State-Level Resistance Agenda
- 1 Immigration
- 2 Policing
- 3 Mass Incarceration
- 4 Women's Rights/Reproductive Justice
- 5 Educational Justice
- 6 LGBTQ Issues
- 7 Climate / Environment
- 8 Consumer Protections /Worker's Rights
- 9 Obamacare / ACA
- 10 Voting Rights
- 11 Tax Cuts for the Wealthy
- 12 Housing and Infrastructure
- 13 Muslim Ban / Registry
- 14 Disability Rights
Trump's administration has:
- Issued an executive order encouraging immigration authorities to partner with local and state law enforcement officers to arrest, detain, and deport 2-3 million undocumented immigrants by re-establishing the 287(g) and Secure Communities programs.
- Issued an executive order to identify federal funding streams that could be cut from sanctuary cities.
- Reportedly considering an executive order that would prevent families from getting the child tax credit if their parents are undocumented (even if the children are US citizens), and prevent an undocumented immigrant from being eligible for Social Security during the time they were undocumented (even if they were paying into the system, as many do).
In response, state legislators should:
1. Refuse to Cooperate with Immigration Enforcement
- Prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies, school police, and security departments from using resources to investigate, interrogate, detain, detect, report, or arrest persons for immigration enforcement purposes.
- Prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies, school police, and security departments from stopping, questioning, arresting, or detaining any individual because of their national origin or suspected immigration status.
- Prohibit agency or department databases, including databases maintained for the agency or department by private vendors, from being made available to anyone or any entity for the purpose of immigration enforcement.
- Prohibit state and local law enforcement officers from being placed under the supervision of federal agencies or deputized as special federal officers or special federal deputies.
- Prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies, school police, and security departments from transferring an individual to federal immigration authorities for purposes of immigration enforcement.
2. Establish Safe Spaces and Protections for Immigrants
- Establish a 'Green Alert' system, modeled after Amber Alerts, that alert communities of any ICE raids or other immigration enforcement actions taking place in their communities.
- Establish a legal defense fund to ensure immigrants who are facing deportation have legal representation.
- Establish state-funded regional centers to train defense attorneys and public defender’s offices on immigration law and the consequences of criminal convictions.
- Require state agencies, including public schools, hospitals, courthouses, and health facilities, to adopt policies that limit information collected from individuals to only that information strictly necessary to perform agency duties and prohibit this information from being used or disclosed to immigration authorities.
- Prohibit immigration enforcement at public schools, hospitals, courthouses, and health facilities operated by the state or a political subdivision of the state to ensure that these spaces remain safe and accessible to all residents, regardless of immigration status.
3. Fund the Costs of Resistance
- Establish a millionaires' tax surcharge and/or corporate tax surcharge to offset losses in federal funding due to non-compliance with federal immigration policies. This includes offsetting any funding cuts to sanctuary jurisdictions as well as covering any losses in the child tax credit and Social Security as a result of immigration status.
Trump's administration plans to use the federal government to encourage the aggressive policing of communities of color, while discontinuing existing federal protections for communities and individuals impacted by police violence.
In response, state legislators should pass legislation within these 10 policy categories:
1. End Broken Windows Policing Trump's administration has encouraged federal, state, and local law enforcement to use profiling and stop-and-frisk tactics in “inner cities,” and against Muslims and undocumented immigrants. Undocumented immigrants will be particularly vulnerable in jurisdictions that emphasize “broken windows policing," because they face the risk of being arrested, fingerprinted, and identified for even the most minor offenses. Trump also plans to cut funding for substance abuse and mental health treatment alternatives to policing. In response, state legislators should:
- Establish enforceable bans on profiling based on race, religion, or nationality and prohibit state and local law enforcement from using stop-and-frisk tactics or participating in any federal program that encourages these tactics.
