National Black Caucus of State Legislators

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia filed a motion Thursday to intervene in a long-running lawsuit over a core part of the Affordable Care Act. In their legal filing, the attorneys general say they can't trust the Trump administration to defend their interests, because health insurance for millions of Americans has become “little more than political bargaining chips” for the White House. Continue reading.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Planned Parenthood said on Thursday it would shutter four of its 12 clinics in Iowa as a result of a measure backed by Republican Governor Terry Branstad that blocks public money for family planning services to abortion providers. Continue reading.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The Ohio Drug Price Relief Act will have a high-profile bipartisan campaign team working to pass the ballot issue in the Nov. 7 election.  Financed in part by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the act would require state agencies to pay no more for prescription drugs than the lowest price paid by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Supporters say that could lower prices by 40 percent or more and cause a ripple effect for Ohio consumers. Continue reading.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Back in the 1960s, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart offered a simple definition of pornography that quickly became famous: “I know it when I see it.”  The reverse is true of redistricting. Everyone understands when a map is drawn to heavily favor one party. But few people, especially judges, seem to agree on what exactly that looks like. Continue reading.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The Trump administration's policies have forced many immigrants into hiding. In his first 100 days in office, immigration arrests were up nearly 40 percent. The fear of deportation has reportedly driven immigrants to avoid contact with authorities of almost any kind -- whether that means keeping their children out of school, not reporting crimes or giving up government benefits they have a right to. Continue reading.