Highlights from the Week
1. A tragic mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, perpetrated by a white supremacist, prompted statements on gun control and civil rights from representatives across the nation. Click here to view statements from members of Congress on the issue of gun control, and click here to view statements from members of Congress on the issue of criminal justice.
2. Primary season continues to bring upsets, surprises, and triumphs for politicians across all party and state lines. This week Nebraska, West Virginia, Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania had primary elections for the 2022 midterms. To see statements from members of Congress regarding elections, click here.
3. A massive recall of Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare baby formula products, due to a bacterial infection found in powdered infant formula, has led to a nationwide shortage. As parents try to find ways to feed their children, congress and President Biden explored various options for ending the crisis. On May 18th President Biden announced that he would invoke the Defense Production Act to increase production of formula, click here to see what members of Congress have said about the shortage.
By the Elections Research team Elections:
Want to learn more about the results from the Primary Elections in Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon & Pennsylvania that happened this week? You can see the results of the elections below:
Biographies: Want to learn more about the candidates running in Nebraska Statewide Primary Elections? You can see the full list of candidates running here.
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By the Officials Research team
Public Statements: 910 statements were added this week
Click here to view legislation related to the issue of abortion that has been passed this year.
The Idaho state legislature voted to pass S 1309, a bill banning abortion after detection of a fetal heartbeat, amending the definition of “medical emergency”, and authorizes the imprisonment of heathcare professionals who knowlingly perform abortions.
The Oklahoma house and senate voted in favor of SB 612, which prohibits a person from purposefully performing an abortion, except to save the life of a preganant person.
Legislation on the issue of Marijuana that has been passed this year.
The Alaska House passed HB 289, establishing a Marijuana Industry Task Force to review the state relationship with the industry (taxation, regulation, etc).
The New Hampshire Senate failed to pass HB 629, a bill dedicated to the legalization of marijuana possession and cultivation after the bill passed the New Hampshire House.
Two states passed legislation that authorizes drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants: Rhode Island passed S 2006 and Massachusetts passed H4470.
South Carolina’s House of Representatives passed S 908, banning the “Carolina Squat” truck modification within the state.
Congress: 4 bills were added this week
The Women’s Health Protection Act, S 4132, passed the US House of Representatives before dying in the US Senate.
The US House and Senate voted to pass HR 7691, the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lease Act, which temporarily removes requirements related to the President’s authority to lend military equipment to Ukraine.