We know our legislative members face time constraints and a saturated information environment. That’s why our seasoned policy experts have developed model legislation comprising of the crucial components of a successful law, such as expertise, consistency and conformity, to ensure our members have what they need to enact policy in their states.

Bringing Closure to Racially Motivated Murders from the Civil Rights Era

Committee of Jurisdiction: Law, Justice, Ethics
During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, law enforcement in many states failed to protect civil rights activists from violent, racist opposition. To this day, there are racially-motivated murders from the civil rights era that remain unsolved. 

Improving the Odds for Students Academically Underprepared for College Coursework

Committee of Jurisdiction: Education
Research has shown that students entering college who are placed into remedial or developmental education programs are often underprepared for college coursework. According to a 2017 report by the U.S. Department of Education, in the 2011-12 academic year approximately one third of first-year undergraduates in the United States were enrolled in at least one developmental course.

Instructing African American Drivers on How to Survive Police Traffic Stops

Committee of Jurisdiction: Law, Justice, and Ethics
The risk of being pulled over by the police when “driving while black” is not a new phenomenon.  For African-American motorist, traffic stops represent potentially dangerous encounters with law enforcement that can lead to incarceration, physical harm, or even death.

Demystifying Dyslexia and Developing Solutions

Committee of Jurisdiction: Children, Youth, and Families (CYF); Education (EDU)
An increase to the minimum wage has been the rallying cry of many labor groups within recent years. Especially among fast-food workers, who contend raising the minimum wage

Increasing Minimum Wage, Improving Lives

Committee of Jurisdiction: Labor and Workforce Development
An increase to the minimum wage has been the rallying cry of many labor groups within recent years. Especially among fast-food workers, who contend raising the minimum wage would better provide them a chance to take care of themselves and their families.

States Look to Improve Relations Between Law Enforcement and Citizens

Committee of Jurisdiction: Law, Justice, and Ethics
Police officers embody a commitment to public safety and trust, however, nationwide attention has turned to several local law enforcement agencies and the number of unarmed individuals killed by a police officer.

States Marshal Change on Immigration Reform

Committee of Jurisdiction: Education; Health and Human Services; International Affairs; Law, Justice, and Ethics; Emergency Preparedness/Homeland Security; Youth
America is considered a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities, created by immigration policies that have enabled many to call the U.S. home. These policies are also a matter of contention, especially within the halls of federal and state governments.

Keeping the Applicant Pool Full: How States are Removing Barriers to Employment

Committee of Jurisdiction: Law, Justice, and Ethics; Business, Financial Services and Insurance; Labor, Military and Veterans’ Affairs
Having a chance at a good job is key to making it in the United States.  Many people, however, aren’t given that chance because they have to disclose personal information, such as criminal and credit history on their job applications that may have no connection to the job for which they are applying.
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