OneVirginia2021 Call – 9March2018
General Assembly: The House ending tomorrow without a budget. State budget to 1st of July. They will come back around May 15th to deal with the budget. Also come back April 18th for Veto Session (constitutionally mandated).
HB1598 (Jones) and SB106 (Suetterlein) – went to Governor on March 6, he has until April 5 (30 days) to take action. Cannot be further amended, just and up or down vote. Then he either signs it or it’s a pocket veto. Hoping that he will offer an amendment to strengthen criteria in the bill. April 15 important because if BethuneHill (SCOTUS) and/or VA Supreme Ct decisions come back, GA will have to deal with the results. Unlikely that SCOTUS will be decided by then, expect it will be reported out at end of SCOTUS term in summer.
1VA2021 has made a case to Governor for amendment of bills to add anti-gerrymandering. But Governor & Jones are both very involved in Medicaid Expansion = crosswinds which may make an amendment to Redistricting Bills less likely.
Brian: New petition of March 4 has innovations over previous. Signing it sends a letter to your delegate and senator but also to the Governor. Signer has the option to add a personal note. Call out to Governor at this time would not benefit the effort at this time.
March Forth VA (March 4): 325 people there on Sunday, March 4. No everyone was able to stay all day. It worked really well; received lots of positive feedback. Survey on an email that came out today, if attended MarchForthVA, please complete the survey.
Have added more key volunteers. Very good response; people appreciated meeting other like-minded people. Anne Sterling reported on one local group that set a calendar for outreach throughout the summer. OneVA2021 pays the insurance fees for some event. Brian believes there’s a good ROI at these efforts. Getting signatures on Petition is a goal of these efforts.
Going Forward: Coordination of Action Groups
Alexandria Local Action Group is putting together a resource guide for Local Area Groups (LAG), includes sample emails and other documents. Create a Google group so LAGs can keep each other informed and use each other as resources. Local Facebook groups are very useful. Three good groups to draw from: 1) Volunteer side, 2) Those who said they are interested and 3) those who attended the March4th event. Brian is attending the Libertarian Convention in Richmond this week. Good to draw from the three levels of interested people to assist with various events around the Commonwealth.
1VA2021 has t-shirts. If want “swag,” 1VA2021 will buy. Arlington suggested bumper stickers but Brian said they struggled with what to say. If someone can design, let Brian know. Brian said if volunteers what to buy swag, do it through OneVA2021 and then make tax-deduction to OneVA2021. Part of the resource package will include the OneVA2021 logo for people to use. Brian is preparing a printable petition to use at “table” and other in-person events. Important to get people to sign any of the petitions. The new petition will go to Governor. The old petition will only to senator & delegate. All are encouraged to sign new petition. In the online petition, signers cannot edit what OneVA2021 has entered BUT signers can and should add their own subject line and additional comments to their senator/delegate/governor. Legislators have said this is worthwhile to show constituent is involved in the discussion.
Go Forward 1VA2021 specific: Big focus on 21 different Local Action Groups (LAGs). Next week will reach out to each of these groups with repeated follow up. Most important: Do something. House Party, Table at an event, find other things you can link into in each community.
For handouts, the Arlington group created a great list of things that “you can do” – in one minute…., in two minutes…., in 10 minutes…… These materials will be put up on the internal Volunteer/LAG website for sharing.
There will be a Republican Primary in June for sure – statewide. This is a good time to have handouts and to have petitions to be signed. LAGs tell OneVA2021 what precincts they want more localized district maps – recommend being large enough to be readable. Suggestion to put various gerrymandered districts in a slideshow. Brian: anyone can go online to VPAP and get the district from their site – screenshots work. Impressive to show split precincts – there are 200+ split precincts in VA. Split precincts tripled from 2001 to 2011 redistricting. The purpose of split precincts is gerrymandering.
Brian: Everyone needs to stay focused on the Constitutional Amendment for the next 10 months.
Petition signers are concerned about how petition info used: Advise signers that emails from OneVA2021 are minimal (you as a volunteer are most effective to share your experience). Also, 1VA2021 does not share email list with anyone. The mass list gets no more than 50 emails per year, i.e., less than 1 per week.
Jerry Mandering video is a bit dated. No plans to update. However, depending on the SCOTUS decision this summer there may be information to update. This would be a $7k-$10k expenditure; hope it could be shared with other States. 1VA2021 has the Jerry Mandering script trademarked – could have other actors do appearances using the script. Actors are generally not expensive. Videoing is expensive.
Presentation in a Box: would be helpful for people that are going to meet with local groups. Brian has a short presentation that could be used. He will share – contact him if you want to use. Charlottesville developed a Redistricting presentation that likely should be updated. Advise waiting for results of Court cases to do the updating.
—Notes were taken by Linda Garvelink, 3-9-18