Governors

Hogan Proposes Paid Sick Leave | 12-09-2016

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) unveiled a proposal last week to require Old Line State employers with 50 or more workers to provide them with at least 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Part-time employees would need to work at least 30 hours per week...

Baker Launches New Anti-Opioid Effort | 12-09-2016

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) launched a new two-year pilot program last week aimed at curbing opioid abuse among workers who are injured on the job. The effort is aimed at helping people with settled workers’ compensation cases who are being...

Governors in Brief - December 12 2016 | 12-09-2016

Gov. Mead Says No Medicaid Expansion in WY Citing the uncertainty of America’s health care system under the new administration, WYOMING Gov. Matt Mead (R) said he will not push Equality State lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage this session...

Cuomo Sets Up NY Hate Crime Unit | 12-02-2016

Responding to an uptick in hate crimes since the Nov. 8 election, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) recently announced the creation of a special State Police unit to combat those incidents. The governor also announced a legislative effort to expand the Empire...

Hickenlooper Wants Pot Dollars For The Homeless | 12-02-2016

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s (D) 2017 budget proposal includes a plan to divert $16.3 million in annual marijuana tax revenues to help pay for a trio of new programs intended to fight homelessness in the Centennial State. The governor’s...

Governors In Brief - December 5 2016 | 12-02-2016

Gov. Kasich Urges Reduced Medical Licensing Boards OHIO Gov. John Kasich (R) and lawmakers are working on a plan to consolidate the Buckeye State’s multiple medical licensing boards. Legislation currently under consideration in the General Assembly...

Cuomo Revives NYC Affordable Housing Program | 11-18-2016

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is taking another shot at reviving a program to build affordable apartment housing for low income New York City residents. The deal Cuomo brokered between the 100,000 member Building and Construction Trades Council...

Governors In Brief - November 21 2016 | 11-18-2016

Hickenlooper Pondering Slower Hospital Growth in CO COLORADO Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) told reporters last week he might propose requiring hospitals seeking to expand to file proof with the state to show there is a need for such growth. At least 35...

GOP Gains More Governorships | 11-11-2016

In another huge electoral night for Republicans, the GOP picked up three additional governorships, with at least one more race too close to call. The party gained the chief executive office in three states previously held by Democrats – Vermont...

McCrory Prepares for Recount Battle in NC | 11-11-2016

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) filed paperwork last Thursday to establish a legal defense fund in preparation for an expected legal battle over Tuesday’s election. Democratic challenger Attorney General Roy Cooper, who now holds a slight lead...

Governors In Brief - November 14 2016 | 11-11-2016

Oregon Elects First LGBTQ Governor OREGON Gov. Kate Brown’s (D) re-election marks the first time an openly LGBTQ person has been elected governor in any state. Brown is bi-sexual. She was looking to fill out the remainder of former Gov. John...

Dayton Planning Health Care Special Session | 11-04-2016

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) and legislative leaders laid the groundwork for a post-election special session aimed at helping Gopher State residents deal with dramatic health insurance premium hikes set to go into effect in January. Dayton met privately...

Governors In Brief - November 7 2016 | 11-04-2016

Scott Asks Feds to Speed Up Zika Funds FLORIDA Gov. Rick Scott (R) urged the Obama administration to expedite federal funds to help the Sunshine State battle the growth of the Zika virus. Congress approved $1.1 billion in emergency funds in September...

Shumlin Proposes VT Painkiller Limits | 10-21-2016

In an effort to fight his state’s ongoing epidemic of opioid abuse and deaths, Vermont Gov. Pete Shumlin (D) proposed limiting the prescription of painkiller medications. Under his plan, doctors would have to consider the severity and duration...

Cuomo Pushes New NY Parole Regulations | 10-21-2016

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) proposed new regulations that would require parole boards to consider both an inmate’s personal needs as well as his or her risk to the public before being released. “Confidence in the criminal justice...

Governors In Brief - October 24 2016 | 10-21-2016

LA Judge Rejects Edwards LGBT Directive Saying the law was unclear, a LOUISIANA judge rejected an attempt by Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) to force the state Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) to okay legal contracts that include anti-discrimination language...

MN Gov Says Affordable Care Act No Longer Affordable | 10-14-2016

Calling impending health insurance price hikes “a very serious problem,” Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) said reforming the six-year-old healthcare system must be a priority for state and federal lawmakers in 2017. Dayton’s comments in...

