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By Gene Rose

Like most Americans, state legislators have been moved deeply by the killing of George Floyd and the resulting protests and conversations.

George Floyd, who died on May 25 after being pinned to the ground by an officer who pressed a knee into his neck.Credit...Offices of Ben Crump LawMany legislators, including leaders, have commented and issued statements about George Floyd and the issues of systemic racism that affect almost every aspect of public policy.

The legislative voices are bipartisan and reflect urban and rural legislative districts, large states and small, legislators of all races, young legislators and old. Their statements are powerful and worth reading.

NCSL has collected more than 60 statements made recently by legislators on the issue of race. They offer guidance and insight into what legislative leaders are thinking and how they are reflecting on the issues many policymakers believe need to be addressed.

NCSL continues to respond to requests for information from legislators and staff on many related policy issues and how race and racism influence policy outcomes. Just last week, we launched a database with real-time information on policing legislation that has been introduced across the country.

NCSL looks forward to supporting legislatures as they examine all aspects of these incredibly important issues and explore ways to address the underlying issues of racism in America and its corrosive effect on people’s lives.

Gene Rose is NCSL’s Director of Communications.

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This blog offers updates on the National Conference of State Legislatures' research and training, the latest on federalism and the state legislative institution, and posts about state legislators and legislative staff. The blog is edited by NCSL staff and written primarily by NCSL's experts on public policy and the state legislative institution.