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  • Keep Secrecy Out of Olympia

    The LWV stands for open and transparent government; SB 6617 will make some of the Legislature’s records public, but will allow other records to stay secret.  Under Washington's open-records law, other government offices - including cities, counties, state agencies and the governor's office - are all subject to public disclosure laws; they routinely disclose government documents, calendars and emails. But the Legislature has long argued that it is exempt from the Public Records Act - an argument the legislature lost in court last month (which it is appealing.) We disagree; the Legislature should be subject to the same rules and laws that apply to other elected officials in Washington. An open and transparent government is key to democracy and an informed citizenry.  

  • Legislative open records
  • Action Alert: Reduce Greenhouse Gases by Pricing Carbon

    SSB 6203 imposes a carbon pollution tax equal to $10 per metric ton of carbon dioxide emissions on the sale or use of fossil fuels within the state of Washington. LWVWA believes that global warming is a serious issue that requires immediate action.  Carbon pollution poses a profound and growing risk to our state's economy and quality of life.  The League supports legislation to reduce carbon emissions by putting a price on carbon.

  • Action Alert: Transparency and Accountability on Tax Preferences SB 5513

    SB 5513 creating Transparency and Accountability in the awarding of tax preferences has passed the Senate. Now it goes to the House where it most likely will pass. However, to get to the floor, it must pass the House Finance committee.

    Please encourage the members of the House Finance committee to pass the bill UNCHANGED from the Senate version which passed with bipartisan support after careful deliberation. This is a rare opportunity--Transparency and Accountability are cornerstones to a democracy. This important vote will occur this Thursday, February 22. 

    In addition to sending the email below to your Representative, please contact the members of the House Finance committee urging them to pass the UNCHANGED Senate version of SB 5513. Below is a list of the members of the committee. 

    House Finance Committee:

    Member

    District

    Phone Number

    Kristine Lytton, Chair

    40 

    (360) 786-7800

    Noel Frame, Vice Chair

    36

    (360) 786-7814

    Terry Nealey, Ranking Minority Member

    16

    (360) 786-7828

    Ed Orcutt, Asst Ranking Minority Member

    20

    (360) 786-7990

    Cary Condotta

    12

    (360) 786-7954

    Laurie Dolan

    22

    (360) 786-7940

    Gerry Pollet

    46

    (360) 786-7886

    Larry Springer

    45

    (360) 786-7822

    Drew Stokesbary

    31

    (360) 786-7846

    J.T. Wilcox

    2

    (360) 786-7912

    Sharon Wylie

    49

    (360) 786-7924

  • Action Alert: Pass the Bump Stock Ban-Bring it to a House vote this week!

    The Bump Stock Ban ESB 5992 appears to be the only major gun safety bill to make it through this week’s cutoff and is now in the Rules Committee. Also still in the Rules Committee is 2ESSB 1122, the Dangerous Access Prevention Bill. Both need “pulls” to get these bills on the House Floor for a vote.

    Bills to ban or require enhanced background checks for assault weapons purchase did not pass out of committee in either Senate or House. The attempted shooting in our own backyard in Mukilteo and the Florida school shooting do not appear to have had effect on our legislative process. Both occurrences involved 19-year-olds who were able to acquire AR-15 weapons with a simple background check. In neither Florida nor Washington would they be able to purchase a pistol or a beer so easily.

    Please contact your legislators to move ESB 5992 to the House Floor. Additionally, please use the links to below to contact House Leaders directly: 

    District 43  Rep. Frank Chopp      frank.chopp@leg.wa.gov
    District 47  Rep. Pat Sullivan        pat.sullivan@leg.wa.gov
    District 37  Rep. Eric Pettigrew     eric.pettigrew@leg.wa.gov
    District 49  Rep. Monica Stonier   monica.stonier@leg.wa.gov

  • Protect Puget Sound and the Salish Sea now!

    The legislature has two more days to pass critical policy bills, including three that would protect orcas, decrease oil spills, and ensure that Atlantic salmon net pen spills are a thing of the past.

    • SB 6268 would protect orcas by increasing education and patrols to keep boaters from unintentionally harming orcas by interfering with their feeding and communication behaviors.
    • SB 6269 would increase our state’s ability to prevent and respond to oil spills.
    • SB 6086 would phase out Atlantic salmon net pens by retiring each lease as it expires

    Legislators need to hear that even these common-sense protections are necessary to protect and restore Puget Sound and the Salish Sea. Please remind them that #OilAndOrcasDoNotMix!

        

  • Action Alert: Tax Exemption and Transparency and Accountability Act SSB 5513

    Some businesses are given tax preferences and other are not. A tax preference confers reduced tax liability upon a designated class of taxpayer. Tax preferences include tax exclusions, deductions, exemptions, preferential tax rates, deferrals, and credits. Currently over 650 preferences exist in Washington state.  According to the Department of Revenue’s projection in their 2016 Tax Exemption Report, they projected that while the state would collect some $7.4 billion in B&O taxes, they would exempt from the same tax base some $11.4 billion. No wonder in these times of tight budgets and escalating need, many tax payers wonder which businesses, how much, and is it fair.  

    As one elected official commented, “With paid lobbyists from the biggest businesses regularly walking the halls of the legislature asking for tax breaks, handing out perks, and donating to campaign funds, many legislators find it easier to say “yes” than to say “no”. Why, because the general public doesn’t know who is paying and who is not. The problem is, if large profitable companies are exempted from paying over 11 billion dollars in taxes, the rest of the taxpayers must make up the difference to fund schools, fix the infrastructure, and provide government services.  We all benefit from resources like good roads, educated workforce, low cost electricity. We do not want our legislators to be in the business of picking winners and losers by awarding some businesses tax breaks and others not.

    SSB 5513 Brief summary:

    • Requires the budget outlook document to explicitly reflect the fiscal impact of tax preferences. 
    • Requires the budget document to include a detailed listing of tax preferences. 
    • Requires the Department of Revenue tax exemption report to be updated more frequently. 

  • Action Alert: WA Voting Rights Act - Its Time!

    The Washington Voting Rights Act (WVRA) improves our local elections process and promotes justice by giving every voter a fair chance to elect leaders of their choice

    The bill has been made even stronger with an amendment that will reduce the delay in proposing a remedy and will require local jurisdictions to provide data and analysis in developing its proposed remedy. We have learned that legislators are being pressured to remove this improvement.

    We see in Yakima how switching to a fairer voting system leads to greater representation, voter engagement and more diverse voices at the decision-making table. But that change in Yakima came only after 3-year federal court battle and the cost of millions of dollars to local taxpayers.

    Or the city of Pasco acknowledged that it’s at-large system was unfair, but was only allowed to change it after being successfully sued in federal court

     The Washington Voting Rights Act gives local governments the tools they need to fix their voting systems to strengthen our democracy.

    Take action now! Write your representatives and urge them to pass the Washington Voting Rights Act as amended by the committee!

  • Action Alert: Protect Equal Pay Bills from Being Weakened

    The Washington State House of Representatives passed an Equal Pay bill with bipartisan support, 69 - 28!  Now, corporate lobbyists are urging legislators to water down the bill. They want to insure that we don't make any additional progress by adding “preemption” rules. These rules would prevent cities from passing any future laws that promote equality and protect women in the workplace.  

    SB 5140 and HB 1506 will take steps forward by:
    • Prohibiting companies from imposing pay secrecy policies;
    • Requiring bona fide business-related reasons such as training and experience for differences in pay and access to career opportunities;
    • Allowing the state to investigate and rule on unfair pay practices, in addition to the right for workers to sue in court and recover damages and costs for discrimination.
  • Action Alert: SB 6219, the Reproductive Parity Act, will soon come to the Full Senate for a vote

     The League of Women Voters supports SB 6219.  Reproductive health care is a critical part of all women’s health care.  Washington State has a long history of placing trust in women to make their own reproductive health care decisions free from government intrusion.  In 1991 Washington State voters passed Initiative 120, which affirmed a woman’s rights to reproductive privacy.  This initiative also guaranteed access to abortion services in parity with maternity services for low-income women.  SB 6219 will ensure that Washington women will continue to obtain the health care they need with the full range of reproductive health care services including abortion.  This bill will improve contraceptive access by guaranteeing that women and men have access to all FDA approved birth control methods without cost sharing, delays, or denials.  This bill is a holistic approach to improving Washingtonians’ access to care.

  • Action Alert: Bring Dark Money into the Light!

     We all know that money in politics is serious threat to our democracy--dark money makes the situation even worse. In Washington any special interest that wants to support or oppose a candidate or ballot initiative can do so in secret by donating to a nonprofit, which can then use with that money to fund political communication. But unlike candidate and Political Action Committees (PAC’s), nonprofits do not have to report their donors. The DISCLOSE Act will change that by requiring require nonprofits that spend over $10,000 in an election cycle to report their ten top donors who gave over $10,000.

    Let’s close this loophole and bring that dark money into the light.

    Please feel free to customize the draft email below with the names of your three legislators and any additional comments you would like to make.

  • Ban Bump Stocks - Pass SB 5992

    SB 5992 Trigger Modification bill, aka the Bump Stock bill which would ban the sale, manufacture, and possession of such devices, is likely to emerge from Rules Committee and go to the Senate floor this week. Hundreds of gun safety supporters and gun activists filled the hearing rooms of the Senate Law and Justice Committee on January, 15 for a hearing on five gun-related bills. Please help keep this momentum up by urging your Senator to support this bill. 

  • Action Alert: It's time to abolish the Death Penalty

     Washington is poised to become the next state to abolish the death penalty and we need your voice to make it happen. Not only is the death penalty applied unequally and does not guarantee swift and certain justice, it also costs taxpayers millions of dollars each year — far more than life in prison. The bill just passed the Senate committee and we need your help to take it all the way. 

    Take action today by contacting your lawmakers in Olympia to vote YES on abolishing the death penalty!

  • Protect our Freedom to Vote

    Washingtonians are proud of our democracy and committed to protecting every eligible voter’s freedom to vote. But in Washington state over one million eligible people aren’t registered to vote. In Olympia, our representatives are debating a groundbreaking solution: Automatic Voter Registration. 

    We all know our democracy is better off when every voice is heard and every vote is counted. Washington is already a national leader on this front—we shifted to all-mail voting, expanded access to drop boxes, and allow voters to register online. But we’re not done yet. Passing AVR is the next step to a democracy of, by, and for the people. It helps more people participate by making voter registration less complicated for everyone, including working parents, busy students, and rural communities.
    Take action today by contacting your lawmakers in Olympia to vote YES on Automatic Voter Registration!
     
  • Action Alert: Support Reducing Carbon Pollution Measures

    Please support SB 6203 and SB 6096.  The League of Women Voters believes that global warming is a serious issue that requires immediate action.  Climate change caused by carbon pollution poses a profound and growing risk to our state's economy and quality of life.  The League supports legislation that reduces carbon emissions and those that raise revenue to adequately fund services and functions critical to the well being of the people of our state.  Both these bills achieve these important goals.

