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  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Jerry Brown to Sign Bill to Suspend California High School Exit Exam for 2015
    Jerry Brown to Sign Bill to Suspend California High School Exit Exam for 2015 The governor of California will sign a bill that will cancel the high school exit exam for 2015.  Thousands of California seniors were in jeopardy of not being able to graduate after the contract between the California Department of Education and the company that provides the exam expired.  Canceling the…
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  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Maryland Restricts Racial Profiling in New Guidelines for Law Enforcement
    Maryland Restricts Racial Profiling in New Guidelines for Law Enforcement Maryland has become the first state to institute new policing policies aimed at eliminating racial profiling.  The law requires law enforcement agencies to institute and enforce policies that prohibit racial and ethnic profiling during traffic stops.
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  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Federal Judge Blocks Obama’s Water Rule
    Federal Judge Blocks Obama’s Water Rule A North Dakota federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to the 13 states that filed a suit against the Obama Administration over a water regulation.  The regulation, which expands federal jurisdiction over waterways, the states claim would limit the amount of state control over the waterways and submit them to…
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  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015 NJ Supreme Court Ruling May Help Young Immigrants Win Legal Residency
    NJ Supreme Court Ruling May Help Young Immigrants Win Legal Residency The Supreme Court of New Jersey has ruled that children who have entered the state without documentation are eligible to apply for amnesty if they can prove they were abused in their home country.
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  • Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Where Police Don't Mirror Communities and Why It Matters
    Where Police Don't Mirror Communities and Why It Matters One of the many issues highlighted by the unrest in Ferguson was the low number of black police officers despite the community being overwhelming Black.   States often face low numbers of black applicants for police exams and are recognizing the importance of police diversity as a way to strengthen relations…
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  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Women, Minorities Still Underrepresented in Medical Specialties
    Women, Minorities Still Underrepresented in Medical Specialties A recent study published in the Journal of American Medicine found that women and minorities are still underrepresented in medical specialty fields.  Blacks and Hispanics are represented larger in the areas of family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics, but tend to have the lowest numbers in orthopedics, radiology, and…
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  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 ASPiRE TV: NBCSL's 37th Annual Legislative Conference
    ASPiRE TV: NBCSL's 37th Annual Legislative Conference See ASPiRE TV coverage of NBCSL's 37th Annual Legislative Conference in Memphis, TN. Many states were represented and over 300 legislators, corporate partners, non-profit organizations, and other stakeholders were in attendance.
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  • Thursday, January 23, 2014 C-SPAN VIDEO: 37th Annual Legislative Conference, Closing Plenary Session, December 2013
    C-SPAN VIDEO: 37th Annual Legislative Conference, Closing Plenary Session, December 2013 See video from the closing plenary session of NBCSL's 37th Annual Legislative Conference. Titled, "Galvanizing State Action on Civil Rights," this session featured speakers offering different perspectives on how legislators can improve the social status of all Americans in the next century.
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  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Black legislators from across the country to meet in Memphis
    Upward of 700 state legislators, their families, legislative staffers, other government officials, policy advocates and corporate executives gathered in Memphis Dec. 11-14 for the 37th annual conference of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators. The meeting of lawmakers from across the country is one of the largest gatherings of black officials every year since its founding in 1977. The NBCSL represents more than 600 Black lawmakers from 45 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands.
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  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Voting rights issues are critical to Black elected officials, Caucus leader says
    Voting rights issues are critical to Black elected officials, Caucus leader says For Joe Armstrong, the president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the next few days will be filled with discussions about voting rights, the struggle of historically Black colleges and the Affordable Care Act. The group of elected officials from a wide array of states is convening in Memphis and, according to Armstrong, they are deeply concerned about legislation in some states that they say are designed to erode gains made by African-Americans.
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  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014 Black legislators want your voting rights back
    Black legislators want your voting rights back There are at least 24 states where voter-I.D. laws have already been introduced, at least seven are trying to end same-day [voting and] registration and eight are trying to limit existing opportunities to vote early,” said Maryland State Sen. Catherine Pugh, a Democrat representing Baltimore and president elect of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.
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  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Singer Jennifer Holliday shares her fight with depression with Indianapolis audience
    Singer Jennifer Holliday shares her fight with depression with Indianapolis audience Despite her success on Broadway, as a recording artist and later on prime-time television, Jennifer Holliday fought clinical depression for 20 years and tried to commit suicide on her 30th birthday in 1990. The 52-year-old singer shared her poignant life story on Friday — then belted out three songs to everyone's delight — during a conference of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators in Indianapolis.
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  • Saturday, April 25, 2015 NBCSL Holds Spring Executive Committee and CRT Meetings in Baltimore
    NBCSL Holds Spring Executive Committee and CRT Meetings in Baltimore On Saturday, April 25, 2015, NBCSL President, Senator Catherine Pugh and the 2015-2017 Executive Officers, as well as the Corporate Round Table, held meetings at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore. A Friday evening reception at the Reginald F. Lewis African American Heritage Museum preceded the Saturday meetings. After the…
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  • Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Legislative Quarterly: Spring 2015
    Legislative Quarterly: Spring 2015 On Friday, February 6, 2015, the inaugural reception and swearing-in of NBCSL President, Senator Catherine Pugh and the Executive Officers was held.
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  • Reducing Tobacco Use Among African Americans
    Reducing Tobacco Use Among African Americans Background According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African Americans approximately made up 12 percent of the 46 million adult smokers in 2008.   In particular, menthol cigarette use is disproportionately high among African Americans with nearly 84 percent of black smokers aged 12 years or older report…
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  • Fighting for Financial Security
    Fighting for Financial Security Background A study conducted by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in 2013 found that 9.6 million households were unbanked.  The highest of which were found among non-Asian minorities, lower-income households, younger households, and unemployed households.  For people of color being unbanked (having no bank accounts) or underbanked (having bank…
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  • NBCSL Members Fighting for Safer School Environments
    NBCSL Members Fighting for Safer School Environments Representative Greg Porter (IN) attends signing of his anti-bullying legislation by Governor Mike Pence. Background Once cast off as a rite of passage or common behavior, the act of bullying can have lasting effects on a student’s academic achievement and emotional and physical health. Bullying can also lead to long-term…
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  • Justice for the Scottsboro Boys
    Justice for the Scottsboro Boys Background In March of 1931, nine Black teens aged 13 to 19 boarded a train in Scottsboro, Alabama. Their names were Olen Montgomery, Clarence Norris, Haywood Patterson, Ozie Powell, Willie Roberson, Charlie Weems, Eugene Williams, Andy Wright and Roy Wright. When a fight broke out, these young boys were arrested…
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