State Legislative Snapshot
For the week of 9/21/2014

STATES IN SESSION

  • The legislative bodies of the following jurisdictions are meeting in regular session this week: District of Columbia, Massachusetts (informal), Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio (informal) and Pennsylvania.
  • Virginia convened March 24 for a special session to finalize the state budget. The General Assembly returned from recess September 18 to close a spending gap. Lawmakers expect to return in October to fill judicial vacancies.

STATES OUT OF SESSION (OR SOON TO BE OUT)

  • Wisconsin ended regular floor sessions May 20. The legislature officially adjourns sine die in January, 2015.
  • Illinois ended regular floor sessions May 31. Lawmakers return November 19 for a veto session. The legislature officially adjourns sine die in January, 2015.
  • New York ended regular floor sessions June 20. The legislature officially adjourns sine die in January, 2015.
  • Massachusetts ended regular floor sessions August 1. The legislature officially adjourns sine die in January, 2015.
  • The following states have completed their 2014 regular sessions: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
  • The legislative bodies of the following states do not meet in 2014, unless called into special session: Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, and Texas.

GUBERNATORIAL DEADLINES

  • California Governor Pat Brown (D) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has until September 30 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk. Sine die adjournment is scheduled for November 30.
  • Sources indicate that Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D) will complete signing or vetoing legislation by September 30.
  • Alaska Governor Sean Parnell (R) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has 20 days from transmittal (excluding Sundays) to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.
  • New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan (D) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has five days from transmittal (excluding Sundays) to sign or veto legislation that reaches her desk.