State Legislative Snapshot
For the week of 4/20/2014

STATES IN SESSION

  • The legislative bodies of the following jurisdictions are meeting in regular session this week: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Vermont. Illinois, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania are in short-term recess. Kansas is in recess and will reconvene April 30 for the veto session.
  • Virginia convened March 24 for a special session to finalize the state budget. Lawmakers also met April 23 for the reconvened session.
  • California convenes April 24 for a special session to consider a reserve fund.

STATES OUT OF SESSION (OR SOON TO BE OUT)

  • Kentucky adjourned sine die April 15. Governor Steve Beshear (D) -- who now has a pocket veto -- has 10 days upon transmittal (excluding Sundays) to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.
  • Maine ended regular floor sessions April 17, and will return May 1 for a veto session. Governor Paul LePage (R) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has until April 30 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.
  • Nebraska adjourned sine die April 17. Governor Dave Heineman (R) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has five days upon transmittal to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.
  • Tennessee adjourned sine die April 17. 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.
  • Arizona adjourned sine die April 24. Governor Jan Brewer -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has until May 6 to sign or veto legislation that reaches her desk.
  • Iowa is slated to adjourn sine die April 24.
  • Alaska is slated to adjourn sine die April 24.
  • Wisconsin ended regular floor sessions April 1. The legislature officially adjourns sine die in January, 2015.
  • North Carolina is in mid-term (2013-14) recess.
  • The following states have completed their 2014 regular sessions: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, 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

  • Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has until April 30 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.
  • Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) -- who does not possess a pocket veto -- has until May 1 to sign or veto legislation that reaches his desk.
  • Maryland 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.
  • NEXT TWO WEEKS (April 27 - May 10, 2014)

    • Hawaii is slated to adjourn sine die May 1.
    • Florida is scheduled to adjourn sine die May 2.
    • Colorado is slated to adjourn sine die May 7.
    • Connecticut is scheduled to adjourn sine die May 7.
    • Vermont is slated to adjourn sine die May 9.
    • Kansas is slated to adjourn sine die May 10.