Governors

Cuomo Signs NY Gender Wage Equity Bills | 07-12-2019

Saying “There is no rationale why women should not get paid what men get paid,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a pair of bills last Wednesday designed to strengthen the Empire State’s wage equity laws. Cuomo signed the measures...

Baker Commits Millions to MA Workforce Housing | 07-12-2019

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has committed $86 million from the sale of General Electric’s Boston headquarters to an effort to create more affordable Bay State housing. Baker’s plan would commit $60 million toward the creation...

Governors in Brief - July 15 2019 | 07-12-2019

TWO DOZEN GOVS RESIST TRUMP CLEAN CAR ROLLBACK Two dozen governors – including three Republicans – signed a letter to President Donald Trump last week urging his administration not to move forward on a plan to roll back auto emissions standards...

Brown Might Use EO on OR Climate Plan | 07-08-2019

The contentious cap-and-trade bill that caused Oregon Republicans to flee the state last month is dead, but the resolve of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is anything but. In a press conference last week, Brown said she is exploring the possibility if implementing...

Murphy Signs NJ Medical Weed Expansion | 07-08-2019

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed legislation ( AB 20 ) that greatly expands the Garden State medical marijuana industry. The bill Murphy signed takes several actions , including: increasing to three the number of ounces allowed to legal marijuana...

Governors in Brief - July 8 2019 | 07-08-2019

PRITZKER ISSUES IL TRANSGENDER STUDENT EO ILLINOIS Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) issued Executive Order 19-11 , aimed at protecting the Prairie State’s transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming students. The governor’s directive creates...

Mills Signs Sweeping ME Prescription, Energy Bills | 06-28-2019

Maine Gov. Janet Mills (D) signed a series of far-reaching bills last week aimed at reducing the rising cost of prescription drugs and boosting the use of renewable energy across the Pine Tree State. Mills called the rising cost of prescription...

Newsom Issues New CA Wildfire Plan | 06-28-2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) issued a long-awaited plan for addressing the state’s chronic challenges from wildfires and the role the state’s largest utilities play in those catastrophes. The plan Newsom put forth would create a...

Governors in Brief - July 1 2019 | 06-28-2019

ABBOT VETOES TX CHILD PROSTITUTION BILL Saying the bill could have “unintended consequences,” TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott (R) vetoed HB 1771 , which would have barred minors forced into the sex trade by human traffickers from being charged as...

MO Gov. Parson Seeks End to Border War with KS | 06-14-2019

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) signed legislation last week aimed at ending a long running battle with neighboring Kansas in which both states have spent hundreds of millions of public dollars to lure private companies back and forth across the border...

Cuomo Will Sign Off on NYC Rent Control | 06-14-2019

Calling it “a step forward,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he would sign off on an agreement reached between Democratic leaders in the Empire State Assembly and Senate meant to strengthen New York City’s rent laws and tenant protections...

Governors in Brief - June 17 2019 | 06-14-2019

BAKER URGES PATIENCE WITH MA WIND POWER In an address to the wind power industry, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said the Bay State has a responsibility to get it right and to position the offshore wind industry for long-term success. Baker said...

Mills Signs Strict ME Data Privacy Bill | 06-07-2019

Saying that “Maine people value their privacy, online and off,” Gov. Janet Mills (D) signed one of the toughest data privacy measures in the nation last week. Under SB 275 , which Mills signed last Thursday, Pine Tree State Internet...

Abbott Signs TX Trafficking, Assault Bills | 06-07-2019

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed measures last week that address human trafficking, the state’s enormous backlog of rape kits, and providing increased resources for survivors of sexual assault. Abbott lauded the trafficking bills –...

Governors in Brief - June 10 2019 | 06-07-2019

NV GOV WILL SIGN WAGE, PAID LEAVE BILLS In a statement issued last week, NEVADA Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) said he would sign legislation ( AB 456 ) on his desk that will incrementally raise the Silver State minimum wage to $12 per hour by July, 2024....

Hogan Surfs Wave of MD Bills | 05-31-2019

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) wasted no time last week addressing the final batch of bills lawmakers sent to him this session, vetoing eight and letting another 10 become law without his signature. Most of the measures Hogan vetoed would have imposed...

Whitmer Signs MI Auto Insurance Overhaul | 05-31-2019

Saying it would guarantee “a better auto insurance system for everyone,” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed SB 1 , a sweeping overhaul of the Wolverine State’s auto insurance laws. One of the most significant changes contained...

