Governors

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...

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...