No Hidden Figures Allowed

Last time, I wrote about our ongoing efforts in the State Legislature to ensure gender equality in our great State of New York. This includes my legislation mandating insurers to cover 3-D mammograms, amending the New York State Constitution to include the Equal Rights Amendment, and my legislation proposing an enduring inventory of women appointments […]

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Boston City Council makes history with the election of six women

What happened? Six women won election to the Boston City Council — making history and stirring optimism that a legislative body not known for its relevance or diversity can finally propel women to real power in this city. “A game changer,” said Maura Hennigan, who served on the council from 1982 until she ran for […]

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Much Obliged: State Director Leadership Summit

We thank Sen. Carrie Ruud for taking part in the State Director Leadership Summit, hosted by the National Foundation for Women Legislators. At the Summit, Sen. Ruud joined a bipartisan group of 31 elected women from throughout the country to participate in workshops to combat polarization and build respect in state legislatures. Our democracy depends […]

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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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