March 8, 2021 – Another week, another Legislative Roundup from Neighborhood FORWARD! Check out these legislative proposals from around the country relevant to the fight for social justice.
- Why we’re watching: College tuition is too expensive for all prospective students. This is especially true for indigenous peoples, who don’t have the same intergenerational wealth and economic capital. Colorado’s SB29 will rectify that by requiring they be charged in-state tuition at Colorado schools.
- Why we’re watching: As legislators across the country seek to diminish the voting power of minorities, Maryland’s HB1345 hits back. The bill calls for the permanent expansion of mail-in ballots and the creation of easier-to-understand voting materials. This will hopefully serve as a buffer for Maryland voters against racist suppression.
- Why we’re watching: Maryland’s HB0670, or the Police Reform and Accountability Act of 2021, will empower citizens to hold police officers accountable. While the bill has been watered down from its original language, it will still do a lot of good by limiting no-knock warrants, restricting the use of deadly force, and bolstering training.
- Why we’re watching: The Rochester, New York Police Department has seen their second tear gas scandal in as many months. This time, they pepper-sprayed a Black mother for no apparent reason. New York’s S4002 will prevent law enforcement from using any chemical agent in the execution of their duties.
- Why we’re watching: The pandemic has forced local leaders to reconcile keeping people socially distanced with providing homeless relief. HB1220 in Washington will prevent lawmakers from banning homeless shelters and emergency housing relief.
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