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First Branch News | Legislative Headlines, Week of June 28, 2021

By Gene Rose | July 7, 2021 | State Legislatures News | Print

First Branch News is NCSL’s weekly roundup of legislative headlines from news sources across the country and throughout the territories.

A few state legislatures ended their Fourth of July weekend by going into special session. Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon announced his retirement. And a couple of statehouses in the Northeast look to reopen.

Legislative Operations

The Rhode Island General Assembly ended its regular session on Thursday, but legislators expect to be back in to the Statehouse in the fall. Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki (D) announced lawmakers will return to session July 6 to consider gubernatorial vetoes. Texas legislators go into special session on July 8. A North Dakota ballot measure would put term limits on state legislators. Massachusetts legislative leaders are considering opening the Statehouse in the fall. The Vermont Statehouse opens to the public next week. Alaska lawmakers reached agreement on legislation that avoided a government shutdown.

Legislators and Staff in the News

Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon (R) said he will not seek reelection next year. Alabama Senator Jimmy Holley (R) announced his retirement from the legislature. Georgia House Majority Whip Trey Kelley (R) is stepping down from his position. A former Ohio Highway Patrol commander, Kevin Miller (R), is the new representative for Ohio’s 72nd district. California Senate President Toni Atkins (D) was interviewed in a podcast about her career.

Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R) is recovering from surgery.


This Week From NCSL’s State Legislatures News

Articles from news sources curated in First Branch News are provided for information purposes only and do not necessarily reflect NCSL views.

Gene Rose is NCSL’s communications director.

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