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March 31, 2014

Edited by Joel Williams
This week’s tracker includes a look at the arrest of a California legislator.

Weekly highlight

Last week, no state convened or adjourned a legislative session. Here is a brief look at issues making headlines across the country:

  • Alaska: Sen. Pete Kelly (R) became the subject of national controversy after comments made to a local newspaper regarding his proposals for combating fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), with a floor speech fanning the flames last week. In an interview published March 20 by the Anchorage Daily News, Kelly suggested that bars offer state-funded pregnancy tests in their bathrooms for use before drinking. He declined to support offering free contraception in bars, saying it is "for people who don’t necessarily want to act responsibly." When asked if the act of using birth control is inherently irresponsible, Kelly replied, "Maybe, maybe not." Democrats pounced on Kelly's statements, citing it as an example of a Republican "war on women," and the story was picked up by outlets including The Huffington Post, Mother Jones and MSNBC. Kelly rejected the charge, using his Facebook page to call on "political operatives [to] stop writing talking points and press releases and actually get involved in helping the people who suffer from this plague." Kelly, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, addressed the controversy on the Senate floor last Monday, saying that funding contraception could be a possibility in the future, as the pregnancy test program would be conducted as "an academic study." Critics were not satisfied, however, as Kelly argued that birth control might not be effective for women who drink due to forgetfulness or incorrect application. Sen. Berta Gardner (D) requested that the record be changed on the grounds that birth control prevents pregnancy rather than fetal alcohol syndrome. The Alaska Democratic Party again responded negatively, accusing Kelly of "[doubling] down on anti-contraception." According to the Daily News, roughly half of Alaskan pregnancies are unplanned.[1][2][3][4][5]
  • California: On March 26, the FBI arrested Sen. Leland Yee (D) of District 8 along with 25 others by the FBI and indicted him on six counts of depriving the public of honest services and one count of conspiracy to traffic in guns without a license. His bail is set at $500,000 and he faces up to 20 years in federal prison if convicted. Yee was suspended from the chamber by a 28-1 vote on March 28 after refusing to step down. Commenting on Yee's arrest, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D) said, "I agree with State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg that Leland Yee should immediately step down. If these allegations are true, they are beyond outrageous. I support the Justice Department’s crackdown on corruption, which sends an unequivocal message that there is absolutely no place in public life for criminals who violate the public trust and demean public service." The charges against Yee stem from his failed 2011 mayoral run and his involvement with political consultant Keith Jackson. Investigators allege that Yee took bribes in exchange for political favors in order to pay off his $70,000 debt from his mayoral campaign and to fund his run for California Secretary of State. The FBI also alleges that Yee promised an undercover FBI agent that he could introduce him to an arms trafficker and could help bring into the U.S. up to $2.5 million worth of weapons from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines. On March 27, 2014, Yee withdrew from the race for Secretary of State. Yee is the third Democratic state senator accused of criminal wrongdoing this year. The other two, Ronald S. Calderon and Roderick Wright, were also suspended by the Senate in the same vote that suspended Yee.[6][7][8][9][10]
  • Connecticut: On March 26, Connecticut lawmakers voted to raise the state's minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour by 2017, affecting between 70,000 and 90,000 employees. Gov. Dan Malloy (D) signed the legislation on March 27, saying that "increasing the minimum wage is not just good for workers, it's also good for business." Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey (D) said, "Raising the minimum wage helps the people who need it most, is good for the economy, and is the right thing to do." Republican lawmakers say, however, that this law, and others like it, are making Connecticut "uncompetitive." House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero (R) said that the legislation has a "schizophrenic attitude" toward small businesses. He argues that the state says, "Small businesses, you're our backbone [and then takes] actions that keep punching them in the gut." State House Republican spokesman Patrick O'Neil said that the Republican Party is opposed to the measure because it does not believe that it will help create more jobs. Connecticut will have the highest minimum wage for any state, but some cities have higher wages; Washington, D.C., will have a minimum wage of $11.50 by 2016 and San Francisco's is currently $10.74. The raise to $10.10 is the federal minimum wage that President Obama supports.[11][12][13]
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Regular sessions

Current sessions capture for the week of March 31, 2014
See also: Dates of 2014 state legislative sessions
Click here to see a chart of each state's 2014 session information.

Currently 30 out of 50 state legislatures are meeting in regular session. One state, Virginia, is in special session.

