May 23, 2018 •

West Virginia Legislature Adjourns Special Legislative Session

The West Virginia Legislature adjourned a two-day special legislative session on May  21, 2018. Lawmakers passed eight bills, including a bill creating the Department of Arts, Culture, and History. Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill in March eliminating the Department […]

The West Virginia Legislature adjourned a two-day special legislative session on May  21, 2018.

Lawmakers passed eight bills, including a bill creating the Department of Arts, Culture, and History.

Gov. Jim Justice signed a bill in March eliminating the Department of Education and the Arts.

Under the new bill, the commissioner of culture and history will become the curator of arts, culture, and history and report directly to the governor.

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May 22, 2018 •

Oregon Legislature Adjourns One-day Special Session

The Oregon Legislature adjourned a one-day special session on May 21, 2018. The special session was called by Gov. Kate Brown to address tax breaks for small businesses.  The tax plan passed 51-8 in the House and 18-12 in the […]

The Oregon Legislature adjourned a one-day special session on May 21, 2018.

The special session was called by Gov. Kate Brown to address tax breaks for small businesses.  The tax plan passed 51-8 in the House and 18-12 in the Senate.

Both votes included Democrats who broke from their party to vote against the measure.

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May 21, 2018 •

West Virginia Governor Calls for Special Legislative Session

On May 18, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice issued a call for the West Virginia Legislature to meet in special session beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The special session will be held during the Legislature’s regularly […]

On May 18, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice issued a call for the West Virginia Legislature to meet in special session beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

The special session will be held during the Legislature’s regularly scheduled interim meetings that also began Sunday. The governor’s call included eight bills for the Legislature to address.

Several are meant to clarify some pieces of recently-passed legislation while others are supplemental appropriations.

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May 17, 2018 •

San Francisco Campaign Finance Reform Legislation Passes First Reading

The San Francisco, California Board of Supervisors unanimously passed, on first reading, campaign finance reform legislation aimed at providing more transparency in political contributions. Among other provisions, the legislation will include pay-to-play provisions, local behested payment reporting requirements for both […]

The San Francisco, California Board of Supervisors unanimously passed, on first reading, campaign finance reform legislation aimed at providing more transparency in political contributions.

Among other provisions, the legislation will include pay-to-play provisions, local behested payment reporting requirements for both donors and City officers, and additional disclosure requirements for contributions made by business entities.

The legislation must pass a second reading at the Board of Supervisors and be signed by the mayor prior to becoming law.

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May 14, 2018 •

Alaska Passes Ethics Bill, Potentially Removes Government Ethics Initiative Measure

The Alaska Legislature passed House Bill 44, a bill with the potential to remove an initiative measure known as the Government Accountability Act from the November ballot. Under the Alaska Constitution, if a bill is deemed to be substantially similar […]

The Alaska Legislature passed House Bill 44, a bill with the potential to remove an initiative measure known as the Government Accountability Act from the November ballot.

Under the Alaska Constitution, if a bill is deemed to be substantially similar to an initiative, the initiative could be removed from the ballot.

Similar to the initiative measure, House Bill 44 prohibits lobbyists from purchasing alcoholic beverages for a legislator, implements a stricter policy on foreign travel, eliminates a per diem for legislators after 121 days if the budget has not been passed, and bans foreign corporations and nationals from making political contributions.

The governor has 20 days to sign, veto, or allow the bill to become law without his signature.

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May 14, 2018 •

Alaska Legislature Adjourns Legislative Session

The 30th Alaska Legislature adjourned sine die in the early hours of May 13. The legislative session was extended with lawmakers working past the 90-day, voter-approved session limit in mid-April, but finishing within the constitutional time limit of up to […]

The 30th Alaska Legislature adjourned sine die in the early hours of May 13.

The legislative session was extended with lawmakers working past the 90-day, voter-approved session limit in mid-April, but finishing within the constitutional time limit of up to 121 days.

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April 25, 2018 •

Oregon Governor Calls Special Legislative Session for May 21

Gov. Kate Brown called a special session for May 21, 2018. The session is expected to be limited to legislation reducing small business taxes. The governor announced she wants to complete the special session in a single day.

Gov. Kate Brown called a special session for May 21, 2018.

The session is expected to be limited to legislation reducing small business taxes.

The governor announced she wants to complete the special session in a single day.

