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The League of Women Voters of Michigan often takes positions on legislative or citizen initiatives and other proposed governmental policy or regulatory decisions. If an initiative reaches a legislative committee, a voting body or other decision makers, the League may take action (testimony, letters, phone calls, public statements, etc). The lack of public action is not indicative of the numerous decisions to support or oppose an issue that the League makes on a regular basis.

 

June 6, 2018:  OPPOSE MANDATORY MEDICAID WORK REQUIREMENTS

Michigan Voters are urged to tell Gov. Snyder to VETO SB 896, the bill to require work requirements for Medicaid heath care. LWVMI opposes this bill. The bill passed by the Senate contains a 29-hour-a-week workforce requirement for able-bodied adults on Medicaid. The requirement links work to health insurance coverage. Medicaid has never had a work requirement since the program was established in 1965. The result could be more people without insurance resulting in a higher use of emergency rooms and delays in getting health care.

April 10, 2018: TAKE ACTION WITH THE MICHIGAN EQUAL PAY DAY COALITION!

To commemorate Equal Pay Day, voters were urgned to contact their state representatives and senators to support legislation that would close the pay gap between men and women. The gender pay gap is a grim reality for many working women in Michigan who on average are paid just about 80 cents for every dollar a man is paid. The effects of the pay gap are even worse for African American women (63 cents) and Latinas (54 cents). Michigan ranks 32rd in closing the gap. On average, Michigan women who are employed full time lose a combined total of nearly $16 billion every year due to the gender pay gap. This means Michigan women and families have less money to save for the future or to spend on basic goods and services – huge economic drivers.

March 12, 2018: SUPPORT ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION

The Michigan House and Senate are considering a package of bills (SB 425-429 and HBs 5548 & 5549) to require the Secretary of State (SOS) to develop and maintain an electronic voter registration interface to allow an applicant to submit a voter registration application electronically through the SOS website. Eligible voters would have to have a valid Michigan dirver's liense or a state ID card to register to vote online. Of course, the current paper registration process would also continue to be used. 38 states plus the District of Columbia offer online registration. Online voter registration systems supplement the traditional process. A validation step is done by comparing the information on the online registration form against the information provided by the same individual when he or she received a driver’s license or other state-issued identification card. The signature already on record with the state becomes the signature on record for voting. When the information does not match, the application is sent to officials for further review or action. The League of Women Voters has supported this proactive election reform for many years. This election reform is needed in Michigan!

February 28, 2018: LWV STANDS FOR GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION


In the wake of the Florida school shooting, the League reminds members and voters that our organization has fought for the sensible use of firearms, and against the Increasing use of violent weapons turned against fellow citizens—often children—within our communities for over 30 years. During the coming weeks you will find many opportunities to take a stand for gun violence prevention in your schools, houses of worship, and town-halls. The League of Women Voters of Michigan encourages you to join that debate. Raise your voice. Advance sensible arguments that protect our schools. Advocate for change. LWVMI opposes bills that allow those with concealed pistol licenses with additional training to carry in certain gun-free zones, SBs 584, 585 and 585, that are assigned to the House Judiciary Committee. LWVUS continues to support legislation to strengthen reporting to the National Background Check Database.

November 27, 2017:  OPPOSE GUNS IN SCHOOLS AND OTHER PUBLIC SPACES

The Senate recently passed legislation that would change the handgun licensure law to allow carrying concealed weapons in places known as no-carry zones. Currently no-carry zones include schools, day care centers, hospitals, sports arenas, places of worship, a dormitory or classroom of a community college, or university and a large entertainment facility. The League of Women Voters opposes these bills (#584, #585 and #586) and urged voters to contact their State Representatives to oppose passge.  There is no reason for allowing weapons in these public places. The League believes we should protect the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons.

October 18, 2017: OPPOSE CHANGES IN STATE'S ABILITY TO MAKE RULES

The Senate was nearing a vote on HB 4205, which would prohibit a state agency from adopting a rule, except an emergency rule, that is more stringent than a federally mandated standard, unless the agency determined there is a clear and convincing need. The bill passed the House already. The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) noted that many of the rules that Michigan has adopted to protect the Great Lakes have stronger requirements than the federal government. Saying this bill would jeopardize Michigan's ability to protect our environment, the MEC and other groups oppose passage of this bill. The bill would apply to ALL state departments, including education, civil rights, etc.

September 6, 2017:  OPPOSE CHANGES IN MICHIGAN CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAW

The Senate is nearing a vote on SB 335, which would set state regulations for independent expenditure committees, more commonly known as Super PACs. The bill states that a corporation, joint stock company, labor organization could make an independent expenditure in any amount advocating the election or defeat of a candidate or the passage or defeat of a ballot question. It also allows candidates to urge donors to give money to these independent expenditure committees so that they would ultimately fund their own campaigns. While some of the changes reflect the Citizen's United decision, the language allowing candidates to coordinate their fundraising goes beyond that decision. The coordinated fundraising permitted in the bill calls into question the true independence of the spending, which Citizens United intended to allow. The League of Women Voters is committed to reforming our nation'scampaign finance system to ensure the public's right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process. The public has the right to know who funds candidates and how much is given to candidates. This bill would move Michigan in the wrong direction!

