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Governors in Brief - December 10 2018

NORTHAM WINS NC GOV BALANCE OF POWER BATTLE

A NORTH CAROLINA court ruled last week that the GOP-controlled General Assembly unconstitutionally allowed outgoing Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to pick the leadership of the state Industrial Commission before he left office in 2016. The Commission rules in workers’ compensation cases. Republicans also illegally allowed McCrory’s appointment to a commission vacancy be extended until 2025.  The court’s ruling will now end that appointment next year. (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER)

 

HASLAM UNVEILS TN WATER PLAN

TENNESSEE Gov. Bill Haslam (R) has unveiled a long-range water supply plan for the Volunteer State. The plan assesses current water resources and calls for a comprehensive plan that takes into account necessary infrastructure upgrades in rural parts of the state as well as other recommendations based on population and economic growth through 2040. It is now open for public comment until Feb. 28th. (CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS, U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT)

 

PARSON CALLS FOR MO PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING LAW

Calling it “long overdue,” MISSOURI Gov. Mike Parson (R) said he would push lawmakers next session to pass legislation to create a statewide prescription drug monitoring law. The Show Me State is the only one without a monitoring program, and also one of the hardest hit by the national opioid epidemic. (ST. LOUIS POST–DISPATCH)

 

PRITZKER NAMES IL EDUCATION FUNDING COMMITTEE

Saying “It’s time to change course in this state,” ILLINOIS Gov.–elect JB Pritzker (D) announced the formation of a 35-person committee tasked with developing a new state strategy for addressing longstanding problems with education funding, school infrastructure and the integration of charter schools. The committee is expected to have a report to Pritzker in January. (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, NBC CHICAGO)

 

TOUGHER GUN LAWS TOP NV GOV-ELECT’S AGENDA

Incoming NEVADA Gov. Steve Sisolek (D) said passing tougher gun laws will be one of his main priorities when he takes office in January. Sisolek said he wants the Silver State to ban assault weapons, silencers and bump stocks, which a gunman used in 2017 to kill 58 people and wound hundreds more at a Las Vegas mass outdoor concert. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

 

-- Compiled by RICH EHISEN