The following states have convened their 2014 regular session:[14]

The following states have adjourned their 2014 regular session:[15]

Special sessions

Snapshot of State Legislatures:
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
There are 7,383 Total State Legislators
Total Democratic state legislators 3,425 (46.4%)
Total Republican state legislators 3,818 (51.7%)
There are 99 Total State Legislative Chambers
Total Democratic Party-controlled chambers 41
Total Republican Party-controlled chambers 57
Total tied or nonpartisan chambers 1
2014 Session Information
Total Special Elections 16
Total Special Sessions 2
Virginia

The Virginia State Legislature is meeting in special session to try and pass an estimated $96 billion budget for the next two years. The session is not expected to end quickly, as Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and the Republican-led House disagree over whether the state should accept further Medicaid funding from the federal government. This special session is required as the legislature failed to pass a budget during the yearly regular session. Should no agreement be reached by July 1, Virginia's government could shut down.[16]

In recess

As of today, March 24, there are four state legislatures currently in recess:[17]






See also: State legislative elections, 2014

A total of 87 of the 99 chambers will hold state legislative elections on November 4, 2014.

The 87 chambers with elections in 2014 are in 46 states. They are:

The Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico and South Carolina senates also typically hold elections in odd years. However, senators are elected to 4-year terms in those states and those will not be up for election again until 2015.

1090 of the country's 1,972 state senate seats are up for re-election in November 2014, and 4,958 of the country's 5,415 state house seats are up for re-election. Altogether, 6,048 of the country's 7,387 state legislative seats are up for re-election on November 4, 2014.

Primary Information

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2014 state legislative elections

The state legislative filing deadlines and primary dates are as follows:

Note: Ballot access is a complicated issue. The dates in the table below are primarily for candidates filing for access to the primary. For more detailed information about each state's qualification requirements -- including all relevant ballot access dates for the primary and general election -- click to our detailed pages in the state column.

2014 State Legislative Primary Information
State Filing Deadline Primary Date Days from Deadline to Primary
Alabama Red padlock.png 2/7/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 116
Alaska Red padlock.png 6/2/2014[18] Red padlock.png 8/19/2014 78
Arizona Red padlock.png 5/28/2014[19] Red padlock.png 8/26/2014 90
Arkansas Red padlock.png 3/3/2014[20][21] Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 78
California Red padlock.png 3/7/2014[22][23][24] Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 88
Colorado Red padlock.png 3/31/2014[25][26] Red padlock.png 6/24/2014 85
Connecticut Red padlock.png 6/10/2014[27] Red padlock.png 8/12/2014 90
Delaware Red padlock.png 7/8/2014 Red padlock.png 9/9/2014 63
Florida Red padlock.png 6/20/2014[28][29] Red padlock.png 8/26/2014 67
Georgia Red padlock.png 3/7/2014 Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 74
Hawaii Red padlock.png 6/3/2014[30][31] Red padlock.png 8/9/2014 67
Idaho Red padlock.png 3/14/2014 Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 78
Illinois Red padlock.png 12/2/2013 Red padlock.png 3/18/2014 106
Indiana Red padlock.png 2/7/2014 Red padlock.png 5/6/2014 88
Iowa Red padlock.png 3/14/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 81
Kansas Red padlock.png 6/2/2014 Red padlock.png 8/5/2014 65
Kentucky Red padlock.png 1/28/2014[32][33] Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 112
Maine Red padlock.png 3/17/2014[34] Red padlock.png 6/10/2014 85
Maryland Red padlock.png 2/25/2014[35] Red padlock.png 6/24/2014 119
Massachusetts Red padlock.png 6/3/2014[36] Red padlock.png 9/9/2014 98
Michigan Red padlock.png 4/22/2014 Red padlock.png 8/5/2014 105
Minnesota Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 Red padlock.png 8/12/2014 70
Missouri Red padlock.png 3/25/2014 Red padlock.png 8/5/2014 133
Montana Red padlock.png 3/10/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 85
Nebraska Red padlock.png 3/3/2014[32] Red padlock.png 5/13/2014 85
Nevada Red padlock.png 3/14/2014 Red padlock.png 6/10/2014 88
New Hampshire Red padlock.png 6/13/2014 Red padlock.png 9/9/2014 88
New Mexico Red padlock.png 2/4/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 119
New York Red padlock.png 7/10/2014 Red padlock.png 9/9/2014 61
North Carolina Red padlock.png 2/28/2014 Red padlock.png 5/6/2014 67
North Dakota Red padlock.png 4/7/2014 Red padlock.png 6/10/2014 64
Ohio Red padlock.png 2/5/2014 Red padlock.png 5/6/2014 90
Oklahoma Red padlock.png 4/11/2014 Red padlock.png 6/24/2014 74
Oregon Red padlock.png 3/11/2014 Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 70
Pennsylvania Red padlock.png 3/11/2014 Red padlock.png 5/20/2014 70
Rhode Island Red padlock.png 6/25/2014 Red padlock.png 9/9/2014 76
South Carolina Red padlock.png 3/30/2014 Red padlock.png 6/10/2014 72
South Dakota Red padlock.png 3/25/2014 Red padlock.png 6/3/2014 70
Tennessee Red padlock.png 4/3/2014 Red padlock.png 8/7/2014 126
Texas Red padlock.png 12/9/2013 Red padlock.png 3/4/2014 85
Utah Red padlock.png 3/20/2014 Red padlock.png 6/24/2014 96
Vermont Red padlock.png 6/12/2014 Red padlock.png 8/26/2014 75
Washington Red padlock.png 5/17/2014 Red padlock.png 8/5/2014 80
West Virginia Red padlock.png 1/25/2014 Red padlock.png 5/13/2014 108
Wisconsin Red padlock.png 6/2/2014 Red padlock.png 8/12/2014 71
Wyoming Red padlock.png 5/30/2014 Red padlock.png 8/19/2014 81


