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Court Approves Landmark $5 Million Settlement Of Class Action Lawsuit On Behalf Of Port Truck Drivers

LOS ANGELES, CA – Last week, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) and Wage Justice Center secured final approval of a $5 million class action settlement brought on behalf of over 400 Latino and Korean immigrants against a port trucking company comprised of related corporate entities. Port truck drivers are the backbone of a $450 billion industry in Southern California.

“We are proud that with this settlement, hundreds of drivers will be rightfully compensated, and we hope this case sends a strong signal to other drivers that they can win if they fight back. The settlement is the first to successfully attack a dual scheme of misclassification and corporate shell games that is endemic in the port trucking industry,” stated Nicole Ochi, supervising litigation attorney from Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. “Unfortunately, misclassification is the port industry norm. Nearly two-thirds of all port truck drivers nationally are misclassified as independent contractors, resulting in an impoverished, mostly immigrant workforce.”

The company, QTS, Inc., and its related entities, including LACA Express and Win Win Logistics, misclassified their drivers as independent contractors in order to deny them their rightful compensation and then hid behind purported bankruptcy protections to avoid liability for wage theft and other exploitative business practices. By classifying the drivers as independent contractors but controlling them like employees, companies are able to evade taxes as well as shift all the costs of operating their businesses to the drivers, including the cost of trucks, gas, maintenance and repair, and insurance, leaving drivers with poverty wages. These high weekly deductions operate like debt bondage, forcing the drivers to work dangerously long hours to eke out a living.

“The company took money from my paycheck to pay for the truck lease, gas and insurance. Some of my fellow truckers even owed money to the company at the end of a hard week. But over 50 of us drivers stuck together for the last five years despite being fired and intimidated,” says Samuel Talavera, a former driver for QTS, Inc. “We knew we would help our fellow truckers if we stayed together down this long road.”

Judge Elihu M. Berle of the Los Angeles Superior Court ruled on the motion for final approval of the class settlement. Of the 423 drivers contacted, 243 filed claims representing 82.8 percent of the total work weeks where violations occurred. Drivers will receive an average of $13,502 each. The settlement also includes up to $7,500 to drivers who the companies retaliated against for asserting their legal rights. Forms of retaliation ranged from refusing to repair drivers’ trucks, being assigned less lucrative routes, and outright firing. For those drivers publicly involved in the litigation, who risked being blacklisted in the industry, an additional $6,500 will be awarded for their efforts.

During four years of litigation, QTS, Inc. filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy, nominally to “reorganize” its debts, but in reality to frustrate the ongoing litigation and evade any responsibility for its debts. “The defendants in this case filed for bankruptcy to try to avoid paying our drivers their hard-earned wages,” said Jay Shin, Directing Attorney at Wage Justice Center. “But we were not ready to concede the millions of dollars stolen from our drivers. We doggedly followed them into bankruptcy court and used innovative legal theories to hold the companies liable.”

In a novel move, the drivers transferred their state court litigation into bankruptcy court by suing the non-bankrupt entities as creditors of the voluntarily abandoned and bankrupt entity. They asked the bankruptcy court to consolidate the assets and debts of all the entangled business enterprises. The parties reached the current settlement after 18 months of litigation in bankruptcy court entailing the subpoena of the defendants’ major customers, review of tens of thousands of pages of documents and deposition of the officers of the business entities.


Congresswoman Waters Introduces Legislation to Stop the Trump Administration from Weakening or Reversing Punishments on Russia


WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of House Financial Services Committee, introduced two bills – the Freezing Russian Sanctions Act and the Deny Russian Access to Diplomatic Compounds Act – which, together, would prevent President Donald Trump’s Administration from weakening or reversing punishments imposed on Russia by the Obama administration for interference in the 2016 election and for activities in Ukraine.

“Despite all that we continue to discover about the full scope of Russian efforts to undermine our democracy, the Trump Administration and those connected to it – many of whom have ties to Russia or pro-Russia forces in Ukraine – have been inexplicably focused on lifting sanctions and other punishments rightly imposed on Russia for their belligerent conduct toward the United States and other countries around the world,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters. “My legislation would forestall any efforts by this Administration to do so.”

