Governors

Baker Signs MA Criminal Justice Reform Bill | 04-20-2018

In spite of “serious concerns,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed into law sweeping changes to the Bay State’s criminal justice system. Provisions of the new law include rolling back mandatory minimum sentences for some...

Pressure Builds on Greitens to Resign | 04-20-2018

In spite of calls to resign from legislative leaders in both chambers, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) insisted last week he will not step down over the growing number of scandals surrounding his administration. Greitens is facing a felony trial...

Governors in Brief - April 23 2018 | 04-20-2018

BROWN REACHES DEAL ON CA NATIONAL GUARD USE...OR DOES HE? After a week of jousting with the Trump administration, it is still unclear if CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) will order the deployment of the California National Guard to the state’s...

Bevin Signs Major KY Pension Overhaul | 04-13-2018

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) signed controversial legislation last Monday that makes dramatic changes to the state’s ailing public pension system. Among SB 151 ’s many tenets are provisions that move teachers hired after Jan. 1 2019 into...

Pressure Grows On Greitens to Resign | 04-13-2018

The release of a report revealing the details of blackmail accusations levied against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) have sparked calls from his fellow Republicans for him to resign or face impeachment. Greitens is already facing a criminal trial...

Governors In Brief - April 16 2018 | 04-13-2018

BROWN AGREES TO SEND CA TROOPS TO BORDER In a somewhat surprising move, CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) agreed last week to President Donald Trump’s request to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. But in a letter to Sect. of...

Baker Announces Major Reforms for MA State Police | 04-05-2018

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced a 10-step reform plan last week for the scandal-plagued State Police, with changes that will include completely eliminating the troop responsible for patrolling the 138-mile Massachusetts Turnpike from Boston...

Settlement Reached Over MD Gov’s Facebook Page | 04-05-2018

Officials in Maryland have agreed to pay $65,000 to settle a lawsuit over Gov. Larry Hogan (R) blocking hundreds of people from his official Facebook page. The settlement also includes attorney’s fees and an agreement to adhere to a new policy for...

Governors in Brief - April 9 2018 | 04-05-2018

WALKER SIGNS OFF ON CLOSURE OF WI YOUTH PRISON : After years of accusations of ongoing abuse and neglect of its inhabitants, the lone WISCONSIN prison complex for teen offenders is now set to shut its doors for good. Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed bipartisan...

Walker Signs Off on WI School Safety Plan | 03-30-2018

In the wake of the deadly school shootings around the nation, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed a $100 million school safety package last week that will allow Badger State school districts to apply for grants to pay for safety upgrades. Walker...

Herbert Signs Off on UT Medicaid Expansion | 03-30-2018

After years of debate, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R) signed legislation that could allow 70,000 low income Beehive State residents to become eligible for Medicaid. But when or even if that ever happens remains very much in doubt. The measure Herbert...

Governors in Brief - April 2 2018 | 03-30-2018

INSLEE SIGNS QUARTET OF WA #METOO BILLS : Saying “We must do better to make sure employers understand there is no place for these behaviors in the workplace,” WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed four bills last month that address sexual...

Mead Signs Suite of Blockchain Bills | 03-16-2018

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) signed 41 bills last week, including at least five that deal with blockchain cryptocurrency technologies. Those measures include HB 19 , which codified a definition of a cryptocurrency and makes them exempt from Equality...

Scott Lauds FL Gun Bill, Shrugs Off NRA Suit | 03-16-2018

In a post-session tour around the state, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) lauded wide-ranging gun control measures he signed weeks after the mass shooting at a Parkland high school and shrugged off an NRA effort to block the legislation he signed on March...

Governors in Brief - March 19 2018 | 03-16-2018

BAKER OUTLINES $300 MILLION CLIMATE CHANGE PLAN : On the heels of several massive winter storms, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) outlined a plan to borrow $300 million to put toward efforts to combat climate change in communities all along the...

Inslee Signs WA Net Neutrality Bill | 03-08-2018

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed legislation last Monday making the Evergreen State the first to implement a law restoring net-neutrality rules discarded by the Federal Communications Commission. The legislation ( HB 2282 ) forbids Internet providers...

OR Gov Signs First Post-Parkland Gun Bill | 03-08-2018

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed legislation last week ( HB 4145 ) that bars anyone convicted of domestic abuse or under a domestic violence restraining order from buying or possessing a gun. Oregon law already banned domestic abusers who have...

