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This page is a collection of issues and themes in the 2014 state legislative sessions.

All 50 states will convene regular sessions in 2014.

This is a list of session guidelines for all 50 state legislatures:

Alabama State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 14 through April 4.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included creating a new budget, a pay raise for teachers, Common Core and banning legislators from serving as lobbyists immediately following their departure.[1]

Alaska State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 21 to April 20.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included education, the state budget, high energy prices and a natural gas pipeline.[2]

Arizona State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 13 to April 24.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included student success-based K-12 funding, university funding.[3]

The legislature considered and rejected several controversial proposals during the 2014 session.[4] These proposals included a bill that would have allowed religious leaders to decline officiating same-sex weddings and a bill that would have banned cell phone use by teenaged drivers during the first six months of driving with a license.[4]

Arkansas General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 10 to March 20.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included private option Medicaid expansion and a $5 billion proposed budget for the coming fiscal year. The legislature also established an entrepreneurship program for college seniors called the Arkansas Fellowship.[5] Due to a 2008 constitutional amendment, sessions held in even-numbered years may only address financial matters.[6]

California State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 6 to August 30.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included the biennial budget, prison overcrowding and water bonds.[7]

Colorado General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 8 to May 7.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included packages of bills for flood relief and wildfire mitigation.[8]

Connecticut General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 5 to May 7.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included the biennial state budget, gun control, mental health, police training and creating the Office of Early Childhood.[9]

Delaware General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 14 through July 1.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included raising the minimum wage, gun control, the 2015 budget, campaign finance and the economy.[10]

Florida State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from March 3 through May 5.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included creating a new budget using an $850 million surplus, a package of $500 million in tax cuts called for by the governor, Common Core and Medicaid expansion.[11]

The legislature approved several bills, including legislation that would provide "stand your grand" immunity for people that fire warning shots, the legalization of non-euphoric medical marijuana, and allowing students born to undocumented immigrants to receive in-state tuition rates at state universities and colleges.[12]

On May 2, 2014, legislators approved a $77 billion state budget which increased spending on schools, child welfare and the cleanup of damaged water bodies. The budget included a 5 percent raise for state law-enforcement officers and an increase for some working in the judiciary. Critics of the budget argued that the budget should have included raises for a much larger portion of state workers.[13][14]

Georgia General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 13 through March 21.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included moving up the state primary date to match the federal one, the state budget, and increases to K-12 education funding.[15]

Hawaii State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 15 through May 2.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included GMO labeling, raising the minimum wage, clean energy and climate change.[16]

A budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year was passed through HB1700. The budget provided $6.189 billion in general funds and $12.147 billion in all means of financing. Sylvia Luke, Chairman of the House Finance Committee described the budget as measured and prudent.[17]

Idaho State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 6 through March 21.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included $350 million worth of educational improvements, the state-based health insurance exchange passed in 2013 and prison reforms.[18]

Illinois General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 29 through June 2.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included the pending expiration of a temporary income tax, corporate tax incentives, Chicago pension reform and capital construction.[19]

Indiana General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the General Assembly was in session from January 6 through March 14.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage, elimination of the state tax on business equipment and education reforms, including whether or not Indiana should continue participating in "Common Core."[20]

Iowa General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 13 through May 2.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included cutting the state income tax, increasing the gas tax and a minimum wage increase.[21]

Kansas State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 13 through May 30.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included school funding, changing the state's court nomination system and Medicaid expansion.[22]

Kentucky General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 to April 15.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included the biennial state budget, casino gambling, tax reform based on the recommendations of 2012 commission and raising the minimum wage.[23]

Louisiana State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from March 10 through June 3.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included Common Core, education funding, Medicaid expansion, the coastal erosion lawsuit filed by the South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East and the legalization of medical marijuana.[24][25]

Maine State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 8 through May 2.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included Medicaid expansion vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage (R) last session and welfare reform.[26]

Maryland General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the General Assembly was in session from January 8 to April 7.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included addressing the state's minimum wage, emergency health insurance, marijuana legalization and tax relief.[27]

Massachusetts General Court

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the General Court was in session from January 14 through August 1.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included the minimum wage, unemployment insurance reform, gun control and assisted suicide.[28][29]

Michigan State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature will be in session from January 8 through December 31.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session include allocation of an estimated $971 million surplus over three years, which Republicans says should go towards a tax break.[30][31]

Minnesota State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 25 to May 19.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included passing a bonding bill, how to use a projected $800 million surplus, heating costs, the minimum wage and bullying.[32][33]

Mississippi State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[34]

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included Common Core, Medicaid expansion, teachers' pay and prison sentences.[35][36][37]

Missouri General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the General Assembly was in session from January 8 through May 19.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included Medicaid expansion, tax cuts and reform, student transfers and right-to-work.[38][39][40]

Montana State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature will not hold a regular session.

