State Legislative Tracker: Recalls move forward in Colorado

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June 24, 2013

Edited by Joel Williams
This week’s tracker takes a look at recalls advancing in Colorado and other happenings from around state legislatures.

Weekly highlight

Last week, Kansas and South Carolina ended their legislative sessions. Here is a brief look at issues making headlines across the country:

  • Colorado: Residents in Colorado are one step closer to recalling two state lawmakers. This week Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced that of the 16,000 signatures turned in to recall Sen. John Morse, over 10,000 were valid and that the recall would proceed. That same day, Morse's lawyers filed a dispute over the petition's validity.[1] Supporter's of Sen. Angela Giron's recall effort turned in 2,000 more signatures than necessary on the filing deadline. Gessler has until July 1 to certify them.[2]
  • Delaware: The Delaware State Senate voted 11-9 to approve Senate Bill 97, which adds the term "gender identity" to the state's official non-discrimination policy. Gender identity discrimination was originally included in the original 1999 nondiscrimination employment act, but was amended out of the bill before it passed. Although it took nearly fifteen years to get through the legislature, the bill was signed almost immediately after passing by Gov. Jack Markell.[3]
  • Louisiana: African-American Senator Elbert Guillory switched his party allegiance from Democratic to Republican, citing the Republican Party's founding principle of ending slavery, and modern principles of promoting freedom and limiting government intervention in personal lives. He called on others, specifically in the African-American community, to abandon the Democratic Party, calling the social services supported by Democrats and the political Left tools for "control" rather than genuine aid. Guillory quoted Martin Luther King, Jr., calling him "a Republican leader," in a video message explaining his decision. Guillory was first elected in 2007 as a Democrat, but had previously been a Republican.[4]
  • Maine: After two veto-override attempts, the Maine State Legislature fell short of overriding a veto of Medicaid expansion. Governor Paul LePage (R) vetoed the initial legislation, and the Democratic House could not muster the two-third majority necessary for the override. A small group of Republicans repeatedly joined the Democrats in trying to pass Medicaid expansion. LaPage's administration says that the Medicaid expansion program as currently designed is not financially sustainable.[5]
  • New Hampshire: State Representative Stella Tremblay (R) resigned from the House on Thursday after reiterating her earlier claim that the Boston marathon bombings may have been a government plot designed as an excuse to infringe on individual liberties. Tremblay sent an email message to her House colleagues on Wednesday making the claim, and resigned the following day. She also reportedly sold her home earlier in the week.[6][7]
  • New Jersey: Committees in both chambers of the legislature advanced bills that would move this year's general election to coincide with the special election called by Gov. Chris Christie on October 16, 2013. Affected elections would include the senate, general assembly, governor, and local officials. Lawmakers cite the estimated $12 million cost of holding a special election as a reason for wanting to combine them.[8]






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Regular sessions

Current sessions capture for the week of June 24, 2013
See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions
Click here to see a chart of each state's 2013 session information.

Currently 16 out of 50 state legislatures are meeting in regular session. Four states: California, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia are meeting in special session.

As of April 8, all states states have convened their 2013 legislative sessions.[9]

The following states have ended their regular session:[10]

Special sessions

Snapshot of State Legislatures:
Saturday, September 20, 2014
There are 7,384 Total State Legislators
Total Democratic state legislators 3,424 (46.4%)
Total Republican state legislators 3,818 (51.7%)
There are 99 Total State Legislative Chambers
Total Democratic Party-controlled chambers 40
Total Republican Party-controlled chambers 57
Total tied or nonpartisan chambers 2
2013 Session Information
Total Special Elections 41
Total Special Sessions 7

There are three special sessions ongoing this week in California, Texas and Washington. The West Virginia State Legislature held a one-day special session on April 17 to finish remaining business from the regular session.[11] The Mississippi State Legislature held a one-day special session on April 26 to approve incentives for a foreign tire maker to open a plant in the state.[12] The Arizona State Legislature held a brief special session this week concurrently with the end of their regular session, primarily to pass a budget that included Medicaid expansion.[13][14]

