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Legislative Priorities

Education – Closing the Opportunity Gap

  • Support legislation that will close the opportunity gap
  • Support statewide measures that reduce disproportionate suspensions/expulsions
  • Encourage the recruitment, training and hiring of African American teachers
  • Support the statewide program for comprehensive dropout prevention, intervention and retrieval
  • Support programs to encourage middle and high school students to pursue higher education


  • Encourage programs that will address the disparity gap in health care for African Americans
  • Support culturally competent and culturally appropriate service delivery to African Americans, as well as the use of culturally competent literature
  • Support programs and medical services for the elderly and low income

Economic Development

  • Support the efforts of the diversity subcabinet to increase procurement opportunities for African American businesses
  • Support legislation that would provide a stable funding source for existing and new transportation and infrastructure in addition to encouraging more local transit funding options

Criminal Justice

  • Support Programs with funding for intervention and job readiness
  • Support Ban the Box Legislation
  • Support Racial Impact Statements legislation