News Highlights

  • Connecticut YEOs Defend Campaign Finance Rule

    November 18, 2015

    A group of Connecticut YEOs criticized a plan to suspend for one year the state’s Citizen’s Election Program, which provides public financing for state-level campaigns, as being both out of step with popular opinion and detrimental to fairness and transparency. State Sen. Mae Flexer and state Reps. Sean Scanlon, James Albis, Matt Lesser, David Arconti, […]

  • North Carolina YEO Plans Wage Hike

    November 16, 2015

    Winston-Salem City Councilman Derwin Montgomery joined local activists in calling for raising the minimum wage for city employees from $10.10 an hour to $15 an hour. He called the move sensible policy; a sizable portion of Winston-Salem residents struggle financially, despite working full time jobs. “People are working 40 hours a week and still qualify […]

  • Nebraska YEO Calls for Corrections Department Reforms

    November 9, 2015

    Nebraska state Senator Heath Mello says more oversight of the state’s prison system is needed in order to correct chronic problems with overcrowding, financial and staffing issues, and inadequate mental health services for inmates. Mello noted that the ad hoc oversight committee, which sent its recommendations to state legislators recently, may need to be made […]

  • Pennsylvania YEO Sees Expungement Bill Through State House

    November 3, 2015

    A bill sponsored by Rep. Jordan Harris to allow certain nonviolent offenses to be expunged from a criminal record cleared the Pennsylvania House of Representatives last week. Ten years after a qualifying second- or third-degree misdemeanor sentence is completed, offenders will be able to request a court hearing to limit access to their public arrest […]

  • Michigan YEO Aims to Address Wage Disparities

    October 27, 2015

    A Michigan YEO has proposed a package of bills to combat wage discrimination. State Rep. Kristy Pagan’s House Bill 4489 would “require businesses to post information about pay equity laws,” while sister bills would require them to “disclose certain wage information” and create an Equal Pay Commission. In her state, white women earn 30 percent […]

  • Michigan YEO Inaugurates Recycling Program

    October 14, 2015

    East Lansing mayor Nathan Triplett is rolling out a new recycling program for his city. Under the plan, the city expects to increase the amount of waste it sends to recycling plants by 40 to 50 percent while diverting more waste from landfills. High-capacity recycling bins will pair with the city’s new fleet of hybrid-electric […]

  • Pittsburgh YEO Co-Sponsors Affordable Housing Legislation

    October 7, 2015

    Pittsburgh Councilman Daniel Lavelle is co-sponsoring four pieces of legislation to address a citywide shortage of affordable housing. Lavelle, who noted that he supports increased development, said, “those developments cannot happen at the expense of those who are already here.” The proposed changes include an affordable housing impact statement, expanding the housing non-discrimination language to […]

  • Florida YEO Proposes Family Leave Bill

    October 7, 2015

    State Sen. Dwight Bullard is proposing a bill to mandate that employers give their staff six weeks of paid family leave after they adopt or have children. The bill notes that many workers throughout the state don’t have the means to take off time from work and spend it with their children, and would protect […]

  • Wisconsin YEO Sponsors Motor Voter Bill

    September 28, 2015

    Wisconsin state Rep. Eric Genrich is co-sponsoring a bill to automatically register voters when they receive or make updates to their drivers licenses. The bill, which is similar to legislation passed in Oregon and California, would also enable online voter registration 20 days prior to an election, and would allow those automatically registered to opt-out […]

  • Connecticut YEO Honored for Environmental Work

    September 28, 2015

    The Connecticut League of Conservation Voters honored state Rep. James Albis for his sustained environmental advocacy in the legislature. As co-chair of the Environment Committee, Albis received special attention for his efforts at passing a raft of environmental legislation, the most notable of which was an effort to ban plastic microbeads. Rep. Albis shepherded a […]

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