Columbus – Senator Charleta B. Tavares (D - Columbus) proposed four resolutions during the 37th Annual National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) Legislative Conference held December 11-14 at the Peabody Memphis Hotel. Each of the resolutions was unanimously adopted at the policy ratification session of the conference on Friday, December 13 and will be acted upon beginning in 2014.
Two of Tavares’ resolutions dealing with onerous uses of credit history were combined and renamed “Reducing Credit-Based Barriers in Hiring and Employment” and “Ensuring Consumer Privacy And Protection For Insurance Premiums” with those submitted by Representative Johnny Shaw (D - Bolivar, TN). The former discourages the use of credit history as a pre-employment screening tool while the latter seeks to limit the ability of insurance companies in using a credit score to determine a premium for consumers.
“These consumer protection measures are designed to ensure we are assisting those who have struggled with job loss, student loan debt, medical bills and other issues that have negatively impacted their credit history.  Rather than punishing, preventing or maintaining employment opportunities for Ohioans, these resolutions are designed to assist people in securing employment,” said Tavares.
The other resolutions that were ratified at the conference include the following:

  • “Individuals’ Rights through Social Media Privacy Protection”: seeking to prohibit employers and potential employers from obtaining an employee or potential employee’s login information to a social networking site like Facebook.
  • “Eliminating Health Disparities”: urging the identification and eradication of the growing health disparities among racial and ethnic populations in the United States.

"My colleagues supported my efforts to address the disparate premature death and disease among racial and ethnic populations in America; to develop data tools to identify trends by race, nationality, ethnicity, gender and other characteristics and; to adopt the federal CLAS standards. We cannot eliminate these disparities and ensure health equity for all of our constituents unless we create the strategies and promising practices for the specific negatively impacted population(s)," concluded Tavares.

National Black Caucus of State Legislators is the nation’s largest membership association of black state legislators. The primary mission is to develop, conduct and promote educational, research and training programs designed to enhance the effectiveness of its members, as they consider legislation and issues of public policy which impact, either directly or indirectly upon "the general welfare" of African American constituents within their respective jurisdictions. 


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