News Highlights

  • Greensboro YEO in Paid Leave Victory

    August 17, 2016

    Greensboro, NC is the latest city to adopt a paid parental leave policy that will allow municipal employees six weeks off work when they have a child through birth or adoption. The measure was introduced by City Councilman Jamal Fox, who called it “the right thing to do to help narrow the gender pay gap […]

  • Boston YEO Moves to Cap Charter School Count

    August 1, 2016

    This Wednesday, Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley will introduce a resolution to oppose an expansion of charter schools throughout Massachusetts. Because funding for public education in the state comes from the same source, a forthcoming ballot question that would lift the cap on charter schools would leave significantly less money available for state-run schools, along […]

  • San Francisco Approves YEO’s Free College Plan

    July 14, 2016

    San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted overwhelmingly in favor to allow residents and municipal employees free access to the City College of San Francisco. Supervisor Jane Kim’s resolution will scrap tuition fees and direct grants to help low-income students cover textbooks and other educational costs. “City College is one of the last affordable opportunities in […]

  • New York Passes YEO’s Narcan Bill

    June 29, 2016

    The New York legislature passed Sen. David Carlucci’s bill requiring that pharmacies carry naloxone, used to reverse opioid overdoses, over the counter. The drug is an effective tool in the fight against the rising tide of deaths linked to opioids. “We’re saving lives by having naloxone available,” Carlucci said.

  • Colorado YEO Secures Benefits for Pregnant Workers

    June 29, 2016

    This month, Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper signed into law a bill giving pregnant workers additional workplace protections. Rep. Faith Winter’s House Bill 1438, which enjoyed bipartisan support, limits what heavy materials pregnant workers can lift, mandates breaks for water and the bathroom, provides for alternate seating arrangements, and more. “I think this is going to have […]

  • Rhode Island YEO Passes Net Metering Expansion

    June 22, 2016

    Renewable energy legislation cleared the Rhode Island General Assembly last week, including a provision by YEO Aaron Regunberg that expands net metering. The practice allows those who sell the renewable energy they generate back to the grid to receive a credit on their bill, but only if they have solar panels or other generating equipment […]

  • Online Voter Registration Moves Forward in Rhode Island

    April 12, 2016

    Last week, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo signed into law two bills permitting online voter registration. The House bill, sponsored by state Representative Aaron Regunberg, calls on the state’s top elections official to set up a digital portal through which residents can add or update their voting information.

  • Wisconsin YEOs Call for Fair Elections

    April 4, 2016

    Wisconsin state Representatives David Bowen, Jonathan Brostoff, Amanda Stuck, and Mark Spreitzer are calling for fair elections in their state, whose congressional boundaries are “among the most gerrymandered” in the country. Calling partisan redistricting “unfair” and “expensive,” the letter advocates for passing Assembly Bill 328, which would assign redistricting authority to a nonpartisan Legislative Reference […]

  • Bold Drug Policy from Ithaca’s Mayor

    March 22, 2016

    Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick’s plan to tackle his community’s heroin epidemic is being lauded as a common sense “tool in the battle against addiction and overdoses.” His multifaceted approach would introduce supervised drug injection sites, a detoxification program, and methadone clinic while increasing drug education efforts and mental health screenings. “This has been a quiet […]

  • Philadelphia YEO in Low-Income Tax Relief Plan

    March 22, 2016

    Councilman Kenyatta Johnson’s bill to extend the “Longtime Owner Occupants Program,” which will cap property taxes for low-income, long-term residents, was approved by the Philadelphia City Council. The new bill extends a 10 year tax cap for the homeowner’s lifespan, or until they move out of the property.

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