Session Updates
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Arkansas
July 02, 2014
Special Session Completed
Lawmakers completed the special session early Wednesday with bipartisan approval for three measures: a package to avoid a large increase in school employees’ health insurance premiums and a $36.6 million insurance fund deficit; a measure to temporarily prohibit fast-paced lottery monitor games until March 13, 2015; and $6.3 million in approximate funding for a maximum of 604 additional prison beds.

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Delaware
July 01, 2014
Regular Session Ends
Lawmakers concluded the 2014 regular session early today after approving a $9.9 million bailout of the state's three casinos, a $3.8 billion state budget that raises salaries for state workers and shuffles highway improvement funds, and a $421 million capital budget plan. Legislators also approved ignition interlock devices for DUI offenders, the establishment of a Fort DuPont Redevelopment and Preservation Corporation, and a measure to allow law enforcement to carry the anti-overdose drug naloxone.

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on Governor Jack Markell's (D) proposal to increase the gas tax by ten cents per gallon, a new property tax to finance a water improvement program, and marijuana decriminalization. Governor Markell -- who possesses a pocket veto -- has until July 30 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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Arkansas
June 27, 2014
Special Session Called
Lawmakers will meet in a special session Monday to consider a plan to alleviate rising teacher insurance premiums and address overcrowding in county jails. Legislators will be meeting in the old capitol while the current chambers undergo renovation. The special session is expected to last three days.

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Virginia
June 24, 2014
Special Session Update
Lawmakers finished consideration of a new two-year, $96 billion state budget late Monday. In doing so, the General Assembly avoided a government shutdown and stopped (in the House) an attempt by Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) to unilaterally impose expanded health care coverage without legislative approval. The new Republican majority in the Senate also took the opportunity to reorganize the chamber due to the recent resignation of Senator Phillip Puckett (D).

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Rhode
Island

June 23, 2014
Regular Session Adjourns
Lawmakers adjourned the regular session Saturday after approving a new casino ballot measure for the Newport Grand slot parlor, delayed usage of certain standardized tests for high school graduation, relieving certain "effective-rated" teachers from annual evaluations, and a $4.8 million bailout for Central Falls retirees. Legislators also approved enhanced information reporting for mental health patients for firearms purposes, as well as a measure to make "Rhode Island-style calamari" as the official state appetizer.

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on allowing the Ethics Commission to investigate and prosecute legislators for wrongdoing. Governor Lincoln Chafee (D) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has until July 1 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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New
York

June 23, 2014
Regular Floor Sessions End
Lawmakers ended regular floor sessions Friday after approving a $138 billion state budget, increased education spending, property tax credits to restrain municipal spending, income tax cuts for manufacturers, and enhanced penalties for heroin distribution. Legislators also approved a limited medical marijuana program and a bill to legalize sparklers.

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on raising the minimum wage, financial aid for illegal immigrants, a measure to combat human trafficking, and public campaign financing. The regular session officially adjourns sine die in January, 2015.

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South
Carolina

June 19, 2014
Lieutenant Governor McConnell Resigns
Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell (R) resigned Wednesday to assume the presidency of the College of Charleston. Senator Yancey McGill (D) was elected without opposition to replace McConnell. Senator Hugh Leatherman (R) was elected president pro tempore of the Senate.

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Virginia
June 09, 2014
Senator Puckett Resigns; GOP Takes Control of Senate
Citing personal reasons, Senator Phillip Puckett (D) has resigned from the chamber, effective today. The resignation gives the GOP a temporary 20-19 majority (with the one vacancy) until Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) can set a special election for the seat.

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South
Carolina

June 06, 2014
Regular Session Ends
Lawmakers adjourned the 2014 regular session after approving a statewide ban on texting while driving, increased penalties for driving while intoxicated, and additional K-12 education funding. Legislators also approved some extra funding for infrastructure improvements, and a one-year prohibition against powdered alcohol.

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on ObamaCare nullification and an ethics reform proposal. Senator John Courson (R) resigned this week as the Senate president pro tempore, in a procedural move to avoid becoming lieutenant governor upon the potential resignation of Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell (R).

Governor Nikki Haley (R) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has five days upon transmittal (excluding Sundays) to sign or veto legislation that reaches her desk. Lawmakers return June 17 for a veto session.

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New
Hampshire

June 05, 2014
Regular Session Ends
Lawmakers ended the 2014 regular session Wednesday after approving Medicaid expansion, a four-cent per gallon increase in the gas tax to pay for infrastructure improvements, enhanced penalties for human trafficking, and a ban on handheld cell phones while driving. Legislators also approved paycheck equity and the creation of the crime of domestic violence.

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on establishing a death penalty, decriminalization of marijuana, background checks for firearm purchases, raising the minimum wage, and casino gambling. Governor Maggie Hassan (D) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has five days upon transmittal (excluding Sundays) to sign or veto legislation that reaches her desk.

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Louisiana
June 03, 2014
Regular Session Adjourns
Lawmakers adjourned the 2014 regular session after approving a $24.6 billion state budget, a state worker salary increase, and a measure to block a lawsuit by the New Orleans area levee board against oil and gas companies. Legislators also approved legislation to combat human trafficking, additional abortion restrictions, and a measure to allow married couples to establish surrogacy birth contracts (subsequently vetoed by the governor).