In recent weeks, there have been multiple indications that the Trump Administration may be considering actions to weaken existing punishments on Russia. On May 25, 2017, Trump’s National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn said the President is “looking at” changes to existing economic sanctions on Russia for its role in the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Similarly, on May 31, 2017, the Washington Post reported that the Trump Administration was moving toward restoring the Russian Government’s access to a 14-acre estate in New York and a 45-acre property in Maryland, both of which were believed to be used by Russia for intelligence purposes until they were ejected from the compounds in December 2016 by the Obama Administration as punishment for Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.[1]

As the Trump Administration considers taking action to reverse or lessen these punishments, many of Donald Trump’s associates and campaign operatives – such as his former campaign Foreign Policy Advisor Carter Page, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, and son-in-law and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner – remain at the center of Justice Department and/or Congressional probes into Russian interference in the 2016 election. It is also worth noting that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who while previously serving as CEO of ExxonMobil, negotiated an agreement that could be worth millions of dollars if the U.S. sanctions against Russia are lifted.

“Given all that we know about the Russian hacking, the question must be raised: why are so many people in this Administration trying to pay back the Kremlin? Why does Donald Trump refuse to condemn or disavow on harshest terms Putin’s aggressions in Ukraine and efforts to undermine democracies around the world? While the Administration has struggled to find a legislative agenda, it has been uniquely consistent on attempting to appease Putin. We need to keep a close eye on this Administration, and since we cannot trust that they will not lift Russian sanctions or weaken other punishments, there is a need for strong legislative action,” said Rep. Waters. “My legislation would strengthen Congress’ ability to enforce checks and balances on any attempts by the Trump Administration to circumvent or undo punishments on the Kremlin.”

A brief description of Congresswoman Waters’ legislation is below:

The Deny Russian Access to Diplomatic Compounds Act would codify the existing prohibition on the Russian Government’s access to, and use of, diplomatic compounds in New York and Maryland.

The Freezing Russian Sanctions Act would freeze in place U.S. sanctions against Russia as of January 1, 2017.

Earlier this year, Congresswoman Waters also introduced the “No Russia Exemptions for Oil Production Act” (the No REX Act), which prohibits the Trump Administration from providing special licenses to companies to engage in certain activities related to oil exploration and drilling in Russia.



Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has long had an appetite for nativist, anti-immigrant thinking


It led him to work as the legal counsel to a hate group. It led him to become the architect behind harsh anti-immigrant laws. And, recently, it led him to champion an anti-voter fraud effort at a time when restrictive voting laws frequently disenfranchise minority voters.

Kobach began removing people from his state’s voter rolls in 2015, making anyone who did not provide proof of citizenship within 90 days ineligible to vote.

It’s no big deal,” he once said, according to The New York Times Magazine. “Nobody’s being disenfranchised.”

Marvin Brown didn’t see it that way. A 91-year-old World War II veteran, Brown saw voting as a person’s “reasonable and honorable duty.” He had flown so many bombing missions that the Air Force lost count. In 1946, he paid a poll tax of $2 to ensure his right to vote.

I told Kobach, ‘That hurts inside real deep.’” Brown said to the magazine.

But Kobach calls himself a “fanatic” of “restoring the rule of law,” Ari Berman reported this week in a lengthy profile of Kobach for The New York Times Magazine.

For Kobach, the fight to stop what he calls “noncitizens” from voting is intimately related to his fight to restrict immigration to the United States. Berman writes:

Years before Donald Trump began talking about building a wall, the fate of America’s white majority was a matter of considerable interest to Kobach, who once agreed with a caller to his radio show that a rise in Latino immigration could lead to the ‘ethnic cleansing’ of whites.

My hope is that Kansas will be to stopping election fraud what Arizona is to stopping illegal immigration,” Kobach once told The Kansas City Star.

