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West Virginia Capitol Building - O Palsson

The West Virginia held a one-day special session on June 7. Though the session was brief, the Legislature managed to pass seven bills. Six of these bills concerned reallocation of unused federal relief funds to road maintenance work and the […]

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Tennessee State Capitol Building

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill to allow PACs to give state Senate candidates $25,400 over a four-year election period. Senate Bill 1120 requires the PAC limits for Senate candidates to reset every two years in the same manner […]

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South Carolina Capitol Building

The South Carolina General Assembly is set to reconvene for up to two days on June 8 to discuss appropriations bills including how to spend remaining COVID-19 relief funds as well as funds received from a Savannah River Site settlement. […]

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has announced he is calling a special session of the West Virginia Legislature for June 7. The special session will look to allocate a portion of the state’s nearly $400 million surplus in federal relief […]

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Tennessee State Capitol Building

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has announced special election dates to fill the vacancy left by the late Rep. Mike Carter who died of pancreatic cancer last month. The special general election will be held on September 14 after the special […]

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Gov. Ron DeSantis - by Gage Skidmore

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1890, establishing a contribution limit of $3,000 to PACs sponsoring or opposing constitutional amendments proposed by initiative. The new law also establishes a preemption of contribution limits established by local government entities. The […]

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May 19, 2021  •  

Tennessee Lawmaker Dies from Cancer

Tennessee State Capitol Building

Tennessee State Rep. Mike Carter died from pancreatic cancer on May 15. Carter first won election to the 29th District on November 6, 2012. He was subsequently re-elected four times, most recently in 2020. Gov. Bill Lee is expected to […]

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Alabama State Capitol Building

The Alabama Legislature adjourned sine die on May 17. Among the measures passed were the $2.4 billion spending plan for the next fiscal year, legalization of medical marijuana, and a ban on curbside voting. Additionally, a bill requiring all campaign […]

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South Carolina Capitol Building

The South Carolina General Assembly has recessed the 2021 session on May 13, after adopting an adjournment resolution extending the 2021 session. The General Assembly has scheduled several dates throughout the month of June to reconvene for a couple of […]

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May 11, 2021  •  

Georgia Special Elections Announced

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has announced special elections for House districts 34 and 156 to be held on June 15 to fill seats recently vacated by lawmaker resignations. Rep. Bert Reeves resigned to accept a position at Georgia Tech and […]

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May 6, 2021  •  

Tennessee Legislature Adjourns

Tennessee State Capitol Building

The Tennessee Legislature adjourned sine die on May 5. The Legislature succeeded in approving a $42.6 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year and criminal justice reform measures aimed at improving outcomes for formerly incarcerated individuals. However, the session […]

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May 5, 2021  •  

Florida Special Election Announced

Gov. Ron DeSantis - by Gage Skidmore

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced the special election to fill Florida’s 20th Congressional District to replace Rep. Alcee Hastings who died last month. The special primary election will be held on November 2 with the special general election being held […]

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May 3, 2021  •  

Florida Legislature Adjourns

Florida Capitol Building

The Florida Legislature adjourned sine die on April 30. Among the measures passed was the record $101.5 billion budget bills. Other measures passed include the controversial election reform, anti-protest, and transgender athletes bills.

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May 3, 2021  •  

Georgia Representative Resigns

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Georgia State Representative Bert Reeves resigned on April 30 after accepting the position of vice president for institute relations at Geris Tech. Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to announce a special election for the now vacant District 34 seat.

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