    Both bills will be heard in the Energy, Environment, and Technology Committee meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 16 at 10:00 am. Please click through to see if you have a Senator on this committee (districts 1, 8, 12, 35, 36, 38, 40, 41, 42, 44) and urge them to support these bills. If you do not have a Senator on this committee the website will return a note which says "No targets." Please continue checking these Action Alerts as different bills will be heard by different committees and you may be able to contact your Senator about one of these in the future. 

  • Action Alert: Washington Apple Care Trust (SB 5701), a single payer bill, has an important public hearing on January 16 at 10:00 am in the Cherberg Building.

    SB 5701 Washington Apple Care Trust is essentially the same as the more publicized Washington Health Security Trust (WHST), HB 1026.  All residents of Washington state would have fair, simple and accountable health care using a single health care financing entity.  This plan would provide a comprehensive package of effective and necessary personal health services.  Health care coverage would be independent from employment. With a single plan, excessive administrative costs resulting from the current fragmented system of multiple insurers would be eliminated.  Washington state residents would have their choice of providers and patient rights protection.  This plan promotes health care quality and controls health care costs.  A provision to retrain displaced workers is included in this plan.

    SB 5701 is scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee on January 16. Please click through to see if you have a Senator on this committee and urge them to support these bills. If you do not have a Senator on this committee the website will return a note which says "No targets." Please continue checking these Action Alerts as different bills will be heard by different committees and you may be able to contact your Senator about one of these in the future. 

  • Congress Must Pass the Dream Act NOW

    It’s time for our leaders in Congress to reset the policy debate and pass the Dream Act. 

    When President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last year he created a crisis. It’s time for Congress to resolve this crisis by passing the Dream Act to ensure that 800,000 dreamers are protected. Dreamers are Americans and they belong in America. Congress must step up and take immediate action to protect them. 

    The Dream Act has broad bipartisan support and sponsorship. 87% of Americans are in favor of passage of the Dream Act. As a country of immigrants, we are made stronger by our diversity. This is a moment of our truth for our country. 

    It's time for our leaders in Congress to choose the values and ideals that this country holds dear. They must stand for those that are working hard, paying taxes and contributing to our society on their path to American citizenship.

    Stand with the League of Women Voters and contact your Senators and Representatives. They must pass a clean DREAM Act to protect, not turn away, the 800,000-young people who were brought to the United States as children. We can and we must do better to be vigilant about speaking out against racism. We must stand up as a nation and say this is unacceptable.

  • Stop Guns in Schools and Day Care Centers

     Oppose changes in gun laws

  • Reject 'Election Integrity' Commission’s Voter Suppression Agenda!

       

    Voting brings us together as Americans—it is the one time we are all equal. But a new national task force, created to justify President Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 elections, is laying the groundwork for dangerous voter suppression across the country.

    The so-called 'Election Integrity’ Commission, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is seeking to find potential fraudulent registration on voter rolls across the country. They’ve requested personal, confidential information from all fifty states that threatens the privacy of Americans. 

    This Commission is not interested in facts, but rather false accusations in order to implement dangerous election policy. The League will not let this Commission intimidate voters but we need your help. Tell the Commission you won’t let anything stop you from exercising your right to vote.

  • Urge Congress to Support the Automatic Voter Registration Act!
      

    Support the Automatic Voter Registration Act!

    Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Robert Brady (D-PA) introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017 on June 14, 2017. The League  is proud to support legislation that enhances  access for eligible voters in our elections and works to modernize our electoral system. This bill will improve the  accuracy of voter records, cut down on costs, modernize outdated registration systems while supporting implementation in states across the country.
        
    The League is a leader in voter registration efforts across the country. Expanding voter registration has been a principal goal of the League since its founding in the wake of the passage in 1920 of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.   We are proud to see Congress embracing new technology that expands access to the ballot while still taking the necessary safeguards to secure personal information. 
      
    The League fully supports this bill and urges all members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to support this important legislation.
      
      

  • Urge Congress to Support the Automatic Voter Registration Act!

       

    Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Robert Brady (D-PA) introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017 on June 14, 2017. The League  is proud to support legislation that enhances access for eligible voters in our elections and works to modernize our electoral system. This bill will improve the  accuracy of voter records, cut down on costs, modernize outdated registration systems while supporting implementation in states across the country.

        
    The League is a leader in voter registration efforts across the country. Expanding voter registration has been a principal goal of the League since its founding in the wake of the passage in 1920 of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.   We are proud to see Congress embracing new technology that expands access to the ballot while still taking the necessary safeguards to secure personal information. 
      
    The League fully supports this bill and urges all members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to support this important legislation.
      
  • Please Stand up for Dreamers

    A member of the LWVUS Lobby Corps recently visited your Congressional Represenative's* office in DC and asked him to co-sponsor the bill  Based on the response she heard, we need you to follow up with your Representative and strongly urge him to co-sponsor the bill and support bringing it to the floor for a vote.

    Below is a draft email for your use. We encourage you to edit this email to personalize it as you wish.

    Thank you.

  • Oppose HB 4205

     Oppose changes in MI's Rules Process

  • Oppose SB 335

     Oppose changes in MI Campaign Finance Law

  • Reject 'Election Integrity' Commission’s Voter Suppression Agenda!

       

    Voting brings us together as Americans—it is the one time we are all equal. But a new national task force, created to justify President Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 elections, is laying the groundwork for dangerous voter suppression across the country.

    The so-called 'Election Integrity’ Commission, chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is seeking to find potential fraudulent registration on voter rolls across the country. They’ve requested personal, confidential information from all fifty states that threatens the privacy of Americans. 

    This Commission is not interested in facts, but rather false accusations in order to implement dangerous election policy. The League will not let this Commission intimidate voters but we need your help. Tell the Commission you won’t let anything stop you from exercising your right to vote.

      

  • Urge Congress to Support the Automatic Voter Registration Act!
      

    Support the Automatic Voter Registration Act!

    Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Robert Brady (D-PA) introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017 on June 14, 2017. The League  is proud to support legislation that enhances  access for eligible voters in our elections and works to modernize our electoral system. This bill will improve the  accuracy of voter records, cut down on costs, modernize outdated registration systems while supporting implementation in states across the country.
        
    The League is a leader in voter registration efforts across the country. Expanding voter registration has been a principal goal of the League since its founding in the wake of the passage in 1920 of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.   We are proud to see Congress embracing new technology that expands access to the ballot while still taking the necessary safeguards to secure personal information. 
      
    The League fully supports this bill and urges all members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to support this important legislation.
      
      

  • Oppose Anti-Welcoming Cities Legislation

     Oppose changes in Welcoming Cities Policy 

  • Oppose SB 335

     Oppose changes in MI Campaign Finance Law

  • Support Funding for Great Lakes

     Urge Members of Congress to Support Funding for Great Lakes

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    Take the Be Earthwise Pledge

    I’ll vote with my dollars. I PLEDGE to respect the environment and address the effects of climate change when making my consumer purchases.

    I’ll vote with my actions. I PLEDGE to respect the environment and the address effects of climate change through my daily activities. 

    I’ll participate in our democracy. I PLEDGE to take action as a citizen to help shape public policy that respects the environment and addresses the effects of climate change.  


    We want to hear from you! After signing the pledge please let us know:

    What Earthwise issues do you want to learn more about? (Air, water, soil, climate, other)

    What citizen action is most important to preserve our planet?

  • Oppose Elimination of MI Income Tax

     Oppose Elimination of Michigan Income Tax

  • 5 Ways YOU Can Defend Our Democracy

    1. Contact your Representatives — Elected officials work for the people and need to hear from concerned citizens like you. You can reach your U.S. Representative and Senators by calling 1-866-220-0044 or looking them up with our tool.

    2. Register to Vote, and help others Register — Make sure your family and neighbors are up to date on their registration. The League works year-round at schools and community events to prepare eligible voters. Check out VOTE411.org for more information

    3. Attend a Community Meeting — Learn about local issues and hear from elected officials. Or connect and organize with people already active in your community. Check your local government's website or contact your local League.

    4. Support our Defend Democracy Fund — Your support makes it possible for the League to take a stand in statehouses and courtrooms across the country. Donate today.

    5. Become an e-Activist — Read updates from the League and take action by holding your elected officials accountable on the League's key priorities like voting rights and money in politics.

  • Top 5 Ways YOU Can Defend Our Democracy

    1. Contact your Representatives - Elected officials work for the people and need to hear from concerned citizens like you. You can reach you U.S. Representative and Senators by calling 1-866-220-0044.

    2. Register to Vote, and help others Register - Make sure your family and neighbors are up to date on their registration. The League works year-round at schools and community events to prepare eligible voters. Check out VOTE411.org for more information

    3. Attend a Community Meeting - Learn about local issues and hear from elected officials. You can connect and organize with people already active in your community. Check your local government's website or contact your local League.

    4. Support our Defend Demicracy Fund - Your support makes it possible for the League to take a stand in statehouses and courtrooms across the country. Donate today.

    5. Run for Office - You can directly contribute to the direction of local politics in your own back yard. From school boards to the state hose, there are many opportunitues to run for office and make a difference.

  • Stop Voter Suppression

      

    Across the country, there has been a concerted effort in many states to stop some voters from voting, or to make it much harder for them to participate – and 

     there promises to be more to come in 2017. Legislators and election officials have purged existing voters from the rolls, made cuts to early voting, reduced polling places, put in place strict voter photo ID laws and levied onerous voter registration restrictions.

    All of these actions have been made easier by the Supreme Court’s decision to gut key provisions of the Voting Rights Act in 2013. The 2016 election was the first presidential election in 50 years without full protection of the right to vote.

    The League remains committed to fighting suppression tactics that threaten our democracy and the right to vote. In addition, throughout 2016, the League worked to make sure voters impacted by new laws were aware of these restrictions. In Ohio, the League made thousands of phone calls to inform voters about that state’s purge. In Virginia, the League conducted outreach so voters knew how the state’s new voter photo ID law might affect them. In Kansas, the League fought tirelessly to protect the rights of voters caught in the crosshairs of the state’s illegal and discriminatory attempts to restrict voter registration Across the country, thousands of League volunteers served as non-partisan poll observers, staffed voter protection hotlines, and made sure get-out-the-vote phone banks reached as many voters as possible.
     
      
    The League is gearing up to take a stand in Congress, statehouses and courtrooms nationwide to ensure no voters are left behind. Stand with the League in our fight to ensure our elections are always free, fair, and accessible.

  • Support New Energy Policy

     Urge your State Representative to support policies that reduce energy demand and rely on renewable resources!

