Harrell takes time out to contemplate, model civil discourse

Our democracy depends on our leaders being able to disagree without being disagreeable. Unfortunately, this integral feature of our society seems to be in decline. We thank Rep. Gayle Harrell for taking part in the State Director Leadership Summit, a conference hosted by the National Foundation for Women Legislators, that focused on the importance of […]

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Dudik thanked for building civility

We thank Rep. Kimberly Dudik for taking part in the State Director Leadership Summit, hosted by the National Foundation for Women Legislators. At the summit, a bipartisan group of 31 elected women from across the country convened to address incivility and polarization in state politics. It is imperative elected officials build strong relationships and establish […]

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Arizona leads in female legislators as more women look to run for office

Arizona’s state legislature now has a higher proportion of female members than any other state, and the number of women in elected office may be poised to skyrocket next year. “There’s a surge of interest among women in running for office right now,” said Katie Ziegler, who runs the Women’s Legislative Network at the National […]

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Toohil birth certificate legislation to take effect

A new law will soon take effect that reinstates Pennsylvania-born adult adoptees’ rights to access their original birth certificates, according to state Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, Butler Twp. Act 127 of 2016 becomes official on Nov. 3, one year after it was signed into law by Gov. Tom Wolf. “I was proud to support this […]

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New Illinois law helps law enforcement dispose of opioids

Illinois has made it easier for law-enforcement officials to destroy opioids and other unused prescription medication. Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) said prior to the Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act, law enforcement needed a court order to dispose of pharmaceuticals that were not part of a criminal investigation. Wheeler was a primary sponsor of the legislation […]

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Gazelka, Ruud receive awards

Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, R-Fairview Township in Cass County, and Sen. Carrie Ruud, R-Breezy Point, received awards from the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities during the coalition’s three-day summer conference in Fergus Falls. Gazelka, a third-term senator, received the Rural Leadership Award, which is given to legislators who helped advance CGMC priorities in several […]

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State Rep. Toohil Holds Expo for Seniors

HAZLE TOWNSHIP — Lines formed inside the Laurel Mall near Hazleton but for many shopping wasn’t their top priority. Senior citizens and their families came for an expo to check out all the different free health and benefits services. “There’s all kinds of wonderful information. Everything from places in the valley if you’re a senior […]

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Rep. Alexander Participates in NFWL’s Backpack Program

ATLANTA— State Representative Kimberly Alexander (D-Hiram) recently participated in the National Foundation for Women Legislators’ (NFWL) 2017 Office Depot Foundation Backpack Program. This annual program brings NFWL women together with children from their communities and helps them to distribute backpacks and supplies to children and schools in need. “This is an excellent program by the […]

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Rep. Morgan passes out backpacks at Horgan

WEST WARWICK — Incoming kindergarten students at John F. Horgan Elementary School were treated to new backpacks, notebooks and other school supplies last week courtesy of Rhode Island House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan and the National Foundation for Women Legislators in partnership with the Office Depot Foundation Backpack Program. Morgan (R-Dist. 25 Coventry, Warwick, West […]

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