State Updates

Member Voices

(Click on each state abbreviation for details)

As of November 18, 2021

CT: The bipartisan Reapportionament Commission has struck a deal on House redistricting and is expected to vote on the new maps.

DE:  A lawmaker who lost his chairmanship on the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year was removed from another committee after being accused of verbally abusing a House member.

FL: Lawmakers have passed a measure, now awaiting the governor’s signature, that seeks to remove the state’s private-sector workers from OSHA.

ID: Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder and the House Speaker filed a motion to intervene in a multistate lawsuit challenging federal vaccine mandates, despite recent funding obstacles.

ID: A lawmaker who shared the personal information of a 19-year-old intern online after the teenager accused another lawmaker of rape was formally censured by the House.

IL: Celebrating the signing of the Reimagining Electric Vehicles Act, Senate President Don Harmon said the law will bring jobs and investments to the state.

IN: The governor outlined three "key" statutory changes that the legislature must change for him to end the public health emergency in effect since March 2020.

KS: Addressing gerrymandering concerns, Senate President Ty Masterson said, “We’re going to bring in the data and try to get as close as we can to one person one vote.”

LA: Lawmakers and state officials have moved to developing plans for spending the $7.2B that the state will receive with the passing of the federal infrastructure package.

MA: The House passed a bill requiring public schools to teach the history of genocides and setting up a fund to support the new curriculum.

MA: Senate President Karen Spilka took in 2021's last day of formal sessions from home while recovering from an illness. She has tested negative for COVID-19.

MN: The governor said he would not call a state of emergency in response to the state’s COVID-19 surge, arguing it would be ineffective and cause political fallout.

MO: Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz filed paperwork to run for the US Senate seat being vacated by retiring senator Roy Blunt.

NC: After nearly two months of negotiations, the state budget has been signed into law.

NH: Senate President Chuck Morse said he is actively exploring a run for the US Senate. Governor Sununu was expected to run but is seeking re-election.

NJ: Senate Democrats have chose Sen. Nicholas Scutari to replace current Senate President Steve Sweeney, who lost his reelection.

NY: Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the Assembly Speaker called for more federal rent assistance to provide relief to NY renters and landlords.

OH: The GOP-controlled Legislature plans to pass a new congressional map that will stand for only the next four years.

PA: Senate President Jake Corman has joined the race for governor.

PA: The Senate has passed two bills on gun rights: SB 448 would punish municipalities that impose ordinances stricter than state law; and SB 565 would permit open or concealed carry.

SC: South Carolina Senate President Harvey Peeler on Tuesday called for a special election to fill the seat of late Senator Hugh Leatherman, who died November 12.

UT: Given a budget surplus, Senate President Stuart Adams said he would like to offer a tax cut and increase funding for education and infrastructure improvements, including broadband expansion.

VT: Urged to take more action against COVID-19, the governor will allow municipalities to adopt mask mandates again if lawmakers come up with legislation in a special session.

As of November 4, 2021

AL:  During a special session called to address redistricting, the Senate passed two hotly contested bills concerning COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

AZ: Senate President Karen Fann has announced she will not seek re-election after her term ends in January 2023, and plans to retire from the Legislature.

AZ: The state’s Supreme Court voided a ban on mask mandates in public schools and other legislative changes, ruling it illegal for lawmakers to pile them into budget bills.

CA: Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg and more than a dozen fellow lawmakers are heading to Glasgow for the United Nations’ climate summit.

CO: A new bill signed into law will make Colorado a more attractive place for solar tech and other renewable energy companies.

DE: State Senate President Pro Tempore Dave Sokola supports the creation of an inspector general's office.

FL: Senate President Wilton Simpson has expressed skepticism about an abortion bill modeled on Texas law that was introduced by a House representative.

FL: Nursing centers and assisted living centers need $100M in emergency funding as they face financial crises aggravated by the pandemic and a growing labor shortage.

IL: Senate President Don Harmon praised a bipartisan investment of $250M over three years toward a violence prevention initiative.

KS: A special session may be convened as lawmakers explore options for dealing with the federal vaccine mandate.