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  • Affirmation of Support for The League of Women Voters

  • VETO PUBLIC MONEY FOR PRIVATE & PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS

     Urge Governor Snyder to veto $2.5 Million of public school money going to private and parochial schools

  • VETO SB 776 - Limits Citizen Participation

     Urge Governor Snyder to veto SB 776 - the bill to limit citizen participation in government

  • Support ERA


    Urge the members of the Michigan House of Representatives to put the ERA in the MI Constitution. Please note - you can edit your letter.

  • Oppose Using St. Clair Pipeline


    Urge Governor Snyder to oppose this Presidential Permit request.  Four of the St. Clair pipelines are inactive and not necessary, we do not know the condition of these pipelines, and the permit requested is not clear.  There is no reason to take the chance with Michigan waters.  We consider our waters an environmentally sensitive area, and call on the Governor to make pipelines in Michigan waters subject to higher standards for operating safely.

  • Veto SB 571 - Gag Order

     Urge Governor to veto SB 571, a gag order on election information.  

  • Veto SB 13

     Urge Governor to veto SB 13.

  • Oppose SB 13

     Oppose passage of ban on straight-party ticket voting

  • SB 561 - Oppose Elimination of Gun-Free Zones

     Oppose SB 561 because it allows concealed weapons in schools, churches and hospitals.

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    To:    League of Women Voters of Kansas

    I share your outrage
    at the appalling effort by the Kansas Secretary of State to make voting more difficult for tens of thousands of Kansans. The League of Women Voters of Kansas’ initiative to help impacted voters complete their registration applications before they are “purged” from the rolls is in the highest traditions of the League of Women Voters’ 95-year commitment to protecting voting rights and Making Democracy Work® by increasing citizen participation. Know that I and thousands of other League supporters across the country stand with you.

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    To:  League of Women Voters of Oklahoma

    Excellent work
    and big thanks to the League of Women Voters of Oklahoma (LWVOK) for helping bring voter registration opportunities to thousands of potential voters! LWVOK’s initiative in pushing Oklahoma’s State Election Board to bring the state into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act was in the highest traditions of the League of Women Voters’ 95-year commitment to protecting voting rights and Making Democracy Work® by increasing citizen participation in our democracy. Thanks to your hard work more voters, including low-income, young, and elderly, can make their voices heard on Election Day.


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  • Oppose HB 4609 - Eliminates Earned Income Tax Credit

    Do Not Pass HB 4609, the bill to eliminate Michigan's Earned Income Tax Credit

  • Religious Discrimination - Child Placement Agencies

     

  • Action Alert - Pay Equity

     Support pay equity legislation.  

  • Veto the bill which would end the use of biological diversity to protect our state lands

    At the end of the 2013-2014 Legislative session the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate passed SB 78, the bill amends the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act by repealing and modifying sections of the act that deal with biological biodiversity. "The department, director, or commission shall not promulgate or enforce a rule or issue or enforce an order under this act that designates or classifies an area of land specifically for the purpose of achieving or maintaining biological diversity, as defined in section 35502, and such a rule or order is void." Biological diversity means "the full range of variety and variability within and among living organisms and the natural associations in which they occur. Biological diversity includes ecosystem diversity, species diversity, and genetic diversity." The bill is on its way to the Governor for his signature. The League of Women Voters of Michigan urges you to contact the Governor to veto this bill.

    For more information go to www.michiganlcv.org/news-press/news-archives/news-story-2014-12-19-15975. Click below to send a letter directly and immediately to Governor Snyder.

    Urge Governor Snyder to veto SB 78, because these changes ban the use of biological diversity to protect our valuable natural resources. Thank you!

    Sincerely,

    Sue Smith, President

  • Religious Freedom Restoration Act

    CONTACT YOUR STATE SENATORS NOW:

    The Michigan House of Representatives passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and now the Michigan Senate may consider the bill during the lame duck session.  

    Please contact your Senator today to urge them NOT to pass the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, HB 5958.

    Sincerely,

     Sue Smith, President                                                                                                    League of Women Voters of Michigan  

  • Take Action to Protect School & Local Government Funding

    Contact Your Legislators:

    Right now the Michigan Legislature is deciding how to fund road repairs.

    On Thursday, December 4, the Michigan House of Representatives sent a package of bills to the Michigan Senate to fund road repairs by reallocating money that currently goes to schools and local governments.

    We urge you contact your State Representative and Senator and to urge them to negotiate a plan to fund road repairs and not to cut funding for schools and local governments.

    Sincerely,

    Sue Smith, President
    League of Women Voters of Michigan

    (Note: use 9-digit zipcode, if known)

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  • Oppose HB 3943 and SB 300

    Talking points:

    ·       Common Core Standards were developed by two bi-partisan national groups: The National Association of StateGovernors and the National Association of Chief State School Officers, in extensive collaboration with professional teaching associations such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, The National Council of Teachers of English, and the International Reading Association together with input from parents, teachers, and business leaders across the country.

    ·       South Carolina adopted  Common Core Standards in 2010 after extensive study and review by the State Department of Education, the Education Oversight Committee (a bi-partisan group created by the legislature to guide and guard public education in SC), and the State Board of Education, whose members are selected from all points of the state.

    ·       Most South Carolina School districts have already implemented Common Core Standards.

    ·       Common Core standards are politically neutral. They cover currently only the areas of reading/language arts and mathematics. South Carolina will continue to use its own excellent state standards for all subject areas not covered by Common Core such as science and social studies.

    ·       While certainly rigorous, tankards are developmentally appropriate for each age level.  Remember we want our children to be competitive at the global level.

    ·       The best way to learn about Common Core Standards is to read them yourself at www.corestandards.org.

  • Sustain the Veto of HB 253

    As Summer days are waning into Fall, so are the final days leading up to the Veto Session on September 11. There is still time to act on HB 253!
     

    This bill would impact young children, senior citizens, middle class working families and college students. HB253 is the so-called "tax cut" bill that would give the average Missourian a tax cut big enough to buy a Big Mac and the favored few would get $1200 bucks a year.  And it would devastate our public schools, eliminate critical services for the mentally ill, and raise taxes on prescription drugs and college textbooks.

    TAKE ACTION NOW:  CONTACT YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE TO SUSTAIN THE VETO!
      
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    ·    HB 253 would greatly impact the state funding of education already under-
    funded by $620 million.
     
    ·    It threatens early childhood education, especially Parents as Teachers, and
    future programs to fund preschool for all Missouri children.
     
    ·    Missouri is already a competitive tax state. Missouri’s corporate tax rate is
    the seventh lowest in the nation.
     
    ·    Missouri would need to create 500,000 new jobs in order take in the amount
    of revenue equal to the size of the cuts.
     
    ·    It would diminish public health and safety, and deteriorating infrastructure,
    including roads and bridges.
     
     CALL, MAIL OR E-MAIL YOUR STATE REPRESENTATIVE!
     

    Why contact your state representative? The MISSOURI HOUSE needs 109 votes to override the governor’s veto. This is the chamber where the override needs to be defeated! Even if you know your state representative’s position contact him or her. Let your state representative know your thoughts.

  • ACTION ALERT: New Bill Attacking Voting Rights Must Be Stopped!

    This week, the North Carolina Legislature could advance an omnibus voter suppression bill (new version of HB-589) that would have severe consequences for all voters across our state and damage the very foundation of our great democracy.

    Among other harmful actions, HB-589 bill would

    • impose a strict voter photo ID requirement,
    • same day registration,
    • shorten the early voting period by a week,
    • eliminate pre-registration for 16 & 17 year olds, and
    • purge the voter rolls more often.

    Elections are the one time when all citizens – rich or poor, young or old, black or white – have an equal say in our great democracy. This legislation erases that equality and is an attack that will severely limit options for all North Carolinian voters, especially the poor, elderly and racial minorities.

  • Stop Voter Suppression Bill in NC
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    Protecting Our Right to Vote

    I am joining with the League of Women Voters to honor, defend and protect our right to vote.

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  • Help put an end to gun violence

     

  • Immigration Reform

    Immigrants have helped weave the fabric and identity of our nation. It’s time to help those living in the shadows to become a part of our great nation. The acceptance and allegiance of more citizens will only work to strengthen our nation and our society. Add your voice to the pledge.

  • Oppose Tuition Tax Credits

    • · The fiscal impact to the state would be millions of dollars and the impact to local school districts is unclear - the budget process is not the appropriate process for adding such programs.

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    • · Until the General Assembly fully funds public schools and provides for all students the opportunity to succeed, lawmakers should not consider using limited public funds to subsidize private school expenses.

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    Please call and email your legislator today!

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  • Ethics Reform - Support H.3945

    • H.3945 provides a greater role for the Ethics Commission and much greater transparency in the enforcement process after a finding of probable cause is made. Making this approach effective will require diligent public focus on investigations, but it can work far better than the present secretive internal process.
    • H.3945 provides for more professional investigation of cases, through agencies outside the General Assembly.
    • H.3945 provides for disclosure of most income sources, allowing citizens to evaluate whether conflicts of interest exist.
    • H.3945 eliminates “Leadership PACs”, which subvert other campaign finance laws and prevent adequate disclosure.

             Email and call your Senator today!

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  • Let the Sunshine in

    I Support Voters, Not Secret Money and Special Interests

    Citizens United opened the floodgates and secret money now flows from corporations, unions, non-profit organizations, and other entities into election campaign ads.

    It’s time to restore transparency to our elections – join us as we pledge to shine a light and work to dry up the flood of secret money in political campaigns!

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    Talking Points Supporting Ethics Reform

    • We must compel officials to disclose the source of all of the money that they receive and abstain from influencing matters that would affect those sources.

     

    • Investigation and disciplinary action for members and staff of the General Assembly must be the same as that for the executive branch of government. It is a violation of separation of powers for the General Assembly to police itself.

     

    • Inadequate investigative staff, personal and partisan interests, incentives to protect the institution of which they are a part, and in some cases the desire to continue to inflate their incomes with money from special interests prevent effective enforcement through the General Assembly.

     

    • All cases must be made public once a determination of probable cause has been made. Without transparency there is no certainty that the public interest is protected.

     

    • The Public Integrity Unit should be authorized to provide professional independent investigation of ethics violations.

     

    • “Leadership PACs” subvert other campaign finance laws and prevent adequate disclosure. They must be abolished.
    • Government agencies must provide information to citizens in a timely and affordable way.
  • I support People, NOT Polluters

    The  League of Women Voters has been at the forefront of efforts to protect, air,  land, and water resources for many decades. The League is a strong supporter for  health and environmental protections, and started studying environmental issues  soon after our founding over 90 years ago. We remain committed on working to  protect the environment by reducing pollution that endangers public health and  worsens global warming.

    But  we can’t do it alone – we need your help.  Please pledge to help us protect our future  generations by fighting attacks on the environment

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    Pledge to Protect the National Voter Registration Act!

