THE VOTER
 LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE MIDLAND AREA
December 2018
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy.

The League of Women Voters is a national, political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in their government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The League is non-partisan and as an organization does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties.

Visit from Jackie Leigh - all the way from Sierra Leon. Join us for lunch at Idli Dosa, 6811 Eastman, behind Olive Garden, Monday, Dec 17, 11:30am. RSVP evelynlipowitz@att.net
Jackie Leigh
Jackie comes from Sierra Leone where her husband, Sam, is an engineer.  They met at U of M. She and her siblings have kept the Giffin Jones house on Cambridge St. where they grew up as a base so that's where she is currently staying.  Her mother, Marian Jones, was an active LWV member and Jackie has kept up the connection. She has done a lot with teaching young people in Sierra Leone to write about their experiences and she now connects with the Legacy Center here in Midland. If anyone is thinking about the lunch Evelyn has arranged on Monday I would recommend it. 
Dear Fellow Leaguers,

We survived the election. Now just to survive the Lame Duck Session in Lansing, which goes through Dec. 20. See the article below about bills we are tracking.

We have an exciting year coming up - The LWV of the Midland Area is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. We became a charted League in 1969 - What were you doing that year? Our first event is the Anniversary Celebration/Birthday Party on February 12 - please mark your calendars! As plans develop, you will be hearing from me or other board members as we ask for volunteers to help us with our fun events!

Program - what is Program? This is the agenda for the study of selected governmental issues leading to our positions. Our Program meeting will be January 16 at Creative 360 - This is your opportunity to participate in one of the League's fundamental activities. 

Happy Holidays to all

Yours in League,

Katherine Redwine, President

Lame Duck Session in Michigan Legislature
The Lame Duck session lasts until December 20. Many of the bills have been passed, and will be sent to Governor Snyder to sign. The Governor says he is considering whether to sign.

Free Press Article - click on links to bills to check status. Contact the appropriate legislator or the governor to leave a comment.

LWVMI is following over 100 bills--some of these bills seem to be moving:

SB 1171 - Minimum Wage - changes the ballot proposal that was adopted by the Legislature.  LWVMI opposes because it undermines the democratic process.  LWVMI sent an action alert to members.  Passed Senate and in House Committee on MI Competitiveness.  LWVMI is working with an ad hoc group to oppose changes in the initiative.  

SB 1175 - Paid Sick Leave - changes the ballot proposal that was adopted by the Legislature.  LWVMI opposes because it undermines the democratic process.  LWVMI sent an action alert to members.  Passed Senate and in House Committee on MI Competitiveness  LWVMI is working with an ad hoc group to oppose changes in the initiative.  

SB 1176 -  Donor Disclosure - bans state from requiring an organization organized as a 501(c) to disclose donors.  LWVMI opposes and sent emails to oppose passage to Senate Committee on MI Competitiveness.  MI Campaign Finance Network also opposes.  The bill is now on 3rd reading in the Senate.   

SB 1196  - Line 5 -  moves the operation of Line 5 to the Mackinac Bridge Authority Act.  Committee of the Whole in Senate.  The bill seems to have run into problems with moving the operation to the Bridge Authority.  LWVMI's position is the tunnel should be shut down.  We are part of a coalition working to oppose this -  Oil & Water Don't Mix and participated in press releases.  Members have participated in last week's lobby day.  LWVMI sent an action alert for members could attend the lobby day and sign the petition against the change.

SB 1211- Wetlands - 70,000 acres would be eliminated from protections as wetlands.  In the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.  LWVMI opposes.

SB 1248 -52 - Secretary of State's Role Changes - creates the Fair Political Practices Commission within the Department of State and shifts campaign finance functions to the commission from the secretary of state and other changes for role of Secretary of State.  In Senate Elections & Government Reform Committee.  

SB 1254 - Redistricting - stipulates process for application process for applying for new commission.  LWVMI opposes because changes redistricting proposal we supported - Proposal 2.   Tonight on conference call Katie Fahey directed people to this website for information about action to take:

SB 1238, 1238, 40, 41, 42 - Proposal 3 implementation - the bills stipulate how same day registration, voter registration and other issues will work.   Bills in Senate Elections and Government Reform Committee.  LWVMI is monitoring and working with Proposal 3 coalition for response. 

HB 6533 - AG Role Changed -  the House and Senate would be empowered to prosecute an appeal, apply for a re-hearing "or take any other action or step whatsoever that is had or possessed by any of the parties to such litigation."  In House Government Operations Committee.  

HB 6533 - Repeal Bottle Bill Return - introduced and in House MI Competitiveness Committee.  

Among other issues we are watching are gun safety, ballast water regulation, solar energy property tax relief, water use, landfill regulation and tipping fees.



 Program Meeting, Jan 16, 1:30-3:30 pm
On January 16, we will be evaluating our local and state Program. What is Program? This is the process through which we establish our Positions on public policy. This year, we will be working on local and state level Program Positions. Board members will make recommendations for retaining, amending or adding to existing League Programs. The local Program is then presented to the membership for a vote at the annual meeting.  We will also be setting priorities for our activities this year.

This is your chance to participate in the process!

The Meeting is January 16, 1:30-3:30 at Creative 360. Materials to read ahead of the meeting will be sent by email.
LWV Midland Area
50th Anniversary Party - a Celebration
February 12, 2019, 7pm
Creative 360

The League of Women Voters of the Midland Area celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2019. Established as a Provisional League in 1967, our League was recognized as a local League in 1969.

Please plan to join us as we celebrate our 50 years of service to the Midland Area.
Upcoming Events

1/16 - Program Meeting - Creative 360 
1:30-3:30pm 

2/12 - LWV Midland 50th Anniversary Party - Creative 360 7pm
 
Wed, 3/27 - Midland County Housing Panel - Creative 360 7-8:30pm  Please note date change.
 
5/15 - Annual Meeting - Midland Country Club

5/27 - Memorial Day Parade - Downtown Midland
 
6/18 - Pontoon boat ride and dinner at Sanford Lake bar and grill


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Board Members
The board meets the First Thursday of each month at Creative360, 9:30-11:30. No meeting in June or July. All members are welcome. 

President - Katherine Redwine
Treasurer - Karen Sherwood
Secretary - Judy McDowell
VP Membership - Carol McPherson
VP Program -  Judy Donahue
Director, Voter Service - Sue McCollister
Director, Voter Service - Kim Steinke
Director, Natural Resources - Carole Swinehart
Director, Natural Resources - Sandy Collinson
Director, Sandy Haughton
Director, Webpage - Julie Schmidt
Director, Print Media - Cathy Heng
Director, Sharron Such
Director, Terry Townley
Director, Bay County Convener - Pam Saddler

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P.O. Box 1203
Midland, MI 48641-1203