This Week in the States - May 04, 2023
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This Week in the States

Thursday, May 04, 2023

by Stateside Associates

FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 1, 2023

32 STATE LEGISLATURES 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 and in recess: Grey

HAWAII

Adjourns May 4

FLORIDA

Adjourns May 5

Visit here for a comprehensive chart detailing session meeting plans and more. 

For questions, contact Constantine Costidis.

Legislative Session Schedule

State Leadership at a Glance

Legislative Partisan Splits

Printable versions are available on each resource page.

ARIZONA

The Tempe City Council will meet on May 4 to introduce and hold the first public hearing to adopt an ordinance amending Chapter 26A, Tempe City Code, by adding Article III relating to the payment of prevailing wages on City construction contracts subject to the requirements of Title 34. The proposed text amendment to the Tempe City Code would regulate the minimum wages and benefits paid to construction workers, consistent with the Davis-Bacon Act, for non-Federal projects directly funded by the City. This ordinance would not impact Federally funded projects, which are and currently required to comply with the Davis-Bacon Act.

Contact: Stephanie Rojo

CALIFORNIA

The Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing on May 1 regarding SB 253. This measure adopts the Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act. This measure applies to US partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, and other business entities with total annual revenues of more than $100 million that do business in California.

Contact: Mark Salters

COLORADO

The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on May 2 regarding HB 1285. This measure requires a store to retain and use a portion of the fee for each carryout bag to purchase recycled carryout bags, 100% recycled cups, or compostable food containers.

Contact: Thomas Bamforth

ILLINOIS

The Senate Environment and Conservation Committee will hold a hearing on May 4 regarding SB 1555. The measure states on or before January 1, 2024, any producer or a single producer responsibility organization authorized to operate and administer a program on the producer's behalf and who intends to submit a program plan must register with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Contact: Stephanie Obieroma

NEW YORK

The New York City Committee on Civil and Human Rights will meet on May 3 to consider a bill that would make it unlawful for any place or provider of public accommodation to use biometric recognition technology to verify or identify a customer. It would also require places or providers of public accommodation to notify customers if biometric identifier information is collected and to require written consent before any biometric recognition technology could be used. Additionally, the bill would require any such information collected to be protected and for written policies regarding its use to be made available.

Contact: Stephanie Rojo

OREGON

The House Climate, Energy, and Environment Committee will hold a work session on May 3 regarding SB 123. The measure states no later than December 31, 2027, a producer responsibility organization must do the following:

  • In developing educational resources and promotional campaigns, consider and develop recommendations for the use of digital labeling by producers to convey information about recyclability claims; and
  • Include its recommendations in a producer responsibility program plan submitted to the Department of Environmental Quality or a plan amendment submitted.

Contact: Stephanie Obieroma

TEXAS

The House Public Health Committee will hold a hearing on May 1 regarding HB 2529. This measure requires manufacturers of brand-name insulin products for which a generic prescription is not available nor included in the Medicaid vendor drug program formulary must submit a written verification stating whether or not the unavailability of the generic prescription drug is the result of any of the following:

  • A scheme to pay a generic prescription manufacturer to delay the marketing of the generic drug 
  • A legal strategy to extend the life of the patent on a brand-name drug 
  • The manufacturer directly manipulates a patent on the brand-name drug 
  • The manufacturer facilitating any of these actions on behalf of another entity

Contact: Emma Rose Lowder

The House Insurance Committee will hold a hearing on May 2 regarding SB 1060. This measure prohibits an insurance company or holding company from including a political shareholder proposal in a proxy statement or implementing a political shareholder proposal.

Contact: Mark Salters

The Austin City Council will hold a public hearing on May 4 to consider an ordinance amending the School District Land Development Standards Agreement with the Austin Independent School District related to site development standards associated with

telecommunication towers. The agreement would support the Austin Independent School District's efforts to improve access to telecommunication services on and around school campuses. The site development standards will allow the installation of telecommunications towers that will provide improved internet connectivity to students and their families in the surrounding community.

Contact: Stephanie Rojo

VERMONT

The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee will hold a hearing on May 2 regarding HB 81. This measure establishes that an original equipment manufacturer will make available, for purposes of diagnosis, maintenance, or repair of such equipment, to any independent repair provider, or to the owner of electronics-enabled agricultural equipment manufactured by or on behalf of, or sold or otherwise supplied by, the original equipment manufacturer, on fair and reasonable terms, documentation, parts, and tools, required for the diagnosis, maintenance, or repair of such equipment and parts for such equipment, including any updates to information.

Contact: Thomas Bamforth

The House Human Services Committee will hold a hearing on May 3 regarding SB 25. This measure amends current statutes to prohibit manufacturers, suppliers, or distributors from selling, manufacturing, offering to sell, or distributing textiles or textile articles to which regulated PFAS has been intentionally added in any amount. 

Contact: Thomas Bamforth

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BROADBAND

KANSAS

The Office of Broadband Development (KOBD) is launching the Lasting Infrastructure and Network Connectivity (LINC) program. Draft guidelines are available for review. The tentative date for publication of final guidelines is May 4, and the application window will open on May 5, with the last day to submit an application being June 19 at 5 p.m. CT. The funding source is American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds. $20-$25 million will be available for infrastructure, and $5-$10 million shared for IXP and Middle Mile.

MINNESOTA

The Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is encouraging Minnesotans to apply for its Line Extension Program ($15 million CPF) to connect homes and businesses to high-speed broadband. While DEED will accept applications throughout the year, the Office of Broadband Development will only review applications, contact applicants, and award extension grants every six months. The first review period begins on May 1.  

NATIONWIDE

As more states begin to spend their allotted CPF and SLFRF funding, new RFPs, such as Virginia's VATI 2023 program guidelines, have begun to list expected IIJA funds as funding sources. 

CLEAN TRANSPORTATION:

ELECTRIC VEHICLES & CHARGING INFRASTRUCTURE

MICHIGAN

On April 25, Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D), the Michigan Office of Mobility & Electrification (OFME), and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) announced a partnership to create the State of Michigan Community EV Toolkit, an online resource hub for local governments to prepare for the future of electric vehicle deployment and adoption.

 

MISSOURI

The Department of Natural Resources announced that the department has begun a pilot program to install EV charging stations at state parks and state office buildings throughout Missouri.

 

NEW YORK

Governor Kathy Hochul (D) announced that the New York State Public Service Commission has initiated a proceeding to implement policies and develop programs related to medium- and heavy-duty electric vehicle charging infrastructure and planning. The proceeding will also begin the process for proactive investment in the utility infrastructure required to serve transportation electrification.

OREGON

The Oregon Department of Transportation is in the process of implementing the Community Charging Rebates Program. The rebate will lower the cost of buying, installing, and maintaining Level 2 and Level 1 EV charging stations at multifamily homes and publicly accessible parking areas throughout Oregon. The rebate program will launch in mid-to-late June 2023 and will have four rounds of funding through at least 2024. The first round runs June through August 2023 and has $1.75 million available for eligible EV charging projects.

Events are listed in order of start date, reading left to right.

Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA)

Nutrients Permitting Workshop

Denver, CO

May 1-3

Contact: Mark Anderson

Community Leaders of America

Spring National Conference

McKinney, TX

May 3-5

Contact: Kiley Smith

National Associate of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH)

Spring Symposium

Virtual

May 4

Contact: Zachary Cook

Federation of State Medical Boards

Annual Meeting

Minneapolis, MN

May 4-6

Contact: Zachary Cook

Democratic Governors Association (DGA)

Kentucky Derby

Louisville, KY

May 5-6

Contact: Johnathan Lozier

 

 

 

 

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