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LWVLPC mission, structure, statements, policies and current activities

Upcoming Events - 2019


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May 22, 2019 at 4:00 pm at the LPEA Boardroom, 45 Stewart St. (Bodo Park)

The League of Women Voters of La Plata County (LWVLPC) will hold its annual meeting of members for the purpose of conducting required business of the group at this time. All members are invited to attend.

A budget for the coming year will be submitted to the members for adoption at the annual meeting, in accordance with Article VI + Financial Administration of the By Laws of the LWVLPC. The budget proposed by the Budget Committee can be accessed at 2019-2020 Budget.

Article IX + Program, the Bylaws require consideration at the annual meeting of all local Programs. The current Executive Team has proposed no changes to the current local Program and requests the re-adoption of our existing local policy positions with the following titles:

  • Desert Rock Energy Project
  • Library Bond Issue
  • Health Service District
  • Vote Center Concept and Its Applicability to La Plata County Affordable Housing
  • Educational Policy: La Plata County School Districts' Program and Building Needs La Plata County School Districts' Accountability
  • Durango City Government Comprehensive Planning

    The full text of these positions may be found on our website at

    No new local study is proposed for 2018-19. No bylaw changes are proposed

*In addition to this business program, Melissa Youssef, Mayor of Durango, will speak about the New Year and New Goals for the City of Durango.
Melissa will speak at 4:00 with the business meeting commencing as soon as she finishes. There will be non-alcoholic beverages and snacks provided.

We look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting and to your participation in the work of the LWV LPC in the coming year.

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*Announcing 2019 LWVCO Pre-Convention Workshops

All LWVCO Members and Leaders! You are cordially invited to SIGN-UP and attend any of the 13 different offerings free of charge.

Workshops are being offered on Thursday afternoon, May 30th and Friday morning, May 31st. With a special panel discussion by Inspire U.S. on Thursday night.

IMPORTANT: No fee or charge to attend HOWEVER, you must SIGN-UP. No walk-ins permitted. Deadline for signing up is May 1st. Seating is limited, so don't wait.

For more info Click LWVCO Workshops


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Legislative Lowdown

*If you were unable to attend the LWVLPC-sponsored Legislative Lowdown featuring State Senator Don Coram and State Representative, Barbara McLachlan, you can read/watch the proceedings in the following ways:

  • About 100 people attended a La Plata County League of Women Voters annual Legislative Lowdown at Durango Public Library, where community members were invited to ask questions of state Rep. Barbara McLachlan and state Sen. Don Coram in effort to understand their legislative priorities. Click HERE to read more from the Durango Herald April 6 On-Line edition

  • On-line via Durango Government Television at DGOV Click on Special Programs in the left-hand box.

  • Via Charter Spectrum Channels 191 and 981, channel 10.1 for over the air antenna users

Durango City Council Election

*Baxter and Noseworthy win seats on City Council, Durango Herald, 4/2/19
Click election results to read more.

*Durango voters narrowly approve sales tax question, Durango Herald, 4/2/19
Click election results to read more.


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*5/14/19 LWVCO Board Briefs: board brief 5-14-19

Click Board Briefs to read more.

*5/7/19 Click May 2019 Colorado voter to read the May 2019 Colorado VOTER.
Highlights include:

  • Bold and Forward Thinking Essential for the League A message from Toni Larson, LWVCO President
  • Legislative Action Committee Action and Advocacy Continues as the 2019 Legislative Session Nears its Close
  • Communications Task Force Survey Results We are grateful for your participation and excellent suggestions.
  • LWVCO Historical Archive Update We are looking for Colorado Voters that were published from 1996 to 2018.
  • Leader of Democracy Awards Save the Date: Thursday, June 6, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM
  • LWVCO Convention Health Care Caucus Will the Real Health Care Reform Please Stand Up?
  • Voter Registration Grant LWVCO has received a grant of $1050 from LWVUS.

