Governors

Brown Signs CA 100 Percent Renewable Energy Bill | 09-14-2018

Days before hosting a global summit on climate change in San Francisco, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed SB 100, a measure that requires the Golden State to obtain 100 percent of its retail electricity from carbon-free sources by 2045. Brown...

LePage Remains Defiant on ME Medicaid Expansion | 09-14-2018

Responding to Medicaid expansion advocates who are urging eligible Mainers to sign up for the insurance plan, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said he will reject those applications until lawmakers fund the program to his satisfaction. Expansion supporters...

Governors in Brief - September 17 2018 | 09-14-2018

SNYDER SIGNS ‘BAN THE BOX’ ORDER MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed Executive Order 2018-4 , which directs some state agencies to no longer ask job applicants about any criminal history in the initial application process. The so-called...

Hogan Presses MD School Accountability | 09-07-2018

Citing “a persistent and alarming lack of accountability in local school systems across the state,” Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) issued an executive order last week that creates a new post in his administration: director of the Office of...

Brown Facing Decisions on Hundreds of Bills | 09-07-2018

The frenzied last days of the legislative session are over, and now California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) must act on nearly 1,000 bills by the end of September. While some of the more controversial measures died before getting to Brown, he still faces a number...

Governors in Brief - September 10 2018 | 09-07-2018

RAIMONDO ISSUES RI SCHOOL GUN BAN RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) issued an executive order last month barring anyone except police officers from carrying firearms at public schools and grounds in the Ocean State. The order closes a loophole in...

Brown Signs Overhaul of Bail System | 08-31-2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation overhauling the Golden State’s pretrial detention system, ending cash bail and instead giving judges more control over who should be jailed ahead of trial. “Today, California reforms...

Newsom Reiterates Support For State-Covered Health Care For Undocumented | 08-31-2018

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who is the Democratic nominee in the race to succeed California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and has campaigned in favor of having California pay for the health care of all, reiterated this past week that should include undocumented...

Governors in Brief - September 3 2018 | 08-31-2018

ME, KY, MS GOVS FILE WORKPLACE DISCRIMINATION BRIEF MAINE Gov. Paul LePage (R), KENTUCKY Gov. Matt Bevin (R) and MISSISSIPPI Gov. Phil Bryant (R) join the attorneys general of 13 other states in an Aug. 23 brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule...

Baker Signs Major MA Opioid Bill | 08-17-2018

Citing the ongoing opioid and heroin crisis he said “has tragically claimed scores of lives and broken families across the Commonwealth,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed off on an expansive measure that imposes a number of new...

Court Says Haslam’s TN Probation Overhaul Unconstitutional | 08-17-2018

A Tennessee appeals court ruled last Wednesday that a key element of Gov. Bill Haslam’s (R) 2016 overhaul of the Volunteer State probation system is unconstitutional. The Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals said Haslam’s wide-ranging...

Governors in Brief - August 20 2018 | 08-17-2018

SCOTT DECLARES FL ALGAE EMERGENCY FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott (R) declared a state of emergency last week after a growing “red tide” algae bloom left Sunshine State beaches covered with dead fish and marine animals. His declaration will make...

Abbott Proposes Tougher TX Bail Rules | 08-10-2018

Citing the shooting death last year of a state trooper by a man with a long criminal history, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) last week proposed making access to bail more difficult for defendants charged with certain serious crimes. Abbott’s proposal...

Sandoval Pitches NV Prison Reform | 08-10-2018

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) joined with state Supreme Court Justice Michael Douglas and legislative leaders in announcing a comprehensive review of the Silver State’s criminal justice system. In a statement , the governor’s office said...

Governors in Brief - August 13 2018 | 08-10-2018

MAYORS PUSH MO GOV ON GUN REFORM Kansas City Mayor Sly James and St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson met with MISSOURI Gov. Mike Parson (R) last week to encourage him to support more local control over gun laws in the Show Me State. “I understand that...

IN Gov Calls for Hate Crime Law | 08-03-2018

Defying his own party, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) called last week for the Hoosier State to adopt legislation against hate crimes. Indiana is one of only five states – the others are Arkansas, Georgia, South Carolina and Wyoming – without...

