Making Democracy Work

Current Priorities

The issues the LWVRI is Emphasizing in 2018

The Legislative year in Rhode Island begins in January. Each year, the League chooses certain issues of focus for the year. During the course of the legislative session, other unexpected issues may arise that are not on the priority list, but do require League action.

Although an issue may not be on the priority list, the League continues to follow issues related to the League positions and principles. If you are interested in an issue that is not listed on the priority list, contact the LWVRI advocacy committee. The committee is always looking for members who have a particular interest and may be interested in following that issue locally, statewide, or nationwide. Contact or sign up for our action alert mailing list.

Setting our Legistlative Priorities

The League sets priorities for timely action on local positions before taking action.

How Priorities are Set

When setting priorities, the League considers the following:

  • Does the League have a unique role to play or would the League's assets (time and money) be better spent on other activities?
  • Does the issue conform to League principles or positions?
  • Does the issue have some chance of success or make an important statement for the League?
  • Are other organizations or a coalition already working on the issue?

Priorities for 2018

COMING SOON 2018 Priorities will be set before the start of the 2018 Session

Women's Health

Right to Abortion in Rhode Island

The issue at hand is that there is nothing to guarantee a right to abortion should Roe v. Wade be overturned. Momentum is strong for passing the bill this year, but it must be passed in Committee, and then allowed onto the floor of the House for a vote by the full House. Thus, it is important that the Judiciary Committee hear our voices as well as the House leadership--Speaker Mattiello--who has the power to allow or deny all bills to reach the full House. Read more at the LWVRI Blog--The League in Action

The LWVRI is also a member of the Rhode Island Coalition for Reproductive Freedom.

Progress Review for 2017

Legislative Successes in 2017

The League of Women Voters of Rhode Island celebrates the passage of several important pieces of legislation 2017. The League, along with our coalition partners, lobbied hard to increase voter participation, to improve government transparency, and to protect women and families. Citizens have a duty to vote, but many are not registered. This year's bill will make it easier to register to vote by allowing registration when signing up or making changes to drivers' licenses at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

A bill that will provide notice of public meetings at least 48 hours in advance, not including weekends and holidays, and will also provide for minutes of public meetings to be posted on the Secretary of State's website will allow citizens to keep track of decision-making.

Under women's issues, the uniform Act on the Prevention and Remedies for Human Trafficking was signed into law on 7/18/17 by the Governor.

Finally, though not passed until October due to the early dismissal of the legislature in June, the Protect Rhode Island Families act, will prohibit possession of firearms upon issuance of a protective order by request of a person suffering from domestic abuse.