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C-Span: Race Relations and Police Accountability

A former police chief, and state legislators representing districts where racial tensions with police had been the focus of news events during the past few years, talked about race relations and police accountability.

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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 States Get Involved In Lawsuit to Shield Obamacare, Saying Trump Can’t Be Trusted
    States Get Involved In Lawsuit to Shield Obamacare, Saying Trump Can’t Be Trusted Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia filed a motion Thursday to intervene in a long-running lawsuit over a core part of the Affordable Care Act. In their legal filing, the attorneys general say they can't trust the Trump administration to defend their interests, because health insurance…
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 Planned Parenthood to Close Four Iowa Clinics after Cuts
    Planned Parenthood to Close Four Iowa Clinics after Cuts Planned Parenthood said on Thursday it would shutter four of its 12 clinics in Iowa as a result of a measure backed by Republican Governor Terry Branstad that blocks public money for family planning services to abortion providers. Continue reading.
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 High-Powered, Bipartisan Team Lined Up to Push Drug Price Vote
    High-Powered, Bipartisan Team Lined Up to Push Drug Price Vote The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act will have a high-profile bipartisan campaign team working to pass the ballot issue in the Nov. 7 election.  Financed in part by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the act would require state agencies to pay no more for prescription drugs than the lowest price paid…
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 A New Way to Spot Partisan Gerrymandering
    A New Way to Spot Partisan Gerrymandering Back in the 1960s, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart offered a simple definition of pornography that quickly became famous: “I know it when I see it.”  The reverse is true of redistricting. Everyone understands when a map is drawn to heavily favor one party. But few people, especially judges,…
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 States Offer Immigrants the Safety Net That Washington Won't
    States Offer Immigrants the Safety Net That Washington Won't The Trump administration's policies have forced many immigrants into hiding. In his first 100 days in office, immigration arrests were up nearly 40 percent. The fear of deportation has reportedly driven immigrants to avoid contact with authorities of almost any kind -- whether that means keeping their children out of…
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  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 What Happens When States Go Hunting for Welfare Fraud
    What Happens When States Go Hunting for Welfare Fraud By the time Illinois decided to crack down on Medicaid fraud in 2012, state officials knew that many people enrolled in the program probably weren’t eligible. For years, caseworkers hadn’t had the time or resources to check. Continue reading.
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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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