    If the opponents of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) have their way, the mission of the League of Women Voters is in jeopardy. The case before the U.S. Supreme Court endangers the League's work of running independent voter registration drives. The NVRA streamlined the numerous state laws that hindered citizen-led registration drives, and a decision against the NVRA would leave the voter registration process vulnerable to new forms of political manipulation. The League and our community partners are often the only effective way for many new voters to get registered to participate in our great democracy.

     

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    I support People, NOT Polluters

    The  League of Women Voters has been at the forefront of efforts to protect, air,  land, and water resources for many decades. The League is a strong supporter for  health and environmental protections, and started studying environmental issues  soon after our founding over 90 years ago. We remain committed on working to  protect the environment by reducing pollution that endangers public health and  worsens global warming.

    But  we can’t do it alone – we need your help.  Please pledge to help us protect our future  generations by fighting attacks on the environment.

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    Talking Points

    • Special interests are funneling money to public officials in SC to influence them. We must compel officials to disclose the source of money that they receive and abstain from influencing matters that would affect those sources.

     

    • Bills currently before Senate and House committees provide for disclosure of sources of all “income” but this is interpreted to mean only salaries and wages, not the consulting fees and contracted payments that are the common forms in which questionable payments are made. All compensation, in any form, should be disclosed.

     

    • Officials should also disclose the source of payments to any company that they own in whole or in part.

     

    • Amounts of compensation should be disclosed, at least in broad ranges.

     

    • Investigation and disciplinary action for members and staff of the General Assembly must be the same as that for the executive branch of government.

     

    • The SC Constitution does not require, in fact does not even authorize, the House and Senate to prosecute violations of criminal statutes. Ethics violations are criminal offenses, precisely as auto theft is a criminal offense.

     

    • Inadequate investigative staff, personal and partisan interests, incentives to protect the institution of which they are a part, and in some cases the desire to continue to inflate their incomes with money from special interests prevent effective enforcement through the General Assembly.

     

    • All cases must be made public once a determination of probable cause has been made. Without transparency there is no certainty that the public interest is protected.

            Please email and call your Represenatives and Senators on the Judiciary Committees today!

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    Pledge to Protect the National Voter Registration Act!

    If the opponents of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) have their way, the mission of the League of Women Voters is in jeopardy. The case before the U.S. Supreme Court endangers the League's work of running independent voter registration drives. The NVRA streamlined the numerous state laws that hindered citizen-led registration drives, and a decision against the NVRA would leave the voter registration process vulnerable to new forms of political manipulation. The League and our community partners are often the only effective way for many new voters to get registered to participate in our great democracy.

     

  • Oppose H.3176 – Don’t Gut Absentee Voting

     

    • S.4 is not an ideal early voting bill, but it provides an adequate period for voting (10 days), allows multiiple poll locations in larger counties, and does not remove existing provisions for excused absentee voting.
    • A reasonable no-excuse in-person early voting period should include at least two weeks prior to an election and should include at least one Sunday. H.3176 limits this period to nine days before the election, and doesn’t include Sundays.
    • Early voting should be available at multiple locations in larger counties. This bill limits early voting to one location in each county.
    • Early voting should be available at multiple locations in larger counties.  H.3176 limites early voting to one location in each county.
    • H.3176 would eliminate important excuses to vote absentee by mail.   For example, workers who must be out of state for several weeks at a time would be prevented from voting by any means if H.3176 is passed without amendment since they would not qualify for absentee voting by mail and would not be present during the limited in-person early voting period.
    • And, individuals who are  out of town for several weeks before on and before an election, or are absent caring for an ill family member in a distant location would be unable to vote either excused absentee or no-excuse early voting.
    • Under this bill, voters with disabilities would have to submit a physician's certificate in order to vote by absentee ballot. Voters with low incomes may lack a regular personal physician to provide this certificate. And providing certification is not a reasonable function for emergency rooms, where many residents in low-income communities receive their medical care. Further, many physicians would charge the patient for a consultation to acquire a certificate, effectively creating a poll tax.
    • Early voting should be encouraged, rather than discouraged, It reduces costs to the taxpayer because fewer poll workers and voting machines are needed on election day. The possibility of long waits at the polls is reduced for those who choose to vote on election day, since many will have chosen to vote earlier.

                Please call and email your representative today!

  • TAKE ACTION: Tell Your Senators to Pass Sensible Gun Laws

    America faces an epidemic of gun related violence. Approximately 268 people are shot every single day. 


    It’s time to stop the violence. Legislation with common sense solutions to gun violence will protect our children, our citizens and help restore our public confidence. Tell the Senate to move forward with common sense gun legislation.


    In the coming weeks, Congress will consider legislation to end the gun violence that is plaguing our nation. Some of the proposed solutions include closing the gun show loophole, increasing penalties for straw purchases of guns, banning assault weapons, placing limits on high capacity ammunition magazines, and funding research to report on gun violence in America.


    Curbing gun violence is a critical matter of public safety and public health. Tell your Senators this issue is too important to ignore any longer and that common sense solutions to gun violence will save lives.


     

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    Protecting Our Right to Vote

    The Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 is an essential part of American democracy. It ensures that every American citizen, regardless of race, has an equal right to vote.  

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  • Tell President Obama to Lead the Climate Change Fight

     

    “Climate change is not a hoax. More drought and floods and hurricanes and wildfires are not a joke. They’re a threat to our children’s future. And we can do something about it.”

    These are the words of President Obama during the 2012 campaign, and we couldn’t agree more. People are dying because of climate change.  Our families, our communities and our planet are all threatened by it. 

    Join the League by calling on the President, to take the historically necessary step of controlling industrial carbon pollution from new and existing power plants.  The President can use his existing regulatory authority to make this happen. 

    The world has known about climate change for decades, yet little has been done to address the issue. The U.S. came close to enacting a comprehensive climate change bill in the early years of your administration when a good bill passed the House, but it was blocked by special interests in the Senate. With the current gridlock in Congress, it seems impossible that any legislative action will be taken to protect our health and our planet.

    If President Obama doesn’t do it, it won’t get done. If the United States doesn’t lead, the rest of the world cannot follow.

    Tell the President that saving the world is a legacy worth fighting for.

  • Fix the Fiscal Cliff

    With a January 1 deadline fast approaching, when steep and unsustainable spending cuts and tax increases will harm the economy, the time has come for our leaders to come together and move our country forward.  Congress has an historic opportunity to support a new direction for federal fiscal policy.

    The League of Women Voters supports a federal fiscal policy that recognizes the importance of a fair tax system, that provides for social needs, and that will carefully manage the deficit and the economy. It’s time to recognize we need change and to take things in a new direction. Join us in telling Congress to support a new direction for federal fiscal policy.

    More than 20 million people are in need of full-time work, and unemployment continues to hover around 8 percent.  But budget “hawks” are pushing for huge spending cuts that will harm the economy.  At the same time, the top two percent of taxpayers are not paying their fair share.  Millions of seniors, children, people with disabilities, and others are depending on social programs to get by. Our fiscal policy must support people in need, while carefully balancing the deficit and the economy.

    America is facing a financial crisis. Tell Congress to provide a long-term solution by increasing revenue, protecting the social safety net, reducing defense spending, and carefully managing the deficit.

  • Commit to Vote

    This election isn’t just about the day-to-day battles between candidates. It’s about you. This election will impact you---your job, your health, your future---and your community. It’s your chance to stand up for what you believe in---and make sure your family and friends do, too.

    Join with the League and commit to vote - have your say about the decision makers who represent you and the issues that matter most to you.

  • Commit to Vote

    This election isn’t just about the day-to-day battles between candidates. It’s about you. This election will impact you---your job, your health, your future---and your community. It’s your chance to stand up for what you believe in---and make sure your family and friends do, too.

    Join with the League and commit to vote - have your say about the decision makers who represent you and the issues that matter most to you.

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  • Honoring the Right to Vote

    I am joining with the League of Women Voters to honor, defend, and protect our constitutional right to vote.

  • Let the Sunshine in – I Support Voters, Not Secret Money and Special Interests

    I am joining with the League of Women Voters to stop the flood of secret money and special interest influence  by working to let the sunshine in – I support voters, not big money.

  • Senate Refuses to Debate DISCLOSE

    Twice, the U.S. Senate refused to allow full debate on the DISCLOSE Act, which would require complete disclosure of spending on big-money advertising in candidate elections. Huge sums of secret money are flooding into our elections and without full disclosure the voters won't know who is trying to buy influence.

    YOU can still make your voice heard. Tell your Senators you won’t give up the fight to restore our democracy.

    Secret money has no place in elections but we all know it is there, drowning out the voices of everyday Americans. Our elected leaders in Washington, the men and women who had the power and opportunity to help, failed to take up the DISCLOSE Act. They decided that they didn't even want to debate this important issue. Rather than talk about how they could help voters understand where all of this secret money is coming from, they decided to kill the bill without any debate.

    The U.S. Senate could have put us on the right path if they had taken their duty as elected leaders seriously and debated the DISCLOSE Act on its merits. Tell your Senators you will continue the fight to restore transparency to our government and electoral system.

    The League will continue to push for passage of DISCLOSE because secret campaign money has no place in America's democracy. It undermines the role of the voter and corrupts the election process.

    Voters have a right to know -- whether it is a corporation, union, trade association, or non-profit advocacy group making unlimited campaign expenditures and influencing elections.

     

  • Tell Your Senators to Vote for Cloture on DISCLOSE

    Very soon, the U.S. Senate will take up a bill to restore transparency to U.S. elections by requiring complete disclosure of spending on big-money advertising in candidate elections. 

    The League has worked for decades to bring about real reform to our campaign finance system. A vote for cloture is a vote for meaningful debate on a topic of vital importance to our democracy. The Senate should truly debate this bill rather than succumbing to the hyper-partisanship that too often blocks responsible action by the Senate. 

    The League supports the DISCLOSE Act of 2012 because we believe that Americans deserve all the information they can get before they vote. S. 3369 builds on disclosure requirements already approved by the Supreme Court. In fact, the Court pointed in the direction of enhanced disclosure in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission when it said that disclosure is important to “providing the electorate with information.”
     
    Secret campaign money has no place in America’s democracy. It undermines the role of the voter and corrupts the election process.  Voters have a right to know -- whether it is a corporation, union, trades association, or non-profit advocacy group making unlimited campaign expenditures and influencing elections.

     

  • I Support People, NOT Polluters

    Please pledge to help us protect our future generations by fighting attacks on the environment.

  • ACTION ALERT: Stand up for Clean Air

    Clean air protections are being attacked in the U.S. Senate. A vocal minority is threatening to eliminate an historic regulation issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This regulation is a landmark Clean Air Act achievement for public health and we need your help to fight and make sure it remains.

    Earlier this year, the EPA set an historic standard, regulating mercury and toxic air pollutants from power plants. This standard came after decades of delay, and sets strict limits on mercury and toxic emissions. This standard will save thousands of lives and help those with asthma and bronchitis breathe easier.

