Advocacy Resources

Advocacy Resources

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About

League advocacy is carried out by League volunteers. We testify at hearings, provide press conference statements, write letters to the editor and opinion editorials, and submit other written communications to public officials. 

The League of Women Voters of Connecticut (LWVCT) retains the limited services of a legislative monitor to track bills on which the LWVCT has a position. We also retain a part-time, paid lobbyist to support LWVCT volunteers who lobby on LWVCT legislative priorities.

2019-2020 DIRECTORY OF ELECTED OFFICIALS

PDF iconDirectory of Elected Officials_2019-20.pdf

LWVCT publishes a Directory of Elected Officials biennally.  The League encourages citizens to use the directory as a resource for contacting their elected officials often and let them know what issues they care about.  A printed version of the Directory will be available after the results of the special elections are known.

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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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What Happened during the 2019 General Assembly Session?

 We are proud of our hard working Public Issues Team who has prepared this report for you about what happened during the 2019 session to LWVCT issues.

For more information on what legislation passed and became law, you can read the Connecticut General Assembly 2019 Major Public Acts publication.

CGA_major_acts_for_2019.pdf

Early Voting in Connecticut

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:  Early Voting Background Information

Connecticut General Assembly Information

For additional information about the Connecticut General Assembly, the legislative leadership, the types of committees and more on the CGA website.

PDF iconA Guide to the CGA Website - A great tool to support effective advocacy.

How a Bill Becomes a Law in CT - PDF iconHow a bill becomes a law.pdf

Advocacy Resources

Impact on Issues 2019 PDF iconGovernmentNatural Resources |PDF iconSocial Policy

Advocacy Training Handouts

Areas of Advocacy

Government Natural Resources Social Policy
We work for a governmental system that is representative, accountable, and responsive. We work for the protection and sustainability of natural resources. We work for equal rights and equal opportunity for all, and promote social and economic justice and health and safety.

Advocacy Topics

Partners in Advocacy

LWVCT actively works in coalition with others to achieve our public policy goals. Coalition work can include actions such as participating in strategy meetings, coordinating testimony and/or action alerts, attending meetings with public officials, and participating in press conferences. Coalitions are listed below by policy area; if there is a lead Coalition partner that provides staffing support, they are indicated in parentheses.

Government

  • Clean Up CT Coalition
  • Common Cause
  • Connecticut Citizen Election Audit Coalition

Natural Resources

  • Citizens Transportation Lobby
  • Clean Water Action
  • CT Climate Coalition
  • CT League of Conservation Voters
  • Endangered Lands Coalition (CT Fund for the Environment)
  • New England Climate Coalition
  • Sound Alliance (Save the Sound)
  • Transit for Connecticut Coalition (CT Fund for the Environment)

Social Policy

  • CAGV: Connecticut Against Gun Violence
  • Coalition for Choice
  • Citizens Network of the Capital Region
  • CT Coalition for Justice in Education Funding
  • CT Housing Coalition and Home CT
  • Keep the Promise Coalition (National Association of Mental Illness CT)
  • Health Care4EveryOne (United Health Care Foundation)