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“During the October 2013 Latino/a Summit in Austin, the Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC) and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) assembled five taskforces in the areas of education, health care, civic engagement, immigration, and economic opportunities. The SHC and MALC subsequently hosted seven briefings for Senate and House staff. One briefing was for each of the five taskforces to present their policy recommendations. Two issue-specific briefings were also held; the first covered predatory lending with the Pew Center and the second involved a review of recent Hispanic polling data with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. In addition to these staff briefings, the SHC hosted six regional summits in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley. At these regional summits, educators, community activists, students, civic leaders, and service providers were given an opportunity to provide feedback on the recommendations made by the SHC taskforces. Turnout for the summits ranged from over 50 participants in San Antonio to over 100 in Houston. The discussions were meaningful and added significantly to the development of a Latino/a policy agenda informed by the community.”
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