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National Bill/Resolution Watch

Bill Sponsor (S) Description
H.R.1877 – African Descent Affairs Act of 2019 Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20] This bill directs the Department of State to establish an Office of Global African Descent Affairs, to be headed by the Director and Special Advisor to the Secretary on Global African Descent Affairs.
H.Res.751 Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37] Reaffirming the partnership between the United States and the African Union and recognizing the importance of diplomatic, security, and trade relations.
H.R.192 Rep. McCaul, Michael T. [R-TX-10] This bill provides statutory authority for the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership, an interagency program launched in 2005 to partner with countries in the Sahel and Maghreb regions of Africa to counter terrorism and violent extremism.
H.R.2486 – FUTURE Act Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12] This bill extends through FY2021 and revises mandatory funding programs for historically black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions, including by allocating a portion of the funding for grants to predominantly black institutions for programs in (1) science, technology, engineering, or mathematics; (2) health education; (3) internationalization or globalization; (4) teacher preparation; or (5) improving educational outcomes of African-American males.

State of Michigan Bill Watch

Bill Sponsor (S) Description Referred to
House Bill 8411 Rep. Sarah Anthony (D) Lansing To make it a violation of the state’s civil rights law to discriminate on the basis of traits “historically associated with race including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles. House Government Operations
Senate Bill 115 Sen. Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit) To mandate that publicly-held corporations (those that have sold stock to the public) must have a specified number of females on their board of directors. If the board contains four members the bill would mandate that at least one would have to be female, or two females on a five-member board, or at least three females on a board with six or more members. Senate Economic and Small Business Development Committee
House Bill 4083 Rep. Pamela Hornberger (R) To prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing a policy that restricts officials or police from communicating or cooperating with appropriate federal officials concerning the status of illegal aliens. The state Attorney General would have to sue if a resident filed a complaint, and local officials who enacted the policy would be liable for fines up to $7,500. House Military And Veterans Affairs And Homeland Security Committee
Senate Bill 0432 Sen. Kenneth Horn (R) To revise details of the eligibility criteria for certain state subsidies and grants given to nonprofit research and development operations that do product development. Senate Economic and Small Business Development Committee
House Bill 5199 Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D) To authorize state government subsidies for “microenterprise businesses.” The subsidies could be loan guarantees of up to $35,000 and some other benefits, distributed by “microenterprise development organizations” to whom the state would give grants. The bill would also create a state “Center on Microenterprise Development” to determine which organizations would get the grant money. House Commerce and Tourism Committee
Senate Bill 0774 Sen. Adam Hollier (D) To require public school teachers be given at least four hours of training on the recognition, prevention, and reporting of human trafficking. Referred to the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee
Senate Bill 0380 Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D) To give student loan repayment grants of up to $20,000 to new teachers who teach in a school defined as “at risk,” meaning more than half the children come from households with income low enough to make them eligible for a federal meal subsidies. Ten percent of the grant would be paid for each year the beneficiary works in at at-risk school. Senate Appropriations Committee

State of New Jersey Bill Watch

Bill Sponsor (S) Description
Senate Bill 115 Sen. Nia H. Gill Esq. (D)
Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham (D)
“Immigrant Tenant Protection Act. A landlord shall not threaten to disclose, or actually disclose, information relating to the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant, occupant, or other person known to the landlord to be associated with a tenant or occupant, for the purpose of influencing the person to vacate a dwelling unit.
Senate Bill 242 Sen. Troy Singleton (D) “New Jersey American Dream Act” appropriates $25 million to provide down payment and home repair assistance to low and moderate income first-time homebuyers.
Community and Urban Affairs
Senate Bill 298 Sen. Joseph Pennacchio (R) “Fusion Technology Industry Promotion Act” establishes program to promote fusion technology industry and attract fusion technology businesses.
Senate Bill 496 Sen. Chris A. Brown (R)
Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D)
Provides certain State assistance to qualified federal opportunity zone businesses.
Senate Bill 589 Sen. James Beach (D)
M. Teresa Ruiz (D)
Creates grant program for business accelerator and incubator networks; transfers $1 million in societal benefits charge revenues to EDA to administer program.
Senate Bill 343 Sen. Bob Smith (D)
Sen. Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D)
Directs New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell, Office of Information Technology, and New Jersey Big Data Alliance to develop advanced cyberinfrastucture strategic plan.
Senate Bill 68 Sen. Robert W. Singer (R) Requires students to complete free application for federal student aid as part of high school graduation requirements.
Assembly Bill 485 Assemblyman Jay Webber (R) “Home-Based Jobs Creation Act”; classifies certain home businesses as accessory uses needing no use variances in residential zone; authorizes municipalities to limit or exclude certain warehousing, manufacturing, or retailing activities.
Assembly Bill 520 Assemblywoman
Angelica M. Jimenez (D)
Amends Health Enterprise Zone law to allow municipalities more discretion in granting property tax exemptions to medical offices.
Commerce and Economic Development
Assembly Bill 356 Assemblyman
Sean T. Kean (R)
“Opportunity Scholarship Act”; establishes pilot program in Department of Treasury providing tax credits to taxpayers contributing to scholarships for low-income children.
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