- Limit overall police contact by decriminalizing low-level offenses, including:
- Marijuana possession
- Disorderly Conduct
- Open Container Laws
- School Disturbance
- Establish and fund alternative responses to these behaviors, including mental health response teams, community intervention workers, and restorative justice programs.
Model Legislation: Texas Bill
2. End For-Profit Policing Trump plans to expand the use of private prisons and, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, may decline to intervene to stop municipalities from preying on low-income residents to raise revenue through fines and fees. Jeff Sessions has deemed such interventions an “end run around the democratic process.” In response, state legislators should:
- Prohibit state and local agencies from contracting with private prisons.
Model Legislation: King County, WA Bill
- Establish a cap on the amount of revenue that can be raised through municipal fines and fees.
Model Legislation: Missouri Law
- Prohibit state and local law enforcement from seizing property from civilians who haven’t been convicted of a crime
- Prohibit state and local law enforcement from participating in the federal government's "Equitable Sharing" program to engage in civil asset forfeiture.
Model Legislation: New Mexico Law
3. Limit Use of Force Trump said he intends to "give strength and power back to the police” and does not believe the federal government should require police departments to report data on use of force. In response, state legislators should:
- Establish a deadly force law that authorizes deadly force only when strictly necessary after all other reasonable means are exhausted, including the use of de-escalation and less-lethal techniques. Model Legislation: UN International Standard
- Require police departments to report all uses of force, including deadly force, as well as any disciplinary consequences for officers resulting from investigations into these incidents.
Model Legislation: Maryland Law
4. Demilitarization Trump plans to rescind Obama’s executive order and reinstate the transfer of military weapons to local police agencies including military aircraft, grenade launchers, and tanks. In response, state legislators should:
- Prohibit police departments from receiving military equipment from the federal government and from using federal funds to purchase military equipment. At minimum, city council approval should be required prior to obtaining this equipment.
Model Legislation: Montana Law
5. Body Cameras/Film the Police Trump plans to fund body cameras for law enforcement without restrictions, allowing them to used surveil communities. In response, state legislators should:
- Establish policies governing the use of body cameras that ensure public access to footage, prevents storage of non-essential footage, includes specific disciplinary consequences for violations, and prohibits the cameras from being used with biometric scanning and other surveillance technologies.
Model Legislation: ACLU Model Body Camera Policy
- Strengthen the right to film the police by passing legislation that clarifies that police may not interfere with this right and provides legal assistance for individuals to sue law enforcement agencies if they seize or destroy recording devices.
Model Legislation: Colorado Law
6. Independently Investigate and Prosecute Trump plans to cut funding from the DOJ Civil Rights Division, which investigates police officers and departments for discriminatory policing. His Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, may discontinue these investigations altogether. In response, state legislators should:
- Require independent investigations and prosecutions of all cases of police-involved shootings or other serious uses of force.
Model Legislation: Connecticut Law
- Authorize and fund the state Department of Justice to investigate police departments for a pattern or practice of unconstitutional policing and require departments to reform, if necessary.
Model Legislation: California Law
- Establish automatic civil rights investigations of police departments that demonstrate high rates of use of force, as indicated by the state’s use of force data collection system.
7. Training Trump plans to cut funding from the DOJ COPS office, which trains police departments on issues of constitutional policing, anti-bias training, and other subjects. In response, state legislators should:
- Establish and expand Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification requirements and in-service training requirements for law enforcement officers, such that officers undergo at least as many training hours each in de-escalation, limiting use of force, anti-bias, and crisis intervention as firearms training.
8. Community Representation Trump has proposed to cut funding to the COPS office, which currently supports law enforcement agencies to increase diversity within their agencies. In response, state legislators should:
- Require police departments to establish and publish plans for prioritizing hiring among underrepresented communities.
