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First Branch News | Legislative Headlines, Week of Sept. 27, 2021

By Gene Rose | Oct. 1, 2021 | State Legislatures News | Print

Redistricting dominates special sessions for a handful of state legislatures. Analysts weigh in on November’s races for the Virginia House of Delegates, while a number of legislators look to change seats in the 2022 election.

Legislative Operations


The Connecticut General Assembly voted to extend the governor’s emergency powers to February. Alabama legislators start a special session on Monday on prison overcrowding. The Arkansas General Assembly started a redistricting session this week. The Oklahoma Legislature will meet in a special redistricting session Nov. 15, and the Georgia General Assembly will do the same Nov. 3. The South Dakota Legislature meets Nov. 9 to consider impeachment of the state’s attorney general. The South Carolina Senate has decided not to meet in special session. Vermont leaders called off a planned October meeting of the General Assembly. And Alaska lawmakers meet for a fourth special session on Monday.


Legislators and Staff in the News

Brian Harrison (R) was elected to the Texas Legislature on Tuesday, replacing Jake Ellzey (R), who won a special election to the U.S. House in July. The Minnesota Reformer published a lengthy profile on new Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller (R). Former Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R) is the new director of the state’s Department of Revenue. Pennsylvania Representative Kevin Boyle (D) was arrested last week and charged with violation of a protection from abuse order. Utah Senate Majority Leader Evan Vickers (R) is recovering from a breakthrough case of COVID-19. California Assemblyman David Chiu (D) will become San Francisco’s city attorney.


2022 Election Moves by Sitting Legislators 

A few key seats will determine the makeup of the Virginia House of Delegates in November. Iowa Representative Liz Bennett (D) is seeking a seat in the state Senate. Ohio Representative Myron Dossett (R) will run for a ninth term. Oklahoma Senator Nathan Dahm (R) announced he is running for the U.S. Senate. Missouri Representative Curtis Trent (R) launched a campaign for the state Senate, while Senator Bob Onder (R) said he is considering running for a county executive slot. Texas Representative Phil King said he is running for a seat in the Senate. Wisconsin Senator Patrick Testin (R) announced he is running for lieutenant governor, while Senator Charles Perry said he will run for reelection. Maryland Delegate Jesse Pippy (R) ended his run for the state Senate. Oregon Representative Bill Post (R) will not seek reelection next year. Indiana Senator Karen Tallian (D) resigned, and Georgia Representative Renitta Shannon (D) will run for lieutenant governor.


In Remembrance

Jim Mathewson (D), a former president pro tem in the Missouri Senate, died Monday at age 83. Former Pennsylvania Representative Kurt Zwikl (D), who became a legislator at the age of 24, died this week at age 72. Ed Helfrick (R), a former Pennsylvania representative and senator, died Tuesday at age 93, and former South Carolina Representative Jimmy Bales (D) died on his 86th birthday.


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 and social media posts 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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