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Angelique EagleWoman, a Native American Law professor in St. Paul, Minn. Despite the fact that overdose deaths are ravaging Native American communities, Native law enforcement is not allowed to prosecute non-Natives for most crimes, including drug trafficking. Many Native American leaders want to see the rules changed. (NPR — Feb. 20, 2024)
Jonathan Adkins, CEO of the Governors Highway Safety Association, regarding the use of automated cameras to enforce speed limits. (NPR — Feb. 16, 2024)
Andy Ashby, co-owner of Memphis Made Brewing in Tennessee, regarding proposed legislation that would ban the sale of cold beer across the state, warning of the potential impacts on his industry. State Sen. Paul Rose and state Rep. Ron Gant sponsored the legislation in hopes of reducing drunk-driving crashes by making alcohol less readily available. (The Hill — Feb. 15, 2024)
New York City Public Schools Chancellor David Banks, regarding the district’s use of snow day remote learning on Feb. 13. Parents and students had troubles logging on to the remote learning system, which was expected to host nearly a million students. (The Hill — Feb. 13, 2024)
Mark Farrell, who served as interim mayor of San Francisco back in 2018, announcing his candidacy Tuesday for a full term in the job. The city has struggled to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, with residents and businesses continuing to complain about vandalism, break-ins, tent encampments and open drug use. (Associated Press — Feb. 13, 2024)
The caption of a 30-second video that President Biden posted to TikTok, his first ever, on Sunday, Feb. 11, that consisted of a Super Bowl-themed question and answer, signaling what could be a push for the youth vote in his re-election campaign. (The Hill — Feb. 11, 2024)
Sally Hudson, a University of Virginia professor and former member of the House of Delegates, on the way that the state’s legislative sessions are structured. The General Assembly considers thousands of bills in sessions scheduled for, at most, 60 days and lawmakers don’t meet on the weekends, which often results in public commentary and legislators being cut off or encouraged to “make it quick!” (Associated Press — Feb. 9, 2024)
Kim Callinan, CEO of the advocacy group Compassion & Choices, regarding the growing support for physician-assisted death. Two-thirds of voters in Virginia support allowing mentally capable adults with terminal disease the right to request and obtain medication to end their life. Ten states and Washington, D.C., allow patients with terminal illness to request life-ending medication from their doctor. (NPR — Feb. 8, 2024)
Trenace Dorsey-Hollins, the parent of a 5-year-old in Fort Worth, Texas, regarding the mixed messages parents have received about when they should or should not keep their children home from school when they are sick. During the pandemic, schools urged parents to keep their children home at any sign of illness. Now, some advocates, school systems and states are changing their guidelines to encourage students to return to class even if they have sniffles or other nuisance illnesses, like lice or pinkeye. (Associated Press — Feb. 7, 2024)
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey, regarding his opposition to an industry request to raise homeowners’ insurance premiums by an average of 42 percent. Causey said that he and his department received more than 25,000 emails, phone calls and letters about the proposal and “almost nobody was in favor of it.” (Associated Press — Feb. 6, 2024)
Trent Rhorer, executive director of the San Francisco Human Services Agency. A local public safety proposal that will appear on the March 8 ballot would require single adults on welfare to be screened and treated for illegal drug addiction, or lose the cash assistance. (Associated Press — Feb. 5, 2024)
April Rochford, an Anchorage, Alaska, resident, in a letter to the Legislature regarding a bill proposed by state Sen. Shelley Hughes that would require Alaska school districts to train a volunteer to carry a concealed handgun on school grounds. No public testimony for the bill, but 51 letters, 49 of which were opposing, were received prior to the meeting. (Alaska Beacon — Feb. 2, 2024)
Tennessee state Sen. Richard Briggs, who is fighting to undo some of the abortion-related legislation that he helped put in place. When he co-sponsored legislation to enact some of the nation’s strictest abortion restrictions five years ago, he never thought it would actually be implemented. This is Briggs’ second attempt to amend his previous work. A similar effort last year did repeal some of the harshest restrictions in the 2019 law. (NPR — Feb. 1, 2024)
Georgia state Rep. Steve Tarvin, regarding the proposal to include watermarks on ballots to ensure authenticity. The state House voted 167-1 on Wednesday, sending the bill to the Senate for more debate. (Associated Press — Jan. 31, 2024)