Model Legislation: Connecticut Law
9. Community Oversight In the absence of federal intervention, community oversight structures will need to play an outsized role in holding officers accountable and pushing for systemic changes within police departments. As such, state legislators should:
- Require and fund the establishment of community oversight structures to hold individual officers and departments accountable. These structures should be authorized to:
- Independently investigate complaints of misconduct
- Subpoena police officers and records
- Impose discipline on police officers
- Set police department policy.
10. Fair Police Union Contracts Trump’s administration is supported by police unions and has declined to address how police union contracts and state police bill of rights laws make it harder to hold officers accountable for misconduct. As such, state legislators should:
- Prohibit state and local governments from including in their contracts with police unions any provisions which impact the ability of police departments or civilian oversight structures to investigate or discipline police, or provisions that limit public access to police records.
- Repeal statewide police bill of rights laws, which make it harder to hold officers accountable
Model Legislation: Illinois Bill
Trump's administration has proposed to use the power of the federal government to put more people in prison. Despite this, his power is limited. Only 12% of prisoners in America are in federal prisons, while the vast majority are in local jails and state prisons. As such, state and local lawmakers are positioned to play a critical role in resisting Trump’s agenda.
To resist Trump's agenda and continue making progress towards ending mass incarceration, state legislators should:
1. End the School to Prison Pipeline (Pre-Entry) Trump’s “tough on crime” approach suggests he may reverse the progress made by the Obama administration in using the Department of Education’s Civil Rights Division to change harsh school discipline and policing policies that disproportionately impact students of color. In response, state and local governments should:
- End punitive “zero tolerance” school discipline policies and the practice of using out-of-school suspensions, and prohibit police officers from responding to school disciplinary issues
- Repeal laws that criminalize youth including school disturbance laws and status offenses such as truancy, running away from home, and violating curfew.
Model Legislation: Texas Law
- Establish a plan, with timelines and benchmarks, for ending youth incarceration and fully transitioning into community-based alternatives
Model Legislation: Seattle Ordinance
2. Establish Alternatives to Incarceration (Entry) Trump has proposed a “tough on crime” approach and his Attorney General nominee, Jeff Sessions, favors more aggressive prosecution of drug offenses, including legalized marijuana. By working to repeal Obamacare, Trump could also cut substantial funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment as alternative approaches to drug addiction issues. In response, state and local governments should:
- Eliminate incarceration as punishment for low-level offenses at the state and local levels and establish alternative responses such as treatment and community service.
- Divert vulnerable populations to specialized courts (drug courts, mental health courts, homeless courts, veteran’s courts, domestic violence courts) for misdemeanors and allow defense attorneys to file a motion to divert someone to these courts in felony cases.
3. End Predatory Bail and Prosecution (Pre-Trial) Trump’s administration could end, or even reverse, the Obama administration's filing of legal briefs defending people who have been denied a lawyer and challenging the use of cash bail against people who cannot afford to pay it. In response, state and local governments should:
- Prohibit the use of money bail, preventing judges from holding individuals pre-trial unless they are a flight risk or pose a danger to the community as determined by non-biased risk assessment tools
Model Legislation: DC Law
- Establish holistic, fully funded public defenders, expand the use of participatory defense
- Establish legal protection funds to protect immigrants and other communities from deportation and other federal actions.
Model Legislation: CA Senate Bill 6
- Require prosecutors to file a pre-plea report to the court that includes information on the strength of the case, the quality of legal defense provided to the defendant, the impacts of the proposed punishment and why this punishment is necessary to achieve societal goals of rehabilitation and public safety. (See A Holistic Framework of Plea Bargaining for Responsible Prosecutors, 10 N.Y.U. J.L. & Liberty)
- Establish an oversight commission to investigate complaints of local prosecutorial misconduct, with subpoena power, and make ethical recommendations to the state bar association and/or criminal recommendations to the state Attorney General.
