Redistricting map to House committee Jan 20

Let your legislators know NOW that you want a transparent and fair process for redistricting.

Your State League Redistricting Committee met to discuss the final maps and the new legislative steps that are adding more challenges to get our maps seen and considered by legislators.

This is the first time that the Redistricting Legislative Committee is requiring maps be
sponsored by legislators before technical review by the Legislative Research Department – the first step. Previously, any group could present mapping options to the committee making the recommendations to the full House and Senate. This is limiting the public’s input in the redrawing of legislative and congressional districts. Unfortunately, this seems to be the objective of legislative leadership.

Currently, the Congressional map is scheduled for discussion in the House committee Thursday, January 20, with a possible vote on Friday. Our committee is working to get the legislative sponsors needed to get our map presented. If we are unable to meet this very quick deadline, we still have the opportunity to present our suggested maps to the Senate Redistricting committee.

Let your legislators know that you want a transparent and fair process for Redistricting.

January 2022 Board Meeting

Tuesday, Jan 11, 6:30–8 pm

The LWVL-DC board meets at 6:30 pm on the second Tuesday of each month. Until further notice, the meetings are via Zoom. All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The January agenda includes orientation and new-member training, constitutional amendment, community partnerships and reports from the following committees: DEI, Voter Services and Hot Topics / Education. For a detailed agenda, please request from the chair (below).

Hot Topic: Rachel Sweet of Planned Parenthood

May 20, 2021

Rachel Sweet is the Regional Director of Public Policy and Organizing with Planned Parenthood of Great Plains. The Kansas Primary in August 2022 will see a constitutional amendment proposal that, if passed, would negate the Kansas Supreme Court ruling in April of 2019 that a woman has bodily autonomy protected by the Kansas Constitution.

Fluker Award Presentation 2021

Fluker Award Presentation Oct 23, 2021, 11:30 am, CST

Molly M. Wood, board president of the Kansas Advocates for Better Care, is the winner of the 22nd annual Helen Fluker Open and Accessible Government Award. The 2021 winner is announced by James Fluker, chair of the Fluker Award Committee.

The award was established in 1998  in memory of Helen Fluker, a longtime League member who served both the League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County and the League of Women Voters of Kansas in many capacities. LWVL-DC confers this award each year on a Kansas resident whose efforts have promoted a significant improvement in governmental transparency. More about the Helen Fluker Award.

Due to continuing concerns about Covid-19, this year’s ceremony will be held online via Zoom and last about 45 minutes. There will be a few remarks of welcome, introduction of Ms. Woods, and the presentation of the award. A reminder of the link will be sent out a day before the event to League members.

Hot Topic: Local Climate Action Plan

Oct 21, 2021

Jasmin Moore, sustainability director for Lawrence and Douglas County, will discuss the area’s Climate Action Plan. A part of Plan 2040, the Climate Action Plan is now in the “Public Input and Community Conversation” phase. Join us to learn how you can help shape this important plan. 

For more information:
Denise Pettengill, 785-3319276, pettengilldenise@gmail.com
Zoom

Lawrence League Centennial

August 26, 2021

LWVL-DC begins the celebration of its centennial year with a Facebook Live presentation. Our member, historian Jeanne Klein presents her research of the little-known events of our first decade, 1921-1931. Klein’s presentation took place at the Watson History Museum, using the museum’s Facebook Live streaming service. This is a recording provided by the museum.