Nebraska State Senate (Unicameral)

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 8 through April 18.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included tax cuts, capital punishment, same-sex marriage and electronic cigarettes.[41]

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Nebraska State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 13, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for challengers wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014, two days after the statutory deadline, which fell on a Saturday. Incumbents were required to file for election by February 18, 2014, three days after the statutory deadline, which fell on the Saturday prior to Presidents Day.

Nevada State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature will not hold a regular session.

New Hampshire General Court

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the General Court was in session from January 8 through June 13.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included capital punishment, a proposed casino, raising fuel taxes for road improvement, Medicaid expansion, and a return of the state minimum wage.[42][43][44]

New Jersey State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature will be in session from January 14 through January 1, 2016.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session include lowering property taxes, establishing the "Hurricane Sandy Bill of Rights," pay equity for women, funding for women’s health care and making college more affordable.[45]

New Mexico State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 21 through February 20.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included the economy, the budget, infrastructure and education.[46]

New York State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 8 through June 23.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included a raise in the minimum wage, a cut in corporate tax rates, rebuilding airports and other infrastructure, legalizing medical marijuana and property tax rebates.[47]

North Carolina General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from May 14 through August 20.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included financing the $445 million state budget shortfall, teacher pay, medicaid and coal ash ponds.[48]

North Dakota Legislative Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature will not hold a regular session.

Ohio General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the General Assembly will be in session from January 7 through December 31.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session include raising taxes on gas and oil drilling, reforming Ohio’s municipal income tax system, changing the state's election and concealed-weapons laws, and reforming Medicaid and other health-care issues. Both chambers are also looking to reduce the state's energy efficiency and renewable energy mandates.[49]

Oklahoma State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 3 through May 23.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included tax cuts, the budget, prison funding, employee compensation and judicial reform.[50]

Oregon State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 3 through March 10.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included marijuana, gun control, liquor in grocery stores, the environment, health, the budget, Oregon Lottery reform and the Columbia River Crossing project.[51]

Pennsylvania General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the General Assembly was in session from January 7 through November 12.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included public pension reform and liquor privatization.[52]

Rhode Island General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the General Assembly was in session from January 7 through June 23.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included a budget deficit estimated at $100 million, pension reform, raising the minimum wage, reducing corporate income taxes and raising bridge tolls.[53][54]

South Carolina State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 14 through June 6.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included ethics reform and government restructuring.[55]

South Dakota State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 14 through March 31.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included the state budget, a texting ban and domestic violence.[56]

Tennessee General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 14 through April 18.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included education, guns in work parking lots, and requiring prescriptions for drugs used to make methamphetamine.

Texas State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature will not hold a regular session.

Utah State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 27 through March 14.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included LGBT antidiscrimination, giving protection to clergy who refuse to perform same-sex marriages, the state budget, education funding and changing the position of Attorney General of Utah from an elected position to an appointed one.

Vermont State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through May 10.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included improving integration of environmental regulation with comprehensive planning, affordable health care, tourism funding, workforce training, a tax policy that does not increase taxes on businesses, and a labor policy to not increase costs to employers.[57]

Virginia General Assembly

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the General Assembly was in session from January 8 through March 10.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included expanding Medicaid, a $97 billion spending plan, and raising minimum wage.[58]

Washington State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 13 through March 14.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included a court-mandated $5 billion education funding package, transportation funding through a gas tax increase and climate change proposals.[59]

West Virginia State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 8 through March 10.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included legislation that benefits families, expanding education, state energy, and developing the economy.[60]

Wisconsin State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 14 through June 4.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2014 legislative session included income tax, public school funding, health care and jobs.[61]

Wyoming State Legislature

See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions

In 2014, the Legislature was in session from February 10 through March 7.

Major issues

Major issues in the 2014 legislative session included addressing the state's budget, requiring for-profit hospitals to accept a percentage of charity care, increased school accountability and reforming retirement systems of state agencies.[62]


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