Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy    JOINDONATETAKE ACTION
Empowering Voters. Defending Democracy    JOINDONATETAKE ACTION

Advocacy 2022

Advocacy 2022

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.

  • Our State positions on which our actions are based can be found here.
  • Our National positions on which our actions are based can be found here.

January 14, 2022:  LAWSUIT AGAINST KENT COUNTY APPORTIONMENT COMMISSION

The League of Women Voters of Michigan has called on the Michigan Supreme Court to end partisan gerrymandering at the county level. The League is asking the Court to hear its appeal from a Court of Appeals order upholding the Kent County Apportionment Commission’s County commission map for 2022-30 despite its clear partisan gerrymandering. The Michigan Supreme Court has never interpreted the ban on partisan gerrymandering in the 1966 law governing county reapportionment. The League’s appeal provides an excellent opportunity for the Court to do so.  Read the press release here.

January 8, 2022:  SUPPORT REPRODUCTIVE CHOICE IN MICHIGAN

The League supports HB 5542-5548 that would ensure access to safe, legal abortions in Michigan. These bills would guarantee that people are free to make their own medical decisions, including the right to use or refuse contraceptives or sterilization, deciding what type of birth control to use, if any, and if pregnant, deciding to give birth or have an abortion. The RHA repeals dozens of Michigan’s outdated abortion language.  This action is supported by the LWVMI and LWVUS positions on Health Care.

January 8, 2022:  SUPPORT FIREARM SAFETY AROUND MINORS

The League supports SB 550 which would provide for penalties for storing or leaving a firearm where it may be accessed by a minor.  If a person fails to store the firearm in the required manner and as a result a minor obtains the firearm and uses it to inflict injury or death to himself or any other person, the person who leaves the firearm would be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 5 years or a fine of not more than $5,000.00 or both.  This action is supported by the LWVUS positions on Violence Prevention and Gun Policy.

January 8, 2022:  SUPPORT FIREARM PROHIBITION FOR THOSE CONVICTED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 

The League supports HB 5371 and HB 5372, SB 678 and SB679 which would prohibit possession of firearms and ammunition by persons convicted of a misdemeanor involving domestic violence. Sentencing guidelines would be updated.  A person convicted of a misdemeanor involving domestic violence could not possess, use, transport, sell, purchase, carry, ship, receive, or distribute a firearm or ammunition in this state until the expiration of 8 years after all of the following circumstances exist: person has paid all fines, person has served all terms of imprisonment, person has successfully completed all conditions of probation imposed for the violation. This action is supported by the LWVUS positions on Early Intervention for Children at Risk; Violence Prevention and Gun Policy.

January 8, 2022:  OPPOSE BANS ON TEACHING CULTURALLY INCLUSIVE HISTORY

The League voted to oppose SB 460 and HB 5097 which would require the board of a school district or board of directors of a public school academy (PSA) to ensure that the curriculum provided to pupils could not include critical race theory ,the 1619 Project, or other specified theories. HB 5097 would prohibit race or gender stereotyping and in effect, prohibit instruction of any culturally inclusive history.  This action is supported by the LWVUS’s positions:  Federal Role in Public Education, Equality of Opportunity and the League’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy.

January 8, 2022:  SUPPORT ELECTION WORKERS FROM VIOLENCE

The League support SBs 793 and 794 that would protect election workers from violence.  Under SB 793, Michigan Election Law would be amended to make it a misdemeanor offense to threaten an election official due to their duties as an election official, with a maximum penalty of one years’ imprisonment and a $1,000 fine. The Code of Criminal Procedure would be amended under SB 794 to create sentencing guidelines for the offenses outlined in SB 793.  This action is supported by the LWVUS Right to Vote position.

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