Student backpack program supports local children

DERRY — Hundreds of children in town are packed and ready to head back to the classroom. Children participating in programs at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Derry received new school packs last week, as part of a program to help students get much-needed school supplies. State Rep. Phyllis Katsakiores, R-Derry, along with […]

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Meridian mayor to hand out school supplies during farmers market

Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd will hand out 150 free “sackpacks” with school supplies to students on Saturday at the Meridian Youth Farmers Market. Families and children, especially those in grades K-3, who need the supplies are encouraged to pick one up. Only one per person will be distributed. The event is from 10 a.m. […]

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Indiana Black Legislative Caucus calling for state hate crime law

The Indiana Black Legislative Caucus is renouncing the racial hatred and violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend and renewing its push for hate crime legislation in the state. IBLC Chair Cherrish Pryor, D-Indianapolis, released a statement Tuesday labeling the violence as domestic terrorism that caused the death of one woman, two police […]

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New law improves access to dental care at daycares and nursing homes

MARATHON, Wis. (WSAW) — Wisconsin lawmakers are hoping a slight change in legislation regarding dental care will help improve the overall health of residents in the state. A new bill signed into law in June, has expanded the list of locations dental hygienists can provide basic care to patients without a dentists supervision. The list […]

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Colorado Launches Savings Program For People With Disabilities

Colorado ABLE, a new program that offers tax-advantaged savings plans for people living with disabilities, was officially launched today. ABLE savings accounts are designed to help persons with disabilities save for their futures and promote independence, while protecting their eligibility for public assistance programs. Eligible individuals and their families may now save up to $100,000 […]

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Gov. Signs ‘Peggy’s Law’ to Protect Seniors in Assisted Living Facilities From Abuse

Governor Christie has signed Peggy’s Law, legislation sponsored by Senate Republicans Jim Holzapfel and Diane Allen to protect senior citizens in assisted living facilities from abuse. Sens. Jim Holzapfel and Diane Allen’s “Peggy’s Law” will protect seniors living in assisted living facilities from abuse. The law is named for a 93-year-old woman from Brick, New Jersey. […]

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New Virginia law addresses bullying in schools

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Just in time for the new school year, Virginia lawmakers are trying to cut down on bullying in classrooms. A new law, which went into effect July 1, sets a time frame of when schools must report any bullying to parents. Dawn Driskill knows what it’s like. She said her daughter […]

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Julie Emerson Wins National Award For Work On Criminal Justice Reform

One of the rising stars in Louisiana politics, State Rep. Julie Emerson (R-Carencro), has received an award from the Coalition for Public Safety for her work in passing a package of criminal justice reform legislation this year. The package was signed into law by Governor John Bel Edwards. The 10 bill package dealt with everything […]

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Rep. Nollan appointed to leadership position

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia — Representative Jadine Nollan has been selected to serve in leadership for the nation’s oldest non-partisan organization addressing the needs of elected women at all levels of government. Nollan was recently appointed to serve as the 2017 Oklahoma State Director for the National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL). “I am excited and feel […]

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Sen. Taylor, Rep. Subeck Introduce Bill to Restrict Shackling of Incarcerated Pregnant Women

MADISON) – Today, Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) and Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) introduced a bill to restrict shackling of pregnant women while incarcerated. Since 2011, at least 40 women in Wisconsin have been shackled while giving birth. Shackling includes the use of belly-chains, which tie a person’s wrists to their waist and places iron shackles on their legs. It is […]

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