Session Updates
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Tennessee
April 18, 2014
Regular Session Adjourns
Lawmakers adjourned the 2014 regular session after approving measures to combat meth production, re-establish the electric chair as an alternative mode of capital punishment, and delay implementation of Common Core for one year. Legislators also approved wine sales in grocery stores and a requirement that local residents approve being annexed into other municipalities.

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on ending daylight saving time within the state and a measure exempting Tennessee from the federal Affordable Care Act. Governor Bill Haslam (R) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has 10 days upon transmittal (excluding Sundays) to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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Nebraska
April 18, 2014
Regular Session Ends
The 2014 regular session ended after lawmakers in the Unicameral approved mandated insurance coverage for autism and oral cancer treatment, as well as a requirement for the Department of Health and Human Services to establish certain treatments for children with chronic digestive disorders. Legislators also approved suicide awareness and prevention training for teachers and other school personnel, and a $412 million tax cut package.

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on Medicaid expansion and overriding Governor Dave Heineman's (R) veto of a measure prohibiting the hunting of mountain lions. The governor -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has five days upon transmittal to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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California
April 17, 2014
Special Session Called
Governor Jerry Brown (D) has called a special session to begin April 24 -- concurrent with the regular session -- so that lawmakers may consider his ballot measure to establish a new reserve fund that would have stricter savings requirements than the existing rainy day fund, and would use tax revenue from capital gains.

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Kentucky
April 16, 2014
Regular Session Adjourns
Lawmakers adjourned the 2014 regular session after approving a $5.1 billion, two-year road plan (which does not rely on a gas tax increase), as well as a measure to expand a permanent college scholarship program for students in the coal regions. Legislators also approved a requirement that school district finance officers be certified and a bill to deny paternity rights for rapists who produce a child.

As the regular session ended, lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on increased treatment for heroin addicts (while enhancing penalties for dealers), abolition of the elected office of state treasurer, and a constitutional amendment to restore the voting rights of certain non-violent felons. Governor Steve Beshear (D) -- who now has a pocket veto -- has until 10 days from transmittal (excluding Sundays) to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk from the veto session.

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Kansas
April 09, 2014
Floor Sessions End
Lawmakers completed floor debates for the 2014 regular session Sunday after approving insurance coverage for children with autism, restrictions on party switching just before primary elections, and a hike in the spending cap for lobbyist registration triggers. Legislators also approved an extension of ignition interlock requirements for drunk driving offenders.

As the floor sessions ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on a repeal of mortgage registration fees, a repeal of the death penalty, and a religious liberties measure. The legislature returns to the capitol April 30 to commence the veto session.

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Maryland
April 08, 2014
Regular Session Ends
Lawmakers adjourned the 2014 regular session late Monday after approving a measure to decriminalize marijuana, a raise in the state minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2018, and stricter domestic violence laws. Legislators also approved enhanced penalties for drivers who cause fatal accidents while texting, protections for transgendered persons from discrimination, and permission to hunt in the western part of the state on Sundays.

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on a repeal of the rain tax and a revised bail-setting system necessitated by a recent court ruling. Governor Martin O'Malley (D) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has until May 27 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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Alabama
April 04, 2014
Regular Session Adjourns
Lawmakers adjourned the 2014 regular session late Thursday after approving an education budget, a bonus for state employees, tighter restrictions for minors seeking an abortion, and lobbying restrictions for former legislators. The legislature also approved the creation of a commission to streamline ballot measure language, a measure to enhance penalties for welfare fraud, and additional requirements for new welfare applicants.

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on a prohibition on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is heard, ending certain income tax credit caps on scholarships, a payday loan database, and a measure to enhance the privacy of execution drug manufacturers. Governor Robert Bentley (R) -- who possesses a pocket veto -- has until April 13 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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Mississippi
April 03, 2014
Regular Session Adjourns
Lawmakers adjourned the 2014 regular session late Wednesday after calling a brief special session to approve a $927 million transportation budget. Legislators also approved a September sales tax holiday for certain firearms and ammunition purchases as well as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which aims to "protect citizens from laws that violate religious expression."

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on funding for special education and a measure to ban texting while driving. Governor Phil Bryant (R) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has 15 days upon transmittal (excluding Sundays) to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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Wisconsin
April 02, 2014
Floor Sessions End
Lawmakers wrapped up regular floor debates for the 2014 regular session yesterday, after approving a measure to make certain chemotherapy pills less expensive, third-party investigations for persons who die while in police custody, and limits on the admissibility of certain DNA samples. Legislators also approved a bill allowing for the use of a marijuana byproduct to treat children with seizures.

Governor Scott Walker (R) has indicated that he may call a special session in the future to consider a Voter-ID bill if the courts rule against a similar law. The 2013-14 session officially adjourns sine die in January, 2015. The governor -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has six business days upon transmittal to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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South
Dakota

March 31, 2014
Regular Session Adjourns
Lawmakers completed the 2014 regular session today, after approving measures to render e-cigarettes as a tobacco product, fund a new swine facility at South Dakota State University and a veterans' home in Hot Springs, and create study committees for tribal economic development and insurance coverage for autism services.

Legislators also approved changes in the funding formula for economic development programs. Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) vetoed only one bill this session: a measure to allow certain municipalities to charge a higher occupational tax.

