Capitol Comments

At the recently concluded National Conference held in Nashville, Tennessee, the CSG Executive Committee approved six policy resolutions: 

According to the Center for American Women and Politics, women currently hold 1,793, or 24.3 percent, of the 7,383 state legislative seats. This includes 439 (22.3 percent) of the 1,972 senate seats and 1,354 (25 percent) of the 5,411 house seats. This percentage represents no change from 2014 and matches the historical high reached in 2009. The percentage of state legislative seats held by women has never surpassed 25 percent nationally.

According to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, the national average price for a gallon of gas on May 6 was $2.64, the highest it has been this year, up 61 cents from the low of $2.03 per gallon in January. AAA reports that this is the largest seasonal increase in gas prices since 2012. California has the highest average gas price at $3.71 per gallon, with Hawaii, Nevada, Alaska and Oregon rounding out the 5 states with the highest gas prices. The states with the lowest gas prices are South Carolina at $2.35 per gallon, and Missouri, Louisiana and Mississippi at $2.39.

At the recently concluded National Conference held in Anchorage, Alaska, the CSG Executive Committee approved eight policy resolutions on a wide range of topics, including greenhouse gas regulations, the EPA's definition of "Waters in the U.S.," intellectual property rights, reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, support for online voting technology for military and overseas voters.
Two of the resolutions provide support to the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact (REPLICA). Both agreements were developed with support from CSG’s National Center for Interstate Compacts. SARA aims to increase access to online higher education, while REPLICA attempts to increase access to licensed and trained EMS personnel.

Tomorrow is Election Day 2013, and just two states - Virginia and New Jersey - are holding statewide elections.  In addition, voters in several states will be considering ballot initiatives on a wide range of issues, including the taxation of marijuana, raising the minimum wage, mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods, and increased taxes to support public education.   <--break->