NLGA maintains this exclusive list of NLGA Member priorities in 2021.
ALASKA: Alaska Lt. Governor Kevin Meyer runs elections and introduced an elections integrity bill allowing for increased post-election audits, stronger requirements for absentee ballot voter certificates, and limited by-mail voting in communities under 750 (the Division of Elections director would conduct their mail-in voting). LINK
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
IOWA: Iowa Lt. Governor Adam Gregg chairs the state’s FOCUS Committee, providing recommendations to the Governor and legislature on social and criminal justice improvements. LINK
KANSAS: Kansas Lt. Governor David Toland will lead the state Department of Commerce and the Office of Rural Prosperity, and may assume duties for tourism. 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 working on a quality, diverse teaching workforce and increasing 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 and Chair of the Commission to Study Mental and Behavioral Health. He is advocating for use of interstate compacts, license reciprocity, and audio telehealth coverage to increase access to mental and behavioral health care. 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 The lieutenant governor is championing an effort to revamp incentives to businesses that expand or relocate to Mississippi 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
NEW JERSEY: Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, serving as Commissioner of Department of Community Affairs, will assist with the implementation of the historic economic recovery legislation, which includes support for small businesses as well as new and improved economic incentives. 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
OREGON: Secretary of State Shemia Fagan, Oregon’s gubernatorial successor, oversees state audits. She released a 2021-22 Audit Plan, as follows: “risks related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; increasing threats to public safety posed by domestic terrorism and violent extremism; the disproportionate impacts to Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Oregon tribes, rural communities, and our most vulnerable populations as the result of inequitable systems; and emergency management response challenges and lessons learned from the .. 2020 wildfire season.” 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
VERMONT: Vermont Lt. Governor Molly Gray is presiding over the virtual state senate session and engaging on COVID, vaccine distribution, and unemployment. 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
WEST VIRGINIA: Lt. Governor/Senate President Craig Blair says he will focus the legislature on a jobs and recovery package to include bills on broadband expansion, tax reform, civil justice improvements, energy development, tourism development, improvements to roads and infrastructure, and growing agribusiness. 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