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Leaders kickoff National Black Caucus of State Legislators in Memphis

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Black leaders from several states kicked off the NBCSL's 37th legislative conference. Black leaders from several states kicked off the NBCSL's 37th legislative conference.

(WMC-TV) - Leaders from around the country descended on Memphis Wednesday. It was all to kick off the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Black leaders from several states kicked off the NBCSL's 37th legislative conference. They will discuss voting rights in their respective states and come up with solutions to increase access to the ballot box.

"We know all about restrictive policies aimed at imposing unnecessary requirements on one's right to vote," said Florida representative Alan Williams.

Tennessee Representative Larry Miller said voter identification requirements in the Bluff City are a perfect example of policies that lawmakers in the NBCSL are trying to change.

"Citizens across the state were appalled by this form of voter oppression. The city of Memphis and two voters from the city filed a lawsuit against the state of Tennessee," he said.

Memphis' younger generation spent Wednesday getting a first hand look at what these lawmakers go through during a mock legislative session. They learned how a bill becomes a law.

"What we do is we debate those issues and those policies, and we bring forth resolutions that solve those issues," said Maryland State Senator Cathrine Pugh.

The conference is expected to be an economic boost for Memphis. Three hundred plus members of the caucus will stay in town for the conference through Saturday.

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