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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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  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Solar Measure in the Sunshine State Rankles Environmentalists
    Solar Measure in the Sunshine State Rankles Environmentalists Florida is a major battleground state this election -- not just in the presidential contest but also in the Sunshine State’s long-running disputes over solar power.  The latest dust-up is over a proposed constitutional amendment on next Tuesday's ballot.  Continue reading.
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  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Medicaid Expansion Credited For Getting Record Number of Kids Insurance in Ohio
    Medicaid Expansion Credited For Getting Record Number of Kids Insurance in Ohio More than 95 percent of Ohio children have health coverage as the uninsured rate fell to historic lows in the wake of Obamacare. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families credits Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act for the decline in uninsured children. Continue…
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  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Airbnb, New York In Talks to Resolve Rental Law Lawsuit: Source
    Airbnb, New York In Talks to Resolve Rental Law Lawsuit: Source Airbnb Inc. and New York state are in talks to resolve a lawsuit brought by the company challenging a law it says could expose it to significant penalties for advertising short-term apartment rentals, a person familiar with the matter said on Monday.  The potential accord was revealed after U.S. District…
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  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Got Bank? Election Could Create Flood of Marijuana Cash with No Place to Go
    Got Bank? Election Could Create Flood of Marijuana Cash with No Place to Go Although the sale of marijuana is a federal crime, the number of U.S. banks working with pot businesses, now sanctioned in many states, is growing, up 45 percent in the last year alone.  Still, marijuana merchants say there are not nearly enough banks willing to take their cash. So many…
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  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016 How Are States Using Welfare Funding? Often, Not to Help People Work
    How Are States Using Welfare Funding? Often, Not to Help People Work When Congress reformed the nation's welfare program 20 years ago, it set a new condition for eligibility: Recipients must have a job or be searching for one. But the 1996 reforms also gave states freedom to decide how to spend their federal welfare funding. As a result, many aren't spending…
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  • Wednesday, November 2, 2016 Green Mountain Care Board Approves All-Payer Model
    Green Mountain Care Board Approves All-Payer Model The Green Mountain Care Board voted Wednesday morning to approve the all-payer waiver, giving the go-ahead for the state to implement a model the governor says will curb rising health care costs.  Gov. Peter Shumlin has been travelling the state in recent weeks to promote the initiative. Continue reading.
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  • Thursday, July 7, 2016 Black State Legislators Taking Center Stage in Creating Greater Digital Equity
    Black State Legislators Taking Center Stage in Creating Greater Digital Equity The Congressional Black Caucus, as the conscience of Congress, has been working diligently since last year’s launch of the CBC Tech 2020 Initiative to increase diversity and inclusion in the high-tech sector.
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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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  • 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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