Governors in Brief - June 3 2019 | 05-31-2019

Cooper Signs NC Pay Leave Order Saying that “parenting is often more than a full-time job,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) issued Executive Order 95 last week, which grants up to eight weeks of paid parental leave to many of the estimated...

Questions Abound with WA Public Option Health Plan | 05-17-2019

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed legislation ( SB 5526 ) last Monday that will make the Evergreen State the first to test the so-called “public option” for health care insurance sold through the state health benefits exchange. The...

Little Ponders Chance for Massive ID Regulatory Overhaul | 05-17-2019

In Idaho, Republicans control both legislative chambers and the governor’s office. But while they are all theoretically on the same side, intra-party fighting last month led to lawmakers adjourning without settling a very significant issue –...

Governors in Brief - May 20 2019 | 05-17-2019

SISOLAK SIGNS SWEEPING HEALTH MEASURES NEVADA Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) signed two significant health care measures last week: AB 170 , which codifies into Silver State law a prohibition on health insurers from denying patient coverage due to pre-existing...

Newsom Pitches Plan to Cover CA Immigrant Health Care | 05-10-2019

In a move framed as another step toward universal single-payer health care in the state, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) proposed expanding Medicaid coverage to low-income young adults aged 19 to 25, regardless of immigration status. Newsom made the...

Parson Unveils Plan to Grow MO Auto Industry | 05-10-2019

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) unveiled a proposal last week to bolster and expand the state’s $4 billion automotive industry. The four bills in the package include legislation that would: - Supply financial aid to adult learners pursuing education...

Governors in Brief - May 13 2019 | 05-10-2019

WHITMER VOWS VETO OF MI INSURANCE OVERHAUL Saying the legislation “creates more problems than it solves,” MICHIGAN Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said she would veto a bill (SB 1) approved in the Senate that would fundamentally change auto insurance...

Lee Will Let Sports Gambling Become TN Law | 05-03-2019

In spite of his personal opposition, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) said he would allow a measure legalizing sports betting to become law in the Volunteer State without his signature. “The governor has said he does not believe that the expansion...

KS GOP Stymies Kelly Medicaid Expansion Bid | 05-03-2019

After passing the House in March, a bill championed by Gov. Laura Kelly (D) to expand Medicaid in the Sunflower State appears to have died in the GOP-controlled Senate. Senate Democratic Leader Anthony Hensley forced a procedural vote to move HB...

Murphy Signs NJ Foreclosure Package | 05-03-2019

Responding to a drastic increase in foreclosures since 2009, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a package of bills aimed at helping cash-strapped Garden State residents stay in their homes and overwhelmed cities deal with a rash of vacant foreclosed...

Governors in Brief - May 6 2019 | 05-03-2019

BULLOCK SIGNS MT REINSURANCE BILL MONTANA Gov. Steve Bullock (D), signed legislation last week that will create a reinsurance program to help reimburse insurers for high-cost claims so those costs aren't included in determining individual marketplace...

Newsom Wants More Legal Protections for CA Utilities | 04-19-2019

A report from a special “strike force” to California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) says the Golden State should ease its strict liability laws for utilities found to have caused devastating wildfires. The report came in the wake of the bankruptcy...

Pritzker Signs Bans on Local IL Right to Work Laws | 04-19-2019

Following through on one of his primary campaign promises, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed legislation ( SB 1474 ) that bars local governments from implementing their own “right to work” statutes, which bar union shops from requiring...

Evers Wants Do-Over on WI Foxconn Deal, GOP Doesn’t | 04-19-2019

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) decried Gov. Tony Evers’ (D) plans to renegotiate the state’s controversial deal to give Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group around $4 billion in tax breaks and other incentives, saying “the only thing...

Governors in Brief - April 22 2019 | 04-19-2019

MI GOV SIGNS STREAMLINED MEDICAL WEED OVERSIGHT BILL MICHIGAN Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed legislation ( SB 203 ) that requires only those with 10 percent or more of an ownership stake in a medical marijuana business to undergo the state’s...

Ducey Signs Historic AZ Occupational Licensing Bill | 04-12-2019

In his January State of the State address, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) called on lawmakers to pass legislation that would make the Grand Canyon State the first to accept out-of-state professional licenses. Lawmakers responded by sending him HB 2569 last...