Murphy Launches NJ Free College Plan | 08-03-2018

The office of NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil Murphy (D) announced the kickoff of a plan that will allow thousands of low-income Garden State residents to attend college tuition-free next year. The pilot program will cover tuition and mandatory fees for students...

Governors in Brief - August 6 2018 | 08-03-2018

DEM GOVS OPPOSE TITLE IX CHANGES COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) joined a handful of other Democratic governors in opposing the Trump administration’s plans to ensure that no federal Title IX money is used to pay for abortions. Hickenlooper...

Brown Pushes CA Court to Rule on Pension Case | 07-20-2018

With his final term in office winding down, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) wants the state Supreme Court to expedite a ruling on a lawsuit challenging the signature pension reform measure he signed in 2012. Brown’s office last week reached out...

Cuomo Opens NY Trump Tax Probe | 07-20-2018

The Cuomo administration has opened a criminal investigation into whether the Donald J. Trump Charitable Foundation violated New York state tax laws. It is the second high-level state investigation into the Trump Foundation. New York Attorney General...

Governors in Brief - July 23 2018 | 07-20-2018

RAIMONDO ORDERS RI PLASTICS TASK FORCE Responding to the failure of several legislative efforts to mitigate the impact of plastic waste on the environment, RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) issued Executive Order 18-06 , which will create the “Task...

Cuomo Urges NY Senate to Codify Roe V. Wade | 07-13-2018

Citing the possibility of a highly-conservative U.S. Supreme Court overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) issued an executive order last week that directs state officials to take steps to ensure that women maintain...

ME GOP Again Upholds Medicaid Expansion Veto | 07-13-2018

Maine lawmakers overturned 23 of Gov. Paul LePage’s (R) 43 vetoes, but failed to turn back his rejection of startup funding for voter-approved Medicaid expansion in the Pine Tree State. The successful veto marks the seventh time that LePage...

Governors in Brief - July 16 2018 | 07-13-2018

DUCEY DECRIES ‘RECKLESS’ CALLS TO ABOLISH ICE In an op-ed in USA Today last week, ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said calls from a growing number of Democratic officials to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency were “reckless”...

LePage Vetoes, Set Up ME Override Battle | 07-06-2018

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) rejected 36 bills last week, adding to the record 500-plus vetoes he has accumulated during his eight years in office. As expected, the governor’s vetoes included legislation that would have funded voter-approved...

Brown Weighs Easing CA Utilities’ Wildfire Liability | 07-06-2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) joined with all four legislative leaders last week to announce updates to a proposal ( SB 901 ) that would limit the liability of public utilities like Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for future wildfires. The measure would...

Governors in Brief - July 9 2018 | 07-06-2018

WALKER SIGNS AK RAPE KIT BILL Saying the Last Frontier has over 3,500 untested rape kits awaiting processing, ALASKA Gov. Bill Walker (I) signed a bill that requires local police to report to the state annually the number of untested sexual assault...

Baker Signs MA ‘Grand Bargain’ | 06-29-2018

Culminating a broad effort to prevent several major policy issues being decided by voters at the ballot box, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed off on a so-called “grand bargain” that will gradually raise the Bay State minimum wage...

Govs Differ on Border Separations | 06-29-2018

The ongoing controversy over family separations at the U.S. border with Mexico has spurred a bipartisan group of governors to pull back or reject outright President Trump’s request to send National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico. Democrats...

Governors in Brief - July 2 2018 | 06-29-2018

BROWN MOVES DAYLIGHT SAVINGS BILL TO CA BALLOT CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed AB 807 , a measure that will allow Golden State voters to decide if they want to stay on daylight saving time year-round. If voters approve, the measure would still...

Murphy Signs Half Dozen NJ Gun Bills | 06-15-2018

Saying the Garden State would be “a leader in the fight for common-sense gun safety,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed six gun control measures into law last week. The bills address a wide range of concerns, including requiring...

IL Reeps Want Blago to Stay in Jail | 06-15-2018

Several Republican members of the Illinois Congressional delegation signed a letter to President Donald Trump last week urging him not to grant clemency to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D). The letter noted that Blagojevich’s removal from office...