Governors in Brief - March 12 2018 | 03-08-2018

MARTINEZ SIGNS NM ELDERLY OVERSIGHT OVERHAUL: NEW MEXICO Gov. Susana Martinez (R) signed SB 19 , legislation that overhauls the Land of Enchantment’s system for guardianship and conservatorship of the elderly by mandating open court records,...

Govs Form Multistate Gun Task Force | 03-02-2018

Decrying a lack of federal action, several Northeastern governors have formed a multi-state partnership to address gun violence. The “States for Gun Safety” coalition is the brainchild of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who was joined by...

Cuomo Wants NY Social Media Spending Disclosure | 03-02-2018

Citing “a total lack of regulation” on political social media spending, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has thrown his support behind a bill to broaden the Empire State’s definition of political communication to include paid internet...

MO AG Opens Probe Into Greitens Charity | 03-02-2018

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley (R) has opened an investigation into allegations that Gov. Eric Greitens (R) improperly sent emails through his charity to arrange political meetings as he prepared to launch his first bid for public office. Federal...

Governors in Brief - March 5 2018 | 03-02-2018

BROWN SIGNS CA DAM INSPECTION MEASURE : One year after the near failure of the Oroville Dam, CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation ( AB 1270 ) last month to codify and strengthen the Golden State’s dam inspection standards. A significant...

WI Lawmakers Endorse Walker ACA Change | 02-16-2018

Wisconsin lawmakers approved Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) plan to mitigate rising health insurance premiums by implementing a reinsurance plan similar to that in place in a handful of other states. Under that proposal, the state would pay as much as...

Teen Candidates Flood KS Gov Election | 02-16-2018

Taking advantage of state candidacy laws that set no minimum age or residency requirements, seven minors have filed to run for governor in Kansas. They are just a portion of at least 20 people – and one dog - that have filed paperwork to run for...

Governors in Brief - February 19 2018 | 02-16-2018

ABBOTT PITCHES TIGHTER TX TEACHER SCREENING : Responding to a spike in the number of Lone Star State teachers entering into relationships with students, TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has proposed creating a “do not hire” list for educators...

Baker, MA Regulators Clash Over Weed Rollout | 02-09-2018

Expressing concern that regulators are too focused on “ancillary stuff,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) urged state regulators to prioritize setting up the state’s basic retail framework before worrying about licensing pot cafes...

Two More Govs Sign Net Neutrality Orders | 02-09-2018

Hawaii Gov. David Ige and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy , both Democrats, became the latest governors to issue executive orders requiring internet providers to adhere to net neutrality if they want to be eligible for state contracts. The orders follow similar...

Governors in Brief - February 12 2018 | 02-09-2018

OR GOV CALLS ON GOP LAWMAKER TO RESIGN : OREGON Gov. Kate Brown (D) called on Sen. Jeff Kruse (R) to resign last week after an independent investigator determined he had repeatedly subjected women to uncomfortable hugging and unwanted touching even...

Murphy Orders NJ Back to Cap-And-Trade Pact | 02-02-2018

Calling the decision by former Gov. Chris Christie (R) in 2012 to pull out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative lacking in “common sense,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) issued an executive order last week returning the state to the...

GOP Govs Issue Opioid Plans | 02-02-2018

A trio of GOP governors have issued plans to combat ongoing opioid abuse epidemics in their states. Last week, the West Virginia Senate Health Committee reviewed but did not take action on SB 273 , legislation sponsored by Gov. Jim Justice (R) that...

MT, NY Govs Issue Net Neutrality Orders | 02-02-2018

Responding to the Federal Communications Commission decision to overturn net neutrality rules, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) issued an executive order on Jan 22 barring any internet service provider with a government contract from blocking or charging...

Governors in Brief - February 5 2018 | 02-02-2018

MURPHY ORDERS NJ MEDICAL WEED REVIEW : Calling the Garden State’s medical marijuana system “constrained,” NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil Murphy (D) issued Executive Order No. 6 , which mandates a 60-day review of the program. Murphy said he...

Greitens Resists Calls to Resign | 01-19-2018

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) is rejecting calls from a growing number of fellow Republicans to resign over allegations he attempted to blackmail a mistress into silence. Greitens has admitted to having a sexual relationship with the woman but denies...