WA Gov. Inslee Orders Anti-Opioid Efforts | 10-14-2016

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) issued an executive order ( EO 16-09 ) earlier this month directing state agencies to devise a broad plan to combat opioid abuse in the Evergreen State. The order directs state agencies, tribal governments and private partners...

Governors In Brief - October 17 2016 | 10-14-2016

Baker Starts MA Justice Selection Process MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) announced last Tuesday that the 12-member state Supreme Judicial Court Nominating Commission will start screening applicants to replace soon-retiring Justices Margot Botsford...

Brown Reaches Veto High | 10-07-2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) recently finished addressing the last of the 1,059 bills lawmakers sent to him this year. Brown vetoed 159 of those measures, roughly 15 percent, a figure almost double the 8 percent overall figure he has accumulated during...

Bentley Creates Gambling Commission | 10-07-2016

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) announced he is creating a seven-member advisory council on gambling to try to resolve ongoing disagreements with lawmakers over electronic bingo and other issues. The governor said the Alabama Advisory Council on Gaming...

Governors In Brief - October 10 2016 | 10-07-2016

LePage Wants Local Schools to Fund Themselves Saying that schools spend too much money on superintendents, MAINE Gov. Paul LePage (R) said on his weekly radio show that he will push to have Pine Tree State school districts consolidate administrations...

NJ Intros New Opioid Measures | 09-30-2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) joined with former Gov. Jim McGreevey (D) to announce a series of new or expanded programs designed to help ease the Garden State’s ongoing opioid addiction crisis. Those measures include an emergency order issued...

MA Gov Baker Orders New Emissions Rules | 09-30-2016

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) issued an executive order last month ( EO 569 ) that orders his administration by next spring to develop and implement a statewide plan for specific annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions. The order directs...

Governors In Brief - October 3 2016 | 09-30-2016

Gov. Wolf Urges Passing of PA Opioid Measures Citing “a public health crisis the likes of which we have not before seen,” PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf (D) addressed a rare joint session of the legislature last week to urge them to take action...

Gov. Cuomo Issues Cybersecurity Rules For NY Banks | 09-16-2016

The New York State Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) proposed new cybersecurity regulations last week that Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) called the first of their kind in the nation. Cuomo said the rules would apply only to institutions overseen by NYDFS...

MO Lawmakers Override Gov Nixon Vetoes | 09-16-2016

The GOP-dominated Missouri Legislature last week overrode 13 of the 20 vetoes issued this session by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) The measures lawmakers overrode include SB 656 , which allows most adults to obtain a lifetime concealed carry weapons permit while...

Governors In Brief - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

WV Gov Unveils Suicide Prevention Plan WEST VIRGINIA Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) unveiled a plan designed to reduce the number of suicides by military veterans. Dubbed the Mountain State 22 Program – a reference to the number of veterans believed...

KS Govs Join Judicial Retention Fight | 09-09-2016

A quartet of former Kansas governors have waded into a bitter fight in Kansas over whether voters will opt to retain or remove four justices on the Sunflower State Supreme Court. Former Govs. Michael Hayden and Bill Graves, both Republicans, joining with...

ME SOS Rejects Option For Removing Gov. LePage | 09-09-2016

With efforts to call a special session to consider impeaching Gov. Paul LePage (R) going nowhere, a handful of Maine lawmakers asked Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap (D) to invoke a never-before-used constitutional clause to report to the state Supreme...

Governors In Brief - September 12 2016 | 09-09-2016

DE Gov. Markell Signs Mental Health Bills Acting on reforms suggested by a task force he created, DELAWARE Gov. Jack Markell (D) has signed a pair of bills aimed at improving the state’s mental health system. One measure ( SB 245 ) would establish...

Govs Okay With Busting Critters Out Of Hot Cars | 09-02-2016

Sometime this month California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) will weigh in on a measure ( AB 797 ) that would allow someone who encounters a dog or cat left in a hot car to bust the critter out without facing criminal or civil charges. If Brown signs it, he will...

Will Another Bizarre Week From ME Gov Spur Ranked Voting? | 09-02-2016

Another week, another massive dose of heartburn for Maine lawmakers struggling to manage a professional relationship with Gov. Paul LePage (R). In the span of just over a few week the governor known as much for his pugnacious personality and confrontations...