California

During his State of the State address on January 24, Governor Jerry Brown (D) called for the Legislature to hold a special session concurrent with the regular session in order to bring the state in compliance with the federal Affordable Care Act. The special session began January 28 and is expected to last until May 30.[15][16] As of June 11, 2013, four of the six major bills being considered by the legislature have not been finalized.[17]

Texas

Governor Rick Perry (R) called a special session to address redistricting shortly after the regular legislative session ended on May 24. The session began on May 27 and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (R) hopes that the current interim maps drawn by the court in San Antonio will be adopted.[18] A list of other items, including abortion clinics and transportation spending, have also been added to the agenda.[19]

Washington

On May 13, the Washington State Legislature reconvened for a 30-day special session to pass a budget. Governor Jay Inslee (D) suggested that while the budget was the most important piece of legislation to pass during this special session, he wanted lawmakers to consider a number of bills that stalled during the regular legislation session, such as drunk driving and gun control laws.[20] The Washington State Legislature had to reconvene for a second 30-day special session after the first session failed to produce a budget agreement.[21]

West Virginia

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D) called for a special session beginning on June 18 in order to select a new Speaker of the House. Tim Miley was selected as the new speaker, but the special session has yet to adjourn.[22][23]

In recess

As of today, June 17, there are 2 state legislatures currently in recess:[24]

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State news

Redistricting Facts
Maps submitted for vote: 140 out of 142 (98.6%)** No votes on initial maps in the following: MT (2)
States that have completed Congressional Maps 42/43 (Maps ordered redrawn: TX)
States that have completed State Legislative Maps 45/50 (Maps unfinished: ME, MT; Maps ordered redrawn: AK, KY, TX)
**With 50 states, there are 142 possible maps. 50 State Senate, 49 State House (No House in Nebraska), and 43 Congressional (7 states have 1 seat)
See also: Status of redistricting maps after the 2010 census

While the great majority of states have completed their redistricting following the 2010 census, the issue still remains for a handful of states. Maine and Montana are not required to have their maps completed until 2014. Alaska, Kentucky and Texas, however, saw their maps rejected for legal reasons and will have to take up the drawing of maps once again.

Redistricting in Alaska

See also: Redistricting in Alaska

The redistricting board in Alaska, under pressure from judicial officials in the state, will begin to consider seven maps revealed to the public this week. The maps include four submitted by outside groups, but do not have many common themes. The chair of the board noted that the members would be considering a very wide variety of options.[25]

Redistricting in Kansas

See also: Redistricting in Kansas

After a panel of judges redrew the district lines when the Kansas State Legislature failed to do so, about 20 individuals who sued the state for damages from the lack of new district lines are demanding the state pay $700,000 in legal fees. As the judges drew the lines, no clear ruling was given, and the plaintiffs believe they won the case. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has asked the judges to clarify their ruling.[26]

Redistricting in Kentucky

See also: Redistricting in Kentucky

With the decision of a three-judge panel looming, Governor Steve Beshear (D) called for a special session of the legislature to consider redistricting. The special session will begin August 19. The three judges will decide whether or not to stay lawsuits against the current maps to give legislators time to redraw the maps during the special session.[27][28][29]

Redistricting in Texas

See also: Redistricting in Texas

The Texas House of Representatives approved new district maps on Thursday, making a few small changes at the end of the process that provided advantages to incumbents. One change drew a potential primary opponent of one representative out of a district, and another added a representatives mother to her district. The maps will go on to the Texas State Senate and Governor Rick Perry (R). However, observers expect these maps to fall to court challenges as well, although they may be used in the 2014 election cycle.[30][31]

See also: State legislative elections, 2013

A total of 3 of the 99 chambers will hold state legislative elections on November 5, 2013.

The 3 chambers with elections in 2013 are in 2 states. They are:

Louisiana and Mississippi also typically hold elections in odd years. However, legislators are elected to 4-year terms in those states and those will not be up for election again until 2015.

40 of the country's 1,972 state senate seats are up for re-election in November 2013, and 180 of the country's 5,411 state house seats are up for re-election. Altogether, 220 of the country's 7,383 state legislative seats are up for re-election on November 5, 2013.