Cuomo Seeks NY Bail Overhaul | 01-19-2018

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said he will seek to overhaul the Empire State’s bail system that requires defendants accused of nonviolent crimes to post bail in cash or stay locked up in jail. Reform advocates say the system disproportionately...

Murphy Issues NJ Gender Pay Order | 01-19-2018

Just hours into his new job, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) issued Executive Order No. 1 , which bars state agencies from asking job applicants about their previous salary history. The directive is seen as an effort to bridge the gender pay gap, which...

Governors in Brief - January 22 2018 | 01-19-2018

NORTHAM ISSUES VA NON-DISCRIMNATION ORDER : New VIRGINIA Gov. Ralph Northam (D) issued a trio of executive orders, including one that bars state agencies under Executive Branch control from discrimination “based on race, sex, color, national...

Baker Urges Feds to Focus on Opioids, Not Weed | 01-12-2018

In the wake of a new threat of a federal crackdown on the marijuana industry, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) urged federal prosecutors last week to focus their attention instead on dealing with the state’s ongoing opioid abuse crisis. ...

Wolf Declares PA Opioid Disaster | 01-12-2018

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has declared the Keystone State’s ongoing opioid abuse crisis to be a statewide health emergency. Pennsylvania’s drug overdose rate is twice the national average. Wolf’s declaration allows state officials...

Govs Cry Foul Over FL Drilling Exemption | 01-12-2018

Coastal states reacted with alarm last week when the Trump administration announced it was expanding oil drilling leases in waters previously protected under the Obama administration. But when U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that after a...

Governors In Brief - January 15 2018 | 01-12-2018

SANDOVAL SAYS NV GUN LAW IS A MISFIRE NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) and state Attorney General Adam Laxalt (R) filed court documents in early January that argue a voter-approved ballot measure that requires background checks for firearms purchases...

McAuliffe Proposes Fix for VA Teacher Shortage | 12-15-2017

Citing “a severe and growing shortage of qualified teachers,” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signed an executive order last week that directs the Virginia Board of Education to adopt emergency regulations to allow institutions to offer...

Govs Seek Bipartisan CHIP Solution | 12-15-2017

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) led a bipartisan group of governors last week in urging Congress to work together to quickly reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for low income families before...

Governors in Brief - December 18 2017 | 12-15-2017

Fallin Cracks Down On Sexual Harassment : Saying “Sexual harassment is wrong and cannot be tolerated,” OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin (R) issued Executive Order 2017-41 last week, which directs state agency heads to take action to ensure workers...

Snyder Issues MI Weed Rules | 12-08-2017

With just weeks to go before applications are due, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed off on emergency rules that, among many things, allow medical cannabis dispensaries to stay open after the Dec. 15 deadline without affecting their chances of getting...

Hogan Pitches Anti-Crime Package | 12-08-2017

Saying he has “absolutely no tolerance whatsoever for these repeat violent offenders and these criminal gangs causing lawlessness in our streets,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he will introduce wide ranging legislation in January intended...

Walker Pushes WI Welfare Drug Testing: | 12-08-2017

Defying federal restrictions, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) submitted plans to the state Legislature to make the Badger State the first to mandate drug testing for adults who apply for food stamps. Lawmakers – who initially approved the testing...

Governors in Brief - December 11 2017 | 12-08-2017

EDWARDS TO CREATE LA HARASSMENT ASK FORCE : Weeks after his chief of staff resigned amidst sexual harassment allegations, LOUISIANA Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said he would soon issue an executive order directing executive branch state agencies to review...

Hogan Pitches Alt MD Sick Leave Bill | 12-01-2017

Hoping to avoid what appears to be an imminent override, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he would in January introduce an alternative version of a paid sick leave bill he vetoed last session. That measure ( 2017 HB 1 ) requires Old Line State...

Governors In Brief - December 04 2017 | 12-01-2017

BAKER WILL SEEK SECOND TERM As expected, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) has announced he will run for re-election next year. Baker made the announcement on his Twitter feed. (BOSTON HERALD) HOLCOMB ORDERS CBD OIL OFF SHELVES INDIANA Gov...

Baker Issues New MA Opioid Proposal | 11-17-2017

Less than two years after signing major opioid abuse deterrent legislation, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) introduced a $110 million package of policy recommendations last week aimed at further addressing the Bay State’s ongoing opioid abuse...