This Week in the States

For the Week of December 5, 2022

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

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

2022 Legislative Meeting Plans

There are no new updates this week.

STATE AND LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS 

STATE AND LOCAL LEGISLATURES MEETING THIS WEEK:

Here are some state and local highlights taking place this week. View everything that's happening around all 50 states by visiting our website.

CALIFORNIA

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will meet on December 8 to consider an ordinance for adoption amending the County Code to establish regulations for the review and permitting of wireless facilities in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, including on County highways. The proposed ordinance sets height standards, requires camouflaging for wireless facilities, and allows for their approval without a public hearing.

Contact: Stephanie Rojo

 

LOUISIANA

The Senate Committee on Health and Welfare will meet on December 7. The committee will discuss the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners' application of telemedicine rules regarding recommendations for Medical Marijuana.

Contact: Zoe Salzberg

 

MICHIGAN

The Ann Arbor Planning Commission will meet on December 6 to consider amendments to the Unified Development Code to add new energy development standards that would prohibit natural gas connections in all new construction and substantially renovated or expanded buildings. The Commission will also consider amendments pertaining to personal-scale solar energy systems to remove restrictions for the installation of solar energy in single and two-family zoning districts. 

Contact: Stephanie Rojo

 

MONTANA

The Interim Budget Committee for Public Health and Human Services will meet on December 7. The committee will review the highlights of a provider rate study, the nursing home provider rate study, and other agency updates.

Contact: John Foulkes

 

The Public Safety Interim Budget Committee will meet on December 7. The committee will discuss the recidivism report created by the Department of Corrections. 

Contact: John Foulkes

 

NEW JERSEY

The Assembly Human Services Committee will hold a hearing on December 8 regarding AB 4755. This measure permits behavioral and mental health care providers to work within homeless shelters. 

Contact: Matthew Lidz

 

OHIO

The Health House Committee will hold a hearing on December 6 regarding HB 749. This measure designates October 23 as "Aromatic L-Amino Acid Decarboxylase Deficiency Awareness Day."

Contact: Zoe Salzberg

 

The Senate Primary and Secondary Education Committee will hold a hearing on December 6 regarding SB 361. This measure would allow a school governing authority may employ a veteran of the armed forces of the United States as a teacher even if the veteran is not certified or licensed as a teacher if the veteran holds certain other qualifications.

Contact: Matthew Lidz

 

The House Committee on Higher Education and Career Readiness will hold a hearing on December 6 regarding HB 747. This measure prohibits private colleges or state institutions of higher education from discriminating based on Covid-19 vaccination status.

Contact: Erin Bailey

 

The House Health Committee will hold a hearing on December 6 regarding HB 645. This measure establishes provisions for supervising remote dispensing pharmacies. 

Contact: Max Karlin

 

The Senate Health Committee will hold a hearing on December 6 regarding HB 142. This measure requires the Board of Nursing to create a doula certification program. The measure also requires Medicaid coverage of doula services.

Contact: Matthew Lidz

 

The Senate Primary and Secondary Education Committee will hold a hearing on December 6 regarding HB 151. This measure establishes the new teacher mentorship program; requires sports teams in schools to be designated by sex.

Contact: Matthew Lidz

 

The House Primary and Secondary Education Committee will hold a hearing on December 6 regarding HB 633. This measure provides for the requirement of written consent for the release of any records containing personally identifiable information, including directory information, of any pupil attending a public school.

Contact: Matthew Lidz

 

The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on December 6 regarding HB 507. This measure limits the amount of poultry that may be sold in a lot.

Contact: Thomas Bamforth

 

The House Committee on State and Local Government will hold a hearing on December 7 regarding HB 288. This measure regulates debit cards used to access supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits.

Contact: Mark Salters

 

The Senate Committee on Government Oversight and Reform will hold a hearing on December 7 regarding SB 119. This measure revised the Ohio Fairness Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, to add mediation as an informal method that the Ohio Civil Rights Commission may use, and to uphold existing religious exemptions under Ohio's Civil Rights Law. 

Contact: Carson Fort

 

OREGON

The House Interim Committee On Agriculture, Land Use, and Water will meet on December 7 to discuss various water topics and also discuss legislative concepts for the 2023 session.

Contact: Stephanie Obieroma

 

The Joint Committee on Legislative Audits will meet on December 8. The OHA Prescription Drug Monitoring Program follow-up report will be presented at this meeting.

Contact: Max Karlin

 

The Senate Interim Committee on Veterans and Emergency Preparedness will meet on December 9. The committee will hear from an invited witness and discuss a possible bill draft about occupational licensing for military spouses and domestic partners. 

Contact: Matthew Lidz

 

TEXAS

The Dallas Planning Commission will meet on December 6 to consider amending the Development Code section “Lodging Uses” to define a new use called “short-term rental lodging” and related regulations. 

Contact: Stephanie Rojo

 

GROUPS

GOPAC

Annual State & Federal Leaders Summit

December 7-8

Washington, DC

Contact: Kiley Smith

 

 

The Council of State Governments (CSG)

National Conference

December 7-10

Honolulu, HI

Contact: Stephanie Reich

 

 

**National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG)**

Capital Forum

December 6-8

Washington, DC

Contact: Steve Arthur

 

**With most state attorneys general taking different sides on the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issue, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) will be holding a session on “ESG Investment Decisions – Understanding the Legal and Fiduciary Requirements” at their Capital Forum being held this week in Washington, DC. The session will be moderated by Ohio AG Dave Yost and panelists will include DC AG Karl Racine and Tennessee AG Jonathan Skrmetti.**

 

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

Forecast 2023: Preparing for Session

San Diego, CA

December 5-7

Contact: Michael Behm

 

 

Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC)

Annual Retreat

December 6-7

Teton Village, WY

Contact: Kiley Smith

 

 

Western Governors' Association (WGA)

Winter Meeting

December 5-7

Phoenix, AZ

Contact: Johnathan Lozier