Signature filing deadlines

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2013 state legislative elections

The state legislative filing deadlines were as follows:

  • New Jersey:
  • April 1, 2013 (Major party)
  • June 4, 2013 (Independent)

Nomination petitions must contain the signatures of at least 100 voters in the legislative district. Candidates are required to disclose any criminal convictions.[32]

  • Virginia:
  • March 28, 2013 (Major party)
  • June 11, 2013 (Independent)

Nomination petitions must contain the signatures of at least 125 qualified voters in the legislative district. Major party candidates are required to submit a primary filing fee equal to 2% of the annual salary for the office sought in effect in the year in which the candidate files. In 2013, the primary filing fee was $352.80.[33]

Primaries

The state primaries were as follows:

  • New Jersey:
  • June 4, 2013
  • Virginia:
  • June 11, 2013

Results

New Jersey had a quiet election, with all competing incumbents winning their primaries.

There were only three hotly contested races, all in the Senate, but none resulted in the ousting of an incumbent:[34]

Republican PartyDistrict 13: Incumbent Joe Kyrillos, Jr. defeated challenger Leigh-Ann Bellew.
Democratic PartyDistrict 20: Incumbent Raymond Lesniak defeated challenger Donna Obe.
Democratic PartyDistrict 34: Incumbent Nia H. Gill defeated challengers Mark C. Alexander and Vernon Pullins, Jr..

Virginia experienced two upsets in an otherwise quiet day of primaries for the House of Delegates. Voter turnout was expected to fall below 5 percent based on projections at polling locations.[35]

Virginia's legislative primaries yielded a pair of defeats for incumbent legislators. The defeated incumbents were supporters of a recently passed transportation bill that increases sales and gas taxes to improve roadways.[36][37] The successful challengers lodged primary challenges in part to protest the bill's passage, which they called the biggest tax increase in the state's history.[38]

Republican Party Mark J. Berg defeated Beverly Sherwood in District 29.
Republican Party Dave A. LaRock defeated Joe T. May in District 33.

Five incumbents were able to fend off primary challenges in Tuesday's primaries:

Republican Party C. Todd Gilbert defeated Mark W. Prince in District 15.
Republican Party Bill Howell defeated Craig E. Ennis in District 28.
Republican Party Bobby Orrock defeated Dustin R. Curtis in District 54.
Democratic Party Roz Dance defeated Evandra D. Thompson in District 63.
Democratic Party Algie Howell defeated Richard James in District 90.

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See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

There are two special elections taking place this week: one each in Kentucky and Massachusetts.

Kentucky House of Representatives District 56

Rep. Carl Rollins, II (D) resigned on April 24 to take a job with the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority. A special election has been called for June 25. Candidates were chosen by party leaders instead of in primaries.[39][40][41]

June 25 General election candidates:

Democratic Party James L. Kay II
Republican Party Lyen Crews
Independent John-Mark Hack

Massachusetts House of Representatives 8th Suffolk

Shortly after being sworn in for a 5th term, Martha Walz (D) announced she was resigning to head the Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts. A special election has been called for June 25.[42] A primary took place on May 28, which Jay D. Livingstone won. Candidates had until April 23 to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of the Commonwealth.[43][44]

Democratic Party May 28 Democratic primary:

June 25 Special election candidates:

Democratic Party Jay D. Livingstone

Recent results

June 11, 2013

CheckedBoxOffset.jpgFlorida House of Representatives District 2
Rep. Clay Ford (R) passed away on March 18, 2013 after a battle with cancer.[45] A special election was called for June 11, which Mike Hill won. A primary took place on May 14. Candidates had until April 23 to file certified nomination papers with the Secretary of State.[46][47][48][49]

June 11 Special election candidates:

Democratic Party Jeremy Lau
Republican Party Mike Hill Green check mark transparent.png

