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August 25, 2006

Contact: Tatiana Guerra
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Super Minority Caucus of State Legislators Formed
Native American, Black and Hispanic caucuses join forces



Washington, DC/Nashville, TN – Three groups of minority state legislators have joined forces to form a super minority caucus in order to improve their effectiveness on issues of concern that they share. The National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) formed this new, larger caucus at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures last week. The new caucus will focus on education, health, economic development and immigration issues at the state and federal levels.

“Legislators in these three caucuses represent constituencies who face the same issues–inequities in health care services, failing schools, high drop out rates and few economic and employment opportunities in our communities,” said New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, who is president of NHCSL. “By working together, we hope to send a strong message to the federal government and to corporate America that we will fight for our families until all of our needs are met.”

State legislators who were already members of these respective caucuses will automatically be members of the new super minority caucus. There are more than 600 members of the Black caucus, more than 300 members of the Hispanic caucus and 56 members of the Native caucus. These three entities will continue to operate separately, as well as jointly.

Washington Representative John McCoy, who is chair of the Native caucus, agrees that this step will help bring minority issues to the forefront. “In my opinion,” Representative McCoy added, “it will be the rural areas that will get the greatest benefit from the formation of this super minority caucus, but inner-city residents will definitely benefit as well.”

A formal agreement between the caucuses is forthcoming, as certain details are still being worked out.

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The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) is a nonpartisan organization representing the interests of Hispanic state legislators from all states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States. NHCSL is a catalyst for joint action on issues of common concern to all segments of the Hispanic community. For more information visit www.nhcsl.org.
 


 

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