Black Lives Matter, COVID inequalities drive increased use of racial impact statements

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More states are trying to assess the racial impact of new laws, as the consciousness of many legislators has been raised by the murder of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement and the pandemic’s disproportionate effect on minorities. In many states, lawmakers long have used so-called fiscal impact statements to predict how much money proposed laws will cost or save. Now more legislators want to use racial impact statements to predict how a particular measure might harm — or help — racial and ethnic groups or widen racial disparities. Maine, Maryland and Virginia approved the use of suc…

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