California Legislative Black Caucus Chair and Assembly Health Chair Mervyn M. Dymally (D-Compton) announced today that the Legislative Black Caucus received an "A" on the 2006 Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity released by Applied Research Center.
The annual report, now in its 3rd year, evaluates the Governor and Legislature on their support for proactive legislation to close long-standing disparities in health, education, income and other key indicators.Â It also offers a county by county mapping of demographic changes and an analysis of the racial divide in California healthcare, schools and jobs.Â The report card is broken down into five issue areas: educational equity, economic justice, health equity, civil rights, and criminal justice. Â
While people of color make up 35 percent of the legislators, 61 percent of honor role members with a score of 100 percent were legislators of color. Four out of the six Legislative Black Caucus members received perfect scores.
Dymally received an A.Â
"California's demographics are rapidly changing," said Dymally.Â "As legislators it's our responsibility to make sure that we legislate for all Californians, even the poorest among us.Â California has made some progress but we still have a lot of work to do in combating disparities in education, economic justice, health, civil rights and criminal justice."Â
"As the Legislative Black Caucus welcomes its new members and heads back to Sacramento in December, closing the gap in the disparities faced by people of color will no doubt be foremost in our minds as we carry fair and equitable legislation aimed at creating a better and healthier California."Â
The current Legislative Black Caucus includes members: Assemblymember Mervyn M. Dymally (D-Compton), Chair, Assemblymember Karen Bass (D-Los Angeles), Vice-Chair, Senator Edward Vincent (D-Inglewood), Senator Kevin Murray (D-Los Angeles), Senate-Elect Mark-Ridley Thomas (D-Los Angeles), and Assemblymember Jerome Horton (D-Inglewood).Â
Assemblymember Mervyn M. Dymally represents the culturally diverse 52 <sup></sup>Assembly District which includes Compton, Watts, Willowbrook, Paramount, North Long Beach, and South Los Angeles.