August 7, 2020 •

Legislature to Return to Address Governor’s Vetoes

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Mississippi State Capitol - by Ken Lund

The Mississippi Legislature plans to reconvene its session on August 10. The legislature’s return will focus on the recent vetoes by Gov. Tate Reeves, as well as legislation concerning the Department of Marine Resources and education budgets.

The Mississippi Legislature plans to reconvene its session on August 10.

The legislature’s return will focus on the recent vetoes by Gov. Tate Reeves, as well as legislation concerning the Department of Marine Resources and education budgets.

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August 7, 2020 •

Georgia Special Election Announced to Fill Vacant Seat

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced a special election to fill the 5th congressional district seat vacated by the late Representative John Lewis. The special general election will be held on September 29, with a special runoff held on December 1, […]

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced a special election to fill the 5th congressional district seat vacated by the late Representative John Lewis.

The special general election will be held on September 29, with a special runoff held on December 1, if necessary.

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August 4, 2020 •

Tennessee Governor Calls for Special Legislative Session

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has called for the General Assembly to return on August 10 for a special session. The special session will address COVID-related liability protection for persons and entities, electronic delivery of health services, and peaceful demonstration legislation […]

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has called for the General Assembly to return on August 10 for a special session.

The special session will address COVID-related liability protection for persons and entities, electronic delivery of health services, and peaceful demonstration legislation aimed at protecting individuals and public and private property.

Per legislative rules, the special session will last at least 3 days, but could last longer.

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July 31, 2020 •

Virginia Special Session to Convene on August 18

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VA Gov. Ralph Northam - by Mark Warner

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam  announced a special session of the General Assembly to convene on August 18. The special session will focus on adopting a biennial budget based on the revised revenue forecast. Lawmakers are also expected to consider legislation […]

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam  announced a special session of the General Assembly to convene on August 18.

The special session will focus on adopting a biennial budget based on the revised revenue forecast.

Lawmakers are also expected to consider legislation regarding COVID-19 and criminal and social justice reforms.

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July 22, 2020 •

Mississippi Special Election Announced

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Mississippi State Capitol - by Ken Lund

A special election for Mississippi State Senate District 39 has been set for September 22. The seat was vacated by Sally Doty after her appointment as Staff Director of the Mississippi Public Utilities Staff by Gov. Tate Reeves.

A special election for Mississippi State Senate District 39 has been set for September 22.

The seat was vacated by Sally Doty after her appointment as Staff Director of the Mississippi Public Utilities Staff by Gov. Tate Reeves.

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July 22, 2020 •

Alabama Special Election Announced

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Gov. Kay Ivey has scheduled a special election to replace Rep. Ron Johnson of House District 33, who passed away on July 14. The primary election for the seat will be held on October 6 with a runoff set for […]

Gov. Kay Ivey has scheduled a special election to replace Rep. Ron Johnson of House District 33, who passed away on July 14.

The primary election for the seat will be held on October 6 with a runoff set for November 3, if necessary.

The special general election will be held on January 19, 2021.

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July 20, 2020 •

Virginia Special Election Announced

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Gov. Ralph Northam has announced the special election for the 29th House of Delegates District will be held on November 3. The seat became vacant when Delegate Chris Collins resigned on June 28.

Gov. Ralph Northam has announced the special election for the 29th House of Delegates District will be held on November 3.

The seat became vacant when Delegate Chris Collins resigned on June 28.

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July 10, 2020 •

Alabama Ethics Commission Challenges Circuit Court’s Public Employee Ruling

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The Alabama Ethics Commission has filed a motion asking the Montgomery County Circuit Court to revise one of their orders. The Court recently ruled that airport authority employees are not public employees, or subject to the Ethics Act. The Ethics […]

The Alabama Ethics Commission has filed a motion asking the Montgomery County Circuit Court to revise one of their orders.

The Court recently ruled that airport authority employees are not public employees, or subject to the Ethics Act.

The Ethics Commission has proposed rather than looking to whether someone is paid through taxpayer contributions, the standard should be whether their salaries were paid out of revenue from negotiated “commercial arms-length” transactions.

