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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.

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CANDIDATE FORUMS

  • LWVRI EAST PROVIDENCE CANDIDATE FORUMS

A video of the East Providence forum on October 17th, including debates of the candidates for Mayor and State Senate District 18, is available here.

  • LWV SOUTH COUNTY CANDIDATE FORUMS

The schedule for the LWV South County Meet the Candidates Nights and videos from these forums are available here.

  • LWV EAST BAY CANDIDATE FORUMS

A video from the Bristol and Warren Democratic Forums on September 4th is available here.

A video from the Barrington Candidates Forum on October 16th is available here.

Wednesday, October 17th, 5:30 PM for East Providence at the Martin Middle School, 111 Brown St. See the flyer here.

A video from the Warren Forum on October 23rd is available here.

A video from the Bristol Forum on October 30th is available here.

  • LWV NEWPORT COUNTY CANDIDATE FORUMS

Read the press release for the September 27th forum which was held at the Portsmouth Town Hall from 6:00 to 7:30 PM.

Read the press release for the October 4th forum which was held at the Portsmouth Town Hall from 5:30 to 6:00 PM.

The Alliance for a Livable Newport is sponsoring the following candidates forums in Newport:

School Committee Candidates on Tuesday, October 16 from 6-7:30 PM at the Pell School Auditorium, 35 Dexter St, Newport

At-Large City Council Candidates on Thursday, October 18 from 6-7:30 PM at the Newport City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport

1st and 2nd Ward City Council Candidates on Tuesday, October 23 from 6-7:30 PM at the Newport City Hall, 43 Broadway, Newport

LWVRI 2018 BIENNIAL COUNCIL

The LWVRI 2018 Biennial Council was held at the Jamestown Philomenian Library on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Agenda

10:00 Registration and Refreshments: Welcome all LWVRI members

10:30 Call to Order & Credentials Report: Delegates include: Presidents of each local League or an alternate; one delegate chosen by each local League; the Board of Directors of LWVRI; and one delegate representing the members-at-large.

Adoption of Agenda
President's Report
Treasurer's Report
Budget Committee Report
Nominating Committee Report
Advocacy Report
Membership Report
Communications Report
Program
Review of Positions
Issues for emphasis

11:30 Voting: Officers, Board Members, Budget, Adoption of Positions

Local League announcements and reports
New Business
Directions to the Board

12:30 League Connect: A forum with League members participating in an exchange of ideas and views on the future of the League.

SUSAN B. WILSON CIVIC EDUCATION MERIT AWARDS

Applications for the Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Awards will be solicited in the near future. This award honors teachers with cash prizes for exceptional and innovative work.

DEFINING OUR COMMUNITY: A FORUM ON IMMIGRATION AND THE US CENSUS

Monday, April 16, 2018 from 6 - 7 PM at the Community College of RI (CCRI) Newport Campus, One John H. Chafee Blvd.

Panelists: Steven Brown, Executive Director, RI ACLU; John Marion, Executive Director, Common Cause RI; and Susan Taylor, Immigration Lawyer

The issue of immigrants is a broad and complicated national issue, but one that also directly affects each and every one of us in Rhode Island.

Our panelists spoke on this overall theme and discussed recent developments - the Trump Administration's plans to ask about citizenship on the 2020 Census, the debate over so-called sanctuary cities, the fate of Dreamers under President Trump's repeal of the DACA program, the controversy over drivers' licenses for undocumented immigrants and other related public policy issues.

Many think of the Census as only involving redistricting at the congressional, state, and local level. It is also critically important in the distribution of funding to Rhode Island and localities for federal assistance programs in the amount of over $3 billion. Meanwhile, the national debates over sanctuary cities, DACA and other immigration issues resonate strongly in Rhode Island, a state with large immigrant communities.

LEAGUE DAY AT THE STATE HOUSE WITH SETH MAGAZINER ON APRIL 3RD

Seth Magaziner

RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner spoke at League Day at the State House on April 3, 2018. His focus was the new school upgrade plan coming out of Governor Raimondo's Rhode Island School Building Task Force that Magaziner co-chaired.

Agenda for Tuesday April 3rd at the Governor's Reception Room

3 P.M. Social Hour - Meet and Greet - Outside the Governor's Reception Room

4 P.M. League Program

5 P.M. RI General Treasurer Seth Magaziner speaks to the League

NEW ENGLAND STATES LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

The League's twelfth annual New England States Leadership Development Conference was held in Wells, Maine from April 6th to April 8th. The theme this year is "Learning from Each Other."

2018 TEA FUNDRAISER FOR LWV SOUTH COUNTY

League Tea Flyer

This event was held Saturday, April 7th, 1-3pm at THE BABCOCK-SMITH HOUSE, 124 Granite Street, Westerly, RI 02891. Click here for all the details.

FAREWELL LUNCHEON FOR LWVRI COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR PATTY MACLEISH

LWVRI's Patty MacLeish

Patty MacLeish, LWVRI Communications Director, was feted at a luncheon on February 12th. Patty has been a member of the board since 2009 and has served as the editor of The Voter and was involved in the establishment of the League's Facebook presence and with the redesign of this website. Patty was also part of the committee that partnered with the Preservation Society of Newport County for celebrations of the 90th and 95th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. She was also a board member of the LWV Newport County. Patty is moving to Cooperstown NY, where she and her husband lived for 20 years before moving to Newport.

Luncheon Attendees

LWVRI AT THE WOMEN'S MARCH PROVIDENCE - JANUARY 20, 2018

LWVRI's Mary Chace

Many League members joined other women from throughout the region for the 2018 Women's March. All who were there were impressed by the speakers and the enthusiasm of the participants. Here are some photos.

Bond Issue - 2018 Election

2018 RHODE ISLAND ELECTION BOND ISSUE

The League of Women Voters of Rhode Island (LWVRI) today is urging all Rhode Island voters to APPROVE Referendum #1, the $250 million bond issue that will support public school construction and renovation. Jane Koster, President of the LWVRI stated "This is an urgent need for every district in the state. We need to provide warm, dry and safe schools for every Rhode Island student and facilities that give all our students equal educational opportunities."

She added that the Budget for Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2019 corrected several outstanding problems with the previous method of financing new construction and renovation of public schools. The Budget legislation called for local maintenance plans and commitments, and a state and local partnership in funding rather than the former method of state reimbursements only after the local project was completed.

This bond issue will maintain a State participation level that reflects the local government's ability to finance which helps ensure that all students have equal access to well-equipped and maintained schools.