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AGRICULTURAL CONSENSUS MEETINGS

Mon., April 7, 2014
7:00pm
Providence, RI
For more information, e-mail
emhead603@hotmail.com


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 swells229@yahoo.com

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.
CLICK HERE


FINANCING EDUCATION
Financing Education Forum held in Newport.
HIGHLIGHTS


UPDATE
Position on Financing Public Education in Rhode Island
MORE INFO


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

Monitoring:

  • The Board of Elections
  • The Ethics Committee
  • The Judicial Nominating Committee
  • Open Meetings and Open Records

 

A Constitutional Convention for RI?

This November 4 Rhode Island voters will decide whether to hold a Constitutional Convention, the first one in 30 years. (See Article XIV and Fact Sheet on 1986 Convention.) On March 29 Common Cause, with several other organizations, including The League of Women Voters, discussed the decision at Bryant University. (See Agenda.) For background, see:

  • "Legislative initiated constitutional change in Rhode Island: The last 10 years," Prepared for 'A Constitutional Convention for Rhode Island?'
    Common Cause RI executive director John Marion
    CLICK HERE
     
  • "Is a Constitutional Convention Really Needed?"
    Gary Sasse, GoLocal, November 6, 2013
    CLICK HERE
     
  • "Forward: Getting From Here to There: Twenty-First Century Mechanisms and Opportunities in State Constitutional Reform"
    G. Alan Tarr and Robert F. Williams
    CLICK HERE

John Marion, executive director Common Cause Rhode Island; Mary E. Chace, LWVRI lobbyist; Lila Sapingsley, six-term RI Senator, long-time LWVRI member and devoted to women's rights; Jane W. Koster, President, LWVRI; Professor G. Alan Tarr, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Camden; and Robert Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University-Camden.


Upcoming League Events

Quad States
Focus: Regional Energy and Energy Efficiency
May 3 & 4, 2014
Hampton Inn
Wells, ME

  • Participating States: New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut
     
  • Keynote Speaker: Jack Cashman, former member of Maine's Public Utilities Commission. He will explain how ISO-NE* works in relation to the states' various Public Utilities Commissions
     
  • Registration: $25 per person, payable by April 22 (covers Saturday lunch, too).

Advance registration is required so that we can plan for space and food. Members are welcome to attend just for the day (same registration required).

For an agenda, as well as registration information...
CLICK HERE

League of Women Voters Rhode Island Council 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Jamestown Philomenian Library

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be offered. Guest Speaker after Lunch.

Check this website and future Voters for updates and details on Agenda and Guest Speaker.


League Day at the State House

League of Women Voters met with
Mayor James Diossa (Central Falls) at
League Day at the State House, March 26, 2014

Mayor Diossa with League of Women Voters President Jane Koster.


Newport County Legislators Forum
MARCH 22, 2014

For the first time since the Assembly began its 2014 session, Newport County's State House delegation met as a group with the citizens of Newport County. Ethics legislation emerged as the hot topic.

League member Patty MacLeish moderated the forum.


Advocacy Priorities:
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.
LEARN MORE


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.


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

 

PROVIDENCE MAYORAL FORUMS
The Providence Community Library will be sponsoring 3 forums, to be conducted by the League of Women Voters. The first:

April 16, 2014
Knight Memorial Library
6:00pm


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The Third Annual Joan Arnold Civic Participation Award: Those Who Make a Difference
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.

Click here to apply online.

For more information, contact  LWV Newport County President Susan Wells
at 401-378-7595 or
swells229@yahoo.com

Rosemary Forbes-Woodside of Jamestown received the first award in 2012; Judith Webb of Newport received the award in 2013.

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 awards committee.

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: What Can We Do?
Monday, March 31, 2014

Sergeant Michael Wheeler
discussing street gangs
in Providence


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
joan.retsinas@gmail.com


SEE THE LATEST VOTER!
FEBRUARY 2014 (pdf)


GOVERNMENT DATA
For Rhode Island, see Rhode Island Foundation
CLICK HERE

For Providence, see city site
CLICK HERE


THE BOOK GROUP
MEETS MONTHLY

League Book Group at Holiday Lunch at Agawam Hunt Club
December 2013

Next Meeting: April 3, 2014
1:00pm
603 Angell Street
Providence, RI
"Bunker Hill"
Nathaniel Philbrick
CLICK HERE


NEEDED: Volunteers
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.

 


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