Governors In Brief - September 5 2016 | 09-02-2016

MN Gov. Issues Bee EO MINNESOTA Gov. Mark Dayton (D) issued Executive Order 16-07 , which limits the use of pesticides that harm the Gopher State’s honeybee population. The governor’s order directs the state’s Department of Agriculture...

CA Gov. Brown Fighting To Keep Cap And Trade | 08-19-2016

California’s efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions will undoubtedly continue for the foreseeable future. But whether the Golden State’s cap-and-trade program survives past 2020 is far more in question. Last Monday, Brown quietly proposed...

Gov. Martinez Seeks Return Of NM Death Penalty | 08-19-2016

In the wake of the fatal shooting of a police officer, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) said she will push lawmakers to resurrect the death penalty for those who kill police or children during the next legislative session. Martinez pushed to bring...

Governors In Brief - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

Christie Denies Role in Trump Tax Deal NEW JERSEY Gov. Chris Christie (R) denied any involvement in a 2011 tax settlement deal between Garden State officials and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump that allowed his Atlantic City casino to pay only...

Brown Pauses Grid Effort | 08-12-2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has put off his effort to merge the Golden State’s electric grid with those of five other Western States. Brown sent a letter last week to lawmakers and governors saying there are still too many questions about how...

Baker Signs Major Economic Development Bill | 08-12-2016

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed legislation last week that promises up to $1 billion in new investments in communities, workforce training, and innovation across the Bay State. The legislation ( HB 4565 ) also implements a number of elements...

Governors In Brief - August 15 2016 | 08-12-2016

Court Rejects Blago Bid U.S. District Judge James Zagel rejected a request from former ILLINOIS Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) to release him from a COLORADO prison, instead reinstating his 14-year sentence on his 2011 conviction on numerous corruption charges...

NY Gov. Cuomo Says No Pokémon Go for Sex Offenders | 08-05-2016

Citing concerns that sex offenders could use the Pokémon Go craze to lure children, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) ordered state corrections and parole officials to take steps to restrict the state’s 3,000 registered offenders under community...

FL Gov. Scott Orders Free Zika Tests | 08-05-2016

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) ordered Sunshine State health officials to provide free Zika testing for all pregnant women. Scott directed county health departments statewide to conduct the test, and also said the state would provide additional lab services...

HI Gov. Ige Halts Highway Expansion | 08-05-2016

Saying “we only have so much dollars, and we’re trying to manage that as best as we can,” Hawaii Gov. David Ige (D) said he has indefinitely deferred virtually all highway projects to expand capacity and reduce congestion clogging Aloha...

Governors In Brief - August 8 2016 | 08-05-2016

Cuomo Enlists Subway to Fight Zika NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said subway workers in New York City will help the state fight the spread of the Zika virus by dropping mosquito-killing larvicide tablets into puddles of stagnant water between rail...

Baker Pushes Back On MA Weapons Crackdown | 07-29-2016

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) pushed back a bit this week on Attorney General Maura Healy’s (D) recently announced plan to begin prosecuting gun sellers and manufacturers that seek to go around the state’s ban on assault weapons. Baker...

HB 2 Repercussions Dog NC Gov. McCrory | 07-29-2016

The NBA followed through on a threat to move its 2017 All Star Game out of North Carolina, announcing last month it would relocate the game from its originally planned site in Charlotte. That change is likely to cost the city and state an estimated $100...

Governors In Brief - August 1 2016 | 07-29-2016

Gov. Hogan Funds MD Drug Treatment Initiative MARYLAND Gov. Larry Hogan’s (R) office announced it had provided $540,000 to fund a pilot program intended to give nonviolent drug offenders a chance at drug treatment rather than jail. The funds...

CA Gov Brown Looks to Extend Cap-and-Trade | 07-15-2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) launched an effort last week to extend the Golden State’s wobbly cap-and-trade emissions reductions program a decade beyond its scheduled 2020 end date. The proposal put forth by the California Air Resources...

IL Gov. Rauner Launches School Funding Task Force | 07-15-2016

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) announced he is creating a bipartisan, 25-person commission to create a new formula for distributing state money to local school districts. The current system, in place for the last two decades, has been widely criticized...

Govs Sign Compact to Fight Opioid Abuse | 07-15-2016

Forty six governors signed a compact last week pledging to increase their collective efforts to combat the rising tide of opioid abuse in their states. Those efforts will include taking new steps to keep doctors from over-prescribing opioid medications...