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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  “A recognized force in molding political leaders, shaping public policy and promoting informed citizen participation.” —League of Women Voters of the U.S. September 24, 2019 Dear Fellow League Member: As we stand on the precipice of a second century of empowering voters and defending democracy, I am pleased to write to you on this National Voters Registration Day. The

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The People Powered Fair Maps Campaign


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. 

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2019 LWV-VA Workshops – Documents

2019 LWV-VA LEADERSHIP TRAINING WORKSHOP DOCUMENTS FROM PRESENTATIONS GOTV-VOTE411, Alicia Gurrieri, LWVUS GOTV for LWVVA The Census: How Can Your League Help the Count?, Ron Brown, US Census Bureau 2020 Census – At A Glance Flyer Census-Fact_Sheet_for_Partners Confidentiality -Census League of Women Voters 2020 Census Briefing(1) Redistricting: People Powered Fair Maps, Alicia Gurrieri LWVUS, Deb Wake LWVVA PPFM Redistricting Campaign_LWVVA

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Presentations, Handouts, & Photos 2019 Convention

New Policies LWV-VA Event Scholarship Program WLRT/League Day Policy for reimbursement of hotel room charges for LWV-VA members Saturday, May 18th Opening Plenary Session “Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion” – Susan Carty, LWV National Board Liaison No handouts are available. Luncheon “Diversity: Why and How to Be Inclusive” – Christy Coleman, CEO, The American Civil War Museum No handouts are available.

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LWV-VA 39th Biennial Convention

Convention Documents Read Full Convention Workbook HERE Specific items to vote on here: Nominating Committee Report Program Report Women’s Rights & Sexual Harassment Report Recommended Program for 2019 Treasurer Operating Fund Budget Convention Schedule Friday, May 17, 2019 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. LWV-VA Board Meeting 5:00 p.m. Registration & 7:00 p.m. Dine-Around Saturday, May 18, 2019 (please indicate which

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Our Studies

Issues we are currently studying to develop our position. What is a study? Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the

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Facebook Groups

Join a group to discuss topics important to you! LWV-VA has several Facebook Groups where those with interest about specific issues can share information and discuss “things to do”.  All Official LWV-VA Facebook Groups must be approved by LWV-VA and are monitored to ensure that only League members and their invited guests are members of the group. For links to

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