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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Marblehead Extends a Helping Hand to Lynn

LYNN — Nearly three dozen girls at Girls Inc. of Lynn took home backpacks, pens, and pencils to get them ready for a new school year. State Rep. Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead) handed out the bags and school supplies to the girls who needed them most Monday afternoon. Ehrlich, who pushed a shopping cart full of […]

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Backpack giveaway gets kids ready for school

The National Foundation of Women Legislators (NFWL) and the Office Depot Foundation teamed up on Saturday to distribute backpacks to children of the community by way of a new backpack giveaway initiative. With the help of high school volunteers and The Boys & Girls Club, the Old Town Newhall Library hosted the giveaway for children […]

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