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.
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.