NEW: 2017 "TRY" - THEY REPRESENT YOU
The Thurston County LWV organizes and hosts events and activities to educate and inform voters regarding local, state and national subjects and issues. The League presents information regarding issues through meetings and debates, and publications like They Represent You (TRY) brochure (PDF). TRY is a comprehensive document containing contact information about Thurston County, Washington State and National elected officials as well as Thurston School Districts, Courts and other public agencies.
League of Women Voters US Statement regarding immigration:
The League is opposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants.
The LWV supports cities, towns, counties and states that make a decision not to cooperate with federal deportation and enforcement actions that include non-criminal undocumented immigrants. Moreover, the Trump Administration’s orders are of dubious legality.
It is simply wrong, and a perversion of the American system of justice, for the Executive Branch to refuse to obey federal court orders.
The LWV is opposed to discrimination, including discrimination in immigration, based on religion. The Trump Administration’s orders appear to be targeted at Muslims and immigrants from majority-Muslims nations.
Celebrate Our Successes...
In the last two weeks, a number of LWVWA priority bills have passed the second house. Most are on their way to the Governor's desk for his signature, a few require reconciliation of amendments between the two houses.
These successes are not only the result of the Lobby Team's hard work and dedication, but as a result of your support. So give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. And remember, our work is not done yet!
You can read more about each of these bills by following the link which will take you to the appropriate issue page.
SB 5336 Protecting ballot drop boxes and their contents
SSB 5472 Expanding access to ballot drop boxes by requiring one in every city and town
SHB 1234 Expanding contraceptive coverage
SSB 5835 Improving health outcomes by providing pregnancy accommodations
ESHB 1427 Expanding opioid treatment programs
SB 5382Protecting homeless youth by providing reduced cost identicards
ESHB 2023 Closing the vesting “loophole" by delaying effective date for Growth Management decisions
SB 5200 Encouraging volunteerism by allowing spouses to combine volunteer hours for a Discover Pass
2SSB 5546 Increasing forest resilience by creating a forest risk assessment
A significant number of dangerous bills have also been defeated, particularly in the area of the environment and energy.
...and say Thank You
You might think that because a bill passes unanimously or by an overwhelming margin that it wasn't controversial, it took little effort and persuasion by its sponsors, and that the vote was an easy choice for those who supported it. While that may be true for some bills, often it is not. And that's not the case for SHB 1234. This bill will allow women to obtain 12 months of contraceptives through their health insurance. It passed only because of the dedication, persistence and behind-the-scenes work of some senators, and the willingness of many more to take a vote that they knew would not be popular with everyone in their district. So if your Senator was one of the 48 who voted for passage of this bill,please email her or him and say thank you. They will certainly appreciate supportive emails, especially those who are likely to get some very different ones.
HOW WE WORK
League members work on a variety of issues over each program year, in addition to our voter registration and elections-related work. Our Program Year runs from September through May; our fiscal year begins on July 1st. At our August 2016 retreat, the Board decided to focus on election related work this fall.
After the holidays, League will begin a series of Public meetings focused on The Port of Olympia, Poverty and Injustice, Mental Health, and Thurston County Growth. We’re exploring developing an “Observer Corps” of League members who might attend various governmental meetings as observers. We envision observing Port of Olympia and Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater City Council meetings as members volunteer to be Observers.
The League always welcomes people who are interested in community issues and are willing to work on understanding and then taking action on them. We have a great history of impacting positive change through our advocacy efforts and our work on voter registration and voter rights. Come and join us!