Governors

CA, NY Govs Join MI, Feds in Vaping Ban | 09-20-2019

Amid a growing number of vaping-related deaths and serious illnesses, Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California, both Democrats, launched efforts last week to ban the products. The actions come days after the Trump administration...

Lujan Grisham Unveils NM Free College Plan | 09-20-2019

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) unveiled “an absolute game changer” plan to make all colleges and universities tuition-free for all in-state students, regardless of family income. The proposal, which will require legislative approval...

Governors in Brief - September 23 2019 | 09-20-2019

NH LAWMAKERS SUSTAIN VAST MAJORITY OF VETOES The NEW HAMPSHIRE Legislature upheld all but one of the 55 vetoes issued by Gov. Chris Sununu (R), including measures on gun control, renewable energy and paid family leave. The one successful veto override...

Cuomo Seeks NY Ban on Flavored E-Cigs | 09-13-2019

Calling the rise in vaping-related illnesses “a frightening public health phenomenon,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) proposed legislation to ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in the Empire State. “Common sense says if you...

Noem Just Says No to SD Hemp | 09-13-2019

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) warned lawmakers planning another attempt at legalizing industrial hemp that a new bill will meet the same fate as this year’s bill: a veto. In her veto statement for HB 1191 last March, Noem said “There...

Governors in Brief - September 16 2019 | 09-13-2019

VA GOV VOWS END TO LAWSUITS AGAINST PATIENTS VIRGINIA Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said he would work with University of Virginia James Ryan to end the widespread practice of aggressively pursuing former patients for unpaid medical bills. A recent investigation...

Newsom Wheels and Deals as CA Session Winds Down | 09-06-2019

With the legislative session winding down, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has been steadily working behind the scenes to broker deals on a number of high-impact measures lawmakers are close to sending to his desk. After negotiating a deal between...

Baker Ramps Up Pressure on MA Housing Bill | 09-06-2019

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) was joined last week by six former top state housing officials from thee different gubernatorial administrations in urging Bay State lawmakers to pass a bill before the end of the year to stimulate housing production...

Governors in Brief - September 9 2019 | 09-06-2019

WA LEG SUES INSLEE The WASHINGTON Legislature filed suit against Gov. Jay Inslee (D), arguing the governor had violated the Evergreen State Constitution when he issued several partial vetoes of the 2019-21 transportation budget. Inslee acknowledged...

Newsom Brokers CA Charter School Deal | 08-30-2019

After months of negotiations, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced an agreement last week among charter school advocates, teacher unions and legislative leaders on a bill that will impose new restrictions on the state’s charter schools. ...

Murphy Pitches Changes to NJ Expungement Bill | 08-30-2019

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) conditionally vetoed a measure that would have overhauled the Garden State’s process for expunging convictions for those who have stayed out of further legal trouble for at least 10 years. In his veto message for...

Governors in Brief - September 3 2019 | 08-30-2019

COURT SAYS KY GOV CAN REJECT PRIVATE LAWYERS The KENTUCKY Supreme Court rules that Gov. Matt Bevin (R) and legislative leaders were within their legal authority to cancel an employment contract that Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear awarded...

AK Recall Effort Starts with a Rush | 08-15-2019

A recall effort against Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) got off to a huge start, garnering over 18,000 signatures in the first week. That is more than two-thirds of the number needed for the initial round of a recall campaign in the Last Frontier. ...

Murphy Endorses NJ Blockchain Measures | 08-15-2019

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a pair of bills aimed at expanding the use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology in the Garden State. The first measure, SB 2297 , creates the New Jersey Blockchain Initiative Task Force, which will...

Governors in Brief - August 19 2019 | 08-15-2019

COOPER SIGNS NC GUN ORDER NORTH CAROLINA Gov. Roy Cooper (D) issued an executive directive ordering that state Bureau of Investigation and other state agencies to take more action against gun violence. The order directs the BOI to conduct more threat...

DeWine Unveils OH Gun Reform Proposal | 08-09-2019

In the wake of the nation’s latest (as of this writing) mass shooting, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) proposed a package of reforms to his state’s gun regulations. The hard part will be not having them instantly shot down by his fellow Republicans...

Cooper Just Says No to NC Conversion Therapy | 08-09-2019

Saying “we should be protecting all of our children, including those who identify as LGBTQ, instead of subjecting them to a dangerous practice,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) issued Executive Order No 97 , a directive that bars state...

Governors in Brief - August 12 2019 | 08-09-2019

DESANTIS ORDERS PROBE INTO FL SEX TRAFFICKING CASE FLORIDA Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) last week ordered a state criminal probe into the actions of Palm Beach sheriff Ric Bradshaw and former Palm Beach state attorney Barry Krischer for their handling of...

Little Orders Simpler Regulations in ID: | 08-02-2019

Saying he is “determined to bring more accountability and transparency to Idaho’s rule-making processes,” Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) said he has ordered the state Office of the Administrative Rules Coordinator to make administrative...

Cuomo Pitches New NY Student Loan Protections | 08-02-2019

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) proposed new regulations on student loan servicing in the Empire State. Under the proposal, servicers would be barred from defrauding or misleading borrowers, engaging in any unfair, deceptive, abusive, or predatory act...

Governors in Brief - August 5 2019 | 08-02-2019

NEWSOM SIGNS OFF ON CA CLEAN DRINKING WATER FUND CALIFORNIA Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed SB 200 , legislation that authorizes the use of $130 million in funds initially targeted for greenhouse gas reduction to instead pay for a clean drinking water...

KS Gov Drops Food Stamp Plan | 07-19-2019

Faced with the imminent threat of litigation from her own attorney general, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) has dropped her effort to allow thousands of Show Me State residents to continue receiving food stamps without meeting state-mandated work requirements...

TN Gov Will Seek to Change Law Honoring Klan Leader | 07-19-2019

After initially saying he had no plans to try changing a state law that requires the governor to annually issue a proclamation honoring an early Ku Klux Klan leader, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) reversed course and said he would seek to change the law...

Governors in Brief - July 22 2019 | 07-19-2019

TRIBES REJECT OK GOV’S CALL FOR NEW GAMING DEALS Questioning “his sincerity to work with us in a cooperative manner,” the leaders of five major OKLAHOMA -based tribes rejected Gov. Kevin Stitt’s (R) call to renegotiate their...

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...