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LWV L-DC Videos, Reports and Minutes

This page contains approved minutes of League meetings.

Videos of League presentations


September 25, 2017. Did you miss the Audubon discussion on the Farm Bill at the Trinity Lutheran Church? It's great discussion on the Farm Bill's focus on Large Corporations and feed stocks, but not on fruits and vegetables. View it on YouTube.

September 21, 2017. If you missed our September Hot Topic, with our Voting Suppression panel discussion or would just like see it again, you can now view it on YouTube.

June 15, 2017. If you missed our June Hot Topic, with Paul Johnson's Legislative Review or would just like see it again, you can now view it on YouTube.

February 16, 2017. If you missed our February Hot Topic, with Mark Tallman or would just like see it again, you can now view it on YouTube.

January 19, 2017. If you missed our January Hot Topic, with Lawrence City Manager, Tom Markus, or would just like see it again, you can now view it on YouTube.

July 2, 2016. If you missed our June Hot Topic, with LWVK Legislative Observer Paul Johnson, or would just like see it again, you can now view it on YouTube.

March 30, 2016. If you missed our March Hot Topic, with Douglas County Administrator Craig Weinaug and Assistant City Attorney Maria Kaminska Garcia discussing Guns in County Buildings, you can view it on YouTube.

February 23, 2016. If you missed our February Hot Topic with guest speakers Erica Hunter, Kansas DCF, and Diana Frederick, CASA, or just want to watch it again, you can watch it here. A big thank you to Cal Butcher, Director, Media Crossroads, KU William Allen White School of Journalism & Mass Communications, and his students.

December 9, 2015. Our November Hot Topic meeting (The Pros and Cons of Local Tax Abatements) is now on YouTube!

October 27, 2015. Our October Hot Topic meeting (Same Sex Marriage is legal, So now what?) featured attorney David J. Brown, who has represented same sex couples in legal actions challenging discriminatory Kansas laws. You can view David's presentation on YouTube.

October 3, 2015. Video of our September 24 Hot Topics program, Planned Parenthood: Myths, Facts, and the Fight for Kansas Women, has been posted on YouTube. It's a riveting program, packed with information. Did you know that 90% of the visits to Planned Parenthood are for services other than abortion? Yet, men and women seeking medical care have to go pass a 100 or more protesters to enter the building.

June 9, 2015. View the May 21 Brown Bag presentation by Craig Weinaug on overcrowding in the county jail and the need for expanded mental health care facilities here.

June 9, 2015. View the June 3 Legislative Update by League Observer Paul Johnson with questions and comments from Senator Marci Francisco and Representatives Barbara Ballard and Dennis "Boog" Highberger here. (Q & A starts at about minute 46.)

Studies

Studies and reports submitted LWV L-DC members and committees.

Governmental Business in Secrecy in Kansas. Expanding earlier studies (see below), League member Alan Cowles has investigated the use of closed meetings by governing bodies statewide. His findings are detailed in the report Governmental Business in Secrecy in Kansas, and updated for 2016. Read the summary here and the full report here (both pdfs). (Posted March 7, 2016.) Note: The League of Women Voters supports open government at all levels. In an effort to promote awareness of open government issues in Kansas, the Lawrence League is posting Dr. Cowles' reports. However, the opinions and policy recommendations contained in these reports are those of Dr. Cowles and do not necessarily reflect official positions of the LWV L-DC.

Government in Secrecy in Douglas County, Kansas, 2009-2013. League member Alan Cowles has investigated the use of closed meetings by the Lawrence City Commission, the Douglas County Commission, the Board of Directors of the Health Department and the Board of Trustees of Lawrence Memorial Hospital. His findings, summarized in the report Government in Secrecy in Douglas County, Kansas, 2009-2013, indicate that significant violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act have occurred and probably continue to occur. Read the report. (Posted September 6, 2013.)

Draft report on effectiveness of local economic development. This report from the LWV-LDC study committee on local economic development policy argues that our existing economic development program has been ineffective and that new leadership is needed utilizing trained professionals employed by local government. This draft has been released for purposes of discussion and feedback. You can download the report as a pdf here. (Posted February 17, 2015.)

David Burress made related remarks in a report on the study given to the 2015 LWV-LDC annual meeting. His notes are here.

David Burress made related remarks in a report on the study given to the 2016 LWV-LDC annual meeting. His notes are here.

Annual Meetings

Monthly Board Meetings

For highlights of the monthly meetings of the LWV L-DC Board of Directors, download the following month's issue of The VOTER here.