    Despite resounding support from the public, Senator Jim Inhofe has introduced a bill that would nullify this historic advance. For years the League has worked to fight for clean air and protect the Clean Air Act. Now that action has been taken to strengthen this law, some Senators wants to take a step back!

    You can make a difference! Send a message to your Senators today. Tell them to oppose S.J. Res 37. Tell them to limit mercury and air toxics including arsenic, lead, acid gases and dozens of others from power plants that burn coal and oil.

     

  • Support Funding for Public Education

    Support funding for public education in our State budget TODAY.  Please call your legislators as soon as possible and encourage them to fund a "thorough and efficient" education for all students in our public schools.  Personal letters from your home e-mail and phone calls make a difference.  You can also link to one of our letters as a starting point or the talking points below.  

    Public education needs you, as a legislator to amend existing legislation and vote to:

    • Restore the cuts called for in the Governor's proposed budget.
    • Maintain separate funding of the Basic Education subsidy.
    • Keep the separate funding (and the formulas) in place for pupil transportation, non-public and charter transportation, and social security.
    • Restore the $100 million for the Accountability Block Grant
    • Reimburse school districts for the extraordinary costs of students attending charter schools
    • Limit charges to school districts for students in charter and cyber charter schools to reflect the actual cost of providing instruction
    • Provide a cost-of-living increase for state funding of special education
    • Develop a comprehensive plan to help school districts that are financially challenged.
  • Oppose Tax Deductions for Private Schools - SB 1325/HB 4894

    o   The League supports public state-supported education at all levels which is high quality, effective, equitable and accountable.
    o   Public schools are the backbone of South Carolina’s future. They should not have their support diminished through private school funding schemes.
    o   All citizens have a responsibility to fund the public school system, whether they have children or not, and whether they have children in public schools or not.
    o   South Carolina, year after year, fails to meet its own statutory level of per student funding in public schools. We cannot afford to further impair our ability to fund public schools.
    o   Invest in proven strategies to improve student achievement such as reducing class size, improved teacher training, and increased parental involvement.
    o   Private schools pick their students, avoiding those who need the help most.
    o   Private schools and home schools are not accountable to the public.
    o   The current proposal would benefit largely those parents who can already afford private schools and for whom tax deductions are meaningful. Scholarship support for less affluent students is left to the whim of private donors.
    o   Even if scholarship funds were available, private schools are not available to many students in our most economically challenged areas, and demand would not support their establishment.
    o   The push for public support for private schools is a long-standing agenda of well-funded interests outside South Carolina whose interests are not necessarily those of our state. Our children should not be used in their experiments.

  • Tell your Senators It's Time to Clean Up Campaigns

    Campaign financing in our nation is corrupting our political system with secret money from special interests and large outside funders.

    Already in this election cycle we have seen a slew of money from secret donors, corporations and special interests. If Congress does not act to clean up our election finance system, 2012 will be known as the year of the Super PAC, and voters will be deprived of the information they need to make informed decisions in this election.

    Congress can act to close the floodgates against secret big-money special interests in our elections. The DISCLOSE Act of 2012 is moving in the Senate and it would require  full transparency and let the sunlight in. The DISCLOSE Act is the key that will allow voters to make their own decisions and shine the light on big-money outside spending in this election.

    The DISCLOSE 2012 Act is carefully crafted to require disclosure by outside groups of large campaign contributions and expenditures – those over $10,000 – and includes valuable “stand-by-your ad” provisions for ads run by such groups.  It requires outside groups to certify that their spending is not coordinated with candidates and, very importantly, covers transfers of money among groups so that the actual sources of funds being spent to influence federal elections will be known. Most importantly, it would give voters the information they need to judge for themselves about the advertising and the candidates.

    Send a message to your Senators. Tell them to put voters first.

  • Clean Air Is At Risk

    We can ill afford to compromise our health and well-being for the sake of short-term economic prosperity. Elected officials must understand that clean air is:

    • Vital to public health
    • Less expensive than pollution-related healthcare costs
    • Good for the economy
    • Important for protecting of our environment

    According to the April 2, 2012 Time: In the first study of its kind, researchers reported that expectant mothers’ exposure to pollutants – specifically polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are contained in car exhausts and cigarette smoke – can lead to a fourfold increase in the risk of anxiety problems I their children at age 6.  The scientists measured PAH levels in the babies’ cord blood and the mothers’ blood at delivery and found a similar association: the higher the levels of blood markers for PAH, the greater the chance the children later showed symptoms of anxiety, depression or difficulty paying attention.

  • Clean Air Is At Risk

    We need your help. Clean air is at risk! We can ill afford to compromise our health and wellbeing for the sake of short-term economic prosperity.  We cannot afford to ignore or delay regulation.

    Contact your state legislators. Use the talking points on League website.

    Add a personal touch to one of the sample letters below and send it from your personal e-mail or postal address. Tell elected officials what clean means to you and your family.

    Ask others to join in this effort! Together we can make a difference!

  • Support EPA's Proposal to Limit Industrial Carbon Pollution

    For the first time ever, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could put limits on the industrial carbon pollution that fuels global warming, makes smog worse and threatens the health of children and the elderly -- and you can help make it happen.

    The EPA has taken an important first step by proposing a new standard to limit carbon pollution from new power plants. The agency is now receiving public comments on the proposal and we must add our voice in support.  

    You can bet that corporate polluters are already doing everything they can to block these important health protections. Members of the environmental and health communities are already voicing their support, and we must add the trusted League voice to theirs.

    The EPA’s proposal sets a performance standard that will ensure new power plants limit their pollution. But this is just a down payment. Existing coal-fired power plants account for the largest chunk of carbon dioxide pollution emitted by stationary sources in the US, which is roughly on a par with the carbon dioxide pollution emitted by the entire transportation sector.

    We need to build strong support for EPA’s proposal on new plants to ensure that there will be political support for taking the next step -- controlling carbon pollution from existing power plants!

    Send a powerful message to let the EPA know you want them to support people not polluters. Your comment will be delivered with those of thousands of League members and supporters across the country.

  • H.3757 Human Trafficking

    Support H.3757 - End Human Trafficking in South Carolina

    ·       Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. It is an extremely violent crime against people.  It is about the buying and selling of children and adults for the purpose of labor or sex. 

    ·       South Carolina is a source, destination, and pass-through for human trafficking. Labor trafficking victims are typically found in domestic servitude, agriculture and hospitality/tourism jobs. Sex trafficking occurs in pimp-controlled street prostitution, commercial-front massage parlors and strip clubs, and closed-network residential brothels.

    ·       Law enforcement needs more tools to combat these crimes.

    -   H3757 would reduce demand by enabling SC law enforcement to investigate human trafficking situations, allowing SC prosecutors to prosecute and convict traffickers, and SC judges to apply the maximum sentence allowable under the Class A felony penalty code for all types of trafficking in persons.

    -   The bill unites law enforcement, public health and welfare agencies, and anti-trafficking NGO’s to facilitate the exchange of information and implement a human trafficking prevention plan. It would put in place a state plan for victim’s services.

    ·       H3757 raises awareness in communities about the national human trafficking hotline, the risks of engaging in commercial sex, and available victims’ services and methods for reporting suspicious activities.  

    ·       The bill has bipartisan legislative support and support of law enforcement officials throughout the state.

    H3757 will help eradicate the crime of human trafficking in SC

  • On Line Voter Registration

     

    • The League believes that voter registration should be made easily available to all qualified citizens.
    • Young people and those who are highly mobile are often comfortable using the internet and would find this option attractive.
    • The requirement for only the last four digits of the social security number guards against on-line identity theft.
    • Voter registration drives could employ this option through the use of laptops or tablet computers on-site, and could send emails to large segments of the voting public (students, for example) with a link to the registration site.
    • On-line registration could provide very rapid feedback on the response to the application, including identification of any problems.
    • The bipartisan support that this bill has received in the House points toward a measure with broad appeal, expediting voter registration while insuring the integrity of that process.

    Call and/or email your Senator today!

  • Stand up for Women’s Rights

    On Thursday, March 8 2011, in a 51-48 vote, the US Senate rejected an amendment by Senator Blunt to block contraceptive services and discriminate against women.

    This amendment would have limited access to contraceptive serves for women based on an employer or insurance plan having “religious or moral objections.” In part because of your messages, the Blunt amendment was defeated in the Senate.

    This vote is just the first battle in the fight over contraception. We need to keep the pressure up by continuing to let Senators know where we stand.

    Join us today by thanking those who stood with us and letting those against us know why this issue is so very important.

  • Tell your US Senators to protect EPA Mercury Safeguards

    The League of Women Voters of Missouri joins public health and environmental advocates to support the recent actiion of the EPA in limiting mercury emissions into our air.  Forty years after the passage of the Clean Air Act, toxic air pollution remains a problem.  In particular, 1 in 6 American women have mercury levels in their blood that can harm a fetus.  In 2010 Missouri ranked #4 in total mercury emissions.  Most of these emissions come from coal fired power plants.  The recently issued EPA standards to lower mercury emissions are under attack in the Senate.  A bill to veto the new mercury standards has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Inhofe(R-OK).  Let your Senator know that you support the new EPA mercury standard.  Enter your address below, personalize and send the sample letter to your Senators.

  • ACTION ALERT: It’s Discrimination Against Women and We Won’t Stand for It

    The U.S. Senate will soon vote on an amendment that would limit access to contraceptive services for women if any employer or insurance plan has a “religious or moral objection” to it. 

    This open-ended invitation to cut back on preventative health care services for women must be defeated. We need your help.

    Tell your Senators to fight against discrimination based on sex!

    But the amendment by Senators Blunt and Rubio actually goes even farther. If an employer or insurance plan has a “religious or moral objection,” then any health care service can be excluded from coverage from the Affordable Care Act, our nation’s historic new health care law which aims to ensure quality health care for all. 

    Allowing employers and insurance plans to pick and choose what should be covered will not only lead to discrimination against women, it will shred the essential protections we fought so hard for in health care reform. 

    Tell your Senators to oppose the Blunt-Rubio amendment!

    The Blunt-Rubio amendment would limit access to contraceptive health care for women and would deny Americans access to needed health care coverage based on ill-defined religious or moral objections. This legislation should be soundly rejected by the Senate.

  • Oppose 4549 - Third Party Voter Registration Bill

    H. 4549 (the Third Party Voter Registration Bill) would:

    - Impose procedural burdens and the exposure to fines and civil penalties by nonprofit groups and individuals that register voters (such as the League of Women Voters, churches, teachers, and campus clubs, as well as registering a colleague or neighbor).

    - Shut down community voter registration drives for organizations like the League in South Carolina. The League is one of the nation’s most respected civic organizations, with a 92-year record of registering voters. This would put hundreds of League volunteers at risk, subjecting them to a process in which one late form could result in their facing onerous financial penalties.

