Senator McKissick attends the 42 Annual Conference of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators in New York.
This past week, in addition to attending a Special Session of the North Carolina General Assembly where the Senate adopted new laws to implement our state’s voter ID laws, I also traveled to New York for the Annual Conference of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL). I have been an active member of this organization for well over a decade, and I serve as Chairman of the organization’s Rules Committee.
This year, the Rule’s Committee spent hours reviewing and discussing over 35 policy resolutions which were placed before members of the organization for debate, discussion, and adoption. In addition, model legislation which had been sponsored and adopted by our members in their respective states was provided to our members who may have an interest in introducing the legislation in their own states. I was awful afraid that I might not make this year’s conference where I was scheduled to preside as Rule’s Chair over two sessions as a result of the General Assembly being in session. Fortunately, I was able to catch a flight that allowed me to honor both of my commitments which allowed me to see and learn from fellow legislators from over 30 states which attended this conference. After one long day at the conference, we were invited to Ellis Island for an evening reception. Also, during the conference, I was able to spend time with and catch up with my dear friend Rev. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. of the National Newspaper Publishers Association who I had not seen in quite some time. I’d like to thank all of the staff as well as my colleagues that made this conference a special occasion.