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Way back on February 27, 2017, Patrick Wilson with the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the majority of Virginia lawmakers wanted videos of the committee hearings. (READ HERE) Now, on January 5, 2017, Patrick Wilson with the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports “Virginia to broadcast and archive General Assembly committee hearings for the first time“. These committee meetings (not including the sub-committee meetings) will, for the first time, be broadcast and archived by the General Assembly. This will be a great tool/resource for League members and citizens since most bills die in these meetings before they are ever brought to the floor for a vote. League members and citizens across the state will now have access to a part of the legislative process that has previously been well out of the “sunlight”. There is no schedule of just committee meetings available at this time on the GA or LIS websites. So, to have an idea of what and when, you will need to use the main meeting calendar: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?181+oth+MTG This calendar is updated frequently so you will need to keep a close eye on things. In the past, there have been times when a meeting was suddenly scheduled late on the day before the meeting was to be held. … Continue reading →
LWV-VA Announces “Advocacy Tracking Contest” for 2018 Virginia Legislative Session (Contest is for League Members Only! Your designated “tracker” person will use this for tracking your contacts Spread-Sheet for Tracking Legislative Contacts-1) Last year, LWV-VA received a very healthy grant, which we used to encourage members to advocate for “automatic voter registration” with new or renewed drivers licenses. Members also advocated for fair, compact, and contiguous redistricting as well as in response to many other Action Alerts issued by LWV-VA. Because of that effort, LWV-VA was able to track and report on the number of advocacy efforts of our members. Information about individual members’ and local Leagues’ advocacy efforts can be very helpful when presenting grant applications and, more importantly, when we tell prospective and new members what we do and how active LWV-VA members are during the Virginia annual legislative sessions. Therefore, even though we don’t have a generous grant this year, the LWV-VA Board decided that we would have a “contest” so to speak for tracking of advocacy efforts by local League members. The LWV-VA Board has set aside $1,000 for “prize” money, with prizes set as $700 for the local League that has the most advocacy contacts based on percentage of membership throughout the Virginia legislative session. Second “prize” will be $200 and third prize will be $100. Membership will be based on the official League rosters as of midnight on January 31, 2018 (same as 2018 PMP). What does a local League (or MAL Unit) have to … Continue reading →
All League roster updates are due by January 31st, 2018. Start the new year off by getting your updates in early! Let’s celebrate the growth the League has seen in 2017 by ensuring that all new members are counted. LWVUS staff can provide assistance to walk you through the updating process if necessary. You can email us at email@example.com with any questions. Or, contact our LWV-VA Membership Chair, Linda Garvelink at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Program Planning Leaders’ Guide is now available with an introductory letter from LWVUS President Chris Carson. Responses from local and state Leagues and ILOs are due by March 1, 2018. Program planning will culminate with adoption of a program of education and action at Convention 2018 in Chicago, IL. Questions should be directed to Karen Nicholson, Chair of the LWV Education and Advocacy Committee at email@example.com. Be sure to check with your local League to find out other Program Planning resources are available for the specific issue in your area! … Continue reading →
A huge “THANK YOU” to Carolyn Rude, President LWV Montgomery County VA for taking notes during the WLRT Pre-Session and sharing them with us! Wonderful speakers discussed many important issues that are likely to come up in the form of bills before the Legislature.
Another huge “THANK YOU” must go to the team that put this event together: Event Coordinator Lynn Johnston and the Legislative team of Valarie Fillgrove and Mary Chruchfield.
Click the image below to open the file and see the many topics covered during this annual “kick-off” to the 2018 Virginia Legislative Session!
A collection of talking points on the ERA have now been added to the Women’s Issues page on LWV-VA.org. You’ll find the page link under the main menu item Action & Advocacy in a drop down menu. Or, click here: http://lwv-va.org/womens-issues/ … Continue reading →
Oct. 5, 2017 Statement from LWV-VA on Las Vegas Shooting
Once again, Americans are faced with the news of another horrific mass shooting, this time in Las Vegas. At this writing, a lone gunman killed at least 58 and injured more than 400 others, many critically. In the coming days, we will learn more details about the gunman and his pre-attack pattern before unleashing horrific mayhem, fear and destruction.
The League of Women Voters of Virginia expresses our heartfelt concern and hopes for the loved ones of the victims and the survivors. We will continue to work to end the epidemic of violence. But the calls to wait and gather the facts before taking substantive steps on gun violence is a familiar ruse. There are facts we know today. Everyday, 93 Americans die from a gunshot. Americans are 25 times more likely to die from gun violence compared to people from other industrialized countries.
Like every other public health epidemic, we need to look at what is most effective to prevent gun violence overall. There are proven solutions that work like expanding background checks to all private gun sales sold online and at gun shows, prohibiting dangerous people, like domestic abusers, terrorists and those with mental illness, from accessing guns – that will make our communities safer and save lives.
We cannot continue with the status quo. The League will honor the lives lost and those shattered and scarred, with our unwavering commitment to work to change laws and attitudes to end gun violence in our communities.
Sue Lewis, President
League of Women Voters of Virginia
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