CheckedBoxOffset.jpgConnecticut House of Representatives District 53
Rep. Bryan Hurlburt (D) resigned on April 16, 2013 to take a position in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Bureau. A special election was called for June 11 and Samuel Belsito defeated Anthony J. Horn. Major parties had until May 6 to endorse a candidate for this special election.[50][51][52]

June 11 Special election candidates:

Democratic Party Anthony J. Horn
Republican Party Samuel Belsito Green check mark transparent.png The election of Republican Belsito was noted nationally, since it was the first time a Republican had been elected to the District 53 seat in Connecticut for 40 years, since the presidency of Richard Nixon.[53][54]

Links/References

  1. dailycaller.com, "Recall of Colorado gun controller gets enough signatures," June 18, 2013
  2. blogs.denverpost.com, "In Sen. Angela Giron recall, organizers say they’ll submit more than 13,500 signatures," June 10, 2013
  3. delaware.newszap.com, "Delaware Senate OKs transgender bill; Markell signs into law," accessed June 19, 2013
  4. The Washington Post, "Black Louisiana state senator explains switch to GOP (VIDEO)," June 18, 2013
  5. The Bangor Daily News, "Maine House deals final blow to Medicaid expansion," accessed June 19, 2013
  6. WMUR, "Controversial GOP NH Rep. Tremblay resigns," June 20, 2013
  7. The Huffington Post, "Stella Tremblay Resigns From New Hampshire Legislature," June 20, 2013
  8. huffingtonpost.com, "New Jersey Bill To Change Senate Election Date Advances In Legislature," June 18, 2013
  9. Stateside Associates, " Session Calendar 2013," accessed June 24, 2013
  10. Stateside Associates, " Session Calendar 2013," accessed June 24, 2013
  11. West Virginia Legislature, "2013 1st Special Session," accessed June 1, 2013
  12. sunherald.com, "Mississippi lawmakers pass incentives for tire maker," April 26, 2013
  13. Arizona Capitol Times, "Lawmakers prepare to adjourn as Medicaid expansion moves toward approval," June 11, 2013
  14. The Associated Press, "Arizona Senate ends special session after passing GOP Gov. Brewer’s budget, Medicaid expansion," June 12, 2013
  15. Los Angeles Times, "Gov. Jerry Brown calls for special session of Legislature on healthcare," January 24, 2013
  16. Sacramento Business Journal, " Healthcare reform special session starts," January 28, 2013
  17. California Medical Association, "Special session bills continue to work through Legislature," June 11, 2013
  18. keyetv.com, "Gov. Perry Calls Special Session on Redistricting," accessed May 28, 2013
  19. KHOU, "Texas lawmakers dive into special legislative session," June 12, 2013
  20. oregonlive.com, "Washington Legislature special session: 5 things to watch," April 29, 2013
  21. The Associated Press, "State lawmakers resigned to 2nd special session," June 10, 2013
  22. blogs.dailymail.com, "Special session for speaker officially Tuesday," June 17, 2013
  23. statejournal.com, "Miley selected as new WV House speaker," June 18, 2013
  24. Statenet.com, "Daily Session Summary," accessed June 24, 2013
