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Jul 16, 2019

NHCSL’ 2019 Spring Executive Committee & BBA Meeting

NHCSL’s national, regional and task force leadership met this May in Washington, D.C. for our Spring Executive Committee Meeting.  Members heard from experts on various topics during the policy sessions and approved an emergency resolution on the border wall and the migrant humanitarian crisis, while discussing others that will be up for ratification at the Annual Meeting in December.  The state legislative leaders also held working meetings with many key members of Congress to engage on policy areas that are critical to the constituencies they represent. 

U.S. Senator Bob Menéndez from New Jersey participated in a special live interview for our members regarding the Venezuela Presidency, Civil Liberties and Economy, moderated by Eli Lopez, Senior International Editor for the Washington Post.

NHCSL also began a year-long discussion into how to tackle the challenge of drug pricing in America. The goal is to find solutions that increase the affordability of safe medicines. Our leaders heard from diabetes patient advocates, an antitrust attorney and industry experts.

The policy sessions also featured a panel on Electronic Payments, Cash and the Unbanked, to discuss how to get unbanked persons to enjoy the benefits of electronic payments, while keeping cash as a payment option in the process. This issue disproportionally impacts the 1 in 5 Americans who are unbanked or have limited access to financial services, particularly Hispanics, African Americans, and the impoverished.  Attendees also heard from the Head of Trade and NAFTA office at the Embassy of Mexico, Guillermo Malpica Soto, on The Future of Trade & U.S. Mexico Relations.  Duncan Wood, Director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center, and Lawrence Jones, Vice President at the Edison Electric Institute led a discussion on the Cross-Border Energy Trade and Cooperation.  They showcased the San Diego-Mexicali-Yuma-Tijuana economic area in California-Baja California as a case-study on the benefits of international energy transmission, and how international fuel transmission help countries meet climate change emissions goals through use of cleaner energies.

The members of the Executive Committee gave preliminary approval to resolutions on restorative justice, standardized ballots, safeguarded carry-overs to prevent Federal Government shutdowns. It also decided to start an investigation into how to fairly extend traditional employment benefits to workers in the gig economy.

Our program concluded with meetings with various Congressional members including Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Earl Blumenauer, Tony Cardenas, Chuy Garcia and Gil Cisneros. NHCSL will continue to work closely with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to strengthen our relationships with Congress and ensure that federal and state Hispanic legislators can engage and share ideas on how to work together to best represent our communities.

Jul 8, 2019

Situation in Detention Centers: A “ticking time bomb”

Following an initial alert in May 2019, the Office of the Inspector General published a new report warning DHS of the need to take action on the dangerous overcrowding and prolonged detention of unaccompanied minors and families.

Jul 3, 2019

NHCSL continues to fight the inclusion of a Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census

NHCSL continues to fight the inclusion of a Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census

Jun 5, 2019

Hispanic State Legislators Celebrate Passage of Disaster Aid Bill

Hispanic State Legislators Celebrate Passage of Disaster Aid Bill: The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), which represents the over 425 Hispanic state legislators from across the United States, including Puerto Rico, celebrates the bipartisan effort that led to the Congressional approval of $19.1 billion in disaster relief for victims of Western wildfires, Midwestern flooding and hurricanes that hit the Southeast and Puerto Rico, among other areas of the country.

May 20, 2019

NHCSL advocates for the expansion of voting rights

NHCSL recently testified at a hearing by the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) regarding the proposed Voluntary Voting System Guidelines.

Apr 2, 2019

Hundreds of Hispanic state legislators join LatinoJustice’s SCOTUS amicus brief against 2020 Census citizenship question

In a historic first, NHCSL joins LatinoJustice PRLDEF, the Hispanic Federation and the Hispanic National Bar Association, in filing an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court against the citizenship question in the 2020 Census

Nov 19, 2018

Legisladoras Latinas Llevan a Cabo 1ra Academia de Liderazgo en Rutgers

WASHINGTON, DC / NEWBRUNSWICK, NJ – El Caucus Nacional de Legisladores Estatales Hispanos (NHCSL, por sus siglas en inglés) llevó a cabo su primera Academia de Liderazgo de La Iniciativa “Latinas Lead” este fin de semana, junto al Centro para las Mujeres Estadounidenses y la Política (CAWP, por sus siglas en inglés). El CAWP es parte del Instituto Eagleton de Política, que a su vez forma parte de la Universidad de Rutgers. La academia incluyó sesiones de adiestramiento, paneles de discusión y oradores especiales, con el propósito de ayudar a legisladoras estatales latinas a escalar posiciones de mayor liderazgo en sus capitolios estatales, al igual que reclutar candidatas latinas para puestos electivos a nivel estatal.

