2017 Racial Equity Bill Watch

The following bills were selected based on their potential to impact racial disparities positively or negatively. We conferred with community leaders and partners from organizations working on multiple issues across the state in selecting bills. A positive racial equity bill must answer “yes” to at least one of the racial equity criteria listed below. A negative racial equity bill must answer “no” to at least one of the racial equity criteria listed below.

RACIAL EQUITY CRITERIA

  1. Does the legislation directly or indirectly address and/or work to eliminate racial disparities and racial inequities?
  2. Does the legislation seek to help eliminate barriers to access to public benefits and institutions for Native American communities, communities of color and immigrants?  
  3. Does the legislation seek to advance full civic participation for everyone in the state?
  4. Does the legislation seek to protect against racial violence, racial profiling, and racial discrimination?
  5. Does the legislation seek to improve conditions for American Indian communities and/or preserve, protect, or strengthen the ability of American Indian tribes to exercise their rightful sovereignty?
  6. Does the legislation seek to improve the conditions of immigrants, undocumented persons and refugees?