Governors in Brief - June 18 2018 | 06-15-2018

REYNOLDS SAYS SHE ISN’T BEHOLDEN TO IA GOP PLATFORM : Saying the issue of same-sex marriage has been settled by the courts, IOWA Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) said last week she doesn’t have to abide by state GOP platform proposals that favor limiting...

Cuomo Pitches Gun Removal From Troubled NY Homes | 06-08-2018

Calling mass school shootings “a new and frightening phenomenon,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) proposed last week to allow teachers, principals and other school officials to petition a judge to remove guns from the homes of troubled students...

Judge Orders ME Medicaid Expansion | 06-08-2018

A Superior Court judge has ordered Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) to take the necessary steps to implement voter-approved expansion of Medicaid in the Pine Tree State. Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy gave LePage until June 11 to file an expansion plan...

Governors in Brief - June 11 2018 | 06-08-2018

CARNEY MAKES FIRST DE SPORTS BET : DELAWARE Gov. Jon Carney (D) kicked off his state’s entry into legal sports wagering by making its first legal sports bet since the Supreme Court legalized the practice last month. Carney placed a $10 wager...

New MO Gov A Capitol Veteran | 06-01-2018

With the saga of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) coming to an abrupt end last week, all eyes turned to take a new look at his replacement, fellow Republican Lt. Gov. Michael L. Parson. Parson’s ascension came with shocking swiftness. Greitens...

Abbott Unveils School Safety Plan | 06-01-2018

Weeks after a mass shooting at a Santa Fe, Texas public school that left 10 people dead, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) unveiled a school safety proposal that called for, among several things, firearms training for teachers. Abbott’s proposal...

Governors in Brief - June 4 2018 | 06-01-2018

BAKER TO SEEK HARSHER PENALTIES FOR MA SEX OFFENDERS : With the release of a notorious convicted sex offender dominating headlines across the Bay State, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said he plans to introduce legislation to increase penalties...

Kasich Signs EO to Help OH Immigrants | 05-18-2018

Saying he is frustrated with federal inaction, Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) issued an executive order last week that will create a state office tasked with helping immigrants find jobs, health care and education. Ohio was built by immigrants and to...

Greitens Troubles Far From Over | 05-18-2018

Prosecutors abruptly dropped felony invasion of privacy charges against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens (R) last week, just days before his trial was set to begin. The dismissal came after a court ruled that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner had...

Governors in Brief - May 21 2018 | 05-18-2018

CUOMO PROPOSES ELIMINATION OF NY COAL PLANTS : NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) ordered the state Department of Environmental Conservation to set new limits on carbon dioxide emissions he said would make Empire State power plants entirely coal-free by...

Gov Vetoes GA ‘White Hat’ Hacker Bill | 05-11-2018

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) vetoed a controversial bill last week that would have given police the power to pursue hackers who probe computer systems but don’t steal any data. Opponents said the bill would also have prohibited so-called “white...

Scott Noncommittal on VT Drug Import Bill | 05-11-2018

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott (R) said he needs to study a bill lawmakers sent him last week that would make the Green Mountain State the first to import prescription drugs from Canada. That measure, SB 175 , would create an importation program for buying widely...

Governors in Brief - May 14 2018 | 05-11-2018

BAKER OPEN TO NEW MA DEATH PENALTY In the wake of the murder of a Bay State police officer, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) says his office is talking with lawmakers and law enforcement officials about crafting a bill to reinstate the death penalty...

Brown Leads Multistate Suit Over Emissions Standards | 05-04-2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced the Golden State would lead a 17-state coalition and the District of Columbia in a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the agency’s proposed rollback of fuel economy standards....

Govs Team Up On Gun Research | 05-04-2018

Decrying a lack of action from Washington D.C., seven state and territorial governors announced plans to launch a multi-state study on gun violence as a health issue. The participants include Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo...

Governors In Brief - May 7 2018 | 05-04-2018

AZ GOV SIGNS OFF ON TEACHER PAY RAISE ARIZONA Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed budget legislation last week that will hike the pay of Grand Canyon State teachers by 20 percent over the next three years. The wage increase came after dozens of the state’s...

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...