The Birmingham Airport Authority has filed a response arguing the commission’s new standard inconsistent with the facts of the case.

Joining them in opposition, the Alabama Water and Wastewater Institute has also filed a brief arguing this new standard.

The institute argues the standard would create a burden on public corporations and their employees.

Therefore, this would cause an attempt to untie a tangled knot of revenue and determine the status of each employee.

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June 29, 2020 •

Georgia General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

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The Georgia General Assembly adjourned sine die on June 26 after a session interrupted and delayed by COVID-19. Before adjourning, the General Assembly notably passed a hate crimes bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday, […]

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned sine die on June 26 after a session interrupted and delayed by COVID-19.

Before adjourning, the General Assembly notably passed a hate crimes bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday, and a budget reduction of nearly 10%.

This $2.2 billion reduction is the largest reduction since the 2008 recession.

The does affect lobbyist reporting. The last semi-monthly report for state-level and State Transportation Board lobbyists is due on July 1.

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June 19, 2020 •

Tennessee General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

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The 111th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned sine die just after 3 am on June 19 after hours of overnight negotiations. The negotiations culminated in passing a $39.5 billion budget, cutting $1 billion from the budget passed in March due to […]

The 111th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned sine die just after 3 am on June 19 after hours of overnight negotiations.

The negotiations culminated in passing a $39.5 billion budget, cutting $1 billion from the budget passed in March due to the shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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June 11, 2020 •

Mississippi Legislature Agrees to Further Extend Session

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Mississippi State Capitol - by Ken Lund

The Mississippi Legislature has adopted a resolution to once again extend the legislative session. The resolution initially called for the session to be extended until December 31. However, a Senate amendment was passed setting the date for adjournment sine die […]

The Mississippi Legislature has adopted a resolution to once again extend the legislative session.

The resolution initially called for the session to be extended until December 31.

However, a Senate amendment was passed setting the date for adjournment sine die on October 10.

The resolution calls for the Legislature to now reconvene for six days in October.

The Legislature will consider matters regarding any additional funds appropriated by the U.S Congress to the state for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The session was previously extended from May 10 to July 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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June 8, 2020 •

Mississippi Senator Gary Jackson Announces Resignation

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Mississippi State Capitol - by Ken Lund

After 17 years of service representing District 15, Sen. Gary Jackson has announced his resignation effective June 30, citing growing health concerns. Jackson was met with a standing ovation following his announcement on the Senate Floor. Furthermore, a special election […]

After 17 years of service representing District 15, Sen. Gary Jackson has announced his resignation effective June 30, citing growing health concerns.

Jackson was met with a standing ovation following his announcement on the Senate Floor.

Furthermore, a special election to fill Jackson’s seat for the remainder of his term ending in 2024 will be scheduled.

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June 4, 2020 •

Georgia General Assembly Set to Return on June 15

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Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Speaker of the House David Ralston announced the Georgia General Assembly will resume its 2020 legislative session on June 15. The General Assembly’s session has been on pause since March 13 due to COVID-19 concerns. […]

Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Speaker of the House David Ralston announced the Georgia General Assembly will resume its 2020 legislative session on June 15.

The General Assembly’s session has been on pause since March 13 due to COVID-19 concerns.

Upon reconvening, a key issue will be the state budget.

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June 3, 2020 •

Republican Convention Will Not Be Held in North Carolina

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After a prolonged standoff with the state’s Democratic governor, President Donald Trump says Republicans will seek another state instead of North Carolina to hold its August convention. Gov. Roy Cooper rejected a proposal for a full convention and insisted on […]

After a prolonged standoff with the state’s Democratic governor, President Donald Trump says Republicans will seek another state instead of North Carolina to hold its August convention.

Gov. Roy Cooper rejected a proposal for a full convention and insisted on scaling back the event due to uncertainty as to what the status of the COVID-19 pandemic will be in August.

Several other locations are expected to or have already expressed interest in hosting the event, but the GOP is still weighing its options for the event.

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