FORUM: PRESERVING FARM LAND
March 12, 2014
Middletown Police Dept.
123 Valley Road
Speaker: Chuck Allot, Executive Director, Aquidneck Land Trust
AGRICULTURE CONSENSUS QUESTIONS
The national LWV, along with state and local
Leagues, has adopted Agriculture as a study item. The consensus questions focus on:
- Economic Health of the Agricultural Sector - e.g., subsidies, crop insurance
- Animal Management - e.g., animal feeding, waste management
- Research and Development - new technologies
- Food Safety - e.g., antibiotics, pesticides
- Food Labeling
For more information, contact Susan Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org
See Agriculture Update Consensus Questions
THE TRANSPARENCY PORTAL
The LWV has long urged urged transparency in
government. Look at Rhode Island up close, through the Transparency Portal, which details budget expenditures, open meeting law regulations, and asks for citizen input.
Financing Education Forum held in Newport.
Position on Financing Public Education in Rhode Island
AT THE STATE HOUSE
State League Studies Education Funding policy for 2014
A subcommittee of the Advocacy Committee is studying the impact of the education funding formula instituted in Rhode Island in
2011 by interviewing local officials to determine how the formula is affecting their work. This may result in a proposal for legislative action
- The Board of Elections
- The Ethics Committee
- The Judicial Nominating Committee
- Open Meetings and Open Records
League Day at the State House
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
3:30pm - 6:30pm
League Day at the State House will have two speakers:
Central Falls Mayor James Diossa
Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt
Newport County Legislators Forum
Saturday, MARCH 22 9:45 AM – 11: 15 AM
Newport Public Library
300 Spring Street
For the first time since the Assembly began its 2014 session, Newport County's State House delegation will meet as a group with
the citizens of Newport County. All the legislators representing Newport County have been invited.
League member Patty MacLeish will moderate the forum. Legislators
will open with brief statements about their priorities, questions from the League, as well as the audience, will follow.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Susan Wells at 401-846-9537.
Advocacy 2014 for the 2014 Legislative Session
- Open and accountable government: access to public records, open meetings, restoration of ethics committee jurisdiction over legislature.
- Voting procedures and policies: early voting, voter id, removing master lever, improved voting machines
- Good government: merit selection of judges, redistricting, reporting prisoners' addresses correctly
- Women's health: reproductive rights, gender rating, child care
- Civil liberties: protecting privacy
- Public safety: gun control and gun safety
- Environment: clean air and water, sustainability, food safety, land use
- Education: equitable and sufficient public funding
For more information, contact Derry Riding, Advocacy Chair at 209-5091 or Susan Escherich at 433-4896.
Follow These Bills ~ Contact Your Legislators
The House and Senate Judiciary Committees are considering
many bills of interest to the League of Women Voters.
A Constitutional Convention
in Rhode Island?
March 29, 2014
8:30am – 1:00pm
The League of Women Voters of RI
is proud to be co-sponsoring this event with
our Good Government partner organizations,
Roger Williams University School of Law, the Hassenfeld Institute
for Public Leadership at Bryant University, and Common Cause.
The League in Action
Providence Conversation with Jeanne Bondarevskis, Water Board
Senior Director of Administration, and Xay Khamsyvoravong, Chair.
Read their comments | Read "Reducing Exposure To Lead"
January 30, 2014
Newport County League Meeting at the Newport Public Library
Topic: Issues and options of unifying the high schools in Newport County.
January 16, 2014
L-R: Newport League members Louisa Boatwright and Hank Knistern,
Middletown Town Councilwoman Barbara von Villas,
Newport City Council Ward 2 Representative Justin McLaughlin.
Secretary of State Ralph Mollis discusses voting laws
with West Bay League members
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in
government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and
fruitful in our national heritage.
— Dwight Eisenhower
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The Third Annual Joan Arnold Civic Participation Award: Those Who Make a
Deadline: April 11, 2014
Joan C. Arnold was a long-time League member who served in many civic organizations. This award honors those who exhibit that same social
conscience in improving the lives of Newport residents.
For applications, contact LWV Newport County President Susan Wells
at 401-378-7595 or
Rosemary Forbes-Woodside of Jamestown received the first award in 2012; Judith Webb of Newport received the award in
The recipient/s must be a resident of or work in Newport County (which includes Jamestown, Little Compton,
Middletown, Newport, Portsmouth, and Tiverton). The award will be given to a single individual, an organization or a group.
Three members of the League of Women Voters of Newport County and a member of the Arnold family will serve on the
In addition to the award, the League will make a $100 donation to the charity of the winner's choice.
PROVIDENCE CONVERSATION: THE GANGS OF PROVIDENCE
Monday, March 31, 2014
7:00 to 8:30pm
Sergeant Michael Wheeler, head of Gang Intervention Unit, Providence Police Department
For more information, contact email@example.com
7TH ANNUAL SUSAN B. WILSON CIVIC EDUCATION MERIT AWARDS COMPETITION
The Wilson Award honors Rhode Island's teachers'
exceptional work in civic education.
Grand Prize: $1,000
Jury Prize: $500
Honorable Mention: $250
Click here to get details and apply online. Competition is open to teachers, pre-K through 12th grade. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2014.
Since 2007, this annual award has been given to three teachers or teams of teachers for work that has already been
accomplished and whose impact has already been assessed. Please consider nominating a teacher currently teaching in any Rhode Island school.
TRANSPARENCY A STUDY FOR PROVIDENCE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
How transparent is our city government? How transparent
could it be?
For 2013-2014 the Providence LWV will be studying transparency.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
SEE THE LATEST VOTER!
FEBRUARY 2014 (pdf)
For Rhode Island, see Rhode Island Foundation
For Providence, see city site
THE BOOK GROUP
League Book Group at Holiday Lunch at Agawam Hunt Club
Next Meeting: February 6, 2014
"And The Mountains Echoed"
by Kahled Hosseini
The Ethics Commission, the
Board of Elections, legislative committee session, the Environmental Council of RI... all need citizen input.
The LWV needs volunteers to attend meetings. If many volunteer, we would each
attend a few sessions, and report back. If you can spare a few hours, contact Susan Escherich at 401-433-4896.