4. End Unreasonable Punishment (Sentencing) Trump’s administration plans to oppose measures that would reduce the prison population, expand usage of the death penalty in some cases, and could encourage prosecutors to seek harsh mandatory minimum sentences. In response, state and local governments should:
- Repeal state truth-in-sentencing and determinate sentencing laws that require a person to serve a certain percentage of their sentence before they become eligible for parole (Ranging from 50%-100% of the sentence).
- End the death penalty and life without parole at the state level and prohibit any person from being sentenced to more than 20 years
Model Legislation: Alaska Law
- Reduce sentences for the most serious offenses by 25% and allow current inmates to petition judges for these changes to be applied retroactively.
- End the “strike” system of criminal sentencing, state mandatory minimums, and replace laws that create "waivers" or exceptions to mandatory minimums with laws that do not make mandatory sentencing the default course of action
Model Legislation: Maryland Law
- Change fines to be proportionate to a person’s income and end all fees for involuntarily being put through the criminal justice system
Model Legislation: Missouri Law
- End the practice of considering a person’s juvenile criminal history as a factor when sentencing as an adult and limit to 5 years the period of time after a person has completed their sentence where that criminal history can be considered in sentencing for subsequent convictions.
5. Transform Time Served (Incarceration) Trump has proposed to expand the use of private prisons, which hold people in prison longer than public prisons and have documented human rights abuses. Trump also plans to encourage the use of torture against people detained on terrorism-related charges. In response, state and local governments should:
- End private prisons and services, and end fees charged for commissary and other needs of inmates (including phone calls)
- End the use of solitary confinement/prisoner segregation as punishment
- Guarantee inmates access to the internet, with appropriate security measures, and expand the use of “good time” credits for completion of evidence-based education, treatment, and rehabilitation services in prison
Model Legislation: CA Prop 57
- Expand state minimum wage laws that require prisoners to be paid a fair wage for work done while in prison
- Create community oversight structures over jails and prisons to investigate complaints from inmates, receive policy and practice recommendations from inmates, discipline jail/prison guards, and shape jail/prison policy
Model Legislation: LA County Civilian Oversight Commission
6. Restore People and Communities (Re-Entry/Release) Trump has criticized the practice of extending the right to vote to people who have served prison sentences and his administration could make it harder for returning citizens by reversing Obama administration initiatives that expanded access to public housing, encouraged employers to ban the box, and offered Pell grants to prisoners. In response, state and local governments should:
- Reinstate furlough programs so people can begin acclimating to society prior to release.
- Stop parolees from being unfairly re-incarcerated by removing the presumption of guilt at an order to show cause hearing for parole violations.
- Automatically expunge arrests and convictions after 3-5 years, except convictions for serious violent offenses.
Model Legislation: New Jersey Law
- Ensure returning citizens are eligible for public benefits (including SNAP and welfare) and extend the right to vote for all people including those in prison, probation, and parole.
Model Legislation: Vermont Law
- Restrict collateral consequences (i.e. occupational licensing restrictions) to specific situations where the consequence is directly related to the nature of the crime and specifically petitioned for by the prosecutor at the time of sentencing
- Ban the box for all public and private employers and require employers to prove that consideration of specific types of past criminal offenses are relevant for the job to ask an applicant about it
Model Legislation: Newark Ban the Box Ordinance
7. End Institutional Racism in the Criminal Justice System Trump’s administration plans to exacerbate institutional racism within the criminal justice system by pursuing policies that exclusively (racial profiling) or disproportionately (more police in “inner cities”, targeting undocumented immigrants) harm people of color. In response, state and local governments should:
- Require racial impact analyses on legislation affecting criminal law to be made available to legislators and publicly accessible prior to voting on new legislation
Model Legislation: Oregon Law
- Remove peremptory strikes of jurors without cause, which lawyers use to reduce black representation on juries
- Institute regular bias training for police, prosecutors, judges, and correctional staff
- At sentencing, require an examination of the role that the defendant’s race may have played at earlier stages of the criminal justice system (arrest, charging, plea decisions). Require these unwarranted disparities be considered as a factor in sentencing.
