MASTER LEVER OUT
The League of Women Voters had long advocated
abolishing the Master Lever; this session the General Assembly did that, effective 2015.
ETHICS LEGISLATION OUT
The League of Women Voters had joined with other
"good government" organizations to urge ethics legislation, but argued against the "flawed" bill proposed this session in the General Assembly. That bill did not pass.
WHY VOTE NO
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
Rhode Island Voters:
Check out VOTE411.org
Check voting hours, locate polling places,
and learn about the candidates.
Read their responses to League questions.
Simply enter your address to learn more.
To vote in either Democratic or Republican party primaries,
a voter must be registered in one of the parties
or unaffiliated. An unaffiliated voter may decide
at the polling place which party primary to vote in.
League of Women Voters
Candidate Forums in East Bay
See Video of September 4th
Warren Democratic Candidates Forum
Tuesday, October 7 - 6:00-8:30pm. Barrington Public Library.
All candidates for Senate District #32, House District #66, and
Town Council. Co-sponsored by East Bay Newspapers, Full Channel and the East Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Questions: Joanne DeVoe 247-3004.
Tuesday, October 21 - 7:00pm, Bristol State House.
All candidates for Town Council. Co-sponsored by East Bay Newspapers, Full Channel and the East Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Questions: Derry Riding 209-5091
Thursday, October 16 - 5:30-8:30pm. Weaver Library.
Candidates for State Representative in District 64 and candidates
for all City Council seats and school committee for Ward 4. Co-sponsored by East Bay Newspapers, the Rotary Club of East Providence and Seekonk and the Cape Verde Progressive Center.
Note: small portions of East Providence are now included in State Senate District #32 and State House District #66. Candidates for those districts will debate in Barrington on October 7.
Questions: Mary Chace 437-2846.
Thursday, September 4 - 6:30-8:30pm. Warren Town Hall.
Democratic candidates for Town Council.
Thursday, October 9 - 6:30-8:30pm. Warren Town Hall.
All candidates for Town Council. Both events are co-sponsored by
East Bay Newspapers, Full Channel and the East Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Questions: Joanne DeVoe 247-3004.
LWVRI, in collaboration with RI PBS, sponsored
three pre-primary Democratic candidate debates,
televised live from the PBS studio at 8:00 p.m.
Margie O'Brien of RI PBS was moderator.
WATCH THE DEBATES
- August 14, 2014
Secretary of State: Nellie Gorbea, Guillaume De Ramel
- August 21, 2014
General Treasurer: Frank Caprio, Seth Magaziner
- August 28, 2014
Lt. Governor: Dan Mckee, Ralph Mollis, Frank Ferri
Secretary of State Debate
Margie O'Brien, Dave
Marseglia (production manager, RI PBS), Scott MacKay (panelist, commentator RI NPR).
(moderator), Ted Nesi (panelist, reporter for WPRI Channel 12), Sheila Mullowney (panelist, executive editor, The Newport Daily News), League members Sandy Riojas, Rosanne Bootz, Jane
Koster, Derwent Riding, Susan Escherich.
Dinner/Roast in honor of
John Hazen White, Jr.
Friday, June 27, 2014
The Ballroom at The Providence Biltmore
The League of Women Voters of West Bay honored
John Hazen White, Jr. as its "Man of the Year"
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
- "Is a Constitutional Convention Really Needed?"
Gary Sasse, GoLocal, November 6, 2013
- "Forward: Getting From Here to There: Twenty-First Century Mechanisms and Opportunities in State Constitutional Reform"
G. Alan Tarr and Robert F. Williams
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.
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.
Registering Voters at Lippitt House
May 7, 2014
Liz Head from Providence LWV registers voters at
Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum lawn party, May 7
Providence Teachers' Union Forum
March 22, 2014
Joan Retsinas from Providence LWV moderates forum for
candidates for president of the Providence Teachers' Union:
Melissa Cimini, Maribeth Calabro, Daniel Wall
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.
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
A Partnership Between LWV and Providence Community Library
April 16, 2014
Knight Memorial Library
May 22, 2014 @ 6:00pm
June 12, 2014 @ 6:00 pm Wanskuck Library
How Fair is the State Funding for Libraries? What is the physical status of Providence School Buildings?
At the June 19 annual meeting, the Providence League of Women Voters elected those study items for 2014-2015.
SEE THE LATEST VOTER!
FEBRUARY 2014 (pdf)
For Rhode Island, see Rhode Island Foundation
For Providence, see city site
THE BOOK GROUP
Discussing "I am Malala"
July 10, 2014
"THE LAST RUNAWAY"
by Tracy Chevalier
August 7, 2014
by Sheryl Sandberg
133 Terrace Avenue
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.