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  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Several States Trying to Offer Property Tax Relief
    Several States Trying to Offer Property Tax Relief Lawmakers in states such as New York and Texas are looking for ways to lower property tax in counties and cities.  While states do not levy property taxes, they are creating ways to make them more manageable for their residents.
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  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Cuomo Orders Emergency Measures to Protect Workers at Nail Salons
    Cuomo Orders Emergency Measures to Protect Workers at Nail Salons Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York instituted new measures to protect nail salon workers by providing them with back pay and investigations into the working conditions to ensure they were healthy.  A New York Times exposé found that several workers have fallen victim to wage theft and have illnesses associated…
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  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Legislators Likely to End Top 10 Percent Scholarships
    Legislators Likely to End Top 10 Percent Scholarships State lawmakers in Texas are looking to end the program that provides students who graduate in the top 10 percent of their class with scholarships.  Concerns over funding are fueling the discussion to end the program once all of the students who are currently receiving the scholarship graduate. 
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  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Hogan Signs Body Camera Bill, Among 350 Others
    Hogan Signs Body Camera Bill, Among 350 Others Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed a body camera bill that creates a commission that will develop guidelines on police-worn body cameras.  Maryland is one of several states that have had body-cam measure in its legislative session following a string of officer-involved fatalities nationwide last year.
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  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Ohio Hit with Federal Lawsuit over GOP Voting Restrictions
    Ohio Hit with Federal Lawsuit over GOP Voting Restrictions Democratic groups have brought a federal lawsuit against the state arguing recent election laws were passed aimed at voter suppression.  Several of these laws, including ending same-day registration, restricting access to absentee ballots, and reducing the number of voting machines in counties, have been implemented within the last two years. 
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  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015 U.S. offers over $35 million for hard-hit coal communities
    U.S. offers over $35 million for hard-hit coal communities The U.S. Department of Labor will be providing communities impacted by the decline in the coal mining industry, over $35 million dollars to develop new economic and employment opportunities as well as retrain workers.
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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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  • 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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