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Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls and Senate President Wilton Simpson have announced a special session to convene on May 17. The special session will focus on legislation implementing and ratifying the 30-year gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida […]

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The Chesapeake City Council, on a vote of 5-4, rejected an ordinance moving mayoral, City Council, and School Board elections from even-numbered years to odd-numbered years. The ordinance was introduced in response to the passage of Virginia’s Senate Bill 1157 […]

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Maryland Capitol Building - Jimmy Emerson

The Maryland General Assembly adjourned sine die on April 12. Key enacted legislation included the $1 billion pandemic relief enacted with Gov. Larry Hogan’s approval and sweeping police reform measures enacted despite Hogan’s veto. Additionally, a hotly debated immigrants’ rights […]

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West Virginia Capitol Building - O Palsson

The West Virginia Legislature adjourned sine die on April 10 after passing the $4.5 billion state budget. Other major bills passed include establishing an intermediate court of appeals, COVID-19 liability protections, and the very controversial prohibition of transgender student-athletes from […]

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The Virginia General Assembly held the annual veto session on April 7. While Gov. Northam issued no vetoes to passed legislation, the reconvened session focused on the several dozen amendments recommended by Northam. Approved amendments included a contentious acceleration of […]

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Mississippi State Capitol - by Ken Lund

The 2021 session of the Mississippi Legislature adjourned sine die on April 4. The session was mostly uneventful with most of the notable bills failing to pass including a proposal to overhaul the state tax system. Among the measures that […]

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Georgia State Capitol Building

Georgia’s 2021 Legislative session adjourned sine die on March 31. Among the measures passed is Senate Bill 202, which was signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp on March 25 and made sweeping changes to the State’s voting laws, including […]

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Virginia State Capitol - KWL / CC BY-SA

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed House Bill 1157 into law. The controversial bill looked to shifts municipal elections from May to the November general election with new terms commencing on January 1 of the following year. This shift will […]

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Alabama State Capitol Building

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has announced another special election to be held in 2021. This election will be for Alabama House District 78, which became vacant when Rep. Kirk Hatcher won the special election to fill the vacant Senate District […]

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March 5, 2021  •  

Virginia General Assembly Adjourns

Virginia Capitol Building - Ron Cogswell

The Virginia General Assembly adjourned their special session on March 1. The special session focused on pandemic relief efforts and the state’s budget. Additionally, the General Assembly passed bills abolishing the death penalty, legalizing marijuana, and establishing new environmental regulations.

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The South Carolina Ethics Commission issued an opinion finding candidates for public office may not accept campaign contributions in the form of digital cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin. Advisory Opinion 2021-001 references and adopts the reasoning of a similar opinion issued in […]

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appointed Republican Joshua Booth to fill the 19th House District seat vacated by Derrick Evans. This comes after Evans’s arrest in connection with the storming of the U.S. Capitol Building. Justice chose Booth from a […]

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Nashville Skyline 2009 - by Kaldari

The Nashville Office of Metropolitan Clerk’s new online reporting portal will not be launched prior to the 2021 reporting due date. The clerk’s office has indicated those lobbying activity reports should instead be emailed to the clerk’s office on or […]

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Florida Capitol Building

The Florida House and Senate have instituted COVID-19 safety protocols during committee meetings ahead of the 2021 legislative session. For the month of January, Senate committee meetings will be limiting in-person attendance to individuals invited by the committee leaders. Rooms […]

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