Berman notes that Kobach’s worldview is rooted in his early tutelage under Samuel Huntington, who denounced the “Hispanization” of the United States and argued in his most recent book that while “Muslims pose the immediate problem to Europe, Mexicans pose the problem for the United States.”

Kobach went on to serve as counsel to the Immigration Reform Law Institute, the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), whose founder, John Tanton, frequently corresponded with eugenicists. In a 1993 letter to Garrett Hardin, Tanton wrote, "I've come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that." The Southern Poverty Law Center named FAIR as a hate group in 2007.

Kobach’s interest in such thinking has not abated. As Berman writes:

Kobach’s chilling narrative of deceitful foreigners subverting democracy has served him well. Making people believe that voter fraud is rampant builds public support for policies that restrict access to the ballot. And claims of illegal voting by noncitizens help justify Kobach’s hard-line anti-immigration agenda.

However alarming his claims, Kobach has successfully convicted just nine people of voter fraud since 2015 — primarily senior citizens who own property in more than one state. The reality – only one noncitizen conviction – hardly resembles Kobach’s alarmist claims.

But Kobach has built his career on his descriptions of such imaginary treachery by minority groups. He even backed President Trump’s claim that ballots cast by noncitizens cost him the popular vote. The dearth of evidence for Kobach’s various claims, however, has done little to counter the appeal of his narrative. Named in May as vice chair a presidential commission on election integrity, Kobach has the ear of President Trump and the support of like-minded nativists around the country.



ACLU Executive Director's TED Talk: Democracy Must Not Be Spectator Sport

NEW YORK - American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony D. Romero's TED was published today. It issued a call to action for Americans to fight against the "bad government" of the Trump administration, as seen through the lens of a 14th century Italian painting by Ambrogio Lorenzetti.

"A painting that is 850 years old is holding up a frightening mirror to our democracy," said Romero. "Ambrogio Lorenzetti painted an 'allegory of bad government' in 1339 that eerily tracks many of the challenges we now confront under the Trump administration."

Surrounded by magnificent images of 14th century Italian art, Romero's talk takes viewers through an art history lesson that resonates today: a tour of the "Allegory of Good and Bad Government," by Italian artist Ambrogio Lorenzetti that hangs in Siena, Italy. The frescoes show the impacts of both good and bad government on the everyday lives of ordinary people in 14th century Siena. Lorenzetti contrasts the stark difference between good government, characterized by justice, concord, peace; and bad government, featuring tyranny, treason, and fury.

"Lorenzetti warns us that we must recognize the shadows of avarice, fraud, division, and even tyranny when they float across our political landscape. Especially when those shadows are cast by political leaders loudly claiming to be the voice of good government," said Romero in the TED talk. "And we must act.... We must disrupt the amoral accretion of power by those who would betray our values. We the people must stay in the streets. Disruptive, messy, loud -that is what democracy looks like."

The video and transcript of Romero's TED talk can be found at:

Details of Lorenzetti's frescoes can be found here: _Good_and_Bad_Government

This release can be found here:


Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Files Lawsuit Challenging Georgia’s Unlawful Racial Gerrymander

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed suit against the State of Georgia and its Secretary of State to remedy an unlawful racial gerrymander. The suit, filed in federal court in Atlanta, claims that the redrawing of lines for Georgia House of Representatives Districts 105 and 111, in 2015, was done with a racially discriminatory purpose to favor the election of White incumbents. The complaint alleges violations of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“Mid-decade redistricting has become another tactic used by those who seek to suppress the rights of minority voters in the face of racial demographic change,” said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “Lawmakers in Georgia explicitly used race to reconfigure district boundaries to guarantee the reelection of white incumbents. This kind of racial gerrymandering is not only unlawful, but illustrative of the ugly racial discrimination that infects the political process in Georgia today.”