    • This law would affect every South Carolina voter. Voter registration drives conducted by  nonpartisan organizations have dramatically increased registration rates among groups that have traditionally faced the greatest barrier to voting.

    • Registering voters is a core value of our participatory democracy. Churches, community centers, schools, local clubs, and civics teachers have always played a role in ensuring that we all have a voice in our democracy.
    • Proponents’ rationale for the legislation is dubious at best. There is no documentation of a registration that resulted in a bogus vote being cast in our state.

    Please call and email your representative today!

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  • Oppose H.4654 - Clean Water is a Precious Resource

    • Carolina Bays, groundwater and wetlands protect  our water quality and wildlife habitat and provide flood control, filtration and storage.  Water is a valuable and necessary resource that provides good public health.  The overall good health of our state will attract new businesses and more people to enjoy the beauty and environmental positives of South Carolina.

    • Clean water saves lives.  Contaminated water makes us sick.  SC cannot affford to allow polluters to degrade our public rivers and lakes with toxins.

    • Clean and plentiful water is a precious resource and a cornerstone of prosperous communities.  

    Call and email your Environmental Affairs Subcommittee member today!

  • Oppose 4549 - Third Party Voter Registration Bill

    H. 4549 (the Third Party Voter Registration Bill) would:

    - Impose procedural burdens and the exposure to fines and civil penalties by nonprofit groups and individuals that register voters (such as the League of Women Voters, churches, teachers, and campus clubs, as well as registering a colleague or neighbor).

    - Shut down community voter registration drives for organizations like the League in South Carolina. The League is one of the nation’s most respected civic organizations, with a 92-year record of registering voters. This would put hundreds of League volunteers at risk, subjecting them to a process in which one late form could result in their facing onerous financial penalties.

    • This law would affect every South Carolina voter. Voter registration drives conducted by  nonpartisan organizations have dramatically increased registration rates among groups that have traditionally faced the greatest barrier to voting.

    • Registering voters is a core value of our participatory democracy. Churches, community centers, schools, local clubs, and civics teachers have always played a role in ensuring that we all have a voice in our democracy.
    • Proponents’ rationale for the legislation is dubious at best. There is no documentation of a registration that resulted in a bogus vote being cast in our state.

    Please call and email your representative today!

  • S.461 Alcoholic Beverage Container Recycling Bill

    Let's Not Waste the Opportunity.

    Encourage your state Senator to support Senate bill 461 using the information below.

    • In 2009 the recycling industry created 1354 new jobs in SC.
    • Recycling materials like glass, plastic and metals equals a $52 million dollar opportunity for SC annually.
    • South Carolina has 7 material recycling facilities and over 300 collectors, brokers, processors and manufacturers across the state employing approximately 15,600 people.
    • A 2010 Clemson University study projects recycling industry growth at 12% anuually producing 37,000 direct and indirect jobs in five years.
    • Recycling in South Carolina is decreasing; today we recycle only 22% of our solid waste, far below the state goal of 35%.
    • In 2009 an estimated 400,000 tons of recyclable material went into Sough Carolina's landfills.
    • Recoverable material going to landfills costs taxpayers $31 million in disposal costs and decreases revenue opportunities for the state, counties, and municipalities.

    Please call your Representative on the House Agriculture Committee to support S.461 and send the letter below.  Make the letter even more effective by adding your own comments to personalize the letter.

  • Tell your Senator "Vote No on Voter ID" - HB 932

    The Pennsylvania Senate is moving to pass an amended Voter ID bill (HB 934) just in time for the April primaries!  Protect our Constitutional right to vote. Prevent burdens on those who wish to vote.  Don't waste taxpayers' money on unnecessary paperwork. We need to keep voting simple in these complex times.

    - Call your PA senator today and use the talking points on League website.

    - Visit your Senator's office.

    - If you have time, cut and paste a sample letter and send it from your own e-mail or postal address.

    - Ask others to join in this effort!

  • Protect Public Education. Tell your Legislators to Oppose Vouchers

    If the PA House follows the PA Senate's action and approves voucher legislation, public education in Pennsylvania will never be the same.  Funds from our poorest districts, that are already struggling to meet student needs, will be diverted to private and religiously affiliated schools.  These non-public schools will choose their students and not be held accountable for how our tax dollars are spent or how their students achieve.

  • Protect the Right to Vote. Tell Your PA Senator to oppose HB 934, the Voter Photo ID Requirement

    Legislation, HB 934, that would require all voters to present a photo ID when voting has passed the Pennsylvania House and is now under consideration by the Pennsylvania Senate.  This bill would create new barrier to voting for many eligible voters, especially senior citizens, persons with disabilities, racial minorities, students and the poor.   Please contact your PA Senator now to let him or her know of your concerns about this bill. Use the sample letter or compose your own.  

  • Protect Public Health and Safety from Natural Gas Extraction Impacts!

    SB1100 does not go far enough to protect the public from health and safety impacts related to Marcellus Shale.  It also limits the role of municipalities in zoning and regulating such aspects as hours of operation and noise related to natural gas drilling and related facilities.

    Call and write your Senator NOW.  SB 1100 is on the fast track - perhaps with a November 1st vote!

  • SB 367 Adding Injury to Insult

    Leasing additional mineral rights and granting rights of way on PA state colleges and universities (state system land) is no way to fund higher education! Call your legislators and tell them to Vote No on the Indigenous Mineral Resources Development Act (SB 367).

  • Thank You, Now Tell Your Officials

    Thank you for making the clean air promise, now take a minute to tell your elected officials to make their own promsie.

  • ACTION ALERT: Make the Clean Air Promise

    In 1970, Congress made a promise to future generations by passing the Clean Air Act to protect us from pollutants like smog, soot and mercury. It is up to us to keep that promise and to make our own promise to generations to come. For too long, the debate about pollution has focused on “overregulation” and featured false assertions that environmental protections hurt our economy. Clean air is an issue of public health. This is not about corporate bottom lines.

    Urge your Senators and Representative, other elected officials, and community leaders to make the “Clean Air Promise:”

    I promise to protect America's children and families from dangerous air pollution.

    Because toxics and pollutants such as mercury, smog, carbon, and soot, cause thousands of hospital visits, asthma attacks, and even deaths,

    I will support clean air policies and other protections that scientists and public health experts have recommended to the EPA to safeguard our air quality.

  • Promise Clean Air

    We're working every day to protect our families from dangerous air pollution. Join us in promising to support clean air.

  • Promise Clean Air

    We're working every day to protect our familes from dangerous air pollution. Join us in promising to support clean air.

  • Save Georgia Waterways

    Help Restore Protections to Georgia's Waterways

     

    Problem:

    In the past 10 years, important clean water protections have been removed from at least 20 million acres of wetlands and tens of thousands of miles of headwater streams.

     

     

    Solution:

    The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers have issued new guidance that would restore Clean Water Act  (CWA) protections for our many streams and wetlands that, right now, are unprotected. But to move forward, they need YOUR support.

     

     

    Action Needed:

    E-mail EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, and tell her you support EPA’s efforts to restore clean water protections to our nation’s rivers and streams.

     

     

    Deadline for responding: Take action today!  The deadline to submit comments is July 1, 2011.




  • ACTION ALERT: Election Reform at Stake

    In a surprise move, the House leadership has scheduled a vote this Wednesday, June 22, on legislation to abolish the Election Assistance Commission, HR 672. With many continuing threats to the right to vote, now is not the time to terminate the only federal agency that devotes its full resources and attention to improving our elections. 

    Tell your Representative to vote no on HR 672 by entering your zip code in the box below.

  • Tell Governor Nixon: Stop Missouri Voter Disenfranchisement

    During the last week of the legislative session, Missouri legislators passed SB3, a repressive photo ID bill that stands to disenfranchise over 200,000 voters across the state if Governor Jay Nixon doesn't veto the bill. The proposed law would require voters to show only a non-expired Missouri or federal photo identification before they can can cast a ballot, and the information on the ID must match their voter registration information.

    This bill would disenfranchise student voters, seniors, the working poor, people with disabilities and African American voters - who are up to twice as likely to lack a current non-expired state-issued ID. This is a part of a concerted effort by conservatives across the country to suppress votes and  give themselves an edge at the polls.

    Governor Jay Nixon can veto this bill and show its supporters that he won't let them decide who can and can not vote in Missouri. Tell Gov. Nixon to stand up for the right to vote for ALL Missouri voters. 

    Below you will see the LWV automated email form. Enter your zip code and then a prewritten editable letter will come up. Edit the email text to your liking, enter your information, and press send your message.

    Or you can reach him at:
    *Office of Governor Jay Nixon*
    P.O. Box 720
    Jefferson City, MO 65102
    Phone: (573) 751-3222

  • ACTION ALERT: Tell the President You Don't Want to Breathe Smog

    Take a deep breath.

    And another.

    If you're lucky, the air that just filled your lungs was low in smog. According to the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must set air quality standards to protect public health. Based on the science, the EPA is expected to set a new smog standard this July. The oil, coal and other polluting industries are pressuring the Obama administration to delay the standard or to issue a weak standard so that they can continue to pollute our air in order to meet their bottom line.

  • LWVO Sample Action Alert

    This is a sample action alert to see the process.

  • Put Legislators on Record on Severance Tax

    Tomorrow is a critical day in the PA House. Legislators will be asked to vote for a discharge petition that would bring House Bill 33 (HB33) to the floor for a vote. This would put legislators on the record about their support of a severance tax on natural gas extracted from Marcellus Shale. The League supports HB33 and the vote on the discharge petition. The League strongly supports HB33 and the vote on the discharge petition.

    Learn more about the League's position on Severance Tax. Pass this on to your friends. The PA House needs to hear from all of us!

  • Contact Your Senator to Urge Him or Her to Vote NO on SB3 & SJR2

    The League of Women Voters is opposed to measures that will disenfranchise voters, particularly requiring unnecessary photo ID at the polls. After you enter your location and find your legislator below, we provide a basic letter that you can edit to your liking and then send to your Missouri State Senator. Making the letter unique to you will have a greater impact upon our legislators. Visit the LWVUS Public Advocacy for Voter Protection Page here, or our PAVP page here, to learn more about the issue if you need to. Thank you for your action!

  • Say NO to Voter Suppression in Florida!

    Two elections bills, HB 1355 and SB 2086, are moving rapidly through the Florida legislature. In their current form, the bills represent a return to Jim Crow-style tactics to suppress voter registration and participation in Florida. The League of Women Voters of Florida, along with other voter groups, strongly opposes these efforts to increase regulations and obstacles for voters, Supervisors of Elections and third-party voter registration groups like the League.  

