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This Week in the States

Monday, January 10, 2022

by Stateside Associates

FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 10, 2022

41 STATE LEGISLATURES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA ARE ACTIVELY MEETING THIS WEEK.

Also meeting: PUERTO RICO, GUAM, NORTH MARIANA ISLANDS and UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS.

  • In session or committee meetings: Blue 
  • Upcoming or in special session: Red
  • Adjourned or in recess: Grey

Legislative Session Schedule

Legislative Partisan Splits

States at a Glance

Printable versions are available on each resource page.

View our comprehensive chart detailing capitol visitor restrictions, session meeting plans, conduct of public hearings and more. For questions, contact Alice Brumfield.

Alabama - Convenes January 11

Arizona - Convenes January 10

Colorado - Convenes January 12

Delaware - Convenes January 11

Florida - Convenes January 11

Georgia - Convenes January 10

Idaho - Convenes January 10

Iowa - Convenes January 10

Kansas - Convenes January 10

Maryland - Convenes January 12

Michigan - Convenes January 12

New Jersey - Convenes January 11

South Carolina - Convenes January 11

South Dakota - Convenes January 11

Tennessee - Convenes January 11

Virginia - Convenes January 12

Washington - Convenes January 10

West Virginia - Convenes January 12

Guam - Convenes January 11

Puerto Rico - Convenes January 10

United States Virgin Islands - Convenes January 11

View Full Meeting Plans Chart

National Association of Attorneys General

Legislative Conference

Washington, D.C.

Jan. 12 - 13

Contact: Steve Arthur

National Conference of State Legislatures

Winter Executive Committee Meeting

Virtual

Jan. 14-15

Contact: Michael Behm

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Here are some state and local highlights taking place this week. View everything that's happening around all 50 states by visiting our blog.

Recent Executive Orders:

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) Issued an Executive Order that mandates indoor establishments verify that patrons are vaccinated against COVID-19. Staring January 15, 2022, it is required to show proof of at least one dose of vaccination to enter the following indoor establishments:

  1. Restaurants, bars, and nightclubs.
  2. Entertainment establishments.
  3. Exercise and recreational establishments.
  4. Indoor event and meeting establishments.

Starting February 15, 2022 proof of full vaccination will be required. This requirement does not apply to individuals under the age of 12. This measure is to remain in effect until repealed, amended, or superseded.

Contact: Zoe Salzberg

State Legislatures Meetings This Week:

CALIFORNIA

The Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee will hold a hearing on January 10 regarding California AB 1121. This measure provides for a sales tax holiday for emergency preparedness items. This measure, on or after January 1, 2022, until January 1, 2024, would exempt emergency preparation items from state sales and use taxes if purchased during the 3-day period beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the Saturday before the last Monday in June and ending at midnight on the last Monday in June.

Contact Thomas Bamforth

FLORIDA

The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will hold a hearing January 12 regarding Florida SB 968. This measure would exempt retirement accounts transferred after a divorce from debt collection. This measure states that any interest in a retirement account received in a transfer related to divorce is exempt from the claims of creditors upon being awarded.

Contact: Mark Salters

MAINE

The Joint Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on January 14 regarding Maine LD 1581. This measure would require communications service providers to provide location data from a wireless device used to place a 9-1-1 call. Under this bill, a communications service provider, including a wireline voice, satellite, data, fixed wireless data, or video retail service, would need to provide upon the request of a law enforcement officer the location data from a wireless device that was used to make a 9-1-1 call. The device would need to have been in possession of a person who was reasonably believed to be in an emergency situation involving the risk of death or serious physical harm to the individual. The provider would be immune from any civil or administrative proceeding against it if they provided this information.

Contact: Ryan Reynolds

The Joint Health Coverage, Insurance, and Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on January 13 regarding Maine LD 1815. This measure establishes and regulates the group capital calculation and liquidity stress test framework, provides safeguards to ensure the proper performance of contracts between domestic insurers and affiliates, and creates a unified framework for controlling access to confidential information when engaging with outside contractors.

