governors

CA Gov Cuts Out Trump-Allied Car Companies | 11-22-2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said the Golden State government will no longer buy cars from carmakers that don’t adhere to the state’s strict emissions rules. The boycott is a direct response to a bevy of car companies that recently...

Murphy Orders Doubling of NJ Wind Power | 11-22-2019

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) issued an executive order last week to more than double the Garden State’s goal for offshore wind power production. Under Executive Order No. 92 , the state will seek to produce 7,500 megawatts of wind power by 2035...

Governors in Brief - November 25 2019 | 11-22-2019

Raimondo Will Seek Legal RI Pot in 2020 Calling it “the next logical step” after legalizing medical use, RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) said she will make another attempt to legalize adult recreational marijuana use in the Ocean State...

SF Also Moving Toward Creating Public Bank | 11-15-2019

North Dakota is currently the only state to have created a public bank, which it did way back in 1919. But momentum for more is growing at both the state and local level. The latest effort was launched last week in New Jersey, where New Jersey Gov...

Remote Location Causing Low Turnout at Abbott’s TX Homeless Camp | 11-15-2019

A new temporary homeless camp fostered by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is so far not doing much to alleviate the growing homelessness problem in Austin. A week after the camp was opened at a former maintenance yard for TxDOT vehicles in East Austin, advocates...

Governors in Brief - November 18 2019 | 11-15-2019

Cuomo Threatens NYC Utility NEW YORK Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) threatened to revoke the license of a utility that provides gas to New York City and Long Island unless it begins providing natural gas to new customers on Long Island. Cuomo also vowed to...

Two Dozen Govs Pledge Support for Paris Climate Accord: | 11-08-2019

A group of more than two dozen governors pledged last week to continue upholding the tenets of the 2015 Paris climate accord even if President Donald Trump successfully pulls the U.S. out of the agreement. In a statement released by the U.S. Climate...

Kemp Plan Would Conditionally Expand GA Medicaid: | 11-08-2019

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) unveiled a plan to expand Medicaid in the Peach State, on the condition that new recipients pay monthly premiums and spend at least 80 hours a month working, volunteering, training or attending school. The expansion would be...

Governors in Brief - November 11 2019 | 11-08-2019

Stitt Signs Off on Record Number of Commutations Adhering to recommendations from the state Pardon and Parole Board, OKLAHOMA Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) signed off on the release of over 450 Sooner State prisoners, the largest single-day commutation in history...

Newsom Taking Wait and See Stance on NCAA Ruling | 11-01-2019

Calling it “a step in the right direction," California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said the state would closely monitor the NCAA’s decision to move toward allowing college athletes to profit from the use of their likeness, image or name. ...

Kemp Unveils GA Reinsurance Proposal | 11-01-2019

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) unveiled the first part of a two-part plan to overhaul health care in the Peach State. The reinsurance proposal Kemp announced calls for the state and federal governments to pay part of the costs of treating the sickest patients...

Lee Says TN Medicaid Critics ‘Misinformed’ | 11-01-2019

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) says the overwhelmingly negative public comments the state has received regarding his pending Medicaid proposal – which would convert $7.9 billion in federal funding for TennCare, the state’s $12.1 billion Medicaid...

Governors in Brief - November 4 2019 | 11-01-2019

Judge Upholds Baker’s MA Vaping Ban A Suffolk Superior Court judge rejected a plea from vape retailers to overturn upheld MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker’s (R) emergency ban on vaping. The ruling came hours after health officials announced...

Newsom Signs Suite of Data Privacy Bills | 10-18-2019

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) inked his name to five bills to further amend the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) before the law takes effect next January. Although lawmakers weighed numerous proposals to dramatically change the CCPA this...

Governors in Brief - October 21 2019 | 10-18-2019

RAIMONDO NOT OKAY WITH RI DMV WAITING FEES RHODE ISLAND Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) said she is not in favor of a plan pitched by the Ocean State DMV to charge customers a $15 walk-in fee for conducting license or registration renewals that could be done...

Newsom Signs CA Rent Control, Housing Bills | 10-11-2019

Calling it a “a profoundly important moment,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed one package of bills last week aimed at protecting Golden State renters from excessive rent increases and unprovoked evictions and another intended to spark...

DeSantis Pushes Pay Raise for FL Teachers | 10-11-2019

Citing a worsening teacher shortage, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) proposed raising the minimum annual salary for Sunshine State teachers to $47,500, up from the current $37,636. DeSantis asked lawmakers to approve his call for an additional $600 million...

Governors in Brief - October 14 2019 | 10-11-2019

BAKER PUSHES MA IMPAIRED DRIVING BILL Responding to the state Cannabis Control Commission moving closer to allowing social consumption marijuana lounges, MASSACHUSETTS Gov. Charlie Baker (R) urged Bay State lawmakers to act on legislation ( HB 71 ...

Will States Copy CA Athlete Endorsement Law? | 10-04-2019

Surrounded by a bevy of athletes including LeBron James, Diana Taurasi and Katelyn Ohashi, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed legislation last week that makes the Golden State the first to allow college athletes to profit from the use of their image...

More Govs Support Legal Recreational Weed | 10-04-2019

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, both Democrats, said they will work together to develop a consistent regulatory framework for recreational marijuana use in their respective states. The governors said they believed they could...

Governors in Brief - October 4 2019 | 10-04-2019

WA GOV ORDERS VAPING BAN Citing a rising number of illnesses and deaths linked to e-tobacco use, WASHINGTON Gov. Jay Inslee (D) said he will ask the state board of health to adopt emergency rules enacting a statewide ban on flavored vaping products...

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...