Governors

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...

Walker Poised to Sign AK Justice Reform Bills | 11-17-2017

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) said he plans to sign legislation ( SB 54 ) that rolls back several parts of a comprehensive criminal justice reform measure (SB 91 2016) that lawmakers adopted just last year. The legislation reverses major components of SB...

MN High Court Rules for Dayton | 11-17-2017

The Minnesota Supreme Court gave Gov. Mark Dayton (D) a significant victory last week, upholding his line-item veto of the Gopher State Legislature’s operating budget. The court, however, declined to rule if Dayton’s actions were intended...

Governors in Brief - November 20 2017 | 11-17-2017

RAUNER SIGNS TWO IL ANTI-HARASSMENT BILLS : ILLINOIS Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed two measures last week aimed at curbing sexual harassment in the Prairie State statehouse. The measures require all lawmakers, lobbyists and state employees to undergo...

LePage Defies Voters On ME Medicaid Expansion | 11-10-2017

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said he will not accept a voter-approved ballot measure to expand Medicaid to cover approximately 80,000 more residents unless lawmakers find a way to pay for it without raising taxes or drawing on state reserves. Pine...

Baker Re-launches MA Hate Crime Task Force | 11-10-2017

Saying his administration “is committed to making Massachusetts a safe and welcoming place with zero-tolerance for hate or violence,” Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) issued an executive order last Monday to restart a long dormant state...

Governors in Brief - November 13 2017 | 11-10-2017

BROWN ISSUES OR CLEAN ENERGY ORDERS : Saying “economic development and environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive goals,” OREGON Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed two executive orders that collectively take steps to increase the use...

Walker Signs AK Climate Change Action Plan | 11-03-2017

Calling his state “ground zero for the impacts of climate change,” Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) signed off last Tuesday on a two-pronged state action plan aimed at addressing the issue. Walker inked his name to Administrative Order 289...

GOP Govs Sign Anti-Boycott Israel Orders | 11-03-2017

Two GOP governors have signed executive orders making their states the latest to bar government agencies from doing business with companies that are boycotting Israel. On October 23 rd , Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) signed EO 01.01.2017.25 , which requires...

Governors in Brief - November 6 2017 | 11-03-2017

LEPAGE SIGNS REVISED ME FOOD SOVEREIGNTY LAW : MAINE Gov. Paul LePage (R) signed legislation last week that allows anyone living in or visiting one of 22 designated Pine Tree State communities to make a face-to-face purchase at a farmer’s or...

Bevin Unveils KY Pension Plan | 10-20-2017

Facing a public employee pension shortfall of at least $40 billion and perhaps as much as $70 billion, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) and GOP legislative leaders unveiled a plan last week to move public workers from traditional defined-benefit retirement...

Cooper Announces New NC LGBT Protections | 10-20-2017

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) announced he had reached a deal with LGBT rights activists that would end litigation against the state by allowing transgender people to use public restrooms that match their gender identity. The new rule would apply...

LePage Duels With ME Sheriffs Over Immigration | 10-20-2017

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) met with the Pine Tree State’s 16 county sheriffs last week in an effort to reach a compromise over his order for them to hold suspects for federal immigration officials. In September LePage sent all of the sheriffs a...

Brown Vetoes Trump-Inspired CA Election Bill | 10-20-2017

Bucking his own party’s fervent anti-Trump sentiment, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a measure ( SB 149 ) that would have required presidential candidates to release five years-worth of their personal income tax returns. The bill came...

Governors In Brief - October 23 2017 | 10-20-2017

SNYDER SIGNS MI POLICE MICONDUCT LAW Looking to prevent police agencies from hiding misconduct that leads to terminations, MICHIGAN Gov. Rick Snyder (R) signed legislation last week that requires law enforcement agencies to keep records of the circumstances...

Brown Signs CA Drug Price Transparency Bill | 10-13-2017

Resisting opposition from the pharmaceutical industry, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed legislation last week requiring drug makers to give the state more notice and justification before raising drug price increases. “Californians...

Baker Enlists Social Workers In MA Opioid Battle | 10-13-2017

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced a “first-in-the-nation set of educational core principles” he says will help ensure the Bay State’s more than 4,000 enrolled social work students are equipped with the skills needed to confront...