  25. Alaska Public Media, "With Seven Maps, Many Options Before Redistricting Board," June 21, 2013
  26. Associated Press, "Kansas AG Responds On Legal Costs In Remap Lawsuit," June 26, 2013
  27. The Lexington Herald-Leader, "Three-judge panel to rule soon on Kentucky legislative redistricting case," June 21, 2013
  28. Lex18, "Beshear Issues Call For Special Session On Redistricting," June 20, 2013
  29. The Associated Press, "Judges to Rule Soon in Redistricting Case," June 21, 2013
  30. The Associated Press, "Texas House approves redistricting maps," June 20, 2013
  31. The Austin American-Statesman, "House gives final approval to redistricting maps," June 21, 2013
  32. New Jersey Department of State, "Petition filing instruction sheet," accessed January 14, 2013
  33. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Candidacy Requirements for House of Delegates," accessed January 16, 2013
  34. NJ.com, "Polls close in 2013 N.J. primary elections as votes are tallied," June 4, 2013
  35. Washington Post, "Voter turnout sparse for down-ticket races in Virginia," June 11, 2013
  36. CBS DC, "Virginia Primary Results Roll In," June 11, 2013
  37. Fredericksburg.com, "Howell’s transportation PAC helping candidates," June 7, 2013
  38. WRIC, "Virginia Primary Round Up," June 11, 2013
  39. lex18.com, "Special Election First Test Of Military Voting Law," April 28, 2013
  40. kentucky.com, "Democrats choose Woodford party leader to run for vacant Central Kentucky House seat," April 29, 2013
  41. kentucky.com, "Kentucky Republicans choose Lyen Crews to run in special election for House 56th District seat," May 1, 2013
  42. Boston Globe, "State Rep. Martha Walz to lead Planned Parenthood," January 30, 2013
  43. Boston.com, "Dates set for special election to replace state Rep. Marty Walz," February 7, 2013
  44. [www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elespeif/8suffolkcan.htm sec.state.ma.us, "Special State Primary Candidates - Eighth Suffolk State Representative District," accessed May 14, 2013]
  45. tampabay.com, "Florida State Representative Clay Ford dies," March 19, 2013
  46. weartv.com, "Special Election to be held to fill Representative Clay Ford's District Seat," April 4, 2014
  47. election.dos.state.fl.us, "Candidate Listing for 2013 Special Election - State House 2," accessed April 24,2013
  48. sunshinestatenews.com, "Mike Hill Wins Florida House District 2 Republican Primary," May 14, 2013
  49. northescambia.com, "Hill Easily Wins House District 2 Special Election," June 12, 2013
  50. journalinquirer, "June 11 special election to fill Hurlburt’s House vacancy," April 27, 2013
  51. connecticut.cbslocal.com, "Special Election Tuesday In Tolland, Willington, Ashford," accessed June 10, 2013
  52. journalinquirer.com, " Belsito win 53rd House race," June 11, 2013
  53. Slate, "Did Colorado's Liberal Experiment Pave the Way for Gov. Tancredo?," June 14, 2013
  54. Journal Inquirer, "Voters put Republican in 53rd House seat for first time in 40 years," June 12, 2013

