While some legislatures get ready for fall legislative sessions, others were already in session including Idaho, where Gov. Brad Little signed a massive tax cut and education spending bill. In other news, California’s governor signed an executive order regarding the state’s energy supply, Congressman Charlie Crist (D) resigned from Congress to focus on his Florida gubernatorial run, and New Jersey residents are getting a tax holiday on back-to-school supplies that runs until Labor Day.


Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order mid-week intended to ramp up the state’s energy supply temporarily as California prepares for an upcoming heatwave. Newsom said the weeklong emergency proclamation would allow for greater flexibility, including allowing ships in California ports to keep their engines on instead of using shoreside power.

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Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist announced he is resigning from Congress to focus on the race for Florida Governor.

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Gov. Brian Kemp announced $62 million in funding to address homelessness in the state.

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The U.S. Government is facing a lawsuit from four military families over tainted water on a Hawaii Navy base.

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Late Thursday, Gov. Brad Little signed a massive tax cut and education spending bill which was made possible by Idaho’s projected $2 billion state budget surplus.

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New Jersey

As schools are set to resume session, New Jersey residents are getting a tax holiday on back-to-school supplies that runs until Labor Day.

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Gov. Janet Mills announced that the Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan has allocated $4 million to help cut energy costs in public buildings.

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Gov. Hogan announced that Maryland has received one of the top national ranking for American Sign Language access from the National Association of the Deaf.

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The Massachusetts Supreme Court is rejecting an attempt from the state’s Republican Party to block part of the state’s new voting law.

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The state of Michigan is taking steps to increase guaranteed access to birth control for over 200,000 Michigan residents.

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New Mexico

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an executive order expanding access to reproductive health care in the state.

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New York

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced over $2 million in new funding to support addiction prevention efforts and treatments.

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North Carolina

Gov. Cooper announced over $200 million in grants to expand internet access in 69 counties across the state.

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North Dakota

The North Dakota Industrial Commission has extended the deadline for pipeline companies to apply for a grant to build a natural gas pipeline after no bids were received during the original application period.

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The Department of Agriculture announced $3.5 million in new grants to assist farm-to-school programs across the state.

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West Virginia

Gov. Justice announced an agreement with Pure Watercraft to bring a new manufacturing plant in Beech Bottom, West Virginia.

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted to request the creation of a new inspector general office.

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A bill to increase the availability of liquor licenses in Wyoming is moving forward to the 2023 legislative session.

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  • Evan Brown: new Director of Legislative Affairs, Oklahoma Department of Commerce

Happy Birthdays This Week

  • David Albert: Vice President, External Affairs, Liberty Defense Technologies
  • Naomi Amaha: Director of Policy and Government Affairs, the Denver Foundation
  • John Jones: Mid-West Regional Executive, State Government Strategy, T-Mobile
  • Ethan Lane: Vice President of Government Affairs, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

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