Contact: Max Karlin

The House Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance, and Financial Services will hold a hearing on January 11 regarding Maine LD 1778. This measure directs the Office of Affordable Health Care (the Office) to study barriers to affordable health care and coverage as well as develop proposals for potential methods to improve health care affordability and coverage for individuals and small businesses in Maine. This measure directs the Office to study policies aimed at improving health care affordability and coverage, including the effects on the affordability of premiums and cost-sharing in the individual and small group health insurance markets, as well as the effects on enrollment in comprehensive health coverage.

Contact: Shaili Banerjee

MASSACHUSETTS

The Joint Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy Committee will hold a hearing on January 11 regarding Massachusetts SB 2198. This measure establishes an energy facilities siting board under the Department of Public Utilities to review the environmental and public health impacts of, the need for, and the cost of transmission lines, natural gas pipelines, facilities for the manufacturing and storage of gas, and oil facilities in Massachusetts. 

Contact: Sophia Tailor

The Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy will hold a hearing on January 11 regarding Massachusetts SB 2138. This measure establishes a fund for the advancement of clean transportation and mobility in underserved communities impacted by environmental justice. This measure establishes a Transportation Climate Initiative Fund. 70% of the fund must be used to benefit overburdened and underserved communities with an environmental justice population. Projects that the fund may be used for must promote clean transportation and mobility, including the expansion and modernization of the Commonwealth's public transportation infrastructure and fleets, electrification of public transportation, expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and minimizing transportation costs for low and moderate income individuals. 

Contact: Alex Aceto

MISSOURI

The House Budget Committee will hold a hearing on January 10 regarding Missouri HB 3014. This measure is to appropriate money for supplemental purposes for the several departments and offices of state government, and for the payment of various claims for refunds, for persons, firms, and corporations, and for other purposes, and to transfer money among certain funds, from the funds designated for the fiscal period ending June 30, 2022. 

Contact: Jordan Rodell

Local Meetings This Week:

CALIFORNIA

On January 10, 2022, the Los Angeles Budget and Finance Committee will receive the City Attorney report and consider the draft ordinance pertaining to digital video franchise fee receipts.

Contact: Stephanie Rojo

COLORADO

On January 11, 2022 , the Telluride Town Council will discuss amendments to the Land Use Code for the purpose of establishing new requirements for small cell wireless facilities. The Council will also consider the first reading of an ordinance adding a new Article 6, Division 9, Licensing of Small Cell Wireless Facilities to the Municipal Code. 

Contact: Stephanie Rojo

IDAHO

On January 11, 2022, the Boise City Council will consider an ordinance requiring all short-term rental licensees to maintain $1 million worth of insurance to protect their guests. The ordinance would also allow the City Clerk's Office to condition any short-term rental license to protect the public's health, safety, and welfare. 

Contact: Stephanie Rojo

MISSOURI

On January 11, 2022, the St. Louis County Council will introduce a bill proposing an end to the County’s residential PACE program. 

Contact: Stephanie Rojo

On January 11, 2022, the Maplewood City Council will consider an ordinance to prohibit discrimination based upon source of income. The Council will also discuss an item pertaining to the Crown Act. 

Contact: Stephanie Rojo

Catherine Dougherty

Client Services Associate

Catie is the Client Services Associate on the Business Development team. Before joining Stateside, she worked as a political fundraiser on Capitol Hill. She graduated from the University of the Arts London with a B.A. in Public Relations. In her spare time, Catie loves trying new recipes and taking long walks with her dog.

Where do you call home? I'm technically from Arlington, VA, but I grew up in the Foreign Service, so I didn't grow up here. 

How long have you worked at Stateside? I joined the Stateside team in March 2021.

What’s the last show you binge-watched? I'm currently rewatching Bones.

What three items would you bring if you were stranded on an island? Sunscreen, the Harry Potter book series, and Sour Patch Kids. 

What’s one thing on your bucket list? I've always wanted to travel around Asia and try a new dish every day!

What’s your favorite place in the world? I love London! I lived there for 3 years, and I can't wait to go back!

What’s the most adventurous food you’ve ever eaten? I had piranha once, it wasn't great. 

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