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Illinois lawmakers ended their spring session this week.

Legislative Headlines, Week of May 31, 2021

By Gene Rose | June 4, 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.

Sessions ended in Texas and Nevada this week, and Illinois lawmakers ended their spring session. West Virginia is being called into special session, and a couple of states are looking at having full-time legislatures. Bonuses to legislative staff are in the news, and staff in Oregon unionize.

Legislative Operations

The Texas lawmakers ended their session with controversy on Sunday, with the governor threatening to defund the Legislature. The Nevada Legislature concluded its business for the biennium on Monday. The Maine Legislature returned to the Statehouse for the first time since the pandemic hit. The spring session of the Illinois General Assembly ended on Tuesday. West Virginia lawmakers will be called into a special session next week. Lawmakers in Minnesota and Texas are debating on whether to go to full-time legislatures. New York legislators are expected to be in session another week. Virginia House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn (D) says she does not want another virtual session, while in Vermont, Zoom sessions will continue. The New Jersey Legislature passed a bill that ends dozens of the governor’s emergency orders.

The fence around the Minnesota Capitol, put up more than a year ago, is coming down. A meditation room for Kansas legislators would return to its original spot after some office switching by the governor. The Oregon governor signed a bill that will ban guns from the Capitol.

Authorities are investigating bullet holes found in glass windows of Connecticut’s Capitol:


Legislators and Staff in the News

Montana Representative Jimmy Patelis (R) has resigned to accept an appointment on the Montana Board of Pardons and Parole. North Carolina Speaker Tim Moore (R) announced that he’s hired a new communications director, Demi Dowdy. The Florida Senate staff will be receiving $1,000 bonuses for their work during the pandemic. The New Mexico state auditor said planned payments of $300 to legislative staff is unconstitutional. A fire destroyed the law offices of Rhode Island House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi (D). Legislative employees in Oregon became the first in the country to unionize.

Isaac Bryan became the newest member of the California Assembly:


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 reflect NCSL views.

Gene Rose is NCSL’s communications director.

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