Baker Signs MA Conversion Therapy Ban | 04-12-2019

Without any comment, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has signed a bill making the Bay State the 16 th (and with Washington D.C.) to ban so-called “conversion therapy,” a controversial practice aimed at changing a minor’s sexual...

Governors in Brief - April 15 2019 | 04-12-2019

NEWSOM TO PARTNER WITH CA CITIES ON HOUSING CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced his administration would partner with a handful of Golden State cities to help develop affordable housing on state-owned properties. The announcement came after...

DeSantis Announces FL Opioid Plan | 04-05-2019

Calling it a “critical public health issue that requires immediate attention,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced a multi-pronged plan to combat the Sunshine State’s ongoing opioid abuse epidemic. DeSantis issued Executive...

Herbert Signs UT School Safety Measures | 04-05-2019

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) has signed a pair of school safety measures, one aimed at colleges and the other at K-12 institutions. The first one, SB 134 , orders Beehive State colleges and universities to develop a campus safety plan that makes clear...

Governors in Brief - April 8 2019 | 04-05-2019

HOLCOMB SIGNS INDIANA HATE CRIME BILL Saying that his state has “made progress and taken a strong stand against targeted violence,” INDIANA Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) signed a measure last week that for the first time gives the Hoosier State...

Baker Pushes MA School ‘Empowerment Zones’ | 03-22-2019

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) filed legislation last week to create statewide “innovation partnership zones” that give local schools more and better tools to improve poor performing schools. The plan is based on a nine-school...

Murphy Ensures NJ Stays Cash-Friendly | 03-22-2019

Countering a growing trend among retailers toward accepting only credit cards or other forms of electronic payment, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed legislation last week requiring brick-and-mortar retail operations to accept cash and imposing potentially...

Judge Restores WI Gov’s Power | 03-22-2019

A Wisconsin judge ruled on Thursday that laws passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature during last December’s lame duck session to strip some powers away from incoming Gov. Tony Evers (D) are unconstitutional. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess...

Governors in Brief - March 25 2019 | 03-22-2019

LAMONT REVISES CT SCHOOL SERVICES MEASURE CONNECTICUT Gov. Ned Lamont (D) recast a proposal to create a state commission tasked with encouraging Constitution State schools to cut costs by sharing more essential services. Many critics said SB 874 as...

Newsom Pauses CA Death Penalty | 03-15-2019

Calling capital punishment “ineffective, irreversible and immoral,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed an executive order on Tuesday all but abolishing the death penalty in the Golden State for the foreseeable future. Newsom joins...

Murphy, NJ Lawmakers Reach Weed Legalization Deal | 03-15-2019

After over a year of negotiation, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) and legislative leaders announced an agreement to legalize recreational marijuana use in the Garden State. The deal would establish a flat tax rate of $42 per ounce, which would stay...

Governors in Brief - March 18 2019 | 03-15-2019

EVERS SEEKS ROLLBACK OF WALKER-ERA WI WORK LAWS The budget proposed by WISCONSIN Gov. Tony Evers (D) would roll back several employment laws implemented under former Gov. Scott Walker (R), including a repeal of the state’s so-called “right...

Baker Pushes New MA Housing | 03-08-2019

Saying a lack of affordable housing is becoming a drag on the state economy, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker filed legislation earlier this month that would relax zoning controls in Bay State cities and towns. Baker said a lack of housing is driving...

Walz Sets MN 100 Percent Clean Energy Goal | 03-08-2019

Calling climate change “an existential threat,” Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) issued a proposal to bring Minnesota's electric sector to 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2050. Under the proposal, by 2050 all Gopher State electric utilities...

Governors in Brief - March 11 2019 | 03-08-2019

DUCEY VOWS VETO OF ANTI-VAX BILLS Breaking a tradition of not commenting on bills that are still in the legislative process, ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said he is “pro-vaccine” and would veto any bills to weaken the state’s vaccination...

Evers Pitches WI Marijuana Decriminalization | 02-22-2019

Wisconsin Gov. Toney Evers (D) unveiled an expansive plan last week to overhaul the Badger State’s marijuana laws. His proposal would make the drug legal for medicinal use, decriminalize cannabis possession and align the state’s CBD oil laws...

DeSantis Unveils FL Prescription Drug Import Plan | 02-22-2019

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said he wants to cut the state’s health care costs by importing prescription drugs from less expensive Canadian pharmacies. It is currently illegal for states to import drugs from foreign pharmacies, but DeSantis...