NFWL Newsletter- August 2016

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

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Join us November 16-20 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, Florida for the 2016 National Foundation for Women Legislators Annual Conference. Learn from fellow legislators and industry experts about the latest policy initiatives, and come together with elected women from across the aisle to make life long friends!

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Member Spotlight

Members at Conventions

This year, NFWL co-hosted the Inspiring Women Luncheons at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Covention in Philadelphia along with numerous other organizations dedicated to the furthering of women in politics.

Who better to highlight this month than two amazing women who were not only first time attendees at their party’s National Convention, but also special NFWL guests at the Inspiring Women Luncheons.

KY Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton

Lt. Gov. Hampton

For me, it was very heartening to see that there are so many people who take an interest in trying to help shape their government. The take-away for me was, there are still people out there who are committed to improving government,” said Hampton.

NV Assemblywoman Irene Bustamante Adams 


Now I have a better understanding of how important it is to be at the table, leading the agenda, instead of being a backseat driver,” said Bustamante Adams.





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As an organization dedicated to our members, NFWL highlights our women in each and every newsletter through our new interview series. Contact Morgan at to schedule an interview today

What’s Happening?

We Want You! 

Are you interested in joining one of our many committees, becoming a State Director, or serving on the Board of Directors? We have several opportunities for those who are willing to serve!


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Let’s Recognize Excellent Women

Deadline:  September 16, 2016

It’s that time again! Every year, at our Annual Conference, NFWL recognizes the accomplishments of amazing women with our Elected Women of Excellence Awards! 

We need your help in nominating potential honorees for this year’s award.

Who?  All currently elected women are eligible for the award, and anyone can submit a nomination.

When? Nominations are due by September 16th.

Where? Honorees will be presented with the award at a formal ceremony during the 2016 NFWL Annual Conference in Orlando, FL, November 16-20.


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November 16-20, 2016

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NFWL Event Recap

Inspiring Women from Cleveland to Philly

NFWL hit the road last month to attend the Inspiring Women Luncheon events at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Elected women from across the country gathered to celebrate the themselves and their peers at both conventions.
Check out the photos below!

NFWL Members at the Inspiring Women Luncheon at the DNC


KY Lt. Gov Hampton, County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock (NFWL State Director), and WI Lt. Gov Kleefisch at the Inspiring Women Luncheon at the RNC


NFWL Consultant, Renee Dabbs, speaking at the Inspiring Women Luncheon at the RNC


Attendees gathered at the Inspiring Women Luncheon at the DNC in Philly

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As part of our mission, NFWL hosts events across the country to reach all of our members. Contact Allison Jensen at if you are interested in hosting an NFWL event in your state.  

Partner Posts

Pew Analysis: President Obama Signs Bipartisan Bill to Combat Opioid Epidemic


By: Cynthia Reily, Director
Prescription Drug Abuse Project
The Pew Charitable Trusts

On July 22, President Barack Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, legislation that is the first of its kind to offer a multifaceted federal response to the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic ravaging communities across the United States.

With nearly 30,000 people dying each year from opioid overdoses, this bill has the potential to save thousands of lives by expanding efforts to prevent misuse and ensuring that people who struggle with opioid use disorders have greater access to effective treatment.

Containing three areas of focus that are particularly critical to preventing and treating opioid use disorders, this legislation will:

1. Allow Medicare prescription drug plan sponsors to implement safe prescribing and dispensing programs for beneficiaries at risk for opioid misuse.
2. Reauthorize grant programs to help states implement and improve prescription drug monitoring programs.
3. Expand access to evidence-based therapies for substance use disorders, including medication-assisted treatment. 

For too long, opioid use disorders have been treated as moral failings. The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act recognizes that this epidemic is a public health crisis. Individuals struggling with opioid use disorders are dealing with complex brain diseases that must be treated like any other chronic condition.

This legislation has the power to change the national conversation about opioid misuse and help ensure that people and families get the treatment and support they greatly need. By tackling this issue, Congress and President Obama will help stop the troubling trend of overdose deaths.

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