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October 30, 2007

Contact: Tatiana Guerra

Hispanic State Legislators Convene 5th National Summit

-- U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio among high-ranking elected officials --

Washington, DC/Miami, FL Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz, (NY), President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), today announced that the 5th National Summit will be held on November 15-18, 2007 in Miami, Florida. United States Senator Robert Menendez will be among the high-ranking elected officials participating with state legislators, corporate executives, educators, and health policymakers.

Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, Puerto Rico Senate President Kenneth McClintock and Puerto Rico House Speaker Jose Aponte Hernandez will participate in a Speakers Roundtable moderated by Utah State Senator Ross Romero. The roundtable will be a dialogue about education, immigration and health issues, as well as a discussion about what is at stake with the up-and-coming presidential elections.

NHCSL will also address the health crisis of immunization disparities in the Hispanic/Latino community. This session, to be moderated by Illinois State Senator Iris Martinez will include Dr. Matilde Irigoyen, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.

State legislators will examine the much anticipated changes from analog TV to digital TV and what it will mean to Hispanic/Latino households. Analog TV has been used for U.S. television broadcasts since the 1940s but will cease after February 19, 2009. Rob Stoddard, Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) will be among the panelists.

The Summit officially begins on November 15 with the John S. Martinez Golf Outing, a fundraising even to help young high school students achieve their dream to attend college. The golf outing will be held at the Doral Golf Resort in Miami. Information is available at

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The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of state legislators across the nation, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Its mission is to organize, educate and focus the energies of nearly 300 Hispanics who comprise its membership in order to have a positive impact on their communities. NHCSL advocates for better housing, education, health care, and business opportunities in the private and public sectors for Hispanics nationwide.



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