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Governors in Brief - July 15 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 nationwide. The letter comes on the heels of a coalition of 17 automakers also urging Trump to back off on the plan, saying it would create an “untenable” split market and harm their bottom lines. Several states – including CALIFORNIA, the nation’s largest automobile market – and Canada have said they plan to continue enforcing the stricter standards currently in place. (NEW YORK TIMES, REUTERS, BOSTON GLOBE)

BAKER FILES MA RIDESHARE SAFETY BILL

MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) proposed legislation last week to enhance the safety of consumers using ridesharing services in the Bay State. Baker’s proposal would increase the sharing of anonymous data between transportation network companies and state regulators to improve traffic and infrastructure planning and make it illegal for an unapproved driver to use the account of a driver who has a valid license and background check. (CBS NEWS, STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVCE [BOSTON])

 

CO GOV RECALL EFFORT GIVEN GREEN LIGHT

The COLORADO Secretary of State’s office gave a group seeking to recall Gov. Jared Polis (D) approval to begin circulating petitions aimed at getting a recall vote placed before voters this fall. Signature gatherers now have 60 days, until the end of business on Sept. 6, to submit 631,266 valid signatures from registered voters in order to get the recall on the November ballot. (DENVER POST)

 

STITT PUSHES FOR NEW OK GAMING PACTS

OKLAHOMA Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) sent a letter to 35 Sooner State Native American tribes advising them current gaming compacts do not automatically renew and urging them to begin renegotiating those deals now. But that was news to Matthew Morgan, chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association, who said the compacts will automatically renew for 15-year terms at the start of next year. (OKLAHOMAN [OKLAHOMA CITY])

 

MURPHY CREATES NJ REFUGEE OFFICE

NEW JERSEY Gov. Phil Murphy (D) issued Executive Order 74, which directs the state Department of Human Services and the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to advance immigrant and refugee integration initiatives, including the design of an Office of New Americans. The EO also establishes an Interagency Workgroup on New American Integration to create opportunities for coordination and implementation of strategies and actions to advance immigrant and refugee integration. (BURLINGTON COUNTY TIMES, NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR’S OFFICE)