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Pension Academy 2019

LWVCT Co-sponsors the first Pension Academy with Connecticut School Finance Project.  The event was open to the public and attended by LWVCT members, town officials and members of the General Assembly

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CT online voter registration LWVCT is proud to work with the Secretary of State's Office to provide a link to online voter registration. 

 

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LWVCT ADVOCACY 2019      

LWVCT 2019 Legislative Priorities are:  Election Laws; Campaign Finance and Open Government and Ethics, including citizens' right to know and public access to government information.

 

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CALLS TO ACTION

DEFEND THE CITIZENS ELECTION PROGRAM (CEP)

Legislative update:  SB641 was not brought up for a vote in the House.  CEP remains unchanged as of now.  

The League of Women Voters in CT, Common Cause in CT and CT Citizen Action Group Defend Citizens’ Election Program from Political Attacks

The League of Women Voters in CT, Common Cause in CT and CT Citizen Action group call on the House of Representatives and the Governor to discard the 11th hour on June 4 attack on the integrity of the Citizens’ Election Program. 

For full statement: PDF iconlwvct_ccag_ccct_june_5_2019.pdf

Why CEP is a successful campaign finance program:

Connecticut was the first state to develop and enact comprehensive campaign finance reform that provides public (but not tax-funded) financing for candidates for the General Assembly and state offices. The league is grateful that 86% of the current CT State House members ran using CEP funds, and 83% of the current Senate (as of Jan 8) used CEP funds.  The LWVCT strongly believes that campaign finance reform and its oversight by adequately funded regulatory agencies and/or commissions is necessary to ensure the public's "right to know", combat corruption, prevent undue influence, and enable candidates to compete equitably and fairly in the pursuit of public office and/or service. 

AND:
 *In 2018, the number of women elected to serve in the CT General Assembly jumped nearly 6%, from 27.3% to 33.2% of our State Legislature/CGA.
 
*More women candidates received clean election grants in 2018 under CEP than in any time in the past, with 127 grants awarded. The previous high was in 2014, when 80 women candidates applied and were awarded grants. In other words, in 2018 there were 59% more clean election grants awarded to women candidates than ever before.
 

 

Call to Action on HB7160 - Increasing Voter Access and Bottle Bill HB 7294 Update

Time to take ACTION today!  Good news! HB 7160 An Act Increasing Voter Access passed the House!  The bill does not include all of the language we've been pushing for, but it does include some important changes including codifying automatic voter registration and including additional state agencies and allowing people on parole to vote. It is a step in the right direction. 

However, we are still waiting for the Bottle Bill to come up for a vote.  Keep advocating!

Use the information provided and call your state representatives as soon as possible.

PDF iconCall_to_Action_on_HB7160_and_Bottle_Bill.pdf

 

LWVCT PRIORITY ISSUES ACTION CALL

 The LWVCT Board established four priority areas for our legislative work this session - Election Laws, Campaign Finance, Open Government/transparency, and the Bottle Bill. Six days remain in this session, beginning May 28.

Here is a summary of the bills our Legislative Specialists Yvonne Senturia, Pam Klem, Pua Ford, and Kathy Golas have been following. 

PDF iconCall to Action on Priority Issues.pdf

 

Early Voting Update 

While Early Voting failed to get the 75% needed in the CT Senate to get it on the ballot for 2020, we will continue to encourage the General Assembly to pass it.  The legislature needs to adopt a resolution by a simple majority of more than 50% in both the House and Senate in two successive legislative terms, which are two years each. 

 As we will need many of the same legislators to support Early Voting when it comes before them again, we urge you to THANK your legislators if they supported it this year.  It is important that they know you appreciate their vote.

If they did not vote for it, please talk to them and let them know you hope they will support it in the next bill.

House vote: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/VOTE/h/pdf/2019HV-00066-R00HJ00161-HV.pdf

Senate vote: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2019/VOTE/s/pdf/2019SV-00088-R00HJ00161-SV.pdf

 Help us pave the way for a successful majority support to get Early Voting on the ballot!

For Additional Details on Early Voting: PDF iconEarly Voting Background Information

 

50th Symposium on International Relations:

Food Matters! Combat Hunger - Reduce Waste - Create Energy

SPECIAL THANKS to the "Food Matters!" forum Panelists who provided us with insight into how food impacts our world and what we can start to do to reduce waste and combat hunger.

Panelists:

David Donaldson, Program Manager, Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Samuel King, Director of Development, Blue Earth Compost

Bernie Beaudreau, CEO, Connecticut Food Bank

Ellen Graham, Aide to U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal

Moderator:

Nancy Ruther, Principal, Gazelle International

  

 REDISTRICTING AND THE PERILS OF GERRYMANDERING FORUM

If you missed our forum on Redistricting, you can watch it here:

 

Voter information is what the League of Women Voters does best!  We designed VoteCT.net to help both new and experienced voters in Connecticut find information for all elections. It includes information for upcoming elections, access to info on registering to vote, who the candidates are, voting by absentee ballots, voting at the polls, and working at the polls. All in one spot!  votect.net     

Citizens' Election Program

CEProud is a three year commitment (2016-2019) by LWVCT to raise awareness of the Citizens' Election Program - Connecticut's model program for publicly financed campaigns. 

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Campaign to increase voter participation in Elections 

 

The League of Women Voters of CT encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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Event Date: 
Jun 15 2019 - 8:30am
Event location: 

Courtyard by Marriott, Shelton

We will have a brief business meeting in which we will pass a budget, elect new Board members, design our advocacy program for next year, and hear from Kay Maxwell, LWVCT 100th Anniversary Committee Chairperson, about the wonderful upcoming plans.

Event Date: 
May 8 2019 - 10:00am
Event location: 

Legislative Office Building (LOB) Rm 1B

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