This Week in the States

For the Week of July 15, 2024

View our legislative session calendar here.     

  • In session or committee meetings: Blue
  • Upcoming or in special session: Red
  • Adjourned or in recess: Grey 

Also meeting: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, PUERTO RICO, GUAM, NORTH MARIANA ISLANDS and UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS. 

NORTH CAROLINA

NEW MEXICO

Special Session Convenes July 18

STATE AND LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS 

STATE AND LOCAL LEGISLATURES MEETING THIS WEEK:

COLORADO

The Commerce City Council will meet on July 15 to discuss and consider organizing a study session to explore and analyze the internet and cell service infrastructure in the city. This session will focus on assessing the reliability, speed, coverage, and overall quality of connectivity available to residents and businesses. The Council will also request an examination of factors such as network infrastructure, service providers, technologies used, and potential areas for improvement. The goal is to gather insights that can help understand the current state of connectivity in the city and identify opportunities for enhancement. The City Council will also review a proposed ordinance on its first reading to amend the Municipal Code, establishing a short-term rental registration program.

Contact: Stephanie Rojo

 

GEORGIA

The Senate Study Committee on Artificial Intelligence is scheduled to meet on July 17 at Georgia Tech University. The Committee will hear the following presentations:

  • GA Tech Presentation, Professor Pascal Van Hentenryck
  • UGA Presentation, Jeanette Taylor
  • GSU Presentation, Nicholas B. Creel  

The study committee will also review the framework of the committee and report any input following the presentations.

Contact: Alex Aceto

 

MAINE

The Portland City Council will hold a special meeting on July 15 to consider setting an election date for a referendum to increase the city's minimum wage and eliminate the sub-minimum wage for service employees. The City Council will also consider setting an election date for a referendum amending the city's short-term rental (STR) unit registration requirements. The Council will also consider a separate order approving certain amendments including requiring booking services to include a STR unit's registration number in all advertisements for a unit before accepting any charges and limiting the number of STRs in the area.

Contact: Stephanie Rojo

 

MASSACHUSSETTS

The Boston City Council Committee on Planning, Development, and Transportation will hold a hearing on July 15 to discuss the ongoing modernization of Article 80 in Boston's Zoning Code. Article 80 was adopted to provide clear guidelines for the development review process relating to large projects (adding more than 50,000 square feet), small projects (greater than 20,000 square feet), planned development areas (new overlay zoning districts for project areas larger than 1 acre), and institutional master plans (projects relating to academic and medical campuses). Proposed updates to the Zoning Code aim to create a predictable, transparent, and accountable process to review new development projects with community members and developers. This new process will support Mayor Wu’s direction for planning and development and aims to further our mission of addressing affordability, resilience, and equity in the city.

Contact: Stephanie Rojo


INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING AND POLICY HIGHLIGHTS

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GROUPS

 

National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO)

Leads Conference

Philadelphia, PA

July 15-16

Contact: Steve Arthur

 

National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL)

Summer Meeting

Costa Mesa, CA

July 17-20

Contact: Ethan Wilson