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