Virginia lawmakers return to the Capitol next week for the first time since the pandemic began.
First Branch News | Legislative Headlines, Week of Aug. 2, 2021
By Gene Rose | Aug. 6, 2021 | State Legislatures News | Print
The North Carolina House mourns the death of a member. The Texas governor calls the Legislature in for a second special session. NCSL’s Legislative Staff Achievement Awards are announced, and squirrels have enjoyed the Ohio Capitol grounds for a long, long time.
Authority of Legislatures
The New York State Assembly is nearing completion of an investigation that could lead to the governor’s impeachment. A lawsuit by the Alaska attorney general against the Legislative Affairs Agency was dismissed this week because such action is not allowed under the state constitution, a state judge ruled. Meanwhile, Alaska lawmakers go into special session on Aug. 16. Arkansas legislators will end a special session on Friday. The Texas governor has called a second special session on voting laws.
Virginia lawmakers return on Monday to the Capitol for the first time since the pandemic began. All members and staff of the Hawaii House must be vaccinated by Sept. 30 or show proof of negative test results. Masks are optional for Kansas lawmakers. Reporters have been writing about squirrels on the Ohio Capitol grounds for 150 years.
Legislators and Staff in the News
North Carolina Representative Jerry Carter (R), a longtime pastor, died on Tuesday at the age of 66. New Mexico House Majority Floor Leader Sheryl Williams (D) has resigned following an investigation of charges she denies. House Majority Whip Doreen Gallegos (D) was chosen as the acting majority leader. The Indianapolis Star identified the normal and unusual jobs state legislators hold. Shane Mitchell has been named chief of staff for New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D). Minnesota Senator Chris Eaton (D) said she will not seek reelection. A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers is helping to build a Habitat for Humanity home in St. Paul. Minnesota Senator Melisa Franzen (D) was injured in a car accident, and Colorado Representative Mike Lynch (R) was injured in a horse riding accident.
NCSL’s Legislative Staff Achievement Awards were released this week.
2022 Election Moves by Sitting Legislators
Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka (R) is considering a run for governor. Elections for legislative seats in Nebraska are breaking spending records. Missouri Representative David Gregory (R) will run for state auditor. Michigan Representatives Abdullah Hammoud (D) and Alex Garza (D) advanced in elections for mayoral positions in separate towns near Detroit. Missouri Representative Trish Gunby (R) will seek a congressional seat.
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First Branch News is NCSL’s weekly roundup of legislative headlines from news sources across the country and throughout the territories. Articles from news sources curated in First Branch News are provided for information purposes only and do not reflect NCSL views.
Gene Rose is NCSL’s communications director.