerous pieces of legislation into law ranging from same day voter registration on the first day of early voting to allowing all voters the option to vote by mail.
The legislature finally voted on a state budget on Thursday. The much-delayed budget speeds up individual income tax cuts, broadens private school scholarships to all K-12 children, and also addresses Medicaid expansion.
This week, democratic lawmakers introduced Senate Bill 146. Under this legislation, the state’s minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour through a gradual increase of $1 per year, beginning with an increase to $12 an hour in 2024.
A judge is considering the constitutionality of the state’s new gun control law passed by voters last November, among the toughest gun control laws in the country. The law bans magazines with more than 10 rounds and requires people to get a criminal background check and complete a gun-safety training course in order to buy a firearm or obtain a permit.
Tennessee’s mammoth $3.3 billion Transportation Modernization Act (TMA) is finally moving forward, five months after the governor signed the Act into law. The TMA Board is expected to be seated by October 1st and will be tasked with making decisions including pricing for drivers to use tolled “choice lanes.”