LWVCT 2020 Legislative Priority Issues
- Protecting Voter Rights & Expanding Voter Access
- Campaign Finance Reform & Money in Politics
- Open and Transparent Government (including citizens’ right to know and public access to government information).
- Environmental Stewardship
Video: Advocacy 101 Workshop January 26, 2020
The League of Women Voters of Connecticut has a Public Issues Team of specialists on several topics, mostly related to Government & Election Law. We depend on our members and friends to back up our positions when necessary by reaching out to their own legislators when the time comes to push for particular bills. LWVCT holds an annual orientation and training day for PI Team members, with remarks from staff of legislature and administration. League members and allies are invited to attend. For those with day jobs, we offer this video segment of the 3+ hour Advocacy Day 2020.
The 2019 Legislative Priority Issues were:
- Election Laws
- Campaign Finance
- Open Government (including citizens’ right to know and public access to government information).
As the 2019 General Assembly session got underway on January 9, 2019, the League was ready to launch our Advocacy efforts on our priority issues. In addition, our Public Issues Team had been monitoring legislation in other LWVCT issue areas to keep us informed and up to date on any important new laws being proposed.
LWVCT LOBBY DAY was a success. Representative Michael Winkler sponsored LWVCT and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill spoke to the activists assembled there. Picture from Lobby Day with LWVCT Lobbyists Judy Blei and Mary Grace Peak and League members wait to speak to legislators about Early Voting.
CALLS TO ACTION 2019
AUTOMATIC VOTE REGISTRATION (AVR)
LWVCT urged Governor Lamont to include automatic voter registration when there was a special session of the General Assembly. Unfortunately, the special session did not happen.
DEFEND THE CITIZENS ELECTION PROGRAM (CEP)
Legislative update: SB641 was not brought up for a vote in the House after the Senate last minute passage. CEP remains unchanged as of now. 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: lwvct_ccag_ccct_june_5_2019.pdf
Call to Action on HB7160 - Increasing Voter Access and Bottle Bill HB 7294 Update
LWVCT PRIORITY ISSUES ACTION CALL
The LWVCT Board established four priority areas for our legislative work this session. Here is a summary of the bills our Legislative Specialists Yvonne Senturia, Pam Klem, Pua Ford, and Kathy Golas have been following.
EARLY VOTING CALL TO ACTION: Early Voting and No Excuse Absentee Ballot_apr_19.pdf
BOTTLE BILL CALL TO ACTION:Bottle Bill Substitute HB7294 information.pdf
We will be following up on our action from last year, particularly in some key areas:
Citizens Election Program (CEP):
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Past Successful Advocacy Efforts
National Popular Vote (NPV)
NPV Passes in Connecticut on May 5, 2018. See https://www.nationalpopularvote.com/state/ct for more details.
- LWVUS Speaks out Against Kolbach's Request for Voting Records - Press Release
- LWVCT Supports CT Secretary of State, Denise Merrill's Response to the Commission on Election Integrity
- CT Secretary of State's July 2 Response to the Commission on Election Integrity Reques