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Governors in Brief - May 20 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 health conditions, and AB 469, so-called “balance billing” legislation that ensures patients are required to only pay whatever copay, coinsurance or deductible they would have been responsible for at an in-network facility for emergency care. (RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL, NEVADA INDEPENDENT [LAS VEGAS])   

 

WHITMER DRAWS LINE ON MI INSURANCE MAKEOVER

MICHIGAN Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said she is open to giving Wolverine State motorists the option of a $250,000 option in auto insurance medical coverage levels, but said she will “draw the line” and veto any plan that includes a full-opt out for drivers with health insurance. Michigan is currently the only state to mandate unlimited medical coverage in auto insurance policies. (DETROIT NEWS, MLIVE.COM)

 

MURPHY WHIFFS ON NJ WEED

After more than a year of negotiations with legislative leaders, NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) push to legalize recreational weed is now dead for the year. Although the bill’s chances were thought to be very good in the Assembly, Senate Leader Stephen Sweeney (D) said the proposal was still a few votes shy in his chamber. Murphy and Sweeney said they will now seek to have lawmakers put the legalization question before voters in 2020. (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, NJ.COM)

 

SUNUNU NOT RUNNING FOR U.S. SENATE

Saying it was critical that Republicans hold on to the office, NEW HAMPSHIRE Gov. Chris Sununu (R) said he will not run for the U.S. Senate in 2020 and will instead seek a third term in the governor’s office. Sununu is one of the most popular governors in the nation, with an approval rate over 60 percent. (MORNING CONSULT, UNION LEADER [MANCHESTER])

 

DESANTIS CONFIRMS RUSSIANS HACKED TWO FL COUNTIES

FLORIDA Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said the FBI confirmed to him that two Sunshine State counties were breached by Russian hackers during the 2016 election. DeSantis declined to name the counties and said no data was stolen and no vote tallies were manipulated. (MIAMI HERALD, CNN)

-- Compiled by RICH EHISEN