KY: Republican state lawmakers are cautiously eyeing money for public education and expect pay increases for teachers to be a focus of next year’s legislative session.

MN: Voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to replace its police department, a result celebrated by Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller.

NJ: Senate President Stephen Sweeney has lost his re-election bid in a surprising upset.

NM: Firearms are being banned at the State Capitol starting in early December, with exceptions for certified law enforcement officers and some military personnel.

NC: Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger voiced support for Medicaid expansion but said the Legislature remains “very, very far apart” on an agreement with the governor.

OH: In statements connected to lawsuits challenging Ohio’s recently approved legislative redistricting maps, GOP and Democratic mapmakers laid out the process of drawing legislative maps.

OH: Senate President Matt Huffman expects a sports betting measure to start moving forward.

OK: Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat announced that Sen. Greg McCortney will serve as Majority Floor Leader, the second-highest ranking leadership position in the Senate.

SC: State and local leaders are discussing how to allocate $525M from the U.S. Department of Energy's settlement with South Carolina over the storage of plutonium near Aiken.

VA: A Senate panel asked a legislative commission to review proposals for reforming the state’s electric utility regulatory system nine months ago, but the commission has not yet met.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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State Updates

Member Voices

(Click on each state abbreviation for details)

As of November 18, 2021

CT: The bipartisan Reapportionament Commission has struck a deal on House redistricting and is expected to vote on the new maps.

DE:  A lawmaker who lost his chairmanship on the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year was removed from another committee after being accused of verbally abusing a House member.

FL: Lawmakers have passed a measure, now awaiting the governor’s signature, that seeks to remove the state’s private-sector workers from OSHA.

ID: Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder and the House Speaker filed a motion to intervene in a multistate lawsuit challenging federal vaccine mandates, despite recent funding obstacles.

ID: A lawmaker who shared the personal information of a 19-year-old intern online after the teenager accused another lawmaker of rape was formally censured by the House.

IL: Celebrating the signing of the Reimagining Electric Vehicles Act, Senate President Don Harmon said the law will bring jobs and investments to the state.

IN: The governor outlined three "key" statutory changes that the legislature must change for him to end the public health emergency in effect since March 2020.

KS: Addressing gerrymandering concerns, Senate President Ty Masterson said, “We’re going to bring in the data and try to get as close as we can to one person one vote.”

LA: Lawmakers and state officials have moved to developing plans for spending the $7.2B that the state will receive with the passing of the federal infrastructure package.

MA: The House passed a bill requiring public schools to teach the history of genocides and setting up a fund to support the new curriculum.

MA: Senate President Karen Spilka took in 2021's last day of formal sessions from home while recovering from an illness. She has tested negative for COVID-19.

MN: The governor said he would not call a state of emergency in response to the state’s COVID-19 surge, arguing it would be ineffective and cause political fallout.

MO: Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz filed paperwork to run for the US Senate seat being vacated by retiring senator Roy Blunt.

NC: After nearly two months of negotiations, the state budget has been signed into law.

NH: Senate President Chuck Morse said he is actively exploring a run for the US Senate. Governor Sununu was expected to run but is seeking re-election.

NJ: Senate Democrats have chose Sen. Nicholas Scutari to replace current Senate President Steve Sweeney, who lost his reelection.

NY: Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the Assembly Speaker called for more federal rent assistance to provide relief to NY renters and landlords.

OH: The GOP-controlled Legislature plans to pass a new congressional map that will stand for only the next four years.

PA: Senate President Jake Corman has joined the race for governor.

PA: The Senate has passed two bills on gun rights: SB 448 would punish municipalities that impose ordinances stricter than state law; and SB 565 would permit open or concealed carry.

SC: South Carolina Senate President Harvey Peeler on Tuesday called for a special election to fill the seat of late Senator Hugh Leatherman, who died November 12.

UT: Given a budget surplus, Senate President Stuart Adams said he would like to offer a tax cut and increase funding for education and infrastructure improvements, including broadband expansion.

VT: Urged to take more action against COVID-19, the governor will allow municipalities to adopt mask mandates again if lawmakers come up with legislation in a special session.

