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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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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 When Cutting Access to Health Care, There’s a Price to Pay
    When Cutting Access to Health Care, There’s a Price to Pay Senators, the United States is a sick country. Four years ago, a panel of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council set out to assess the nation’s health compared with that of 16 other rich nations. Americans, they found, had the second-highest mortality from noncommunicable…
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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Justices to Hear Case on Religious Objections to Same-Sex Marriage
    Justices to Hear Case on Religious Objections to Same-Sex Marriage The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal from a Colorado baker with religious objections to same-sex marriage who had lost a discrimination case for refusing to create a cake to celebrate such a union. Continue reading.
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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Georgia Sees Huge Drop in People on Food Stamps
    Georgia Sees Huge Drop in People on Food Stamps Georgia is seeing a significant decrease in the number of people receiving food stamps as the improving economy lifts many recipients into new jobs and frees them from the fear of going hungry. Continue reading.
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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Bid to Legalize Marijuana in Vermont Goes Up In Smoke
    Bid to Legalize Marijuana in Vermont Goes Up In Smoke A measure that would have made Vermont the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes through the state legislature died in a special session Wednesday after a quiet lobbying campaign by legalization opponents. Continue reading.
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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Arkansas Closer to Adopting Voter ID Law
    Arkansas Closer to Adopting Voter ID Law Arkansas legislators have approved rules necessary to implement a new voter-identification law that could go into effect as early as September. The state Board of Election Commissioners approved the rules Wednesday for a new law that says voters should show photo identification before casting ballots, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Those…
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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017 N.J. Investigating Drug Makers in Multi-State Painkiller Probe
    N.J. Investigating Drug Makers in Multi-State Painkiller Probe As Gov. Chris Christie openly pushes his agenda focusing on treatment and prevention of opioid abuse, his administration is quietly expanding the effort to the legal front. 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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