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California
March 31, 2014
Three Senators Suspended
The State Senate voted Friday to suspend Senators Leland Yee (D), Ron Calderon (D), and Rod Wright (D), after various allegations of wrongdoing surfaced. Senator Yee was arrested last week on federal bribery and gun-trafficking charges, while Senator Wright was convicted of living outside of his district. Senator Calderon was indicted on federal corruption charges, including bribery, kickbacks, and fraud.

The suspended Senators will continue to receive their salary, but may not cast any votes in the Senate until the charges are resolved.

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Rhode
Island

March 24, 2014
Speaker Fox Steps Down from Rostrum
Speaker Gordon Fox (D) resigned his leadership post Saturday, a day after federal and state law enforcement executed search warrants on both his home and capitol office in an apparent criminal investigation. Representative Fox announced that, while remaining a House member, he will not run for re-election this year.

UPDATE: House Majority Leader Nicholas Mattiello (D) was elected March 25 to succeed to the rostrum.

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Wisconsin
March 21, 2014
Special Session Adjourns
Lawmakers adjourned the special session (called in late January), after approving both the governor's general tax cut proposal and a measure relating to workforce training grants. Governor Scott Walker (R) has six business days upon transmittal to sign or veto the passed measures from the special session.

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Idaho
March 21, 2014
Regular Session Adjourns
Lawmakers adjourned the 2014 regular session Thursday, earlier than expected, after approving a $2.9 billion state budget, with a large portion dedicated to Medicaid funding, a tax incentive designed to encourage economic growth, and an agricultural security bill.

As the session ended, lawmakers were unable to reach agreement on nullifying certain federal EPA regulations and striking a provision in the state constitution that requires all males between the ages of 14 and 45 to enroll in a state militia. Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter (R) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has until April 1 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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Georgia
March 21, 2014
Regular Session Adjourns
Lawmakers adjourned the 2014 regular session late yesterday after approving a $42.4 billion budget, a measure to expand places where one can legally store firearms, a ballot proposal to cap the state's marginal income tax rate at six percent, and a drug testing requirement for residents on certain public assistance. Legislators also approved a bill to allow the governor and Atlanta suburban leaders to appoint members of the city transit system board, as well as a study committee to investigate the effectiveness of Common Core educational standards.

As the session adjourned, lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on a measure to permit medical marijuana. Governor Nathan Deal (R) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has until April 30 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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Arkansas
March 20, 2014
Veto Session Held; Regular Session Adjourns
Lawmakers completed the 2014 fiscal session Wednesday after overriding Governor Mike Beebe's (D) veto of a part of a budget bill that exempted sand used by oil and gas drillers from the state sales tax. The House also elected Representative Jeremy Gillam (R) as the speaker-designate for the next regular session, assuming the GOP retains control of the chamber after the general election.

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Indiana
March 14, 2014
Regular Session Adjourns
Lawmakers adjourned the 2014 regular session late yesterday after approving a series of business tax cuts, a pre-school program for needy children, and approximately $400 million for infrastructure improvements. Legislators also approved measures to allow guns in cars parked on school grounds and to prohibit same-sex marriage.

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on checking welfare recipients for evidence of drug abuse. Governor Mike Pence (R) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has seven days upon transmittal to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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West
Virginia

March 14, 2014
Extended Budget and Special Session Update
Extended Budget Session and Special Session: Lawmakers completed the extended budget session today after reaching a final agreement on a new state budget. Lawmakers also convened a one-day special session to consider unfinished business from the recently-adjourned regular session, including supplemental appropriations, local share computations for public school support, and waste disposal from drill sites and solid waste facilities.

Regular Session: Lawmakers completed the 2014 regular session March 8 after approving standards for above-ground chemical storage tanks, a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, a limit on municipal authority to regulate firearms, and pay raises for public school teachers. Legislators also approved a 75-cent-per-hour increase in the minimum wage for the next two years and a measure to dedicate certain Marcellus Shale revenues to economic development and infrastructure improvements.

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on reduced state lottery subsidies. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has until April 1 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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Washington
March 14, 2014
2014 Session Adjourns
The 2014 regular session adjourned late Thursday, after lawmakers approved a new $33.6 billion budget that slightly increases spending while preventing tax increases, a measure to allow out-of-state veterans to enjoy in-state tuition rates, and a ban on minors using tanning beds. Legislators also approved a measure to seal most juvenile court records and regulations on the usage of drones by public agencies.

As the session ended, lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on tying teacher evaluations to test scores, oil transportation safety measures, involuntary commitments for certain mental health patients, and certain medical marijuana proposals. Governor Jay Inslee (D) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has 20 days upon transmittal (excluding Sundays) to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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Utah
March 14, 2014
Regular Session Adjourns
Lawmakers adjourned the 2014 regular session late Thursday after approving a $13.5 billion state budget, an ethics reform package, and a measure to increase the availability of breathalyzers in bars. Legislators also approved a voter-information privacy bill, and a proposal to study daylight savings time use in the state.

As the session ended, lawmakers could not reach an agreement on a $300 million proposal to give each student an electronic learning device, allowance of same-sex marriage, and a plan to expand Medicaid. Governor Gary Herbert (R) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has until April 2 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.

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