Model Legislation: NC Racial Justice Act
Women's Rights/Reproductive Justice
- Pass legislation that guarantees a woman’s right to control whether or not she uses contraception, bears a child or ends a pregnancy, no matter what happens in Washington or the courts.
Model Legislation: NY Reproductive Health Act
- Codify under state law provisions of the Affordable Care Act that require insurance companies to cover every form of birth control with no copayment, including IUDs, Plan B, and Vasectomy.
Model Legislation: Vermont Birth Control Law
Two strategies for employers to close the wage gap are: 
- 1) Stop asking new hires for a salary histories. This reproduces the wage gap as discrimination from previous employers is carried over.
- 2) Promote transparency in payment through company audits and salary scales and ranges.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has proposed to increase vouchers to unregulated private schools, allow charter schools to operate without the same regulations as public schools, roll back progress on campus sexual assault protections, and relax gun laws on school property. Fortunately, the federal government's role in education is limited, and states wield most of the power when it comes to education policy. As such, state and local lawmakers are positioned to play a critical role in resisting Trump’s agenda.
To resist Trump's agenda and press for reforms that make quality education accessible for every child, state legislators should:
1. Ensure Teachers Are Well-Trained and Supported: Within their first 5 years, 50% of teachers will either switch schools or leave the teaching profession entirely.  This pattern creates an unstable environment for students and costs school districts billions of dollars per year. In order to attract and retain well-qualified teachers, school districts should:
- Recruit top high school students for university teacher training programs and provide tuition assistance and support based on commitment to teaching in state public schools
Model Program: North Carolina Teaching Fellows
- Establish full-year residency programs for student teachers that allow them to graduate with a year of experience
Model Program: Louisiana Mandate
- Implement instructionally sound and safe class size limits in grades 4-12, including weighted class size formulas for specific student populations 
Model Program: Tennessee's Project STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Ratio)
- Support beginning teachers during their first 3-5 years with mentorship programs, action plans for struggling teachers, classroom/behavior management training, trauma-informed teaching, and limited non-instructional duties
- Strengthen the current educator evaluation system to ensure consistent implementation state/nationwide
- Develop these programs based on input from stakeholders, including students and teachers 
- Harvard EdLabs studies: http://edlabs.harvard.edu/project-areas/teacher-effectiveness
2. Establish Universal Pre-K: Many states offer state-funded preschool to low-income children, but only three--Georgia, Florida, and Oklahoma--currently offer voluntary preschool to all four-year-olds.  Research has proven that access to preschool has a significant impact on academic performance throughout primary and secondary school and even on adult wellness. 
- Establish high-quality universal prekindergarten programs for all three- and four-year-olds
Model Legislation: Illinois Pre-K Study
- Map of pre-K access: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/02/13/education/State-Financed-Preschool-Access-In-the-US.html?_r=0
- Fact Sheets: http://www.epi.org/publication/book_enriching_state_facts/
3. Implement Curriculum to Prepare Students for Success after Graduation: The Common Core State Standards provide a framework for student achievement in core subjects. Equally important is the need for schools to educate students on issues that arise outside of those subjects. Schools can help students become well-rounded adults by:
- Providing comprehensive sex education that includes safe sex, consent, and LGBTQ+ curriculum
Model Program: New Hampshire Care for Kids
- Supporting students' ability to identify reliable news sources and become informed, engaged citizens
Model Program: The News Literacy Project
- Empowering students and teachers to make connections between the history of prejudice and their own lives and moral choices
Model Program: Facing History and Ourselves
4. Support Students' Basic Needs: Until students' "deficiency needs" are met--physiological needs, safety, love and belonging, and self-esteem--they will be unable to achieve growth and reach their full potential . Schools have the ability to fulfill some of these needs and support students by:
- Providing students with basic physiological needs during and outside of school, including feminine hygiene products, laundry facilities, on-site doctors and mental health professionals, and immigration consultations
Model Program: New York City Community Schools
