Session Updates
Keep on top of the latest session developments.

Wisconsin
February 23, 2015
Extraordinary Session Called
Lawmakers will convene an extraordinary session this week, concurrent with the regular session, to consider Right-to-Work legislation. Legislative leaders indicate that the Senate will consider the legislation February 25-27, and that the Assembly plans on taking it up the next week, assuming Senate passage.

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Oregon
February 13, 2015
Governor Kitzhaber to Resign
Four-term Governor John Kitzhaber (D) announced today that he will resign February 18. Kitzhaber has been the subject of a criminal probe related to improper influence by his fiancť, Cylvia Hayes. The governor was also facing pressure from legislative leaders to relinquish the office, as Oregon has no impeachment process in its constitution.

Secretary of State Kate Brown (D) will succeed Kitzhaber.

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Tennessee
February 05, 2015
Special Session Adjourns
Lawmakers adjourned this week's special session Wednesday, after failing to reach an agreement on Governor Haslam's (R) plan to expand federally-funded health care benefits for low-income residents. Speaker Beth Harwell (R) indicated that the plan did not have majority support in the House, while the Senate defeated the proposal in the Health and Welfare Committee.

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New
York

February 03, 2015
Silver Relinquishes Speakership
Speaker Sheldon Silver (D) relinquished his post late yesterday. Carl Heastie (D) is expected to succeed Silver in a vote today.

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Oregon
February 02, 2015
2015 Regular Session Starts
Lawmakers will convene today to begin the 78th Legislature, as the Democrats retain control of both chambers. The legislature is slated to consider issues such as transportation funding and infrastructure improvements, carbon limits in motor fuel, and firearms background checks. Also on the agenda for legislators are the state budget, economic development, and job creation.

The legislature is expected to adjourn by late June.

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Oklahoma
February 02, 2015
2015 Session Starts
The 2015-2016 regular session begins today in Oklahoma City. Lawmakers are expected to consider economic growth, requiring DUI offenders to have auto insurance, and allowing the sale of refrigerated high-point beer. Legislators also may consider wind farm subsidies, tax cuts, and infrastructure improvements. The session is expected to adjourn in late May.

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Nevada
February 02, 2015
Regular Session Begins
Lawmakers return to Carson City today to begin the 2015 regular session. After the opening-day swearing-in ceremonies, legislators are expected to consider combating Internet pornography, permitting firearms on school grounds, and raising the sheep tax.

Also on the agenda are education funding, raising the speed limit on certain highways, and infrastructure improvements. The session is expected to adjourn in early June.

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Utah
January 26, 2015
Legislature Convenes
Lawmakers will convene today to begin the 2015 regular session. Legislators are expected to consider the $13 billion state budget, raising the gas tax, and Medicaid expansion. Also on the agenda are measures to reestablish the firing squad as a method of execution and eliminate daylight saving time. The legislature is expected to adjourn March 12.

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Maryland
January 21, 2015
Governor Hogan to be Inaugurated
Larry Hogan (R) will be inaugurated today as Maryland's 62nd governor. Hogan has indicated that his main focus will be on getting tax cuts enacted and closing a projected $750 million budget deficit with spending decreases. The new governor also has placed economic growth on the agenda. Governor Hogan will elaborate on his budget priorities Thursday.

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Hawaii
January 21, 2015
2015-2016 Session Convenes
Lawmakers will convene today in Honolulu to begin the 2015-2016 regular session. The session agenda is expected to include enacting a tight budget with limited spending, infrastructure improvements, water management, and medical marijuana legalization. The legislature is expected to recess by May 7.

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Texas
January 20, 2015
Governor Abbott Inaugurated
Greg Abbott (R) will be inaugurated today as the state's 48th governor. Abbott has indicated that he will focus on relieving traffic congestion, education, lowering tax burdens, and economic growth. He is not expected to take the lead on hot-button issues such as abortion, firearms, and illegal immigration.

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Pennsylvania
January 20, 2015
Governor Wolf Inaugurated
Tom Wolf (D), a business owner and relative political newcomer, will be inaugurated today as the commonwealth's 47th governor. Wolf has tapped many previous officeholders from former Governor Ed Rendellís (D) administration, including Kathleen McGinty and Mary Isenhour (Governor Wolf himself served as Governor Rendellís revenue secretary).

Governor Wolf faces a projected $2.3 billion budget deficit, a decision on continued fracking for natural gas, and a General Assembly controlled by the Republicans.

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New
Mexico

January 20, 2015
2015 Session Convenes
Lawmakers will convene today in Santa Fe to begin the 2015 regular session. For the first time in nearly 60 years, the Republicans will assume control of the House (the Senate remains in the control of the Democrats).

After the ceremonial swearing-in of legislators and Governor Susana Martinez's (R) state of the state address, legislators are expected to focus on the $6.3 billion state budget, the minimum wage, right-to-work, and voter ID. The session is expected to adjourn March 21.

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Alaska
January 20, 2015
Regular Session Begins
The State Legislature begins the 2015-2016 session today in Juneau. Lawmakers are expected to focus on the $6.1 billion state budget, especially on closing a spending gap. Legislators also are expected to focus on natural gas pipeline projects, state pensions, same-sex marriage, and Medicaid expansion. The session is scheduled to adjourn April 19.

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West
Virginia

January 14, 2015
2015 Session Starts
Lawmakers return to Charleston today to convene the 2015 regular session and receive Governor Earl Ray Tomblin's (D) State of the State address. After the swearing in ceremonies, legislators are expected to consider job creation and economic growth, tax reductions, and tort reform. Voter ID and right-to-work legislation could also be on the agenda. The session is slated to adjourn mid-March.

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Virginia
January 14, 2015
Regular Session Starts
Lawmakers will convene today in Richmond to begin the 2015 regular session. Legislators are expected to consider closing a projected $2.4 billion spending gap and strengthening the state ethics laws. The General Assembly is also expected to consider issues such as Medicaid expansion, gun control, and infrastructure improvements. The legislature is slated to adjourn in mid-February.

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North
Carolina

January 14, 2015
General Assembly Begins 2015-2016 Session
With the Republicans retaining majorities in both chambers of the legislature, lawmakers convene today to begin the 2015-2016 regular session. Legislators are expected to prepare the state budget and consider jobs creation, economic growth, tax incentives for the film industry, and streamlining state government.

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Michigan
January 14, 2015
2015-2016 Session Begins
Lawmakers will convene today to begin the 2015-2016 regular session. After swearing in ceremonies, the legislature is expected to address job creation, energy independence, and regulatory reform. Legislators also are expected to consider a potential income tax cut, infrastructure improvements, and revisiting the prevailing wage law.

Governor Rick Snyder (R) was inaugurated for his second term January 1. The legislature normally meets throughout the year.

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Maryland
January 14, 2015
General Assembly Convenes
Lawmakers will convene today in Annapolis to begin the 2015 regular session. In addition to addressing an estimated $200 million budget shortfall, legislators are expected to address several issues, including tax cuts as proposed by Governor-elect Larry Hogan (R), charter schools, bail reform, and sick leave. Governor-elect Hogan will be inaugurated for his first term January 21. The legislature is slated to adjourn April 13.

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Wyoming
January 13, 2015
2015 Regular Session Starts
Lawmakers will convene today in Cheyenne to begin the 2015 session. The legislature is slated to consider several issues; including a Medicaid expansion, infrastructure improvements, decriminalization of marijuana, and use of the firing squad for executions. Workforce development, education standards, and alternative fuel taxes will also be on the agenda.

Governor Matt Mead (R) was sworn in for his second term on January 5. The legislature is scheduled to adjourn March 9.

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