June 25, 2015
This month’s Federal Vacancy Count includes nominations, confirmations and vacancies from May 27, 2015, to June 23, 2015. Nominations, confirmations and vacancies occurring on and after June 24 will be reflected in the July report. June saw vacancies on the federal judiciary continue to grow as there were no new confirmations and a handful of new transitions to senior status. The vacancy warning level remained at blue this month after four new vacancies, two new nominations and no new confirmations. The vacancy percentage rose to 6.8 percent, and the total number of nominees waiting for confirmation rose to 18. …Read More
June 2, 2015
Legislators in Texas spent the month of May deciding which constitutional amendments to send to the November 2015 ballot. Ultimately, a two-thirds majority in each legislative chamber agreed to put seven measures before voters, with issues ranging from taxes to hunting and fishing.
While the next round of certified statewide ballot measures will not be voted on until November, local ballot measures will be appearing on today’s ballot in California, including proposals concerning medical marijuana dispensaries in Riverside and Yucca Valley and funding for a streetcar project in Sacramento. In August, voters in Nashville and Davidson …Read More
October 9, 2015
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June 29, 2015
This week’s tracker includes a look at a mandatory vaccination bill in California, a charter school funding controversy involving the governor and house speaker in Maine, and a state senator on trial in New York.
CALIFORNIA: On June 29, 2015, the California State Legislature passed a controversial vaccine bill. The state Assembly passed Senate Bill 277 on June 25 by a vote of 46 to 30, while the state Senate passed the bill in mid-May by a vote of 25 to 11. The state Senate concurred with the amendments on June …Read More
June 26, 2015
As of June 26, 2015, Ballotpedia was covering 139 bills concerning ballot measure law that were proposed or reconsidered during the 2015 legislative sessions of 38 states. Of the total, 48 were pending, 19 were approved, 45 had been defeated or abandoned, and 27 were carried over to 2016. Most of the bills—133—were introduced this year, and the other six were carried over from the 2014 legislative session in New Jersey.
By the third week of June 2015, the legislative sessions of 32 states had ended. This mid-year report looks at the notable changes …Read More