Honk For Voters! Saturday July 30th, 1:00 PM

The NAACP Political Action Standing Committee is hosting a “HONK FOR VOTERS” event. This is a way to have fun going around Lawrence reminding people to get out and vote! Make posters, decorate your car with balloons, washable chalk, American flags, etc. 

We are meeting  at the Depot Parking lot in North Lawrence. There is also parking across the street.  Below is a link to the pdf of the route. James Minor will lead the group through the route, it should be a great time, we will meet back at the Depot. Be prepared to HONK! WAVE! AND GET PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT VOTING!!

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Attention Student Members

A new League year is starting: April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023. Your participation with us during the past year has been especially valuable and we hope it will continue into this important election year. If you wish to maintain your League membership, please let us know by downloading, filling out and mailing the Membership Form to: LWVL-DC, PO Box 1072, Lawrence, KS 66044. The membership form is found at https://lawrenceleague.com on the “Join and Renew” page. Unfortunately, we do not have a fillable membership form on our website currently.

Student members don’t pay dues, but we do need renewal information from you. We want your data in our records to be correct and current. Please let us know if you are still a student, still interested in belonging to the LWVL-DC, and any changes in your information.

Marjorie Cole, membership

Legislative Observers: First Friday Update

Our Legislative Observers kicked off their weekly meetings, called “Fast Fridays,” Jan 14 at 4 pm with 17 observers from all over Kansas joining in to report on the activities of the legislature.

Kristin Salmans, Lawrence vice president, said that its easy to get involved, because all the committees are now online. Let her know if you would like to follow a certain committee. Here’s a report from the meeting Jan 14:

  • The House Judiciary Committee discussed and advanced HB 2477 to extend renewal of professional healthcare licenses through May 15, 2022, due to pandemic conditions.
  • Watch for bi-partisan interest in increasing funding of the state Water Plan. 
  • Congressional redistricting maps could come up for a vote as early as next week. 
  • The Senate Committee on Assessment and Taxation will discuss SB339 regarding food sales tax Wednesday, Jan 19. 
  • The House Committee on Children and Seniors will hold an informational hearing on Childhood Food Insecurity this week.

Anyone can join the Fast Friday discussions. Zoom recurring link here. [Meeting ID: 850 8119 4355 / Passcode: 100954]

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.