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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government.

For almost 100 years, we have have made a difference in our democracy.

We influence public policy, advocate for issues that affect our lives, and encourage greater participation in public life.

We welcome men and women, citizens and non-citizens, young and old to join us in our work.

Who are we? We are the League of Women Voters, an organization of women and men who want to make a difference in the political future of our country.

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Learn from the Experts: How to use RI's Public Records and Open Meetings Law

Co-sponsored with: League of Women Voters RI, RI ACLU, RI Press Association, NEFAC, & ACCESS/RI

Saturday, March 23rd -- 10:30am-12:00pm

Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02906

Action for March 5th

The Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, of which the League of Women Voters of Rhode Island is an active participant, announced its support for the Sub-A of House Bill 5125, that will protect Reproductive Privacy in Rhode Island.

The bill will be voted on in the House Judiciary committee on Tuesday, March 5. Now is the time to contact your legislators to ask them to support this bill and a matching one in the Senate Judiciary Committee also to be heard on Tuesday, March 5. It is hoped they can be brought to the floors of both chambers on Thursday, March 7.

Details are here.

Action for February 13th

Both the House and the Senate vote on rules for their chamber at the start of each session.

These rules form the basis for how governing happens and can either serve to strengthen leadership in the head of the chamber (Speaker of the House and Senate President) or empower the rank-and-file members.

Last month the House rules were voted on and now the Senate has introduced their proposed rules. They contain similar proposals to give the Senate President a whole lot of power and limit the power to the rest of the body.

For details on the proposed rules, click https://www.providencejournal.com/news/20190209/state-senate-bill-would-consolidate-power-in-presidents-hands

Why does this matter for us? The more power the leadership of the House and the Senate have, the less likely we are to have our bills move forward.

We ask that you send an email to your Senator asking them to vote against the proposed rules and in turn NOT limit their own power.