As of November 4, 2021

AL:  During a special session called to address redistricting, the Senate passed two hotly contested bills concerning COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

AZ: Senate President Karen Fann has announced she will not seek re-election after her term ends in January 2023, and plans to retire from the Legislature.

AZ: The state’s Supreme Court voided a ban on mask mandates in public schools and other legislative changes, ruling it illegal for lawmakers to pile them into budget bills.

CA: Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg and more than a dozen fellow lawmakers are heading to Glasgow for the United Nations’ climate summit.

CO: A new bill signed into law will make Colorado a more attractive place for solar tech and other renewable energy companies.

DE: State Senate President Pro Tempore Dave Sokola supports the creation of an inspector general's office.

FL: Senate President Wilton Simpson has expressed skepticism about an abortion bill modeled on Texas law that was introduced by a House representative.

FL: Nursing centers and assisted living centers need $100M in emergency funding as they face financial crises aggravated by the pandemic and a growing labor shortage.

IL: Senate President Don Harmon praised a bipartisan investment of $250M over three years toward a violence prevention initiative.

KS: A special session may be convened as lawmakers explore options for dealing with the federal vaccine mandate.

KY: Republican state lawmakers are cautiously eyeing money for public education and expect pay increases for teachers to be a focus of next year’s legislative session.

MN: Voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to replace its police department, a result celebrated by Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller.

NJ: Senate President Stephen Sweeney has lost his re-election bid in a surprising upset.

NM: Firearms are being banned at the State Capitol starting in early December, with exceptions for certified law enforcement officers and some military personnel.

NC: Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger voiced support for Medicaid expansion but said the Legislature remains “very, very far apart” on an agreement with the governor.

OH: In statements connected to lawsuits challenging Ohio’s recently approved legislative redistricting maps, GOP and Democratic mapmakers laid out the process of drawing legislative maps.

OH: Senate President Matt Huffman expects a sports betting measure to start moving forward.

OK: Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat announced that Sen. Greg McCortney will serve as Majority Floor Leader, the second-highest ranking leadership position in the Senate.

SC: State and local leaders are discussing how to allocate $525M from the U.S. Department of Energy's settlement with South Carolina over the storage of plutonium near Aiken.

VA: A Senate panel asked a legislative commission to review proposals for reforming the state’s electric utility regulatory system nine months ago, but the commission has not yet met.

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November 2nd
Elections

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CONTACT US

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Tel: 914-693-1818

Copyright © 2020 Senate Presidents' Forum. All rights reserved.

Member Voices

State Updates

(Click on each state abbreviation for details)

As of November 18, 2021

CT: The bipartisan Reapportionament Commission has struck a deal on House redistricting and is expected to vote on the new maps.

DE:  A lawmaker who lost his chairmanship on the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year was removed from another committee after being accused of verbally abusing a House member.

FL: Lawmakers have passed a measure, now awaiting the governor’s signature, that seeks to remove the state’s private-sector workers from OSHA.

ID: Senate President Pro Tem Chuck Winder and the House Speaker filed a motion to intervene in a multistate lawsuit challenging federal vaccine mandates, despite recent funding obstacles.

ID: A lawmaker who shared the personal information of a 19-year-old intern online after the teenager accused another lawmaker of rape was formally censured by the House.

IL: Celebrating the signing of the Reimagining Electric Vehicles Act, Senate President Don Harmon said the law will bring jobs and investments to the state.

IN: The governor outlined three "key" statutory changes that the legislature must change for him to end the public health emergency in effect since March 2020.

KS: Addressing gerrymandering concerns, Senate President Ty Masterson said, “We’re going to bring in the data and try to get as close as we can to one person one vote.”

LA: Lawmakers and state officials have moved to developing plans for spending the $7.2B that the state will receive with the passing of the federal infrastructure package.

MA: The House passed a bill requiring public schools to teach the history of genocides and setting up a fund to support the new curriculum.

MA: Senate President Karen Spilka took in 2021's last day of formal sessions from home while recovering from an illness. She has tested negative for COVID-19.

MN: The governor said he would not call a state of emergency in response to the state’s COVID-19 surge, arguing it would be ineffective and cause political fallout.