South Dakota state Rep. Kadyn Wittman, of Sioux Falls, regarding the legislative proposal to increase the legal marriage age in the state to 18. The House State Affairs Committee rejected the bill and let current law stand, which allows 16- and 17-year-olds marry if they have the consent of a parent or guardian. Between 2000 and 2020, 838 minors got married in the state and 81 percent were minor girls being wed to adult men. (Associated Press — Jan. 30, 2024)
Honolulu, Hawaii, Mayor Rick Blangiardi, expressing frustration with poor communication from his police force, including his having to find out about a lawsuit through the media. (Honolulu Star-Advertiser — Jan. 26, 2024)
Eliana Trillo, a Venezuelan woman who was sleeping in the unsanctioned tent camp outside of a New York City migrant shelter. The migrant shelter on Randall’s Island will house some 3,000 migrants on any given night, but as the number of immigrants continues to grow, the shelter has run out of housing space. Trillo slept in the tent camp last week, during some of the most frigid nights of the year. (Associated Press — Jan. 25, 2024)
New York Mayor Eric Adams, in his State of the City address. New York City has become the first major city to designate social media as a “public health hazard.” (The Hill — Jan. 25, 2024)
Tera Hurst, the executive director of the Health Justice Recovery Alliance, regarding Oregon lawmakers’ proposal to roll back the state’s landmark drug decriminalization law. The legislation has received pushback from both sides of the issue. (OPB — Jan. 23, 2024)
B.J. Ayers, regarding Wyoming’s status at or near the top in the nation for per capita suicides. Firearms are used in roughly 75 percent of suicides in the state, as compared with just over 50 percent nationally. (NPR — Jan. 23, 2024)
Carole Alfano, a New Hampshire resident, who was excited to vote for Nikki Haley in Tuesday’s primary election. Many voters, especially women, like that Haley is a woman candidate, but some say they especially appreciate that she isn’t Donald Trump. (Reuters — Jan. 22, 2024)
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox, in the opening of his annual State of the State address. (KSL — Jan. 18, 2024)
Indiana Cast Metals Association lobbyist Patrick Bennett, responding to how he might address the financial impact of eliminating the state’s income tax. In public testimony earlier this month, many experts and residents asked lawmakers to adjust the state’s tax inequity in a variety of ways. Bennett argued the tax’s 30 percent floor was costing local foundries significantly. (News from the States — Jan. 11, 2024)
Peter Lengkeek, chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation near Fort Thompson, S.D. The tribe is paying for about 40 families to stay in a motel and will provide propane and wood for home heating and plastic to cover drafty windows amid a strong winter storm. (Associated Press — Jan. 17, 2024)
Arizona state Rep. David Cook, regarding new rules from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration that will prohibit electronic signs with obscure meanings, including references to pop culture or those intended to be funny, such as "Use Yah Blinkah" in Massachusetts, "Visiting in-laws? Slow down, get there late" in Ohio and "Seatbelts always pass a vibe check" in Arizona. (Associated Press — Jan. 14, 2024)
Ted Henifin, interim water manager for Jackson, Miss., regarding state health officials' premature announcement that dangerous bacteria could be in their tap water without confirming results. A round of tests did not find E. coli in the Jackson water supply, the city announced on Friday. (Associated Press — Jan. 12, 2024)
Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu, regarding the proposal by Assembly Republicans to have state-run dispensaries sell medical marijuana. The bill would limit medical marijuana only to severely ill people with chronic diseases and would allow sales at just five state-run locations. Smokable marijuana would not be allowed. (Associated Press — Jan. 11, 2024)
Missouri state Rep. Sarah Unsicker, announcing her campaign for governor. Unsicker was removed from her committee assignments and expelled from the House Democratic caucus because of social media posts and her association with an accused Holocaust denier. (St. Louis Public Radio — Jan. 8, 2024)
Maryland Gov. Wes Moore, announcing an executive order to address use of artificial intelligence in state government. (NBC Washington — Jan. 9, 2024)
New Jersey state Rep. Brian Bergen, regarding a proposal to increase the annual salaries of state lawmakers from $49,000 to $82,000, a 67 percent increase. New Jersey legislators haven't given themselves a raise since 2002. Legislators lifting their own pay almost always pay a political price, but the proposed increase would still leave New Jersey lawmakers making less than their peers in neighboring New York and Pennsylvania. (Associated Press — Jan. 8, 2024)