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April 9, 2018 •

Kansas Legislature Adjourns Until April 26

The Kansas Legislature adjourned its legislative session on Sunday, April 8, 2018. During the late hours of the session, lawmakers approved an increase in spending for education in response to a court order. The bill has been publicly supported by […]

The Kansas Legislature adjourned its legislative session on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

During the late hours of the session, lawmakers approved an increase in spending for education in response to a court order.

The bill has been publicly supported by Gov. Jeff Colyer. The Legislature will reconvene on April 26.

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April 4, 2018 •

California Special Elections Held in Assembly Districts 39, 45, and 54

Special primary elections were held in California on April 4 to fill the vacant seats of Assembly Districts 39, 45, and 54. Under California law, candidates receiving more than half the vote win outright. Otherwise the top-two finishers in each […]

Special primary elections were held in California on April 4 to fill the vacant seats of Assembly Districts 39, 45, and 54.

Under California law, candidates receiving more than half the vote win outright. Otherwise the top-two finishers in each race advance to a June 5 runoff.

If unofficial returns remain unchanged, there will be a June 5 runoff in the Assembly Districts 39 and 45 races.

In the Assembly District 54 race, unofficial returns have Sydney Kamlager receiving nearly 69 percent of the vote, more than enough to win outright without a runoff election.

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March 30, 2018 •

Georgia General Assembly Adjourns 2018 Legislative Session

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned its 2018 legislative session. Lawmakers worked through midnight, a few minutes beyond the March 29 adjournment deadline. In the session, lawmakers passed a $26 billion budget, expanded public transportation, expanded the state’s medical cannabis oil […]

The Georgia General Assembly adjourned its 2018 legislative session.

Lawmakers worked through midnight, a few minutes beyond the March 29 adjournment deadline.

In the session, lawmakers passed a $26 billion budget, expanded public transportation, expanded the state’s medical cannabis oil program, and passed a hands-free driving law preventing drivers from holding their cellphones while behind the wheel.

Gov. Nathan Deal could sign, veto, or allow the bills to become law without his signature.

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March 30, 2018 •

West Virginia Governor Planning to Call a Special Legislative Session in May

Gov. Jim Justice proposed calling a special legislative session to address the creation of a Department of Arts and Culture and History. No date has been set, but the governor stated the special session would be sometime in May. He […]

Gov. Jim Justice proposed calling a special legislative session to address the creation of a Department of Arts and Culture and History.

No date has been set, but the governor stated the special session would be sometime in May.

He made the announcement during a signing ceremony for legislation dissolving the Department of Education and the Arts.

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March 29, 2018 •

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Partially Vetoes then Signs Campaign Finance Bill

Gov. Jay Inslee partially vetoed and signed into law a bill addressing campaign finance reporting and enforcement requirements. The governor vetoed provisions in House Bill 2938 relating to independent expenditure reporting and special reporting requirements for large contributors. Signed into […]

Gov. Jay Inslee partially vetoed and signed into law a bill addressing campaign finance reporting and enforcement requirements.

The governor vetoed provisions in House Bill 2938 relating to independent expenditure reporting and special reporting requirements for large contributors.

Signed into law are provisions in the bill limiting the attorney general’s enforcement jurisdiction to matters referred from the Public Disclosure Commission, as well as provisions amending filing procedures for citizen’s enforcement actions.

The law takes effect June 7, 2018.

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March 29, 2018 •

Idaho Legislature Adjourns 2018 Legislative Session

On March 28, the Idaho Legislature adjourned its 2018 legislative session. The adjournment process was revised following a lawsuit over a veto last year. Lawmakers stayed in the capital an additional five days to preserve the right to override any […]

On March 28, the Idaho Legislature adjourned its 2018 legislative session.

The adjournment process was revised following a lawsuit over a veto last year.

Lawmakers stayed in the capital an additional five days to preserve the right to override any vetoes from the governor.

Bills passed include reductions to personal and corporate income tax rates, new K-12 public school science standards, and the codifying of existing stand your ground case laws.

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March 27, 2018 •

South Dakota to Hold Special Election on Amendment to the State Constitution

A statewide special election will be held June 5, the same date as the primary elections, on a proposed amendment to the South Dakota Constitution. If approved, the amendment will affect Marsy’s Law victim’s rights provisions approved by voters in […]

A statewide special election will be held June 5, the same date as the primary elections, on a proposed amendment to the South Dakota Constitution.

If approved, the amendment will affect Marsy’s Law victim’s rights provisions approved by voters in 2016.

The attorney general’s deadline to prepare a statement, title, explanation, and recitation of a “Yes” or “No” vote for the proposed amendment is March 27.

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