Presidents' Letter - January 2020 - Everyone Counts!

At our Winter Workshop, Maryland’s Secretary of Planning, Robert S. McCord, impressed us with the vital importance of the information that will be derived from a successful 2020 Census and the vital importance of each citizen’s participation and advocacy.  League members were the right audience for this message and here is why: League members seek to be informed; League members educate; and League members understand the importance of advocacy.

Briefly, an accurate census count of all persons will have a huge impact on our planning for school construction, transportation planning and the distribution of funding for human services and public safety. Secretary McCord noted that each person not counted can represent a loss of $18,350 for local government. Census data is aggregated so that characteristics of the population can be accurately mapped enabling critical planning decisions like the placement of mass transit stops and the kinds of school facilities that will be needed as the makeup of families change.

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Initiative Process Study - Volunteers Needed!

At LWVMD's 2019 Convention we adopted a study of the initiative process. The initiative process allows voters to place a piece of legislation or a constitutional amendment on the ballot usually through a petition process, thereby circumventing the legislature. The process is allowed in over 26 states. Maryland has a veto referendum, which means, the voters can veto legislation passed by the MD legislature, but voters cannot initiate legislation. The state study will look at the initiative process then the research will be presented to our membership who will eventually evaluate through the consensus process whether LWVMD will take up a position on the initiative process in Maryland.

We are looking for volunteers to join this study! Click here if you are interested in learning more!


NOTE: Studies are open to LWVMD Members Only - Click here to learn more about joining!

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Internship Reflections - Legislative Session 2019

 

I only made coffee once, and it was for myself. This was my first internship and I was fully prepared to be going on coffee runs, filing and copying papers, and all of the other monotonous tasks that you often hear interns complain about. I was definitely in for a surprise! I had been on the lookout for a hands-on internship that would expose me to advocacy work and that would also teach me more about the nonprofit sector, and that’s exactly what I got as an intern with the League.

I got to spend my first day connecting with other active and involved people from nonprofits all over the state at Maryland Nonprofit’s Legislative Preview event. From that point on, I was constantly being exposed to fresh experiences that “kept me on my toes” to say the least...

Colleen Herrmann, LWVMD Intern (left); Ashley Oleson, LWVMD Administrative Director (center), Nadia Monnier, LWVMD Intern (right)

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Introducing the Nancy Soreng Young Professional Advancement Fund

June 2018 at the LWVMD Council meeting the board announced the creation of the Nancy Soreng Young Professional Advancement Fund. This fund is now live on our website and open for donations to support LWVMD’s efforts to engaged & advance young professionals in the spirit of Nancy Soreng, who has always provided guidance and mentorship to young League members, ensuring that LWVMD’s work endures for many generations to come.

Click Here to Donate Now


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2019 Legislative Priorities Due 10/31

First of all, I want to emphasize our continuing need for Report from State Circle reporters to cover Election Process and Transparency, subjects especially important for Making Democracy Work. If you or someone you know would be able and willing to cover these issues, please let me know. We could also use a reporter for gun control.

Second, a shout of thanks to the eight Leagues who responded with their local choices for LWVMD Legislative Priorities. With all the pre-election activities going on, I really appreciate the effort to respond on priorities. I will summarize what we have so far. The LWVMD Board will make its final decision on November 5. This gives other local Leagues a chance to respond by October 31.

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