 

June 13, 2017:  OPPOSE LEGISLATION TO PROHIBIT WELCOMING CITIES

The League is urging supporters of welcoming cities TO contact their Michigan legislators to tell them to oppose HB 4105 and HB 4334. These bills would prohibit local units of government from adopting "welcoming cities" policies for their local communities. The evidence is clear that welcoming communities are safer, and support local economics. LWVMI believes the evidence is clear that welcoming communities provide us, as Americans, with a vision for a more inclusive future; a vision resting on principles that have guided us throughout our history, as we have welcomed immigrants, refugees, and seasonal workers to join us, as we build a stronger democracy for all. Local communities should have the right to decide if they want to adopt a welcoming community policy.

March 17, 2017: PROTECT LAKE MICHIGAN AND THE GREAT LAKES

Funding for the Great Lakes is cut by 97% in President Trump’s proposed budget, from $300 million to $10 million. Only $10 million for projects in eight states surrounding all five Great Lakes means that almost no restoration, protection, or research projects will be possible to ensure the future of our natural treasures. Tell your legislators to stand strong for the Lakes and to support: 1) Maintenance of $300 million in Great Lakes funding through the EPA, 2) Increases in water infrastructure program funding. We need to replace, and improve our wastewater and drinking water systems so that no other community experiences a crisis like our friends in Flint, Michigan. Your help is needed to get the message across. Call your Representative and Senators on March 14, 15, or 16 and tell them that Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes is important to you. Any member of Congress may be reached through the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

February 16, 2017:  OPPOSE ELIMINATION OF STATE INCOME TAX

HB 4001 has been recommended for passage by the MI House of Representative's House Policy Committee. This bill would reduce the income tax amount from 4.25% to 3.9% on January 1, 2018 and then reduce the annual rate by one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) until the rate reaches zero. The tax would be entirely eliminated over the next 39 years. The bill would cut revenues by $680 million in the 2017-2018 fiscal year and $1.2 billion in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. No cuts in budgets were discussed. According to Michigan Treasurer Nick Khouri tax law changes have reduced Michigan state and local taxes by $2.8 billion in total since 2011. According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the tax cut will greatly benefit wealthy MI citizens. The average tax cut in ten years by household income for households earning between $0 to $21,000 will be $56 and for the top 1% the tax cut will be $13,573 a year. The income tax accounted for about 67% of the general fund and 22% of the school aid revenue in FY2016. There is no replacement for the lost revenue. Funds for local units of government, services for people in need and the education of our children would be at risk. The League of Women Voters of Michigan has a taxation and budgeting position that states: All three broad-based taxes on income, sales and property should be relied upon, with more reliance on the income tax. Therefore, the LWVMI Board of Directors voted to oppose HB 4001 and urges League friends and members to contact their legislators to oppose this bill.

For Action Alerts and Advocacy prior to 2017, visit our Archives page.

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BRIEFING PAPER:  GUN VIOLENCE - PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN
Read a League of Women Voters of Michigan briefing paper on Gun Violence:  Protecting our Children by clicking here.
recent action & advocacy

The League of Women Voters of Michigan often takes positions on legislative or citizen initiatives and other proposed governmental policy or regulatory decisions. If an initiative reaches a legislative committee, a voting body or other decision makers, the League may take action (testimony, letters, phone calls, public statements, etc). The lack of public action is not indicative of the numerous decisions to support or oppose an issue that the League makes on a regular basis.

June 25, 2018:  PROPOSED SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM CHANGES

The Michigan Department of Education has proposed changes to the K-12 social studies curriculum which will eliminate any mention of LGBT rights, the NAACP, Roe v. Wade, climate change and "core democratic values". President Judy Karandjeff sent testimony to the Michigan Department of Education noting the League's steadfast support for clear language to describe the rights and responsibilities of all citizens. "We urge you to adopt a straight-forward nonpartisan stance. Then our Standards will convey meaning and historical accuracy," said LWVMI President Judy Karandjeff. Concerned about the elimination of references to core democratic values, Karandjeff continued, "We in the United States of America celebrate democratic values that ensure the continuation of our constitutional republic. Those democratic values guide our ongoing efforts to form a more perfect union." The League’s entire letter to the MDEby clicking here.

