higher education schools reopening covid

Expenses of members of the Pennsylvania Senate will soon be online for the public to review.

First Branch News | Legislative Headlines, Week of Aug. 9, 2021

By Gene Rose | Aug. 13, 2021 | State Legislatures News | Print

Virginia ends its special session, a Kentucky lawmaker celebrates his 90th birthday and a West Virginia lawmaker gets a call from the administration.

Legislative Operations

Virginia recently completed its special session. A Massachusetts bill would set a $55,000 minimum salary for legislative staff. The Pennsylvania Senate will soon unveil a website where citizens can track senators’ expenses. Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R) has asked the governor to call a special session if schools mandate masks. The Montana Legislature asked the state Supreme Court to reconsider a decision it believes “belittles the Legislature’s authority unnecessarily.”

Legislators and Staff in the News

New Mexico Representative Javier Martínez (D) is the new House majority leader.


Arizona Senator Otoniel Navarrete (D) resigned, facing sexual abuse charges. Kentucky Representative Tom Burch (D) recently celebrated his 90th birthday and 49th year in the House.

2022 Election Moves by Sitting Legislators

Texas Representative Leo Pacheco (D) is leaving the Legislature to teach public administration. Michigan Representative Ryan Berman (R) is launching a campaign for attorney general. Georgia Senator Burt Jones (R) will run for lieutenant governor. West Virginia Senator John Unger (D) is leaving office to take a judicial position, as is his colleague Senator William Ihlenfeld (D), who has been nominated by the Biden administration to be the top federal prosecutor in northern West Virginia.

Other News

More than 100 military officers from 89 countries visited the Kansas Statehouse this week. Vermont students met with state leaders for a day to learn more about government.

This Week From NCSL’s State Legislatures News

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.

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