Governors In Brief - October 16 2017 | 10-13-2017

VT GOV ISSUES CYBER SECURITY ORDER Saying his state needed to do more to address cyber security, VERMONT Gov. Phil Scott (R) issued Executive Order 18-17 to create the Governor's Cyber Security Advisory Team, a group tasked with developing a plan...

Brown Signs Bill Making CA ‘Sanctuary State’ | 10-06-2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed almost a dozen immigration-related bills last week, including a so-called “sanctuary state” measure ( SB 54 ) that will make the Golden State the only one to significantly limit how much local law enforcement...

Kasich Hints At Leaving GOP | 10-06-2017

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said last week that the GOP is broken and needs to be fixed. If that doesn’t happen, he said, he might not be a Republican much longer. Appearing on the CNN show “State of the Union,” Kasich lamented the...

Baker Calls For Bipartisan Health Care Reform | 10-06-2017

Speaking to a meeting of Bay State health officials, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) called on Congress to take steps to stabilize the individual health insurance market and act quickly to extend two recently expired programs that fund community...

Governors In Brief - October 9 2017 | 10-06-2017

SANDOVAL DECLARES NV HEALTH EMERGENCY AFTER MASS SHOOTING In the immediate aftermath of the mass shooting in Las Vegas that saw 59 people killed and more than 500 injured, NEVADA Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) issued an executive order temporarily suspending...

Brown Signs CA Housing Package, More Bills Pending | 09-29-2017

With the October 15 signing deadline fast approaching, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is slowly working his way through the annual slew of bills that end up on his desk after the frantic final days of the legislative session come to an end. But while...

Walker Signs Amended WI Foxconn Bill | 09-29-2017

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed off on a controversial deal granting almost $3 billion in incentives to lure Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn to build a new plant in the Badger State. If Foxconn follows through on its plan to invest $10 billion...

Governors In Brief - October 2 2017 | 09-29-2017

BAKER TO FORM MA TRANSPORTATION TASK FORCE Responding to a business group’s report that called for an independent review of state transportation infrastructure needs, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) said he will issue an executive order...

BEVIN ADVISES UNIVERSITIES TO STOP TEACHING DANCE AND BOOST ENGINEERING DEGREES | 09-15-2017

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin (R) said this week that public universities should cut programs that don’t produce workers for the high-paying jobs the economy needs. Bevin said that producing graduates who can fill the kind of jobs he’s trying to...

BROWN AGREES TO CHANGES ON SANCTUARY CITIES BILL AS CALIFORNIA SESSION NEARS CLOSE | 09-15-2017

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) reached an agreement this week with Senate leader Kevin de Leon (D) to make changes to California’s “Sanctuary State” bill ( SB 54 ), adding specified circumstances when law enforcement should share information...

CUOMO, CARNEY, WOLF BACK FRACKING BAN IN DELAWARE RIVER BASIN | 09-15-2017

The Delaware River Basin Commission, which manages water resources in that mid-Atlantic watershed, adopted a resolution this week to issue draft rules that would permanently ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil and gas in the basin. The rules...

Governors In Brief - September 18 2017 | 09-15-2017

ABBOTT ORDERS FREE REPLACEMENT GUN CARDS: TEXAS Gov. Greg Abbott (R) directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to waive the cost of replacing licenses to carry handguns for residents who lost their cards as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Residents...

Republican Govs Differ On DACA | 09-08-2017

Most GOP governors chose to tread lightly in the wake of President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last week. The program, implemented by former President Barack Obama in 2012, grants temporary...

Kasich, Schwarzenegger Push End To Gerrymandering | 09-08-2017

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) joined forces with other prominent Republicans last week in filing briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court urging justices to rule that extreme political gerrymandering —...

Governors In Brief - September 11 2017 | 09-08-2017

CHRISTIE PROPOSES NEW NJ OPIOID RULE NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced a new rule prohibiting prescribers of opioid medications from accepting meals and uncapped compensation for speaking engagements, consulting work, and other services...

Brown, CA Lawmakers Reach Deal On Housing | 09-01-2017

After weeks of negotiations, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) reached a deal with lawmakers last week on a trio of bills intended to ease the Golden State’s acute shortage of affordable housing. The bills are expected to spur significant new construction...

WY Gov. Mead Regrets Not Expanding Medicaid | 09-01-2017

In an interview with the Casper Star-Tribune last week, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) said he regretted his state’s decision to not expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act before current efforts at health care reform got under way. “The...