5. Adapt School Schedules to Benefit Students and Parents: Implementing research-based scheduling both in the structure of the school day and in the design of school calendars can help students reach their full potential and encourage parent involvement on a schedule that works for all stakeholders. Districts can work toward these goals by:
- Allowing flexibility in school calendars, including early calendars, modified year-round, and year-round school options
- Delaying high school start times to reduce sleep deprivation among adolescents , 
- Offering affordable after-school care and summer programs for working parents
- Providing summer enrichment programs to help students retain knowledge and close the achievement gap
6. Strengthen Accountability and Transparency for Charter and Private School Programs and Funding: When operated as intended, charter schools may appeal to students' strengths and interests and provide an adaptive learning environment for all students. Unfortunately, when charter schools are permitted to operate without oversight or cherry-pick students to inflate performance, the most at-risk students suffer. State Boards of Education can prevent this by:
- Requiring all private schools receiving public voucher funds to meet the same accountability and performance standards as public schools
- Requiring licensed teachers in all charter schools and private schools receiving public voucher funds
- Enforcing the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) in all schools receiving public funding and forbidding waivers of students' disability rights
- Opposing legislation that would implement a Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), or any measure that would limit funding for traditional pre-K-12 public schools
- Ensuring public taxpayer funds are used ONLY for public schools and not earmarked for the current or expanded private school voucher programs
7. Establish Affordable College Solutions for State Residents: Although college degrees have become more necessary in recent years, the cost of college is often prohibitive for many students. States can combat this inequality by:
- Providing low-cost, four-year university options for in-state students
Model Program: North Carolina Promise Tuition Plan
- Utilizing tax revenue from sale of expensive properties to provide free community college to city or county residents
Model Program: City College of San Francisco
Trump's administration has:
- Withdrawn the guideline for non-discrimination policies for transgender students, letting school districts and state boards of education prevent transgender students from accessing restrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams that match their gender identity.,
In response, state legislators should:
- Pass laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression, as recently introduced in the state of New York, and laws protecting the right of transgender students to access the facilities matching their gender identity.
Climate / Environment
Trump's administration has:
- Revived the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipeline projects,
- Removed critical climate change information and resources from White House publications and websites
- Proposed to cut the EPA budget and its workforce to severely limit its effectiveness.
- Appointed Scott Pruitt, a climate change skeptic, to be the head of the EPA and Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon Mobil, the world's largest oil and gas company, the Secretary of State.
- Appointed a coal industry lobbyist to be the lead prosecutor of environmental crimes.
- Stated that "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive."
As Trump's environmental agenda limits the Federal government's capacity to combat climate change  , states and cities will be more essential than ever to addressing serious environmental challenges.  For example, cities are responsible for about 75 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions  and this number is growing over time. To combat environmental challenges, states and cities should:
- Divest from the 17 banks that finance the Dakota Access Pipeline. Model Legislation: Seattle Ordinance
- Adopt renewable portfolio standards and codify standards for energy efficiency.
- Join the Under2 Coalition, which provides a global forum for sub-national governments (states/cities/local municipalities) to work together to get on a trajectory consistent with 2050 carbon neutrality and agree to share technologies and work together to fight climate change. 
- Create a Climate Change Action Plan that outlines specific policy proposals and planning processes that will be used to advance a climate change mitigation strategy.
Model: The EPAs Energy and Environment Guide to Action documents how states have tailored their climate and energy policies.
- Lead by example (LBE) by implementing clean energy and climate change programs within government-owned facilities, operations and fleets.
- Establish state- and regional carbon-pricing mechanisms
- Remove barriers to community ownership and control of energy generation and provision (e.g. solar co-op models)
- Engage multiple state agencies (e.g., environment, energy, utility, transportation) to plan and implement climate and clean energy policies they are more likely to achieve their goals.
