This Week in the States

For the Week of February 22, 2021

48 legislatures are actively meeting this week. View our legislative session calendar here.   

Stateside - This Week in the States - 2.22.21

 

Also meeting: PUERTO RICO and UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS. 

Indiana - The deadline for each chamber to pass bills originating in its chamber is February 23

Contact: Dierra Dupree

South Dakota - The deadline for each chamber to pass bills originating in its chamber is February 25

Contact: Robert Brown

North Dakota - The deadline for each chamber to pass bills originating in its chamber is February 26

Contact: Brittany Hallak

 

STATE AND LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS

WYOMING

The Senate Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee will hold a hearing on February 23 regarding Wyoming SF 76 which would establish the broadband development program and describe the application process for middle-mile broadband projects.
Contact: Stephanie Obieroma 

 

TENNESSEE

The House Health Committee and Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing on February 23 regarding Tennessee HB 13 which would prohibit state and local authorities from forcing, requiring, or coercing a person to receive an immunization or vaccination for COVID-19 against the person's will.
Contact: Constantine Costidis 

 

RHODE ISLAND

The House Labor Committee will hold a hearing on February 24 regarding Rhode Island HB 5130 which would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15.00 by 2024.
Contact: Elizabeth Sila

 

KANSAS

The Senate Committee on Commerce will hold a hearing on February 24 regarding Kansas SB 213 which would prohibit an employer from taking any adverse employment based upon an employee because of the employee's vaccination status. Contact: Robert Phillips

 

MONTANA

The House Business and Labor Committee will hold a hearing on February 25 regarding Montana HB 284 which would make the minimum wage $15 per hour. This measure also eliminates an exemption to the minimum wage for small businesses. Contact: Nathan Moffitt

 

MAINE

The Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Technology will hold a hearing on February 25 regarding Maine LD 347 which would require the promulgation of rules relating to the installation of electric vehicle charging stations.
Contact: Nathan Moffitt

 

COLORADO

On February 22, 2021, the Aurora City Council will consider an ordinance creating a non-sugary default beverage option on children's menus under Article IX of the City Code.
Contact: Stephanie Rojo

On February 23, 2021, the Breckenridge Town Council will consider the first reading of an ordinance concerning compostable plastic bags. The proposed ordinance would consider compostable plastic bags the same as plastic bags. After September 1, 2021, both retailers and restaurants in the Town are no longer allowed to carry plastic bags, paper bags that contain less than 40 percent recycled content, and compostable plastic bags.
Contact: Stephanie Rojo

 

CALIFORNIA

On February 23, 2021, the Berkeley City Council will consider an ordinance regarding a prohibition on the sale of gasoline, diesel, and other carbon-based transportation fuels by 2045. The Council will also consider an ordinance regarding a prohibition on the use of city streets for operating, parking, or idling combustion vehicles by 2045.
Contact: Stephanie Rojo

On February 23, 2021, the Santa Cruz City Council will hear the introduction of an ordinance amending Chapter 6.48 of the Code pertaining to environmentally acceptable food packaging. 
Contact: John Musso

On February 23, 2021 the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors will adopt an urgency ordinance to amend Title 8 of the County Code to require grocery and drug retailers to provide an additional $5.00 per hour of hazard for their employees working frontline positions. 
Contact: John Musso

 

TEXAS

On February 23, 2021, the Houston City Council will vote for a resolution explicitly identifying certain proposed development of affordable rental housing as contributing significantly to concerted revitalization efforts.
Contact: John Musso

 

FLORIDA

On February 24, 2021, the Winter Park City Commission will hear the second reading of the two ordinances concerning electric vehicle charging stations and infrastructure.
Contact: John Musso

 

GROUPS

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA)
Virtual Winter Policy Conference
February 22-25, 2021 
Contact: Michael Behm

National Association of State Treasures (NAST)
Virtual Legislative Conference
February 22-25, 2021
Contact: Meghan Holihan