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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.

December 21, 2018:  GOV. SNYDER URGED TO VETO DANGEROUS LEGISLATION

LWVMI was included with numerous environmental, social justice organizations and civic groups that called on Governor Snyder to protect Michigan’s water and the health of millions of residents by vetoing destructive bills that don’t safeguard public health. The citizens groups, which represent hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents, said the Governor should veto four bills that weaken the state’s basic environmental and public health protections. Click here to view the media release.

November 29, 2018: OPPOSE CHANGES TO EARNED LEAVE AND MINIMUM WAGE INITIATIVES

Two campaigns for changes in laws on minimum wage and earned sick time gathered more than 380,000 signatures each. As allowed in the Michigan Constitution, the Michigan House of Representatives and the Senate adopted these initiative petitions in early September. PA 357 (minimum wage) and PA 358 (earned sick time) passed in the Senate with 24 votes and in the House with 78 votes. As a result of the Legislature's actions, the initiatives were not on the November ballot for voters to decide their fate. Now the Michigan Legislature is preparing to pass SB 1171 (minimum wage) and SB 1175 (earned sick time) that will make drastic changes in these citizen initiatives. This maneuver by the Legislature is circumventing the democratic process and the will of the people. LWVMI urges supportors to tell their Michigan Representatives to oppose these changes and vote NO on SB 1171 and SB 1175. The initiatives should take effect as the people who signed the initiatives envisioned. That is what makes our democracy strong.

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.

 

For Action Alerts and Advocacy prior to 2018, 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.

January 23, 2019:  HEALING OUR WATERS COALTION WELCOMES NEW LEGISLATORS

As a coalition member of Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes, the League signed on to a letter urging the legislators of the 116th Conress to continue with the Great Lakes Restoration Plan. Urgent action is needed to preserve, protect and restore the Great Lakes because the longer we wait, the more expensive and difficult it becomes to solve the region's problems. Read the letter here.

November 20, 2018:  GROUPS TO LEGISLATURE: DON'T USE LAME DUCK TO UNDO WILL OF PEOPLE

The United Way for Southeastern Michigan, the Michigan League for Public Policy, the League of Women Voters of Michigan and We the People held a statewide conference call to warn the Michigan Legislature not to bow to special interests and use the lame duck period to undo citizen-driven initiatives or move bills that undermine the public’s voice in government. Majority lawmakers are already signaling that they plan to use the secrecy of lame duck session between Thanksgiving and the New Year to undermine new laws and other policies that enjoy widespread support.about concerns that the lame duck legislature may consider disregardng the will of the citizens who voted. Read the entire press release here.

October 4, 2018:  LEAGUE OPPOSES TUNNEL BENEATH THE STRAITS

The League of Women Voters Michigan remains opposed to the transport of oil on, in or under the Great Lakes. Gov. Snyder’s announcement today of plans to construct a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac for this purpose is no exception. A Canadian tunnel under the Straits is not permissible under Michigan’s Great Lakes Submerged Lands Act, common law public trust doctrine, and would violate the 1836 Treaty with Michigan Tribes protecting the Straits fishing grounds. This "backroom deal" ignores safer, less costly alternatives that would address Michigan’s energy needs and guarantee the Great Lakes would never be at risk from a Line 5 oil pipeline rupture. Read the Press Release here.

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.

 

 

For Action Alerts and Advocacy prior to 2018, visit our Archives page.