LWV-VA Legislative Priorities for Advocacy/Action for 2020 Session

This report is from the LWV-VA Legislative Team: Carol Noggle, Mary Crutchfield, Julia Tanner, Carolyn Caywood

Planning for and predicting what will be the most vital issues for advocacy in an upcoming legislative session is very difficult. Historically, the LWV-VA Board proposes a set of priorities but those have often been adjusted and expanded when issues arise quickly and need significant advocacy and lobbying. Thus, this list is offered as a start to preparation for the 2020 General Assembly Session. Some items are more specific than others. We have a book full of LWV-VA Positions to apply to issues but more specific language for advocacy and lobbying on actual legislative proposals will need to be developed in order to be effective. We welcome your analysis and suggestions.

  • Voting Rights
    • Support 100%right to vote [Constitutional Amendment for 2021-22]
    • Assure continuation of Governors executive clemency authority to restore felonsrights
    • Election & Voter Protection

Support funding and measures for integrity and security; State and Local level

Support funding & measures for a perfect fail-proof process for online voter registration

Support measures for proper counting of and on-time receipt of mailed in absentee ballots

Increase eligible/valid photo IDs, e.g.out of state students

  • Redistricting: Support Constitutional Amendment resolution passage in 2020

  • Gun Violence Prevention/ Safety:

Support universal background checks

Support strengthening Extreme Risk Protective Orders

Support Child Access Prevention laws

[See 2019 Special Session1 list of over 40 bills to analyze for support or opposition]

  • Women’s Rights

Support ratification of the ERA

Support equal pay; [Oppose wage discrimination]

Support right to reproductive choice [ See SB1637 by Sen Boysko for sample]

  • Sexual Harassment – Support required in-person training at workplace [State/ private?]

  • Education

Support funding for school infrastructure

Oppose public funding for private schools

Oppose discriminatory and deleterious practices for discipline/behavior issues

[Apply LWV-VA Education position on Standards for School Climate” “Classrooms not Courtrooms]

  • Justice and Juvenile Justice

Oppose discrimination [support rights] re LGBTQ community and many other special groups

Eliminate cash bail; support measures to reduce confinement while awaiting trial

Collect data on present use of bail

Oppose additional mandatory minimum sentences

Oppose discriminatory and deleterious practices for juvenile issues

  • Immigration: Support immigrant protection and resources for support

  • Census: Support funding, outreach, education & personnel to ensure high participation

  • Environment: See LWV-VA Positions to support or oppose germane issues

*Note These LWV-VA legislative priorities as of Sept.13, 2019 are not ranked and are subject to change

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High School Voter Registration Challenge

Governor Northam Announces 2019–2020 Governor’s High School Voter Registration Challenge
Learn More Here https://lwv-va.org/virginiahsvr/

Governor’s full Press Release can be found at http://bit.ly/2m7w2PD

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced the 2019–2020 Governor’s High School Voter Registration Challenge. High schools across the Commonwealth will have the opportunity to compete to register the highest percentage of their voting-age population. Schools that reach or exceed 65 percent registration of their eligible senior class will receive a congratulatory certificate from the Governor. The Governor’s Challenge was created in 2016 and is a partnership of the Office of the Governor and the Virginia Secretaries of Administration and Education, in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Elections, and the League of Women Voters of Virginia.

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The People Powered Fair Maps Campaign

From LWVUS

The People Powered Fair Maps Campaign is a national redistricting campaign of the League of Women Voters focused on creating fair political maps nationwide. The campaign includes actions in all 50 states + D.C. 

The work will look different in each state, but the campaign is comprised of five major focus areas:  

  1. Ballot Initiatives or Referendums 

  1. State Constitutional Options  

  1. State Legislative Fixes 

  1. Federal Legislative Fixes 

  1. Civic Engagement & Education 

Each state will engage in at least one of the four focus areas through advocacy, education, organizing and mobilization, partnerships, litigation, and/or protection/defensive action. 

Read more HERE.

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Now is the Time for the Senate to Act on Gun Violence

From LWVUS:

Contact your Senators about life-saving legislation to end gun violence today!

Now is the time for us to act. Now is the time for us to make it clear to our members of Congress that saving lives from gun violence should be a priority. We cannot wait for the next mass shooting. We must act today. 

Take Action online at http://participate.lwv.org/c/10065/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13753&utm_source=ActionAlert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=090919

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Recommended Concurrence from LWVUS Board for 2020-22 Program Planning

From LWVUS

Additional guidance regarding program planning will come out this fall, following our usual timeline, but the LWVUS Board is excited to share that they voted to recommend the concurrence on the electoral process that was shared with state leaders earlier this year by a group of dedicated volunteers. 

Read More Here: https://www.lwv.org/league-management/recommended-concurrence-lwvus-board-2020-22-program-planning

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Pledge to be Counted!

From LWVUS:

April 1, 2020, marks the kickoff of the 2020 Census. This process of counting will ensure that the political power, health, and safety of every community is maintained or enhanced in the upcoming decade.

 
But communities that don’t get fully counted in 2020 will miss out for the next ten years. NOW is the time to get involved.
  
 
The Census counts. So do you. Pledge to be counted and to educate your community about the importance of the 2020 Census.
More information HERE.
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