White House Invites State Lawmakers 12/06 06:05
The White House is playing host to roughly 50 Democratic state lawmakers
from 31 states this week as legislatures prepare for their upcoming sessions,
aiming to talk over strategy on top issues like climate change, gun violence,
abortion rights and voting rights.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is playing host to roughly 50 Democratic
state lawmakers from 31 states this week as legislatures prepare for their
upcoming sessions, aiming to talk over strategy on top issues like climate
change, gun violence, abortion rights and voting rights.
Those expected to attend the meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday include
Georgia House Minority Leader James Beverly, Florida House Minority Leader
Fentrice Driskell and Idaho House Minority Leader Ilana Rubel, according to the
The aim is to give state lawmakers a to-do list for the upcoming legislative
session, though meeting those goals will be nearly impossible in states where
Republicans are in control. The meetings come as Democrats are increasingly
focused on making inroads in state governments in part through better alignment
on top issues, a political tactic that helped the GOP secure leadership in 23
The legislators will meet with Biden administration policy experts on drug
control, veterans affairs, environmental quality, criminal justice, violence
prevention and climate change.
The discussion panels will include a session on how states can develop
better clean energy and increase wind and solar projects. Another will look at
the protection and expansion of health care coverage, with suggestions on how
to expand postpartum Medicaid coverage, strengthen mental health care and
expand access to naloxone, a drug that can stop an opioid overdose. There will
also be discussions on economic security, including minimum wages, rent
discrimination and affordable housing.
Other areas of focus include protecting rights for LGBTQ Americans and
voting rights, civil rights and the preservation of democracy. Additional
topics will include gun violence prevention, community policing and investments
in public safety.