MO: Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz filed paperwork to run for the US Senate seat being vacated by retiring senator Roy Blunt.

NC: After nearly two months of negotiations, the state budget has been signed into law.

NH: Senate President Chuck Morse said he is actively exploring a run for the US Senate. Governor Sununu was expected to run but is seeking re-election.

NJ: Senate Democrats have chose Sen. Nicholas Scutari to replace current Senate President Steve Sweeney, who lost his reelection.

NY: Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and the Assembly Speaker called for more federal rent assistance to provide relief to NY renters and landlords.

OH: The GOP-controlled Legislature plans to pass a new congressional map that will stand for only the next four years.

PA: Senate President Jake Corman has joined the race for governor.

PA: The Senate has passed two bills on gun rights: SB 448 would punish municipalities that impose ordinances stricter than state law; and SB 565 would permit open or concealed carry.

SC: South Carolina Senate President Harvey Peeler on Tuesday called for a special election to fill the seat of late Senator Hugh Leatherman, who died November 12.

UT: Given a budget surplus, Senate President Stuart Adams said he would like to offer a tax cut and increase funding for education and infrastructure improvements, including broadband expansion.

VT: Urged to take more action against COVID-19, the governor will allow municipalities to adopt mask mandates again if lawmakers come up with legislation in a special session.

As of November 4, 2021

AL:  During a special session called to address redistricting, the Senate passed two hotly contested bills concerning COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

AZ: Senate President Karen Fann has announced she will not seek re-election after her term ends in January 2023, and plans to retire from the Legislature.

AZ: The state’s Supreme Court voided a ban on mask mandates in public schools and other legislative changes, ruling it illegal for lawmakers to pile them into budget bills.

CA: Senate Majority Leader Robert Hertzberg and more than a dozen fellow lawmakers are heading to Glasgow for the United Nations’ climate summit.

CO: A new bill signed into law will make Colorado a more attractive place for solar tech and other renewable energy companies.

DE: State Senate President Pro Tempore Dave Sokola supports the creation of an inspector general's office.

FL: Senate President Wilton Simpson has expressed skepticism about an abortion bill modeled on Texas law that was introduced by a House representative.

FL: Nursing centers and assisted living centers need $100M in emergency funding as they face financial crises aggravated by the pandemic and a growing labor shortage.

IL: Senate President Don Harmon praised a bipartisan investment of $250M over three years toward a violence prevention initiative.

KS: A special session may be convened as lawmakers explore options for dealing with the federal vaccine mandate.

KY: Republican state lawmakers are cautiously eyeing money for public education and expect pay increases for teachers to be a focus of next year’s legislative session.

MN: Voters overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to replace its police department, a result celebrated by Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller.

NJ: Senate President Stephen Sweeney has lost his re-election bid in a surprising upset.

NM: Firearms are being banned at the State Capitol starting in early December, with exceptions for certified law enforcement officers and some military personnel.

NC: Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger voiced support for Medicaid expansion but said the Legislature remains “very, very far apart” on an agreement with the governor.

OH: In statements connected to lawsuits challenging Ohio’s recently approved legislative redistricting maps, GOP and Democratic mapmakers laid out the process of drawing legislative maps.

OH: Senate President Matt Huffman expects a sports betting measure to start moving forward.

OK: Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat announced that Sen. Greg McCortney will serve as Majority Floor Leader, the second-highest ranking leadership position in the Senate.

SC: State and local leaders are discussing how to allocate $525M from the U.S. Department of Energy's settlement with South Carolina over the storage of plutonium near Aiken.

VA: A Senate panel asked a legislative commission to review proposals for reforming the state’s electric utility regulatory system nine months ago, but the commission has not yet met.

State Senate Leaders

SPF Session Reports

Resources

(Click on each topic for detail)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPF tracks changes in the leadership
of state senates across the nation.

View senate leaders state by state here.

                                                                                                                                 MORE

News Spotlight

The November 2nd Elections

Catch up on all of the Nov. 2 election results at Ballotpedia.

Election Results, 2021

CONTACT US

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579 Broadway

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

Tel: 914-693-1818

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