Good Government

Millennials have low confidence in our political system, but state legislators around the country are fighting to make that system more accountable, transparent, and functional. States are working to draw fairer districts and make it easier for all citizens--millennials included--to register and get to the polls. Young lawmakers are embracing the fundamentals of American democracy and reaching across party lines to preserve the country’s founding ideals. Beyond that, they are adjusting to a changing campaign finance landscape and leveraging new technologies for civic participation and government transparency.

June 2017: Colorado Rep. Dan Pabon (D), one of the Future Caucus co-chairs, sponsored SB 40. This legislation requires that public records be made available in searchable, sortable digital formats unless security or privacy restrictions prevent their dissemination. This bill takes government transparency into the digital age.

 

May 2017: Indiana Future Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Dave Ober (R) joined 13 other lawmakers from both sides of the aisle in sponsoring HB 1470. This bill established a state data officer and management performance hub charged with collecting, analyzing, and disseminating state agency data. 

 

September 2016: Ohio Future Caucus co-chair Sen. Frank LaRose (R) sponsored SB 63, which created a Statewide Voter Registration Database and secure online voter registration system. This allows Ohio citizens to easily register to vote and for voter records to be analyzed readily to remove ineligible persons. The bill passed both chambers almost-unanimously.

 

March 2014: The Hawaii Future Caucus, including Rep. Beth Fukumoto (R) and Rep. Takashi Ohno (D), introduced HR 136. This resolution directed the Office of Elections to increase early voting locations and to make the University of Hawaii’s campus a voting location to increase youth voter turnout.

 

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December 2012: Also in Ohio, Future Caucus co-chair Sen. Frank LaRose (R) sponsored SJR 5 in 2012, which proposed an amendment that passed with a majority of 71% on the 2015 ballot. This amendment created a seven-member Redistricting Commission and required that all ten-year district lines must be approved by Commission members of both parties. It also forbids district plans from favoring either political party.  

 

July 2005: Landmark bipartisan legislation passed in Connecticut in 2005 established the Citizens’ Elections Program, which will provide public financing to candidates for statewide office that agree to abide by disclosure and expenditure requirements.


This is a sampling of legislation advanced by State Future Caucus members and other young legislators around the country. To inquire about legislation in other policy areas, or to suggest your own legislation for MAP to feature, please contact policy@millennialaction.org.

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