- Implement strategic adaptive measures to protect infrastructure, plan for sea-level rise, and increase their communities' resilience to extreme weather. 
- Support municipalities with energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies that increase cost-effective savings at the local level, as well as achieve goals at lower cost.
- Require meaningful community engagement in environmental planning and policymaking processes
- Encourage cities to join the Compact of Mayors and the Carbon Disclosure Project and implement the Deadline 2020 Roadmap
- Continue to advance the EPA's EJ 2020 Action Agenda, which would see implementation of the agency's existing environmental justice strategy
Most environmental justice work and climate justice organizing is conducted locally. Supporting organizers who are already doing this work—financially, physically, and vocally—offers a route of resistance. Green For All offers a policy toolkit for next steps. Additionally, because of the hyper-politicized nature of climate science (and the threats posed to it under a Trump administration), it is helpful to arm oneself with basic data on climate change and environmental racism. Reliable non-governmental sources and fact sheets are available via the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Health Organization, and publications like ClimateProgress, ClimateHome, and Grist. And as an individual, you can buy less, share more, and live slowly to the extent possible. Additionally, see the climate and environment guide for community groups.
Consumer Protections /Worker's Rights
- Make sure all Americans receive benefits they’re eligible for (Ex. Tax Filing Simplification Act)
- Help Americans transfer/keep retirement funds (Ex. Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act)
- Fight for 15
- Affordable Child Care
- Tuition-free college
- Paid Family Leave
- Payday loan regulation
- Expanding social security credits to caregivers
- Increase taxes on the wealthy to offset any Medicaid funding cuts and ensure low-income families keep their health insurance.
- Establish state- or city-based healthcare exchanges or universal coverage models
- Require candidates to publicly release their tax returns spanning the past five years to appear on the state's ballot
Model Legislation: New York Senate Bill 26
- Require state legislative and Congressional redistricting to be conducted by an independent, bipartisan commission to prevent gerrymandering.
Model Legislation: Nebraska LB 653
- Repeal state Voter ID laws
- Establish no-excuse early voting that begins at least 46 days before election day (as is the case in Minnesota), and ensure polls are open in the mornings and evenings after work hours.
- Automatically register people to vote, allowing them to choose to opt out (as is the case in Oregon)
- Increase funding for polling places, especially in communities of color where polling places have been disproportionately closed
- Establish taxes on millionaires and corporations to help offset any tax cuts that are enacted at the federal level. For example, Portland has enacted a law imposing a 10% increase on a corporation's tax rate if the CEO makes 100 times the average employee and a 25% increase if they make 250 times the average salary. Similarly, New York enacted a "millionaire's tax" in 2009.
Housing and Infrastructure
Model Legislation: Housing Not Handcuffs Policy Solutions
Muslim Ban / Registry
Trump's proposal to surveil Muslim communities will be more difficult to implement without the cooperation of state and local law enforcement agencies. As such, state and local lawmakers can play a critical role in resisting this agenda and protecting communities from harm by:
- Prohibit the use of state or local funds, resources, or personnel from being used to assist in creating a registry based on race or religion.
Model Legislation: Alaska HB13
- Prohibit access to information in state databases for use in any federal registry program based on national origin, religion or other protected characteristics.
Model Legislation: Massachusetts Safe Communities Act
- Prohibit the use of state or local funds or resources to assist in the surveillance of Muslim communities, the enforcement of federal immigration law or to collect and share information regarding the immigration status or religion of individuals.
- Establish enforceable bans on racial profiling for law enforcement under their jurisdiction and decline to participate in any federal program that encourages these tactics. As part of this legislation, police should be clearly prohibited from stopping, questioning, arresting, or detaining any individual because of their national origin, religion, or suspected immigration status.
- Prohibit law enforcement agencies from receiving from the federal government or using Stingray surveillance equipment, which intercepts cell phone data of civilians.
- End sub-minimum wage
- Expand supportive housing