NLGA Members’ In-State Priorities 2021

NLGA maintains this exclusive list of NLGA Member priorities in 2021.

ALABAMA: Alabama Lt. Governor Will Ainsworth told NLGA Perspectives  he expects legislative priorities to include: a group of military support bills, legislation addressing a prison lawsuit, rural health care, and allowing mental health treatment to be received outside a prison or hospital.  He presides over the state senate.

GEORGIA: Georgia Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan created the Georgia Innovates Task Force in 2020 to advance Georgia’s efforts to become the Technology Capital of the East Coast, and he says telehealth may be a boon for the state.  He presides over the state senate.  LINK

INDIANA:  Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch says legislative priorities include increasing broadband grants and raising wi-fi speed to the federal minimum standard, creating an online tool with an assessment of each county’s housing and needs, and bettering supports for Hoosiers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  She presides over the state senate.  LINK

KANSAS:  Kansas Lt. Governor-designee David Toland will lead the state Department of Commerce and the Office of Rural Prosperity.  LINK

KENTUCKY: Kentucky Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman serves dually as the Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and co-chairs the new Commonwealth Education Continuum which strives in 2021 to increase a quality, diverse teaching workforce and to increase parent and student access to post high school credential achievement.  LINK

LOUISIANA: Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser serves as Commissioner of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and is focused on multiple efforts to help the state’s hospitality and recreation industries rebound from the pandemic.

MARYLAND: Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford serves as Chair of the Maryland Heroin and Opioid Emergency Task Force. He also created and chairs the Commission to Study Mental and Behavioral Health. LINK

MICHIGAN: Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist will serve as co-chair of the state’s bipartisan commission created to raise awareness of the safety and effectiveness of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.  He presides over the state senate.  LINK

MINNESOTA: Minnesota Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan is highlighting the housing crisis and homelessness issues in Minnesota, exacerbated by the pandemic. LINK

MISSISSIPPI: Mississippi Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann says he is committed in the 2021 session to pay raises to teachers, and other education and workforce policies.  He presides over the state senate.  LINK

MONTANA:  In his first executive order, the governor named Montana Lt. Governor Kristen Juras chair of the Red Tape Relief Task Force to do a top-to-bottom regulatory review of all state agencies identifying excessive, outdated and unnecessary regulations by August 1, 2021.  LINK

NORTH CAROLINA: North Carolina Lt. Governor-elect Mark Robinson says veteran care and veteran pensions are his priorities, as well as actively using his role on the State Board of Education to examine the curriculum.  He presides over the state senate.  LINK

PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman will continue to advocate for the legalization of marijuana.  He presides over the state senate. LINK

SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina Lt. Governor Pamela Evette has said education and expanding broadband in rural South Carolina continues to be a top priority. LINK

WASHINGTON:  Washington Lt. Governor Denny Heck says presiding over the state’s virtual session is his priority, along with strengthening the state’s international trade and commerce thru a transportation system that supports producers, and by having a healthy port system, having a strong workforce system, and maintaining good relations with foreign governments who do have a presence in the state.  LINK

WISCONSIN: Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes chaired a bipartisan climate task force that released December of 2020 recommendations that can be pursued through executive order by the governor, or through the legislature, to “adapt to climate change and limit its negative impacts while also seeking to improve the economy and tap opportunities for renewable energy and conservation.” LINK