Shared Legislation

NFWL is committed to sharing good ideas and connecting women. We encourage any woman passionate about policy to share their story and legislation.

How to Share with NFWL:

  1. Share legislation you have worked on. Tell us what inspired you or drew you to this issue area.
  2. Share legislation that has inspired you, solved a problem, or shines as best practice and tell us why it is important.
  3. Nominate a sponsor of legislation to share their story.

View the catalog below to access legislation that has been shared, and connect with NFWL staff Brenna Kehew Sculley to be connected with any of the shared policy makers.

Shared Legislation Catalog

Pay Equity

  • NJ S 992
    • Senator Diane Allen, NFWL Board member, has been working on pay equity for years and recently co-sponsored this legislation during the 2017 session. She shared her story and efforts, and continually offers to work with fellow legislators to achieve equity in their states.
  • MA S.2119;  Chapter 177
    • Since signed by the Governor in 2016, this legislation, shared with NFWL by Representative Gloria Fox who excitedly shared the “First-ever law to abolish the use of salary history on job applications – helping everyone.” The Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, a bi-partisan, bicameral caucus consisting of the 50 elected women at the Massachusetts State House, voted to have the pay equity bill be their legislative priority for the 2015-2016 session. Lauren Scribi, the caucus’ Director connected with NFWL to say further, “There are many reasons why this bill was so successful. During the bill writing process and re-drafting of the bill in committees, all interested parties had a say. The Massachusetts Attorney General gave her input and the business community was allowed to weigh in – both the more liberal and conservative business groups. They focused on hosting informational events to educate legislators and staff about the realities of the gender wage gap.”
  • GA HB 345
    • Representative Park Cannon shared legislation she introduced in 2017 with Representative Karla Drenner to enact certain provisions that prohibit discrimination in payment of wages on the basis of the sex of an employee.

Children & Families

  • RI S2549
    • Councilwoman Suzanne Cienki shared legislation that passed in her state in 2016, telling NFWL that “This model legislation [was] recognized by Labor Secretary Perez and the Obama administration as the model The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) legislation in the country. This Sub A of the bill adds foster care to the definition of parental care for the purposes of FMLA.”

Criminal Justice Reform

  • IL HB5017
    • This bill, sponsored and shared by Representative Barbara Wheeler, passed in 2016 to amends the state’s Juvenile Court Act to allow a juvenile to petition the court at any time for expungement of law enforcement records and juvenile court records. Now Public Act 099-0835.

Education

  • IL HB4330Public Act 099-0600
    • Representative Barbara Wheeler was proud to sponsor and share this bill which passed in 2016, which gives state university credit to those who complete the curriculum and receive the State Seal of Biliteracy.

Healthcare

  • GA HB454
    • Representative Park Cannon shared the legislation she sponsored to provide information in publicly funded health facilities offering HIV testing, now a public health protocol in the state.
  • MT HB0318
    • Representative Ellie Hill Smith shared her 2016 sponsored legislation with NFWL saying, “I sponsored a bipartisan bill that requires insurance companies in Montana to cover the medical needs of children with Down Syndrome. It made a huge (immediate) difference to the parents and children of these awesome kids!”
  • MO HB 165
    • MO Representative Tila Hubrecht introduced legislation in the 2017 session based on model language she shared from National Council of State Boards of Nursing, recommending each state create an individualized plan based on the state’s status on practice and access to care. She told NFWL, that “Almost half of all states have removed barriers to practice for APRNs, now the VA system is allowing APRNs full practice authority. This is a great move for the health care and health status of our constituents. I am working on this in Missouri, not going to get it through this year, but would love the opportunity to discuss this with other legislators.”

Human Trafficking

  • MT HB0089
    • This legislation which passed in 2015 is critical to increasing and clarifying criminal charges related to human trafficking and treating children as a youth in need of care, not criminally liable for participating in human trafficking. Montana Representative Kim Dudik, NFWL Board member, was proud to sponsor and support this bill, noting that her “favorite part” of the legislation “Requires a person convicted of being a trafficker or purchasing sex from a human trafficking victim to register as a sex offender”.  

Outdoor Living

  • WI AB 291
    • Representative Kathy Bernier, NFWL Board Member, shared the legislation she passed to amend the state’s statutes relating to the color of clothing required to be worn during the season for hunting deer with firearms to include fluorescent pink.