    HB 1355 and SB 2086 stand to disenfranchise Florida's mobile citizens, including college students and relocating professionals, by prohibiting address changes at the polls, which have been allowed for 40 years. The bill will also compromise, and likely eliminate, third-party efforts to register voters, as well as vastly increase the number of provisional ballots used -- ballots which are often uncounted due to the amount of time and effort needed to verify each one. When taken as a whole, HB 1355 and SB 2086 unduly burden Supervisors of Elections and third-party voter registration groups and assume that voters are "guilty until proven innocent." Additionally, SB 2086 includes provisions to limit early voting from 14 days to 7 days, making it more difficult for working citizens to cast a ballot.

    Sign this petition to urge the Florida legislature and Governor Rick Scott to oppose any attempt to undermine Florida's electoral system by making it harder for citizens to vote!

  • People, Not Polluters
  • Oppose Voter ID

    TAKE ACTION TO OPPOSE VOTER ID!

    Take action now to prevent a serious threat to the right of many Pennsylvania citizens to vote.  Legislation (HB 934) to require every voter to show current government issued photo identification before casting a ballot at the polls is working its way through the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  A House vote on final passage will likely take place the week of June 6 so your State Representative needs to hear from you now.

  • Take Action to Defeat Tuition Vouchers

    Take Action on PA Senate Bill 1

    Take action now to tell your Pennsylvania legislators to block tuition voucher legislation that will drain money from public schools and increase the burden on taxpayers.

  • ACTION ALERT: Oppose Voter Photo ID Bill

    ACTION ALERT -  Email and/or call your state senator. Urge him to oppose legislation requiring a valid photo id in order to vote.

    Tell your legislators that:

    • This legislation is not necessary - our state has effective identification procedures and not one prosecuted case of voter impersonation.
    • Photo Id will waste taxpayer dollars in times of tight budgets.
    • Based on the price tag for similar bills in other states, the official estimate for South Carolina’s bill is dramatically underestimated. Example:  Indiana 2007 -2010 Actual Costs of implementing photo id legislation is calculated at approximately $10 million dollars.
    • The burden of these requirements fall most heavily on low income, disabled and elderly citizens for whom it is most cost prohibitive or inconvenient to take off work, get transportation, stand in line, and apply for documentation.
    • Photo ID requirements would potentially disenfranchise tens of thousands of legally registered voters without a valid photo ID (178,175 known at this time) and thousands of college students who want to vote locally.
    • Our state government should be in the business of making it easier for citizens to vote and not add costly restrictions that will negatively impact all voters, including increasing waiting time at the polls as ID's are checked and questioned.

       You can email the letter below or edit the letter to personalize your message.

  • Contact Representative to Oppose HJR8 (Mega Sales Tax)

    Directions: After you enter in your location information, the system will find your State Representative. Below you will see a sample letter including all talking points that you could include in your letter to your Representative, which the system will send for you.  If you would like, you can also call your Representative, for their phone number will be provided as well. It's best to personally talilor these messages. Thank you for your action!


    Action Summary: One of the worst tax bills ever introduced in the legislature will likely come up for debate on the floor this week or soon after. It is known as the Mega Tax Bill by its opponents and the Fair Tax Bill by it supporters.

    The proposed constitutional amendment will eliminate the state individual and corporate income tax and replace it with a sales tax on almost everything including food, drugs, rent, child care, attorney fees, healthcare, beauty care plus much more. It was voted “DO PASS” by the House Tax Reform Committee.  The League sent the committee a statement against HJR 8.

    The amendment sets a sales tax increase ceiling to 7%. Experts have concluded that in order to replace the amount of revenue lost by eliminating the income tax the sales tax must be at least 12%.


  • ACTION ALERT - Oppose School Vouchers S.414

    Oppose S.414 - Tuition Tax Credits (School Vouchers)

    Contact your Senator today.

    • In times of state budget crisis taxpayer dollars should not be spent to fund private schools.
    • We need to focus on activities that will get our children ready for the jobs of the future.
    • We need to expand math and science programs, increase parental involvement in the schools, and improve teacher training.
    • Private schools choose their students, avoiding those who need the help most.  They will avoid the children who aren't good students, athletes, and those with special needs.
    • With state government facing huge budget deficits, the last thing we need now is to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on vouchers for private schools.

    Call and email your senator the letter below.

    (You may edit the letter to personalize your message).

  • SENATE ACTION ALERT: Breathe clean air!

    The Senate is scheduled to vote soon on amendments that would limit the ability of the EPA to keep our air clean. 

    Take action today by entering your zip code in the box on the right side of this page. Once you enter your zip code you can write your own message using our sample text.

  • S.461 Alcoholic Beverage Container Recycling Bill

    Let's Not Waste the Opportunity.

    Encourage your state Senator to support Senate bill 461 using the information below.

    • Recycling costs taxpayers less than putting trash in landfills.
    • Recoverable material going to landfills costs taxpayers $31 million in disposal costs and decreases revenue opportunities for the state, counties, and municipalities.
    • Recycling materials like glass, plastic and metals equals a $52 million dollar opportunity for SC annually.
    • In 2009 the recycling industry created 1354 new jobs in SC.
    • S.461 provides a sustainable stream of recyclable material for industry growth and job creation.
    • S.461 would give establishments that have a permit for on-site consumption of alcohol 2 years to implement a recycling program for plastic, corrugated cardboard, aluminum and glass.
    • Clemson University's Jim Self Center on the Future projects recycling industry growth at 12% anuually producing 37,000 direct and indirect jobs in five years.
    • Amendments added to improve the bill:  1st amendment changes the funding source from the accomodations tax to the Governor's Task Force on Litter with money going equally to DHEC and Dept. of Revenue for implementation and enforcement: 2nd amendment gives permit applications or renewals a 10% discount for 8 years if there is a recycling plan that does not include glass; a 25% discount for applications and renewals that have recycling plan with glass.

    Please call your Senator on the Judciary committee to support S.461 and send the letter below.

  • Keep Our Air Clean

    The House of Representatives is expected to consider legislation that would permanently block the EPA from regulating harmful carbon pollution.  For decades, the EPA has protected the health of children, seniors and all the rest of us from dangerous pollutants through the Clean Air Act.  In just the last twenty years carbon monoxide, which negatively affects those with heart and lung diseases, has been cut by seventy percent.

    But now, special interests and their congressional allies are pushing to undo the Clean Air Act.

  • SENATE ACTION ALERT: Keep our air clean

    The Senate is expected to consider legislation that will prevent enforcement of pollution standards or even defund the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) entirely.  Similar language has already passed the House.  For decades, the EPA has protected the health of children, seniors and all the rest of us from dangerous pollutants through the Clean Air Act.  In just the last twenty years carbon monoxide, which negatively affects those with heart and lung diseases, has been cut by seventy percent.

  • HOUSE ACTION ALERT: Keep Our Air Clean

    The House of Representatives is expected to consider legislation that would block urgently needed new pollution controls under the Clean Air Act or defund programs that control life-threatening pollution.  For decades, the EPA has protected the health of children, seniors and all the rest of us from dangerous pollutants through the Clean Air Act.  In just the last twenty years carbon monoxide, which negatively affects those with heart and lung diseases, has been cut by seventy percent.

    Take action now to tell your Representative to oppose any legislation that would block or prevent action to clean up our air and protect the most vulnerable Americans by entering your zip code in the red box to the right.

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  • Contact Representative to Oppose HJR8 (Mega Sales Tax)

    After you enter in your location information, the system will find your State Representative. Below you will see a sample letter and talking points that you can include in your letter to your Representative, which the system will send to the Representative at no work to you!  If you would like, you can also call your State Representative, for their phone number will be provided as well. Thank you for your action!

  • Contact Your Legislators

    Missouri House of Representatives to vote on SJR2 and SB3 on Monday, May 2nd after 3pm.

    Email and call to tell your Representative to VOTE NO ON SJR2 AND SB3

    The League of Women Voters is opposed to measures that will disenfranchise voters, particularly requiring unnecessary photo ID at the polls. After you enter your location and find your legislator below, we provide a basic letter that you can edit to your liking and then send to your Missouri State Senator. Making the letter unique to you will have a greater impact upon our legislators. Visit the LWVUS Public Advocacy for Voter Protection Page here, or our PAVP page here, to learn more about the issue if you need to. Thank you for your action!

  • ACTION ALERT: Presidential Public Financing in Danger

    The presidential public financing system has served America well since 1976 by allowing candidates to raise the funds needed to wage competitive campaigns. Recently, the House of Representatives voted to eliminate the system which has substantially reduced corruption and the appearance of corruption in the executive branch since its inception.

    Take action now to tell your Senators to oppose the elimination of the presidential public financing system by entering your zip code on the right hand side of this page.

  • ACTION ALERT: Oppose Voter Photo ID Bill

    ACTION ALERT -  Email and call your legislators to oppose legislation requiring a valid photo id in order to vote.

    Tell your legislators that:

    • This legislation is not necessary - our state has effective identification procedures and not one prosecuted case of voter impersonation.
    • Photo ID will waste taxpayer dollars in times of tight budgets.
    • The burden of these requirements fall most heavily on low income, disabled and elderly citizens for whom it is most cost prohibitive or inconvenient to take off work, get transportation, stand in line, and apply for documentation.
    • Photo ID requirements would potentially disenfranchise tens of thousands of legally registered voters without a valid photo ID and thousands of college students who want to vote locally.
    • Our state government should be in the business of making it easier for citizens to vote and not add costly restrictions that will negatively impact all voters, including potentially increased waiting time at the polls as ID's are checked and questioned.

       You can email the letter below or edit the letter to personalize your message.

  • I Support the New START Treaty

    Please take a moment to email Senator Isakson thanking him for his leadership on the ratification of the new START Treaty! 

  • Tell your elected offiicial to not take away voting rights!

    Gov. Grinch has decided to take away voting rights this holiday season.  This will disenfranchise millions of voters and violates their rights.  Speak out now and tell Gov. Grinch and your State Representatives this is not acceptable.

  • ACTION ALERT: PASS THE DREAM ACT

    The Senate will be voting on the DREAM Act very soon. This bipartisan legislation will provide a path to citizenship for young immigrants who complete a college degree or serve in the military, thereby enabling them to be a fully productive part of American society.

    Enter your zip code on the right hand side of this page to send a critically important message to your Senators.

  • I Support the New START Treaty

    Please take a moment to email and call your Senators and tell them to Rafity the START Treaty tomorrow!

  • Urge Your Senators to Ratify START!

    The Senate is currently considering ratification of the new START Treaty. This would be the first arms control treaty between the United States and Russia in a decade.

    The START treaty calls for regular inspections and timely exchanges of information regarding nuclear arsenals. It would not only reduce the number of deployed nuclear weapons in both the United States and Russia but could also influence other nations to follow suit.

    Enter your zip code in the box to the right to urge your Senators to ratify START.