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on repealing the Common Core education standards. Governor Bobby Jindal (R) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has 20 days from transmittal to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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Illinois
June 02, 2014
Floor Sessions Conclude
Lawmakers completed the spring session early Saturday after approving a $35.7 billion state budget, a $1.1 billion borrowing plan for infrastructure improvements, and a measure to allow Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel to ask the city aldermen to raise the 911 phone fee. Legislators also approved measures to deprive the governor of the ability to withhold their paychecks (as well as block spending on capitol renovations), make a 2011 income tax hike permanent, and allow minors access to medical marijuana under certain circumstances.

As the floor sessions concluded, lawmakers did not reach an agreement on state worker pension reform and a measure to make the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum an entity independent of the governor's administration. The veto session convenes November 19.

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Arizona
May 30, 2014
Special Session Adjourns
Lawmakers completed this week's special session after approving two bills: a measure to create a new Department of Child Safety and $834 million in total funding for the new entity. Governor Jan Brewer (R) has signed both bills into law.

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Oklahoma
May 26, 2014
Regular Session Adjourns
Lawmakers adjourned the 2014 regular session Friday (one week early), after approving a 10-year, $120 million bond to repair the capitol building, a new $7.1 billion state budget, funding for other infrastructure improvements, and production tax reductions for oil and gas. Legislators also approved a measure to repeal Common Core education standards and legislation to require the Department of Human Services to improve its investigation efforts in certain cases.

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach agreement on a one-time bond increase to finance storm shelters for school districts. Governor Mary Fallin (R) -- who possesses a pocket veto -- has until June 7 to sign or veto legislation that reaches her desk.

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Arizona
May 23, 2014
Special Session Called
Responding to reports of systematic under-investigation of child abuse incidents, Governor Jan Brewer (R) called lawmakers into a special session beginning May 27 to consider her proposal that establishes a new "Department of Child Safety." The governor's proposal also provides approximately $60 million in funding. The special session is expected to last at least three days.

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West
Virginia

May 21, 2014
Special Session Convened
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) called lawmakers into a special session Monday to consider various issues, including a $4.7 million supplemental appropriation to the Courtesy Patrol, a new fund to distribute excess lottery revenue, and a modification of a regular session measure that raised the minimum wage.

UPDATE: Lawmakers adjourned the three-day special session after approving additional funds for child advocacy and domestic violence prevention programs, funding for other programs through the excess lottery fund, and an adjustment to the minimum wage law to account for overtime.

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Minnesota
May 19, 2014
Session Adjourns
Lawmakers adjourned the 2014 regular session Friday after approving a $1 billion infrastructure improvement package, legalization of medical marijuana, tax cuts, and spending increases. Legislators also approved an increase in the minimum wage, a measure designed to combat bullying, funding for restoration of the state capitol, and an extension of the Lewis and Clark water pipeline, as well as funding for home- and community-based health providers.

Governor Mark Dayton (D) -- who possesses a pocket veto -- has until May 30 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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Missouri
May 19, 2014
Floor Sessions Conclude
Lawmakers ended floor sessions for the 2014 regular session late Friday after approving $600 million in bonds for infrastructure improvements, a limited school choice measure, a ballot measure to raise the sales tax, and an increase in the waiting period before an abortion from 24 to 72 hours. Legislators also approved Common Core re-evaluation, increased education funding, and a prohibition on the purchase of e-cigarettes by minors. The legislature also overrode Governor Jay Nixon's (D) veto of a bill to reduce certain personal and business income taxes.

As the sessions concluded, lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on nullifying all federal firearms laws, campaign contribution limits, a right-to-work measure, voter ID requirements, and Medicaid expansion.

Lawmakers return to the capitol May 30 to officially adjourn sine die. Governor Nixon -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has until July 15 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk. A veto session is scheduled for September 10.

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North
Carolina

May 14, 2014
Short Session Convenes
Lawmakers return to the capitol today to begin the 2014 Regular (Short) Session. Legislators are expected to consider a new state budget, while factoring in a projected $445 million revenue gap and mandated salary increases for certain state workers. The agenda is also likely to include coal ash regulation, hydraulic fracturing (fracking) plans, measures limiting certain local environmental protection ordinances, elimination of Common Core education standards, and a cap on the privilege license tax. The session is expected to adjourn by late June or early July.

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Vermont
May 12, 2014
Regular Session Completed
Lawmakers adjourned the 2014 regular session late Saturday after approving a $5 billion state budget, $5 million in tax increases, creation of a $4.5 million economic development fund, and a hike in the minimum wage. Legislators also approved expansion of pre-kindergarten, a genetically-modified organism (GMO) labeling measure, and legislation to address opiate addiction.

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on increased incentives for school mergers and a long-term property tax exemption for college fraternities and sororities. The legislature instead settled on a short-term exemption that expires in 2017. Governor Peter Shumlin (D) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has three days upon transmittal to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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