Govs Pitch Obamacare Fixes | 09-01-2017

With Congress preparing to hold hearings to weigh reforming the Affordable Care Act, a small bipartisan group of governors has put together its own list of suggestions for lawmakers to consider. Led by Ohio Gov. John Kasich a Republican, and Democratic...

Governors In Brief - September 4 2017 | 09-01-2017

HOGAN PROPOSES MD SENTENCING LEGISLATION Responding to what he called “out of control” violent crime in Baltimore, MARYLAND , Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he plans to introduce a major package of anti-crime legislation when lawmakers reconvene...

Trump Promises Opioid Emergency Declaration | 08-18-2017

President Donald Trump said his administration is preparing to declare a federal emergency aimed at addressing the national opioid abuse crisis, but what that means to beleaguered governors seeking to quell the crisis remains unclear. The president...

Governors In Brief - August 21 2017 | 08-18-2017

LEPAGE GETS RIGHT-TO-WORK AGREEMENT IN ME MAINE Gov. Paul LePage (R) reached an agreement with the Pine Tree State’s largest public employee union that, if endorsed by members, would eliminate mandatory union fees for workers in jobs represented...

Midwestern Govs Push Controversial Incentives Plan | 08-11-2017

Wisconsin lawmakers have given initial approval to Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) nearly $3 billon proposal to lure Chinese electronics company Foxconn to build its first U.S. manufacturing plant in the Badger State. But if successful, he might not be...

Governors In Brief - August 14 2017 | 08-11-2017

CUOMO GIVES NY COLLEGES MILLIONS FOR PRISON EDUCATION NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has awarded $7 million in grants to colleges around the Empire State to offer courses to prisoners. Cuomo initially proposed the grants in 2014, but backed off in...

NV Gov Sandoval Gets Innovative | 08-04-2017

Saying he wants to help his fellow governors manage what some are calling the “fourth industrial revolution,” Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) has announced a new initiative aimed at helping state leaders “better prepare for the ongoing...

Cooper Signs, Rejects NC Energy Bill | 08-04-2017

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D)signed comprehensive energy legislation ( HB 589 ) last week intended to boost the Tar Heel State’s growing solar power industry. But Cooper also immediately issued an executive order ( EO No. 11 ) that mitigates...

Baker Proposes MA Immigration Law | 08-04-2017

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) proposed legislation last week that would allow Bay State authorities to detain certain unauthorized immigrants at the behest of federal officials. The legislation came in the wake of a recent state Supreme Judicial...

Governors In Brief - August 7 2017 | 08-04-2017

HOGAN PROPOSES NEW TIMETABLE FOR MD EMISSIONS TESTS MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan (R) proposed giving Old Line State drivers an extra year before their vehicles would have to undergo an initial emissions inspection. Current law requires the inspection...

Brown Wheels, Deals Way to CA Cap-And-Trade Extension | 07-21-2017

In a rare show of bipartisan action, California lawmakers approved legislation last week to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program, which requires companies to pay for releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The bills’ passage –...

Walker Signs Suite Of Opioid Bills | 07-21-2017

Saying “we won’t stop until there are zero opioid overdoses in Wisconsin,” Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed 11 bills last week addressing the Badger State’s ongoing opioid abuse epidemic. The measure take a wide tack, from setting...

Greitens Defies MO Lawmakers, Creates Drug Database | 07-21-2017

Missouri lawmakers failed this session to agree on legislation to create a statewide prescription drug monitoring program, so Gov. Eric Greitens (R) opted to do it himself. Greitens last week issued Executive Order 17-18 , which directs state health officials...

Governors In Brief - July 24 2017 | 07-21-2017

Dayton Legislative Funding Veto Overruled A MINNESOTA judge ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s (D) May 30 veto of funding for the Gopher State Legislature was unconstitutional. Ramsey County District Court Chief Judge John Guthmann said Dayton had...

Brown, Legislative Leaders Reach CA Cap-and-Trade Deal | 07-14-2017

After months of often tense negotiations, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) reached an agreement last week with legislative leaders to extend the state’s cap-and-trade program, one of the Golden State’s primary tools in battling climate change...

Governors In Brief - July 17 2017 | 07-14-2017

RAIMONDO ISSUES RI OPIOID EXECUTIVE ORDER Citing an “alarming rate of deaths” from opioid abuse, RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) issued an 18-point executive order aimed at coordinating state and local government efforts to combat the...