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The New Mexico Capitol in Santa Fe, where lawmakers reconvened on Tuesday for a special session to consider an economic development bill and the legalization of recreational marijuana.

First Branch News: Legislative Headlines, Week of March 29, 2021

By Gene Rose | April 2, 2021 | State Legislatures News

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

New Mexico considers legalizing marijuana. South Dakota’s governor said she wants a special session on fairness in women’s sports. Legislatures across the country continue to challenge governors’ emergency powers. And two Nebraska Senators got in the spirit of April Fools’ Day.

State Legislative Operations

New Mexico has started a special session on economic development and the legalization of marijuana. South Dakota’s governor said she wants a special session on fairness in women’s sports. The North Dakota legislature is considering an early end to its current session. The Arizona House and Senate have lifted mask requirements for lawmakers. Most Ohio legislators have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The Indiana Senate has approved a bill that would allow the legislature to convene at any time during an emergency. Arizona is looking at raising some expense allowances for legislators. The Colorado legislature is dropping plans to build a fence around the Capitol. The California Assembly has created the California Native American Legislative Caucus. And states are considering several options to deal with redistricting as they wait for data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Authority of Legislatures

State legislatures across the country are challenging governors’ emergency powers, and Maine legislators have proposed bills on the same topic.

Legislators and Staff in the News

Rhode Island Senate Majority Whip Maryellen Goodwin (D) is fighting cancer, personally and legislatively. DeAnne DeFuccio (R) won a special election to fill a New Jersey State Assembly seat vacated by Holly Schepisi (R), who won a Senate seat.

Two Nebraska senators celebrated April Fools’ Day:


This Week From NCSL’s State Legislative News

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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