Nov 19, 2018

Latinas Lead Holds 1st Leadership Academy at Rutgers

WASHINGTON, DC / NEWBRUNSWICK, NJ – The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) held its first-ever Leadership Academy of NHCSL’s Latinas Lead Initiative this weekend, in partnership with the prestigious Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), which is housed within Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics. The academy included training sessions, panel discussions, and guest speakers that came to help current Latina state legislators scale the leadership ranks in their State Capitols, as well as recruit potential Latina candidates for state-level office.

Sep 5, 2018

Quad Caucus Requests the Immediate Reunification of Families at the Southern Border

The Quad Caucus condones the willful separation of children from parents seeking asylum in our nation’s southern border. Although action has been taken to reverse this policy, we must ensure that we do not allow this to be repeated.

Aug 30, 2018

Legisladores Latinos Lamentan la Muerte del Senador McCain, Hacen Llamado a Todos Los Servudores Publicos a Seguir Su Ejemplo

WASHINGTON, DC – Hoy, miembros del Caucus Nacional de Legisladores Estatales Hispanos (NHCSL por sus siglas en inglés) lamentaron la muerte del Senador de Arizona, héroe de guerra, candidato presidencial, prisionero de guerra y hombre de estado, John McCain. Los legisladores de NHCSL también hicieron un llamado a todos los oficiales electos de la nación a seguir su ejemplo de valentía, sacrificio, honor y poner al país primero.

Aug 30, 2018

Latino Legislators Mourn Passing of Sen. McCain, Call on All Elected Leaders to Follow his Example

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, members of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), mourned the passing of Arizona Senator, war hero, presidential candidate, POW and statesman, John McCain, and called on elected leaders at all levels of our Nation to follow his example of courage, sacrifice, honor, and country first.

Aug 23, 2018

Quad Caucus Supports a Full and Accurate 2020 Census

The Quad Caucus highly values the inclusion and representation of all communities of color in the 2020 Census. Census has a significant impact on federal funding and democratic representation of all communities, particularly communities of color. States receive over $800 billion annually in federal funds for various programs and use Census data to allocate state budget resources. It is imperative that there is substantial support for a complete and accurate population count.

Aug 16, 2018

Rep. Gallego Joins National Latino State Lawmakers in Calling for Family Reunification Now

PHOENIX, AZ – Today, Congressman Rubén Gallego (AZ-07); the President of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL), Senator Carmelo Ríos (PR); Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus Co-Chair, State Representative Diego Espinoza (AZ-19), and Delegate Elizabeth Guzmán (VA-31) gathered in Phoenix to call attention to the latest facts on the ground, related to family separation resulting from the Trump Administration’s so-called “zero tolerance policy” at the southern border. More than 30 Latino state lawmakers from across the country, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, came to Arizona for NHCSL’s bi-annual Executive Committee meeting.

Aug 16, 2018

Congresista Gallego, Legisladores Estatles Latinos Hacen Llamado Para Reunificacion Inmediata de Familias

PHOENIX, AZ – En el día de hoy, el Congresista Rubén Gallego (AZ-07); el presidente del Caucus Nacional de Legisladores Estatales Hispanos (NHCSL, por sus siglas en inglés), el senador Carmelo Ríos (PR); el copresidente del Caucus Legislativo Latino de Arizona, el representante Diego Espinoza (AZ-19) y la delegada estatal de Virginia Elizabeth Guzmán (VA-31) se reunieron en Phoenix para llamar la atención a los últimos hechos sobre el terreno acerca de la separación de familias como resultado de la mal llamada “política de cero tolerancia” del gobierno de Trump en la frontera sur. Más de 30 legisladores estatales hispanos de todas partes de Estados Unidos, Islas Vírgenes Estadounidenses y Puerto Rico, vinieron a Arizona para la reunión bi-anual del Comité Ejecutivo de NCHSL.

Aug 6, 2018

NHCSL Hace Llamado Urgente Para Que Los Latinos se Inscriban y Salgan a Votar

WASHINGTON, DC – El presidente del Caucus Nacional de Legisladores Estatales Hispanos (NHCSL, por sus siglas en inglés), el Senador Carmelo Ríos (PR), pronunció un discurso ayer ante La Red de Líderes Latinos (“Latino Leaders Network” en inglés). A continuación, sus declaraciones según preparadas: