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For the Week of April 21, 2014  

The following 18 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ALASKA, ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, CONNECTICUT, COLORADO, FLORIDA, HAWAII, ILLINOIS, IOWA, LOUISIANA, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, OKLAHOMA, PENNSYLVANIA, VIRGINIA and VERMONT.

Also meeting:  DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PUERTO RICO

For the most current information on Governors, Partisan Splits and the 2014 legislative sessions, go to: http://www.stateside.com/governors-partisan-splits-2014/

GROUPS

The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials will hold its Mid-Year Meeting April 23-24 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Mark Anderson at mda@stateside.com

The National Association of State Budget Officers will hold its Spring Meeting April 24-26 in Savannah, Georgia. Connie Campanella at cc@stateside.com

CALIFORNIA

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing April 22 to discuss S.B. 1381, which requires the labeling of genetically engineered food. Bob Maurice at rem@stateside.com

The South Coast Air Quality Management District will accept comments through April 22 regarding proposed amendments to the rule addressing Particulate Matter Control Devices. Melissa Martin at mpf@stateside.com

The Legislature will hold a special session April 24 to create a new reserve fund policy to be placed on the November ballot. Steven Gassenberger at smg@stateside.com

The Senate Committee on Health will meet April 24 to discuss S.B. 1322, which requires the Governor to convene the Health Care Quality Improvement and Cost Containment Commission to research and recommend appropriate and timely strategies for promoting high-quality care and containing health care costs. Kelsey Lovell at kal@stateside.com

COLORADO

The House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee will meet April 22 to discuss H.B. 1369, which requires licensure for durable medical equipment suppliers. Meghan Pudeler at mlp@stateside.com

CONNECTICUT

The Joint Committee on Planning and Development will meet April 21 to vote on several measures pertaining to Water Planning Councils, as well as state grants in lieu of property taxes. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

Governor Dan Malloy’s (D) Common Core Task Force will meet April 23 to develop recommendations on how best to implement the Common Core education standards. Melissa Luke at mal@stateside.com

A special election will be held April 24 for House district 94. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Senate Appropriations Committee will meet April 22 to consider S.B. 914, which revises the evaluation criteria for selection of vendors to include consideration of prior relevant experience of the vendor. Melissa Luke at mal@stateside.com

HAWAII

Conference committees will meet April 21 to discuss bills addressing alternative fuel vehicles, climate change, building codes and marina development. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing April 22 to discuss H.B. 1403, which will raise the minimum wage to $9.00 over two years and index it to changes in the Consumer Price Index. Mark Japinga at maj@stateside.com

KENTUCKY

The Board of Nursing will hold a public hearing April 24 to discuss proposed rule amendments concerning the evaluation of prelicensure registered nurse (RN) and licensed practical nurse (LPN) programs, which will create criteria for the review of RN and LPN programs. Carter Alleman at ca@statside.com

 LOUISIANA

The House Committee on Civil Law and Procedure will meet April 22 to discuss H.B. 887, which provides that it is unlawful for any employer to refuse to hire; discharge; discriminate; segregate; limit; or classify employees or applicants for employment due to an individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Jessa Hauck at jth@stateside.com

The State Board of Certified Public Accountants will meet April 23 to discuss revisions to its continuing professional education rules. David Owens at do@stateside.com

MINNESOTA

The Conference Committee for H.F. 3172 will meet April 22 to discuss the Omnibus Supplemental Appropriations Bill. Christopher Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

MONTANA

The Board for Respiratory Care will accept comments through April 25 about a proposed rule that provides that the Board will accept relevant military training, service or education toward the requirements for licensure as a respiratory care practitioner. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The House Judiciary Committee will meet April 22 to consider S.B. 303, which prohibits a person from making a bad faith assertion of patent infringement, and establishes a private right of action for violations. Melissa Luke at mal@stateside.com

The House Science, Technology and Energy Committee will meet April 22 to discuss S.B. 268, which creates funding mechanisms for energy efficiency improvement programs. Christopher Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will meet April 23 to discuss H.B. 1129, which requires the development of an energy efficiency implementation program. Christopher Mitton at ccm@stateside.com

OKLAHOMA

The Senate Public Safety Committee will meet April 21 to hear executive nominations for the State Forensic Review Board. Ali Legros at all@stateside.com

RHODE ISLAND

The General Assembly will recess for Spring Break April 21. Trevor Mitchell at twm@stateside.com

VIRGINIA

The General Assembly will convene April 23 to consider Governor Terry McAuliffe’s (D) vetoes. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

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