“The history of the struggle to disenfranchised people in the nation demonstrates that power concedes nothing without a demand. This litigation represents our demand that the 'we' in 'We the People' include all people,” said Francys Johnson, Statesboro Civil Rights Attorney, and Georgia NAACP President. “In the fight to secure the right to vote and elect the candidates of our choice, the NAACP will mortgage every asset we have. These rights are sacred. Hallowed no less by the blood, sweat, and tears of those who came before us."

“The people of Georgia deserve an electoral system that is fair and free of decisions based on racial gerrymandering and partisan gamesmanship,” said Jennifer Dempsey, Partner, Bryan Cave, LLP. “We hope this lawsuit will advance that cause.”

“As the authors of the Voting Rights Act knew, the right to vote is one of the most important rights of the citizens of this country,” said Gregory Phillips, Partner, Munger Tolles & Olson, LLP. “This lawsuit is brought in order to ensure that all citizens of the State of Georgia, irrespective of color or party, will be able to exercise that right freely and fairly.”

The Georgia House of Representatives is composed of 180 members, each of whom is elected from a single-member district. Traditionally, states adopt a new redistricting plan every ten years, after the decennial Census, so as to comply with the Constitution’s “one person, one vote” requirement. The Georgia legislature, however, has repeatedly sought to amend its post-2010 redistricting plan for its House of Representatives, even though there is no legitimate reason to do so. It most recently did so in 2015, when it passed House Bill 566 (“H.B. 566”) in ways that departed from normal procedures. For example, African American legislators serving on reapportionment committees were excluded from the process of determining the changes.

Most important, H.B. 566 used race as the predominant factor to allocate African-American and other minority voters into and out of House Districts 105 and 111, so as to reduce the ability of African-American and other voters to elect candidates of their choice. These changes were made against the backdrop of a growing African-American population in those two districts and recent elections that saw White Republican candidates just narrowly defeating Black Democratic candidates.

The Complaint alleges that the passage of H.B. 566, in the context of the historical discrimination against African Americans in Georgia and racially polarized voting, was intended, at least in part, to reduce the number of minority voters and increase the number of White voters to reduce minority voting strength in Districts 105 and 111, and was a racial gerrymander in violation of the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. In addition, the Complaint alleges that the redistricting plan is an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander as it creates political classifications without any legitimate legislative objective.

Plaintiffs in the suit include Georgia State Conference of the NAACP and several individuals who live in the contested Districts. Working with the Lawyers’ Committee as pro bono counsel are the law firms of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and Bryan Cave. The suit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division.


Advancing Justice-LA Expands Naturalization Services, Urges Eligible Immigrnts To Naturalize

LOS ANGELES, CA - After the election, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) witnessed a surge of clients interested in becoming U.S. citizens. Last month, temporary staff were hired to meet the demand and support expanding naturalization assistance to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) immigrants living in Los Angeles County. Further, with anti-immigrant sentiment growing across the country, Advancing Justice-LA urges eligible individuals to not delay in applying for citizenship.

Southern California is home to an estimated 300,000 Asian immigrants eligible for U.S. citizenship. Of this, more than half live in Los Angeles County alone. In 2012, the number of legal permanent residents (LPRs) from Asia and the Pacific settling in Los Angeles was more than double that from Mexico.

Last year, Advancing Justice-LA launched Endless Possibilities, Citizenship Now! to encourage the AAPI community to naturalize.

“When we launched the Endless Possibilities, Citizenship Now! campaign last year, we knew that our communities were motivated to naturalize for increased job opportunities, family reunification, and access to benefits,” said Christine Chen, citizenship project staff attorney at Advancing Justice-LA who managed the campaign. “But in our current political climate, Protect Yourself. Citizenship Now! is the more relevant and urgent message we want our clients to hear.”

In the year prior to the 2016 presidential election, Advancing Justice-LA received nearly 2,700 calls for citizenship assistance. The calls have nearly doubled over the past year with close to 5,000 calls since April 2016.

“It’s clear there is strong motivation to naturalize among immigrants in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community,” said Nasim Khansari, director of Advancing Justice-LA’s citizenship project. “We want to seize this unique opportunity to encourage anyone eligible to naturalize to contact us or a reputable service provider who can assist you with becoming a U.S. citizen. Now is the time to not only protect yourself but to make your voices heard.”