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See also: State legislative special elections, 2014

There are six special elections scheduled this week: one in Alabama and five in Massachusetts.

Alabama House of Representatives District 53

See also: Alabama state legislative special elections, 2014

Anthony "Alann" Johnson (D) defeated Willie "W.A." Casey (R) in the special election, which took place on April 1.[37][38] Johnson, Arthur D. Shores Lee, Demetrius C. Newton Jr. and Frank Topping faced off in the Democratic primary.[39] As no candidate received more than fifty percent of the vote, the top-two vote-getters - Johnson and Lee - met in the Democratic primary runoff on February 4, which Johnson won.[40] Casey was unopposed in the Republican primary.[41]

The seat was vacant following Demetrius Newton's (D) death on September 11, 2013.[42]

A special election for the position of Alabama House of Representatives District 53 was initially called for January 28, with a primary on December 3, 2013. Because a runoff on January 28, 2014, was required, the special election was scheduled to take place on March 25 instead. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was October 10, 2013.[42] Due to inclement weather, the runoff was pushed back a week to February 4. The special election instead took place on April 1.[43]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 53, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAnthony "Alann" Johnson 68.1% 320
     Republican Willie "W.A." Casey 31.9% 150
Total Votes 470

March 25 Special election candidates:

Democratic Party Anthony "Alann" Johnson
Republican Party Willie "W.A." Casey

Massachusetts State Senate Fifth Middlesex District

See also: Massachusetts state legislative special elections, 2014

Jason M. Lewis (D) defeated Monica C. Medeiros (R) in the special election, which took place on April 1.[37][44] Lewis defeated Christopher G. Fallon and Anthony V. Guardia in the Democratic primary, while Medeiros was unopposed in the Republican primary.[41][45]

The seat was vacant following Katherine Clark's (D) election to Massachusetts' Fifth Congressional District.

A special election for the position of Massachusetts State Senate Fifth Middlesex District was called for April 1, with a primary on March 4. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28.[46]

Massachusetts State Senate, Fifth Middlesex District, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJason M. Lewis 53.2% 10,611
     Republican Monica C. Medeiros 46.8% 9,321
Total Votes 19,932
Democratic PartyMarch 4 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican PartyMarch 4 Republican primary candidates:
April 1 Special election candidates:
Democratic Party Jason M. Lewis
Republican Party Monica C. Medeiros

Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Hampden District

See also: Massachusetts state legislative special elections, 2014

John C. Velis (D) defeated Dan Allie (R) in the special election, which took place on April 1. Velis was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Allie was unopposed in the Republican primary.[41][37][47]

The seat was vacant following Donald F. Humason, Jr.'s (R) election to the Massachusetts State Senate.[48]

A special election for the position of Massachusetts House of Representatives Fourth Hampden District was called for April 1, with a primary on March 4. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28.[48]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fourth Hampden District, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn C. Velis 53.4% 2,697
     Republican Dan Allie 46.6% 2,354
Total Votes 5,051
Democratic PartyMarch 4 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican PartyMarch 4 Republican primary candidates:
April 1 Special election candidates:
Democratic Party John C. Velis
Republican Party Dan Allie