May 21, 2018:  CHANGES NEEDED ON CHILD CARE DEVELOPMENT FUND'S PLAN

President Judy Karandjeff submitted testimony to the Office of Great Start-Child Development and Care of the Michigan Department of Education concerning the Child Care Development Fund's (CCDF) State Plan for FY 19 - FY 21. The League of Women Voters has long recognized that child-care programs are a key supportive service for all families, but the poor are disproportionately impacted. Families with both low and moderate wages are struggling to find  affordable, quality child care in Michigan, which is a necessity for families to be self-sufficient. The LWVMI respectfully requests that additions be added to the draft CCDF plan that would increase both the number of families receiving adequate child care assistance and the supply of high-quality child care throughout Michigan. Read the testimony here.

March 22, 2018: ON-LINE VOTER REGISTRATION

A letter in support of SBs 425-429 to develop and maintain an electronic voter registration interface to allow an applicant to submit a voter registration application electronically through the SOS website was sent to the members of the House Elections and Ethics Committee by LWVMI President Judy Karandjeff on March 22nd. 38 states plus the District of Columbia offer online registration. Online voter registration systems supplement the traditional process. Read the entire letter here.

March 6, 2018: REVISION OF LARGE-SCALE WATER WITHDRAWAL RULES IS BAD PUBLIC POLICY

Members of the House Natural Resources Committee received a letter from LWVMI on March 6th expressing opposition to HB 5638, which would turn decisions and management of our shared resources over to a single user, ignoring the rights of neighboring property owners and protection of cold-water stream habitats. Good government has a role in coordinated management, monitoring and enforcement plans. The League also strongly opposes FOIA exemptions as provided in this bill. We believe public understanding and cooperation are essential to the responsible and responsive management of our resources. Read the entire letter here.

December 20, 2017:  SHUT DOWN LINE 5 PIPELINE

LWVMI President Judy Karandjeff delivered testimonty to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on December 20h urging the state to terminate the easement allowing Enbridge to use the lake bed for Line 5.Pipeline 5 occupies publicly owned waters and bottomlands. The threat of a catastrophic oil pipeline rupture to the Great Lakes is of tremendous controversy and has generated an extraordinary level of public engagement. We are all concerned about the possible threat of a spill and the permanent damage that could result. The voice of the people should be determining the future of the Great Lakes and its protection for future generations. We urge you to shut down Line 5. Read the complete testimony here.

June 7, 2017: SUPPORT WELCOMING COMMUNITIES

The League of Women Voters delivered testimony to members of the House Local Government Committee urging opposition to HB 4105 (H-1) and HB 4334 (H-1) which would penalize communities that follow the tenants of "sanctuary cities". the League of Women Voters of Michigan believes the evidence is clear that welcoming communities provide us, as Americans, with a vision for a more inclusive future; a vision resting on principles that have guided us throughout our history, as we have welcomed immigrants, refuges, and seasonal workers to join us, as we build a stronger democracy for all. Read the testimony here.

May 3, 2017

The League of Women Voters is one of nine voting rights groups who are supporting a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would modernize Michigan elections—ensuring every voter who takes the responsibility to vote has their voice heard and vote counted on Election Day. The voting rights groups and community leaders applauded the re-introduction of the Voter Bill of Rights, a proposal that protects Michigan citizen’s fundamental right to vote. The proposed constitutional amendment comes on the heels of the introduction of a myriad of bills aimed at limiting participation of eligible voters and putting up unnecessary obstacles to voting in the 2016 legislative session. Read the press release here.

March 23, 2017

A letter was sent to the members of the House Oversight Committee urging them to oppose HB 4205, the bill that will restrict state agencies from adopting state rules that are more stringent than federal rules. We do not support such an extreme ban because there may be a need or a desire to have more flexibility in promulgating rules to protect Michigan citizens. Read tthe complete letter here.

March 22, 2017

On March 22, the League delivered testimony to the members of the House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee concerning our opposition to SB 129, as passed by the Senate. While it can be agreed that there is less risk of sulfide-bearing rock while mining for copper, without an Environmental Impact Assessment there is little assurance that disturbed rock in the surrounding area will not release dangerous sulfuric acid. SB 129 does not guarantee or protect the right of public hearing or a comment period. It also prohibits the local government from regulating any aspect of mining activities such as hours of operation or roads traveled. Finally, this bill would impede the Department from making a thorough assessment by limiting the review process. Read the complete testimony here.


February 27, 2017

The League of Women Voters of Michigan submitted comments to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in oppositionto Nestle’s water withdrawal request for the well at White Pine Springs, Osceola County, PW 101. Nestle’s multiple requests for small incremental increases had put them under the radar for a public comment period until they finally exceeded the 200,000 gallons per day, triggering the Safe Drinking Water Act review. Our organization believes that public understanding and cooperation are essential to the responsible and responsive management of our state’s natural resources and that increased withdrawals for agricultural or municipal use within the basin should be carefully evaluated and monitored before being permitted. Read the complete comments here.

 

For Action Alerts and Advocacy prior to 2017, visit our Archives page.