“Naturalization is the ultimate and strongest protection against aggressive tactics from the federal government that undermine the value and importance of immigrants and their contributions to society,” said City of Los Angeles Councilmember David Ryu.

Advancing Justice-LA’s citizenship team is available Tuesday through Friday to help provide application assistance. All staff are supervised by an immigration attorney or accredited representative. Individuals are encouraged to call Advancing Justice-LA’s toll-free in-language helpline to schedule an appointment:

Chinese 800-520-2356

Tagalog 855-300-2552

Korean 800-867-3640

Vietnamese 800-267-7395

Thai 800-914-9583

Khmer 800-867-3126

English/Other 888-349-9695

*Live hotlines hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Callers can leave a voicemail message all other times. Messages are typically returned within one to two business days.


House ACA Repeal and Replace Plan Imperils Public Health

Washington, DC, March 7, 2017 - The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), representing nearly 3,000 local health departments, is disappointed that the “American Healthcare Act” eliminates funding for core public health programs that keeps communities healthy and safe.

The “American Healthcare Act” eradicates funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF) in FY2019, which makes up 12% of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) funding. Among the programs at risk at the CDC are the 317 Immunization Program, Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, and Diabetes Prevention, among others.

“The Prevention and Public Health Fund provides vital resources to governmental public health at the federal, state, and local levels, and its elimination will serve to further erode our public health system. Congress continues to invest the nation’s health resources in a sick care system, while severely scaling back investment in programs that prevent people from getting sick in the first place,” said NACCHO’s Chief of Government Affairs Laura Hanen, MPP.

In addition, the “American Healthcare Act” ends funding in FY2020 for the Medicaid expansion in 32 states, which has provided access to primary and emergency care to millions of Americans. The bill also caps federal Medicaid funding that will ultimately result in shifting responsibility to the states and counties ? leaving governors, state legislatures, and local governments facing tight budgets with no choice but to reduce coverage for millions of seniors, low-income families, people with disabilities, and children.

“The bill’s provisions would severely handicap seniors and working families that are struggling to meet basic necessities, including food and shelter, and would create an untenable situation where increased costs will put healthcare out of reach for these citizens,” said Hanen. “Our nation is stronger when everyone has the opportunity to be healthy. The House bill would severely impact access to care for low-income Americans and maintenance of a good quality of life for all.”


Rep. Lee: Trump Administration’s Refugee Ban Do-Over is Still Dangerous & Un-American

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Lee released the following statement regarding President Trump’s executive order barring refugees and immigrants from six predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States:

“After the American people and the courts resoundingly rejected the Trump Administration’s xenophobic executive order, President Trump has once again closed the doors to refugees fleeing violence and persecution.

“As a proud nation of immigrants, founded as a haven from religious persecution, this heartless executive order violates our basic values. In addition, this islamophobic order alienates our allies around the world and makes us less safe.

“The hate on display in the Trump Administration is not representative of our nation as a whole. Once again, we must reject this dangerous and unconstitutional action that undermines our national security.”


State Water Board Adopts Climate Change Resolution

(March 7, 2017)-Today the State Water Resources Control Board adopted a resolution requiring a proactive approach to climate change in all Board actions, including drinking water regulation, water quality protection, and financial assistance.

“Today’s Board action is part of California’s continuing leadership on climate change,” said State Water Board Vice-Chair Fran Spivy-Weber, and co-chair of the Brown administration’s water-energy team of the Climate Action Team (WET-CAT). “As our dramatic swing from severe drought to record-setting precipitation shows, we are already experiencing the impacts of more extreme weather, and face significant challenges to improve the resiliency of our water systems, from our dams to our groundwater basins.

“The Water Boards have a critical role to play because our programs range across water conservation, recycling, stormwater management, groundwater management, and surface water allocation. We can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect our infrastructure and our ecosystems,” said Spivy-Weber.