Massachusetts House of Representatives Second Suffolk District

See also: Massachusetts state legislative special elections, 2014

Daniel Joseph Ryan defeated Roy A. Avellaneda and Christopher Remmes in the Democratic primary[49] and was unopposed in the special election, which took place on April 1.[41][37][50]

The seat was vacant following Eugene O'Flaherty's (D) appointment as Boston's corporation counsel.[42]

A special election for the position of Massachusetts House of Representatives Second Suffolk District was called for April 1, with a primary on March 4. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28.[42]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Second Suffolk District Special Election Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel Joseph Ryan 58.9% 2,291
Roy A. Avellaneda 29.8% 1,161
Christopher Remmes 11.3% 438
Total Votes 3,890
Democratic PartyMarch 4 Democratic primary candidates:
April 1 Special election candidates:
Democratic Party Daniel Joseph Ryan

Massachusetts House of Representatives Thirteenth Suffolk District

See also: Massachusetts state legislative special elections, 2014

Daniel J. Hunt defeated Liam P. Curran, Gene I. Gorman, Paul L. Mccann, Jr. and John K. O’Toole in the Democratic primary[51] and was unopposed in the special election, which took place on April 1.[41][37][52]

The seat was vacant following Martin Walsh's (D) election as Mayor of Boston.[53]

A special election for the position of Massachusetts House of Representatives Thirteenth Suffolk District was called for April 1, with a primary on March 4. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28.[37]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Thirteenth Suffolk District Special Election Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDaniel J. Hunt 49.9% 2,338
John K. O’Toole 23.1% 1,082
Liam P. Curran 19% 892
Paul L. Mccann, Jr. 5% 233
Gene I. Gorman 3% 141
Total Votes 4,686
Democratic PartyMarch 4 Democratic primary candidates:
April 1 Special election candidates:
Democratic Party Daniel J. Hunt

Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixteenth Suffolk District

See also: Massachusetts state legislative special elections, 2014

RoseLee Vincent (D) defeated Todd B. Taylor (R) in the special election, which took place on April 1.[37][54] Vincent defeated Joshua D. Monahan and Linda S. Rosa in the Democratic primary, while Taylor was unopposed in the Republican primary.[41][55]

The seat was vacant following Kathi-Anne Reinstein's (D) resignation to become the Government Affairs Manager for the Boston Beer Company.[42]

A special election for the position of Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixteenth Suffolk District was called for April 1, with a primary on March 4. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 28.[42]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Sixteenth Suffolk District, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRoseLee Vincent 67.9% 1,586
     Republican Todd B. Taylor 32.1% 749
Total Votes 2,335
Democratic PartyMarch 4 Democratic primary candidates:
Republican PartyMarch 4 Republican primary candidates:
April 1 Special election candidates:
Democratic Party RoseLee Vincent
Republican Party Todd B. Taylor

Recent election results

March 25, 2014

CheckedBoxOffset.jpg California State Senate District 23

See also: California state legislative special elections, 2014

Mike Morrell (R) defeated Ameenah Fuller (D), Ronald J. O'Donnell (D), Crystal Ruiz (R) and Jeff Hewitt (L) in the special election, which took place on March 25.[56][37]

The seat was vacant following William Emmerson's (R) resignation on December 1, 2013, when he stated his passion for the position had waned.[57]

A special election for the position of California State Senate District 23 was called for March 25, with a runoff if necessary on June 3. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was January 31.[58]

California State Senate, District 23, Special Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Morrell 62.6% 43,447
     Democratic Ronald J. O'Donnell 15.2% 10,531
     Democratic Ameenah Fuller 9.7% 6,705
     Libertarian Jeff Hewitt 6.5% 4,479
     Republican Crystal Ruiz 6% 4,187
Total Votes 69,349
March 25 Special election candidates:
Democratic Party Ameenah Fuller
Democratic Party Ronald J. O'Donnell
Republican Party Mike Morrell Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Crystal Ruiz
Libertarian Party Jeff Hewitt

Looking ahead

Upcoming special elections include:

  • April 8: Florida House of Representatives District 44
  • April 11: Connecticut House of Representatives District 61
  • April 24: Connecticut House of Representatives District 94
  • May 10: Texas State Senate District 4

See also

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