  • Prime Time Push - The FRAC Act

    Fracking is making prime time – on MSNBC and CBS. This is your time to push federal  legislation to close the “Halliburton Loophole” in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  Encourage your U.S. House and Senate members to support the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act Frack Act It amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to:

    • repeal the exemption from restrictions on underground injection of fluids near drinking water sources granted to hydraulic fracturing operations under such Act; and
    •  require oil and gas companies to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.
  • ACTION ALERT: Protect Your Vote

    In this year's elections, secret money ran rampant.  Corporations and unions were able to spend unlimited amounts, without having to disclose their expenditures, to support or oppose candidates.  If we're going to scrub our democracy clean with a strong dose of transparency that eliminates this kind of spending in our elections then we need actionbefore Congress calls it quits for 2010.  

    Enter your zip code on the right hand side of this page to send a critically important message to your Senators.

  • Urgent. Put Your Legislator on Record on Severace Tax

    Next Tuesday there will be an important test vote in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives - one that puts the legislators on record about supporting a severance tax on natural gas extracted from Marcellus Shale.  The action will probably take place on Tuesday, May 24.  We need you to contact your legislator to vote for a discharge petition that would bring the drilling tax bill, HB33, to the House floor for a vote.

  • ACTION ALERT: Protect Elections from Special Interests

    This summer the Senate failed to pass the DISCLOSE Act, which would restore transparency to U.S. elections by requiring disclosure of corporate and union
    spending in candidate elections. Without this critical legislation, corporations, unions and other organizations can make secret, unlimited political expenditures for campaign ads.

    But this fight is not over, and the Senate now has two choices: more obstructionism and partisanship, or a compromise that moves us forward on common ground. Senate leadership has indicated that they will bring the DISCLOSE Act to the floor before they return home for election season.

    Urge your Senators to support cloture and vote for this essential reform legislation by entering your zip code in the box on the right side of this page.

  • Fight Severance Tax Loopholes and Misallocation

    As part of the budget deal, legislators agreed to enact a severance tax on natural gas extracted from Marcellus Shale.  An October 1st deadline is set for the PA Legislature to finalize the details. Negotiations with the industry are underway.   Now is the time to contact legislators-before they return to Harrisburg September 13th - to avoid sweetheart deals and loopholes for the industry and protect the public interest. 

    The League supports creation of a severance tax as a revenue source primarily designated for:

    • the preservation and enhancement of natural resources
    • the monitoring and protection of public health
    • an escrow fund supporting community adjustment as the industry grows and declines
    • research on the effects of natural gas extraction on the economy, environment, and public health

    Industry lobbyists are asking for unwarranted special exemptions including

    • a capital recovery tax break to recoup drilling costs more quickly
    • the ability to deduct production, processing and transportation costs
    • an exemption for low producing wells
    • a lower tax on a well's production during the first few years, a time of peak output

    The industry is also seeking to link "forced pooling" and exemptions from local zoning ordinances with the adoption of a severance tax.  Under forced pooling, landowners would be forced to lease their mineral and property rights merely because a majority of their neighbors have done so.

      

  • ACTION ALERT: Protect the 2010 Elections

    Senate leadership had indicated they will bring the DISCLOSE Act to the floor very soon. This legislation would restore transparency to U.S. elections by requiring disclosure of corporate and union spending in candidate elections.

    Urge your Senators to support cloture and vote for this essential reform legislation by entering your zip code in the box on the right side of this page.

  • It’s Now or Never for Climate and Energy Legislation

    By the end of July, Senate leadership plans to bring comprehensive climate change and clean energy legislation to the floor. Unless you contact your Senators now to tell them to support the legislation, this vote could be the end of the road for one of the most important issues facing our nation.

    Take action by entering your zip code in the box on the right side of this page.

  • ACTION ALERT: Integrity of 2010 Elections Up to Senator Scott Brown

    The 2010 elections are in danger -- we must act quickly to prevent them from being swamped with secret corporate and union money.

    Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has indicated he is undecided on how he will vote on the DISCLOSE Act. This bill would require complete disclosure of corporate and union election advertising and require CEOs to “stand by their ads” with clear disclaimers.

    The DISCLOSE Act could be voted on very soon. The League of Women Voters needs YOU to take action. Enter your zip code on the right hand side of this page to send a critically important message to Senator Brown.

  • It is time for Redistricting Reform

    The legislature need to act now on redistricting reform to give voters real competitive choices.

  • ACTION ALERT: The 2010 Elections Are at Stake

    The 2010 elections are in danger. The League of Women Voters needs YOU to take action to protect our democratic system of government.

    Enter your zip code on the right hand side of this page to send a critically important message to Congress.

  • ACTION ALERT: Tell Your Senators to Defend the Clean Air Act

    The Senate is expected to vote very soon on an amendment that attacks the Clean Air Act and would block EPA from taking action against climate change. If it passes, this will put public health at risk and jeopardize long-overdue action to cut emissions from the biggest polluters.

  • MARCELLUS SHALE NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION- CONTACT YOUR PENNSYLVANIA LEGISLATORS NOW!

    STOP THE LEASING OF ADDITIONAL STATE FOREST LAND FOR DRILLING.  SUPPORT ENACTMENT OF A SEVERANCE TAX ON NATURAL GAS EXTRACTION.

    TAKE ACTION

    Tell your legislators that Pennsylvania’s precious natural resources need to be protected. Tell them to support a moratorium on the leasing of additional state lands for natural gas drilling and a severance tax on drillers to protect the interests of Pennsylvania taxpayers.

    Both the moratorium and the severance tax are expected to be part of negotiations for next year’s budget.  The budget deadline is June 30. 

  • Contact your SC Senator and Representative


    As expected, Governor Sanford vetoed the legislation that would increase by 50-cents the current cigarette tax and place most of the new revenue into a Medicaid trust fund. This fund is critical to keeping our Medicaid program and services financially solvent. We must make preserving Medicaid a top priority, therefore the proposed increased cigarette tax revenues must be available for future needs of Medicaid.

    Contact your state Legislators immediately with the following message:

    Please vote to override the Governor's veto of H.3584 that will increase by 50-cents the current cigarette tax to pay for Medicaid.

  • ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to Protect the 2010 Elections

    Earlier this year, the Supreme Court handed down a far-reaching decision that allows corporations and unions to spend unlimited advertising funds in candidate elections.  The practical effect of the decision in Citizens United v. FEC is that such unlimited spending can be done in secret! 

  • Stop the Power Grab in Tally!

    URGENT! URGENT! URGENT!


    As soon as this week, the Florida legislature will attempt to place a measure on next November's ballot that would make the Fair Districts Florida Amendments 5 and 6 meaningless. This deceptive and tricky maneuver would mean that the legislature can ignore the standards for drawing districts established by the Fair Districts Florida Amendments, including prohibiting the legislature from drawing districts that favor incumbents or political parties. Legislators would be able to continue their longstanding practice of drawing districts designed to guarantee their own re-election rather than districts that serve the voters.

    SJR 2288 and its House companion HJR 7231 would override the Fair Districts Florida ballot initiatives that 1.7 million Floridians have said they want, effectively undermining the constitutional process that is supposed to give voters a voice in how our laws are made.

    Legislative leaders are pretending that their measure would help protect minority representation, but federal law already requires these protections. That's why the NAACP has called these proposals a "sham." SJR 2288/HJR 7231 actually provides significantly weaker minority voting protections than the Fair Districts amendments. The Fair Districts amendments expressly prohibit "denying" or "abridging" minority voting rights; 2288/7231 merely state that these rights will be taken "into consideration." The League of Women Voters of Florida strongly opposes this legislation.

    URGENT – Please call or e-mail your legislators as soon as possible and tell them to stop the power grab in Tallahassee; Vote No on SJR 2288 and HJR 7231! 


  • Take Action on School Voucher Issue

    ACTION ALERT

    You may have heard of SJR1399/SJR2550 already - it is a proposed constitutional amendment before the Florida legislature. There is a great deal of information being floated on this issue, so the League wanted to set out the facts for you to decide. 

    FAQ

    Q. What will SJR1399/SJR2550 actually do?


    A. SJR1399/SJR2550 will amend Article I, Section 3 of the Florida constitution which states: 
    “No revenue of the state or any political subdivision or agency thereof shall ever be taken from the public treasury directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution.”

    If the amendment becomes law, the above statement will be struck, and the Constitution will then read:  “An individual may not be barred from participating in any public program because that individual has freely chosen to use his or her program benefits at a religious provider.”

    Q. What does this mean?

    A. SJR1399/SJR2550 means that public tax monies may be used to further programs at religious institutions, including vouchers for parochial schools.


    In 2006, the Florida Supreme Court ruled these scholarships unconstitutional.  The Florida legislature is seeking to amend the Constitution so that public monies can be used in aid of religious institutions.
    The LWVF has opposed vouchers since 1994, based on LWVUS opposition to tuition tax credits; the LWVUS has had this position since 1978.


    The League asks you to call or email your local Representatives and Senators today; tell them to vote no on HB1399/SJR2550.

  • Phone State Senator

    Please phone your State Senator today to support S. xxx.

  • ACTION ALERT: Support Strong Climate Legislation

    Global climate change is one of the most serious threats to the environment, health and economy of our nation and our world. The scientific evidence is clear that climate change, caused largely by human emissions of greenhouse gases, is here now, already causing increasingly severe droughts and heat waves in some areas, intensifying floods and hurricanes in others, and triggering more wildfires. Climate change can devastate crops, create drinking water shortages, displace millions of people because of floods and increase the spread of diseases like malaria.

  • ACTION ALERT: Stand Up Against Weakening the Clean Air Act

    The Senate is expected to vote as early as Wednesday, January 20th on an amendment that would weaken the Clean Air Act and block EPA action against climate change. If it passes, the amendment will put public health at risk and jeopardize long-overdue action to cut emissions from the biggest polluters.

  • Expand Health Care Access with Nurse Practitioners

    ACTION ALERT

     

    Please call, write, or e-mail your Florida legislative delegation members and ask them to pass HB 677 and SB 188.  These bills will enable Florida’s Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) to write prescriptions for controlled substances for patients in their care.

    Some Talking Points

    • In Florida and nationally, there is a shortage of primary care physicians.  ARNPs provide primary care and acute care in many settings; especially in underserved areas.
    • Because ARNPs are prevented from prescribing controlled substances at their workplace, patients and families suffer delays and additional costs when referred to physician providers off site.
    • Allowing ARNPs  full prescription authority will reduce emergency room visits and increase access to care without adding any cost to the state budget.
    • Alabama and Florida are the only states that limit the ARNPs’ prescribing authority in this way.
    • Two separate studies conducted by the Florida legislature recommend that ARNPs be authorized to prescribe controlled substances to increase access to health care.

     

  • Increase Cigarette Surcharge-Save Money, Save Lives

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  • ACTION ALERT: Stand Up Against Weakening the Clean Air Act

    The Senate is expected to vote as early as Wednesday, January 20th on an amendment that would weaken the Clean Air Act and block EPA action against climate change. If it passes, the amendment will put public health at risk and jeopardize long-overdue action to cut emissions from the biggest polluters.