New 2021 Laws

But in the meantime, here`s a list of new laws you should know about: Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 7, at least 19 states passed 34 restrictive laws. At the same time, many state legislators have worked to ensure better access to elections. Between January 1 and December 7, at least 25 states enacted 62 far-reaching laws. State laws restricting access to elections are not the same. Four of the thirty-four statutes are mixed, meaning that they contain both a voter-friendly policy and a policy that makes voting more difficult (IN S.B. 398, KY H.B. 574, LA H.B. 167, OK H.B.

2663). Other laws have a relatively narrow scope (e.g. NV S.B. 84, UT H.B. 12). In contrast, Florida, Georgia, Iowa and Texas enacted omnibus laws, each containing several new restrictive provisions. footnote30_ac7k34d 30 GA S.B. 202, FL S.B. 90, IA S.F.

413, TX S.B. 1. New laws will expand worker protection, voting rights, solving the state`s housing crisis, etc. CORRECTION: The number of restrictive transfer laws from the 2021 legislature to the 2022 legislature was updated from 88 to 152 on January 12, 2022. The number of states that transferred restrictive election laws from the 2021 legislature to the 2022 legislature increased from nine to 18 on January 12, 2022. Governor Gavin Newsom today highlighted new bills signed in 2021 that will come into effect on January 1, 2022, including historic measures to expand worker protection, address the state`s housing crisis, address historical injustices, improve voter access, and more. The Pennsylvania legislature passed a wide-ranging restrictive bill this year, which was vetoed by the governor. footnote22_t9w5yh6 22 PA H.B.

1300. Thirty restrictive bills will be carried over to the 2022 legislature. The state also has a gubernatorial run next year. Four of the restrictive broadcasting laws are proposed constitutional amendments that would allow state legislatures to obtain restrictive election laws without review by the governor. footnote23_lffzz3o 23 PA H.J.R. 1717 (Eliminates unexcused absentee voting; eliminates the possibility of requiring alternative voting methods by law), PA H.J.R. 1596 (Requires voter identification card for personal voting, proof of voter identity and signature for mail-in voting, requires matching of signatures for mail-in voting), PA S.J.R. 735 (Requires voter identification to vote in person, proof of voter identity for absentee voting), R.S.P.J. 884 (Eliminates unexcused absentee voting; eliminates the possibility of legislating alternative voting methods; extends the deadline for the return of mail-in voting from 8 p.m.

on election day to the Friday before election day; requires all absentee ballots to be subject to signature verification; eliminates the permanence of mail-in voting lists). (These proposals are expected to be approved by a majority of state legislatures in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023, and then approved by majority voters.) To the new laws, which were adopted on 1. January enacts nationwide worker protections and key measures to increase the state`s supply of affordable housing, create a more inclusive state, expand voter access, and protect consumers and the environment from harmful chemicals: Between January 1 and December 7, 2021, at least 25 states enacted 62 laws with regulations, that expand access to voting. footnote31_092y2iq 31 CA A.B. 37, CA S.B. 29, CA S.B. 152, CA S.B. 503, CO H.B. 1011, CT S.B. 1202, DE S.B. 5, HI S.B. 159, HI S.B.

548, IL H.B. 1871, IL H.B. 3235, IL S.B. 825, IN S.B. 398, IN H.B. 1479, IN H.B. 1485, KY H.B. 574, LA H.B. 167, LA H.B. 286, MA H. 73, MA H. 3973, MD H.B.

206, MD S.B. 596, MD H.B. 745, MD H.B. 1048, MD S.B. 525, MD S.B. 683, ME L.D. 1399, ME L.D. 221, ME L.D. 1126, ME L.D. 1363, ME L.D.

1575, MN H.F. 1952, MT S.B. 15, ND H.B. 1078, ND H.B. 1253, ND H.B. 1447, NH H.B. 555, NJ S.B. 3203, NM H.B. 231, NV A.B. 121, NV A.B. 321, NV A.B. 432, NY A.B.

2574, NY A.B. 6046, NY A.B. 6047, NY S.B. 830B, NY S.B. 5545, OK H.B. 2663 OR H.B. 2681 OR H.B. 3021 OR H.B. 3291, VA H.B. 1888, VA H.B. 1921, VA H.B.

1968, VA H.B. 2125, VA S.B. 1097, VA S.B. 1245, VA S.B. 1331, VA S.B. 1395, VA H.B. 1890, VT S.B. 15, WA H.B. 1078. Regulations are considered expansive if they make it easier for Americans to register, retain, and/or vote compared to existing state laws. These expanded policies facilitate, among other things, the procedures for applying, presenting and counting absentee voting, extending advance polling hours, improving access for electors with disabilities, strengthening language access provisions, expanding or implementing automatic voter registration, and restoring voting rights for formerly inmates.

More than 1,000 bills containing far-reaching provisions were introduced in 49 states during the 2021 legislatures. In addition, the winners of the 2022 gubernatorial election could also affect lawmakers` ability to enact restrictive election laws. Voters in 36 states will elect a governor in 2022. Three states — Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — have state lawmakers who passed restrictive voting laws in 2021 that the governor and governors vetoed in 2022. While governors who support voting rights voted against restrictive election laws this year, these measures will be easier to implement if governors who support restrictive electoral policies are elected. There are solutions to this alarming and unprecedented attack on our democracy. Congress has the power to take bold action now to protect American voters from the restrictions enacted this year and the imminent threats to voters and elections that could be imposed in 2022 and beyond. Two bills that would fend off many of the attacks on free and fair elections have passed the House of Representatives, pending a vote in the Senate.

The Voting Freedom Act is a broad set of electoral reforms, redistricting, election security, and campaign finance that would ensure minimum national standards of access to elections for every American. It would also prevent supporters from sabotaging election results. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would prevent discriminatory voting practices and rules from being implemented in states and localities where discrimination is persistent and pervasive, and protect access to voting for all eligible voters, regardless of race, color, or minority language status. And it would restore voters` ability to challenge discriminatory laws nationwide.