In This Issue:
June 23, 2011
TODAY: June 23, 1972 – President Nixon signs Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which guarantees equal access and equal opportunity for females and males in almost all aspects of our educational systems and is one of the most important legislation initiatives passed for women and girls since women won the vote in 1920.
- President’s Message: Successful Council! (NEW)
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
- FOIA Letter to the Editor Template Available (NEW)
- LWVUS Membership Database Down for Maintenance on July 10-11
- Need to Input Co-Chairs into the Online Database?
- HR 672 Defeated! (NEW)
- Advocacy Report from Council Available Online (NEW)
EDUCATION FUND (Elections)
- ELECTIONS: PAVP 2011 Legislative Update (NEW)
- Is Your Retirement Plan Up for Double Taxation?
Dear League Leader:
Council 2011 was a great success! One state president declared this the best training she had ever attended, either as a volunteer or professionally.
Thank you to the League leaders who came from all across the country to participate over the weekend at a Virginia conference center. We had more than 100 leaders representing 40 states! The Council format was new this year and focused on training around individual state campaigns to produce a work plan for the coming year. Staff experts, LWVUS Board members and fellow League leaders were available for consultation in a variety of ways throughout Council, which was modeled after the regional training being conducted around the country through the Membership and Leadership Development Initiative.
Council 2011 delegates adopted the proposed budget, the last one-year budget for the LWVUS. My opening remarks and the Advocacy Report are also available on our website. More material will be available online in the coming weeks. While the LWVUS Bylaws continue to provide for emergency action by Council delegates, future Council meetings can be adapted to any format, any location and all levels of League. We hope to see even more attendees in 2013!
In closing, I urge Leagues to continue to focus on the voter and the power of the vote. I cannot overemphasize the importance of this recent Update message.
MEMBERSHIP & LEADERSHIP
FOIA Letter to the Editor Template Available (NEW)
The Fourth of July marks not only Independence Day, but also the anniversary of the passage of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Customize and distribute our ready-to-use letter to the editor template to remind your community of the importance of holding your government accountable and promoting transparency in government proceedings.
LWVUS Membership Database Down for Maintenance on July 10-11
Due to routine maintenance, you will not be able to access the LWVUS Membership Database from Sunday, July 10, to Monday, July11. Access to the database will be available again on Tuesday, July 12. If you have questions or need assistance accessing the database after Monday, July 11, when the database is up again, please contact Betty Taira at BTaira@lwv.org.
Need to Input Co-Chairs into the Online Database?
Currently, the LWVUS membership database allows you to input a co-position only for the president. If you have co-chairs of a position to update in the database, please email Betty Taira at BTaira@lwv.org with the position the co-chairs share and the names and member IDs of the co-chairs. Be sure to enter your League name and League ID (example: CA123) in the email SUBJECT box.
HR 672 Defeated! (NEW)
Last night, on a 235-185 vote, the House defeated a motion to suspend the rules and pass HR 672. Under suspension a 2/3 vote was required for passage. A day earlier, the League released this statement, urging the House to oppose HR 672 and not to terminate the Election Assistance Commission. Also, our indomitable LWV Lobby Corps contacted select Representatives’ offices, urging them to defeat the motion.
Advocacy Report to Council Available Online (NEW)
The report is available here.
EDUCATION FUND (Elections)
ELECTIONS: PAVP 2011 Legislative Update (NEW)
The advocacy efforts of LWV and coalition partners have resulted in eight states defeating photo identification legislation (CO, IA, MT, NM, VA, ME, MN* and MO*) and five states enacting new photo ID legislation (KS*, SC,TN, TX and WI). The most immediate threats at this time include passage of voter ID in PA and OH. [* Kansas’s law also includes a proof of citizenship requirement as a pre-requisite to registering to vote (to begin in 2013). Missouri’s legislation puts a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November 2012, asking voters if Missouri should require a photo ID to vote; however, Missouri Governor Nixon vetoed enacting legislation in June 2011. A constitutional amendment may also appear on Minnesota’s ballot in November 2012.]
In Florida, the state League continues to battle an “omnibus election reform” law that passed in May of 2011. Among its provisions, this new law decreases the number of days of early voting and adds new restrictions on third party voter registration drives. In response to the new law, the LWVFL announced that it can no longer conduct voter registration drives because the legal and financial risks are too high.
Is Your Retirement Plan Up for Double Taxation?
Did you know that many retirement plan assets, like IRAs, face double taxation when they’re paid out to your heirs as part of your estate? So, while estate taxes might take a bite out of what you leave your heirs, your heirs might also have to pay income tax on what you leave them. If you can, you might instead consider leaving your retirement plan assets as a charitable gift to the League of Women Voters Education Fund. Your gift will provide critical support for the League’s work and reduce the tax burdens on your heirs. Be sure to consult your estate planning advisor first; then contact your retirement plan administrator about your decision. It could be as easy as signing new beneficiary forms. For more information on this and other planned giving opportunities, please contact the League at 202-263-1355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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