Session Updates
Keep on top of the latest session developments.

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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Texas
January 13, 2015
2015 Session Convenes
Lawmakers will convene today to gavel in the 84th regular session. Legislators are expected to consider the biennial state budget, tax cuts, increased National Guard presence on the Mexico border, and infrastructure improvements. Also on the agenda is consideration of a measure to defund the Travis County Public Integrity Unit, which initiated abuse-of-office charges against outgoing Governor Rick Perry (R).

Governor-elect Greg Abbott (R) will be inaugurated for his first term January 20. The legislature is expected to adjourn by late May or early June.

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Tennessee
January 13, 2015
2015-2016 Session Starts
Lawmakers will convene today to begin the 2015-2016 regular session. Lawmakers are expected to begin consideration of the $30 billion state budget, expansion of firearm rights, and school choice. Legislators also are expected to consider constitutional amendments to ban state and local income and payroll taxes and to allow the governor to appoint appellate judges.

Governor Bill Haslam (R), who begins his second term on January 17, has also called a special session beginning February 2, to consider a pilot program for Medicaid expansion. The special session will be held concurrently with the regular session. The General Assembly is slated to adjourn in late May.

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South
Dakota

January 13, 2015
2015 Regular Session Starts
Lawmakers will convene today to begin the 90th legislative session. The legislature is expected to hear the State of the State address from Governor Dennis Daugaard (R) -- who began his second term this year -- and craft the $4.3 billion state budget. Legislators also are expected to consider infrastructure improvements, Medicaid expansion, and education reform. The legislature is scheduled to finish normal business by March 13 and adjourn March 30.

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South
Carolina

January 13, 2015
2015-2016 Session Convenes
Lawmakers will convene today for the 2015-2016 regular session. The legislature is expected to address infrastructure improvements as its top priority. Other issues on the agenda include ethics reform, education funding, domestic violence prevention, and local government financing.

Governor Nikki Haley will be inaugurated for her second term Thursday, January 15. The General Assembly is expected to adjourn by early June.

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Delaware
January 13, 2015
2015-2016 Session Starts
Lawmakers will convene today to begin the 148th General Assembly. In addition to swearing in legislators, lawmakers are expected to begin consideration of proposals to address the state budget deficit and related revenue shortfalls. Legislators also are slated to consider education funding, privatization of the Port of Wilmington, and infrastructure improvements. The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn in late June.

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Illinois
January 12, 2015
Governor-elect Rauner Inaugurated; Legislature begins Wednesday
Governor-elect Bruce Rauner (R) will be inaugurated as the state's 42nd governor today in Springfield. Rauner has indicated that his administration will focus on criminal justice reform, education funding, infrastructure improvements, and economic development.

Lawmakers officially conclude the 2013-2014 regular and start the 2015-2016 session Wednesday. The legislature is expected to run through late May.

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Washington
January 12, 2015
2015-16 Session Starts
Lawmakers will convene today to begin the 2015-16 regular session. In the Senate, the Republicans have gained an outright majority. In addition to swearing in legislators, legislators are expected to consider education funding, reducing teacher/student ratios, a capital gains tax, and mental health assistance. Also on the agenda is infrastructure improvements and medical marijuana regulation.

The legislature is scheduled to adjourn in late April.

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Kansas
January 12, 2015
2015-2016 Session Convenes
Lawmakers will convene today to gavel in the 2015-2016 regular session. Legislators are expected to consider closing a projected budget deficit, education spending, economic growth, and pension reform. Governor Sam Brownback (R) will be inaugurated for his second term today as well. The legislature is expected to adjourn by late May.

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