2019 was an incredible year for New Voices, with a record-setting 11 states considering legislation. Arkansas saw new protections adopted, Missouri’s bill overwhelmingly passed the House, and New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and Nebraska committees voted on their bills.
One of the most difficult and most critical parts of advocacy is keeping your issue at the forefront of people’s minds. New Voices New Jersey exemplified the adage “it’s not over until it’s over,” when advocates made a strong and organized push in November and December to get their bill on the agenda for the final Assembly Education hearing of the year. The bill was not heard, but New Voices New Jersey has sparked a new momentum in their bill and ensured they are on the top of people’s minds come January. And 2020 is already underway: Virginia HB 36 was pre-filed in November, and advocates are hard at work requesting meetings and drafting their testimony.