This action builds on a resolution adopted by the Board in 2007, which set forth initial actions it should take to respond to climate change and support the implementation of Assembly Bill (AB) 32, the landmark climate change law that was adopted in 2006. Since that time, the Brown administration developed the California Water Action Plan, a blueprint for achieving more sustainable water management by improving water supply reliability, restoring important wildlife and habitat, and making the state’s water systems and environment more resilient.

Since 2007, the State and Regional Water Boards have taken a variety of actions to respond to climate change impacts. Examples include funding the expansion of recycled water to increase drought resilience, adopting regulations to increase the collection of urban stormwater, and reducing flood risk and enhancing water supply.

In addition, the Water Boards are implementing legislative mandates to strengthen climate change resilience, including the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which will bring depleted groundwater basins into balance to provide a buffer against future droughts. The Los Angeles Regional Board has been active as well. To learn more, visit their climate change portal.

The directives called for in today’s resolution include tracking and reporting on actions to reduce greenhouse gases, coordination with internal and external stakeholders to account for climate change, and development of recommendations for specific, enforceable actions over time. One of the directives requires collaboration with the California Air Resources Board and other agencies to reduce methane emissions from landfills, feedlots, and wastewater treatment plants, as part of the state’s goal of reducing short-lived climate pollutants.

The resolution also requires State Water Board staff to use current models and data to inform Board actions. State regulators can no longer rely solely on historical data to guide decisions under climate change. To increase regulatory consistency, the resolution also requires staff to use climate change policy guidance from other agencies. For example, for decisions relating to coastal infrastructure protection, staff must use guidance from the California Coastal Commission and Ocean Protection Council.

Additional Climate Change and Drought Resources

For more information on the state’s effort to combat and adapt to climate change, visit the climate change portal here. To follow the state and regional water board efforts on this, visit the climate change page here.

To learn about all the actions the state has taken to manage our water system and cope with the impacts of the drought, visit Drought.CA.Gov.


Assemblymember McCarty Names Tamika L’Ecluse

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D – Sacramento) today named children’s advocate Tamika L’Ecluse as the Assembly District 7’s 2017 Woman of the Year.

Ms. L’Ecluse was born in Sacramento and raised by a single mother. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at American River College in hopes of earning an Associate degree in Science, but later shifted her focus to Early Childhood Education, and attended Sacramento City College. In 2006, she completed her early childhood education certification through the National Center for Montessori Education.

Ms. L’Ecluse became active in her community and social causes at an early age. Following generations of women who took active roles in civil and women’s rights, she began her advocacy campaigning against Proposition 22 (marriage inequality) in 2000. She also became a respected advocate for reproductive health options for women, gender equity, LGBTQ rights, children’s rights and anti-violence measures. Her advocacy has most recently focused on supporting healthy growth in her community by empowering parents and school officials to promote positive discipline practices.

After thirteen years of teaching in Early Childhood and Early Kindergarten, she joined the Greater Sacramento Urban League as a program manager, working toward reducing African-American child mortality in the Oak Park community of Sacramento. Ms. L’Ecluse has served as board member, Vice President and President of the Oak Park Neighborhood Association, serves on the Board of Directors for the California Montessori Project, is an appointed member of the Sacramento Promise Zone Resident Council and is an active voice for community members who seek social justice, smart growth, and inclusive practices for all.

“Tamika L’Ecluse is a bright light in the Sacramento region, giving inspiration and hope to people in our community and throughout the 7th Assembly District,” said Assemblymember McCarty. “I am pleased to honor Ms. L’Ecluse for her commitment and dedication to help students maximize their potential, to build a strong and diverse workforce and to improve the lives of residents throughout Sacramento County.”

The Woman of the Year event was created in 1987 to recognize March as Women’s History Month and to individually celebrate the contributions and unique accomplishments of women in each of the Assembly’s 80 districts.

The 2017 Woman of the Year event took place in the Assembly Chambers of the State Capitol on Monday, March 6, 2017.

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