Looking ahead

Upcoming special elections include:

  • June 25: Massachusetts House of Representatives 8th Suffolk
  • June 25: Kentucky House of Representatives District 56
  • July 23: California State Senate District 16
  • July 23: California State Assembly District 52
  • August 6: Virginia State Senate District 14
  • August 6: New York House of Representatives District 86

See also

References

  1. dailycaller.com, "Recall of Colorado gun controller gets enough signatures," June 18, 2013
  2. blogs.denverpost.com, "In Sen. Angela Giron recall, organizers say they’ll submit more than 13,500 signatures," June 10, 2013
  3. delaware.newszap.com, "Delaware Senate OKs transgender bill; Markell signs into law," accessed June 19, 2013
  4. The Washington Post, "Black Louisiana state senator explains switch to GOP (VIDEO)," June 18, 2013
  5. The Bangor Daily News, "Maine House deals final blow to Medicaid expansion," accessed June 19, 2013
  6. WMUR, "Controversial GOP NH Rep. Tremblay resigns," June 20, 2013
  7. The Huffington Post, "Stella Tremblay Resigns From New Hampshire Legislature," June 20, 2013
  8. huffingtonpost.com, "New Jersey Bill To Change Senate Election Date Advances In Legislature," June 18, 2013
  9. Stateside Associates, " Session Calendar 2013," accessed June 24, 2013
  10. Stateside Associates, " Session Calendar 2013," accessed June 24, 2013
  11. West Virginia Legislature, "2013 1st Special Session," accessed June 1, 2013
  12. sunherald.com, "Mississippi lawmakers pass incentives for tire maker," April 26, 2013
  13. Arizona Capitol Times, "Lawmakers prepare to adjourn as Medicaid expansion moves toward approval," June 11, 2013
  14. The Associated Press, "Arizona Senate ends special session after passing GOP Gov. Brewer’s budget, Medicaid expansion," June 12, 2013
  15. Los Angeles Times, "Gov. Jerry Brown calls for special session of Legislature on healthcare," January 24, 2013
  16. Sacramento Business Journal, " Healthcare reform special session starts," January 28, 2013
  17. California Medical Association, "Special session bills continue to work through Legislature," June 11, 2013
  18. keyetv.com, "Gov. Perry Calls Special Session on Redistricting," accessed May 28, 2013
  19. KHOU, "Texas lawmakers dive into special legislative session," June 12, 2013
  20. oregonlive.com, "Washington Legislature special session: 5 things to watch," April 29, 2013
  21. The Associated Press, "State lawmakers resigned to 2nd special session," June 10, 2013
  22. blogs.dailymail.com, "Special session for speaker officially Tuesday," June 17, 2013
  23. statejournal.com, "Miley selected as new WV House speaker," June 18, 2013
  24. Statenet.com, "Daily Session Summary," accessed June 24, 2013
  25. Alaska Public Media, "With Seven Maps, Many Options Before Redistricting Board," June 21, 2013
  26. Associated Press, "Kansas AG Responds On Legal Costs In Remap Lawsuit," June 26, 2013
  27. The Lexington Herald-Leader, "Three-judge panel to rule soon on Kentucky legislative redistricting case," June 21, 2013
  28. Lex18, "Beshear Issues Call For Special Session On Redistricting," June 20, 2013
  29. The Associated Press, "Judges to Rule Soon in Redistricting Case," June 21, 2013
  30. The Associated Press, "Texas House approves redistricting maps," June 20, 2013
  31. The Austin American-Statesman, "House gives final approval to redistricting maps," June 21, 2013
  32. New Jersey Department of State, "Petition filing instruction sheet," accessed January 14, 2013
  33. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Candidacy Requirements for House of Delegates," accessed January 16, 2013
  34. NJ.com, "Polls close in 2013 N.J. primary elections as votes are tallied," June 4, 2013
  35. Washington Post, "Voter turnout sparse for down-ticket races in Virginia," June 11, 2013
  36. CBS DC, "Virginia Primary Results Roll In," June 11, 2013
  37. Fredericksburg.com, "Howell’s transportation PAC helping candidates," June 7, 2013
  38. WRIC, "Virginia Primary Round Up," June 11, 2013
  39. lex18.com, "Special Election First Test Of Military Voting Law," April 28, 2013
  40. kentucky.com, "Democrats choose Woodford party leader to run for vacant Central Kentucky House seat," April 29, 2013
  41. kentucky.com, "Kentucky Republicans choose Lyen Crews to run in special election for House 56th District seat," May 1, 2013
  42. Boston Globe, "State Rep. Martha Walz to lead Planned Parenthood," January 30, 2013
  43. Boston.com, "Dates set for special election to replace state Rep. Marty Walz," February 7, 2013
  44. [www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/elespeif/8suffolkcan.htm sec.state.ma.us, "Special State Primary Candidates - Eighth Suffolk State Representative District," accessed May 14, 2013]
  45. tampabay.com, "Florida State Representative Clay Ford dies," March 19, 2013
  46. weartv.com, "Special Election to be held to fill Representative Clay Ford's District Seat," April 4, 2014
  47. election.dos.state.fl.us, "Candidate Listing for 2013 Special Election - State House 2," accessed April 24,2013
  48. sunshinestatenews.com, "Mike Hill Wins Florida House District 2 Republican Primary," May 14, 2013
  49. northescambia.com, "Hill Easily Wins House District 2 Special Election," June 12, 2013
  50. journalinquirer, "June 11 special election to fill Hurlburt’s House vacancy," April 27, 2013
  51. connecticut.cbslocal.com, "Special Election Tuesday In Tolland, Willington, Ashford," accessed June 10, 2013
  52. journalinquirer.com, " Belsito win 53rd House race," June 11, 2013
  53. Slate, "Did Colorado's Liberal Experiment Pave the Way for Gov. Tancredo?," June 14, 2013
  54. Journal Inquirer, "Voters put Republican in 53rd House seat for first time in 40 years," June 12, 2013