Assistant Majority Leader Rachel Talbot Ross, D-Portland, plans to introduce a bill to require future legislation to contain a racial impact statement detailing how it might affect a historically disadvantaged racial or ethnic group.

Ross said in a release Monday that she will hold a virtual news conference Wednesday at 10 a.m. to discuss  L.D. 2, a bill that would take effect as a pilot project in December. Talbot will present the bill to the Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee after the news conference.

The first step would be having the Legislative Council conduct a study of the best way to develop racial impact statements. The council would be given a deadline of Nov. 1 to issue recommendations. The goal would be to implement the legislation in December on a limited basis during the second regular session of the 130th Legislature.

Ross will be joined Wednesday by Senate President Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, and House Speaker Ryan Fecteau, D-Biddeford.

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