*4/9/19 LWVCO: Read Legislative Letter #8 4/22/19
Highlights include:
  • HB 1261 Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution (Reps. Becker & Jackson; Sens. Winter & A.​ ​Williams) (support) ​would set statewide greenhouse gas reduction goals relative to 2005 statewide greenhouse gas levels and requires the Air Quality Control Commission to adopt rules and regulations for statewide greenhouse gas reduction.
  • SB 96 Collect Long Term Climate Change Data (Sen. Donovan; Rep. Hansen) (support) ​requires the Air Quality Control Commission in the Department of Public Health and Environment to collect, analyze, report and forecast greenhouse gas emissions data. It also requires the commission to propose rules to implement measures to allow the state to meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.
  • HB 1188 Greenhouse Gas Pollution Impact In Fiscal Notes (Reps. Sirota & Snyder; Sen. Foote) (support) ​requires Legislative Council staff to assess whether legislation results in a change in greenhouse gas emissions as part of every fiscal note. This bill increases state expenditures on an ongoing basis. It requires an appropriation of $81,911 from the general fund for this 2019-20 fiscal year going to the Legislative Department for personal services and operating expense.
  • NEW SB 192 Front Range Waste Diversion Enterprise Grant Program (Sens. Winter & Priola; Reps. Jackson & Cutter) (support) ​This bill creates the Front Range Diversion Enterprise Grant Program that will collect a user fee on each load of waste disposed of at a landfill on the Front Range and credit it to a cash fund to finance the grant program. It sets a user fee at 15 cents per cubic yard per load, from January 1, 2020, through December of 2020.
  • NEW SB 198 Management of Waste Tires (Sens. Todd & Coram; Reps. Buentello & Gray) (support)​. The history of waste tire management in Colorado is dirty and polluting. There have been policies and funds established to reduce health risks and pollution due to tire dumps. This bill would encourage resource recovery, recycling and reuse of waste tires with an increase on the waste tire fee on purchase of new tires from 55 cents to $2 for four years. It would also create an end-users fund to provide rebates for processing waste tires into tire-derived products or fuel.
  • NEW SB 243, Prohibit Food Establishments Use of Polystyrene (Sens. Moreno & Foote; Reps. Cutter & Singer) (support)​. This concise bill would prohibit a retail food establishment from distributing an expanded polystyrene product (basically, that thermoplastic foam we're all familiar with) for use as a container for off-premises ready-to-eat food on or after January 1, 2024.
  • NEW SB 229 Campaign Contributions Dependent Care Expenses (Sens. Winter & Foote; Reps. Gonzales-Gutierrez & Mullica) (support) ​allows a candidate committee to spend campaign contributions for reasonable and necessary dependent care expenses that the candidate incurs directly in connection with his or her campaign.
  • NEW HB 1318 Clean Campaign Act of 2019 (Rep. Weissman; Sens. Bridges & Foote) (support) and SB 232 Campaign Finance Enforcement (Sen. Foote; Rep. Weissman) (watch) ​were introduced in early April and both are scheduled for Second Reading this week. HB 1318 is focused on increasing transparency and making more information regarding campaign contributions available to voters.
  • SB 85 Equal Pay For Equal Work Act (Sens. Danielson & Pettersen; Reps. Buckner & Gonzales-Gutierrez) (support)​ The bill will implement best practices to prevent pay disparities based on sex or any other protected status.
  • NEW SB 207 FY 2019-20 Long Bill (Sen. Moreno; Rep. Esgar) (watch) ​The 2019-20 state budget bill, or long bill, was introduced in the Senate on March 25 and moved quickly through the Senate Appropriations Committee and debate on the Senate floor, passing Third Reading on March 28 by a vote of ​29-6.​ Before the week was out, it was introduced in the House on March 29. Moving at a similar pace the following week, the bill made its way through the House Appropriations Committee and House floor debates, passing Third Reading on April 5 by a vote of ​42-22-1​.

*3/27/19 LWVCO: Click March Board Briefs to read the LWVCO Board Briefs from March 20, 2019.
Highlights include:
  • 2019 Award Nominations are Open
  • 2019 LWVCO Convention Mark your calendar for Thursday, May 30 through Saturday, June 1!
  • Proposed Budget Discussion of the budget for fiscal year 2020 focused on development efforts.
  • Report of the Executive Director Beth Hendrix presented her report as Executive Director.

*3/5/19 LWVCO: Click Send A Message: A directory of State and National Elected Officials in Colorado to help you find contact information for your US & Colorado Elected Officials


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*Click to read the May 9 League Update
Highlights include:

  • LWV Wins Redistricting Litigation in Battleground States Last week, a federal district court in Ohio ruled in favor of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, invalidating the 2011 redistricting maps.
  • Voters Protected Against Illegal Voter Purge in Texas The League of Women Voters of Texas and other civil rights groups reached a settlement with Texas state officials last month to end the discriminatory purging of the state's voter rolls.
  • Automatic Voter Registration Passes in Colorado Lawmakers in Colorado passed legislation last week expanding automatic voter registration in the state. The new bill would expand ways to automatically register Colorado residents to vote and would implement an opt-out process for those who don't wish to be included.
  • Webinar: For The People Act, May 21 Last month we launched a nationwide campaign around the For The People Act, encouraging the U.S. Senate to hold a hearing on this sweeping democracy reform bill. You can also participate in the postcard campaign to encourage your Senator to support this important legislation! Join us on May 21 at 3pm ET, as we brief participants and answer questions on the For the People Act. Space will fill up fast, so register now!
  • Webinar: Legislative and Litigation Wrap-Up, June 11 Want to learn more about the lobbying campaigns we're conducting and litigation that we are winning all across the country? Join us on June 11 at 3pm ET, to hear a recap of what we have accomplished for FY19, share with us yowins around the Making Democracy Work campaign, and learn more about our approach to FY20. Space will fill up fast, so register now!

Our Mission and Roles

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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate.

The League of Women Voters has two separate and distinct roles.

  • Voters Service/Citizen Education: we present unbiased nonpartisan information about elections, the voting process, and issues.

  • Action/Advocacy: we are also nonpartisan, but, after study, we use our positions to advocate for or against particular policies in the public interest.

    To conduct our voter service and citizen education activities, we use funds from the League of Women Voters of Colorado Education Fund, which is a 501(c)(3) corporation, a nonprofit educational organization.

    Our Vision, Beliefs, and Intentions guide our activities.

History of the League of Women Voters

Read a short history of the League of Women Voters.
Click La Plata League history to access our archives maintained at Fort Lewis College.

Policies, Bylaws and Job Descriptions for LWVLPC

Past Events-19

*If you were unable to attend the LWVLPC-sponsored City Council Forum on Monday, March 11, you can read/watch the proceedings in the following ways:

  • Durango's budget and spending come under scrutiny at candidates forum City Council hopefuls offer ideas to solve budget woes By Jonathan Romeo County & environment reporter, Durango Herald, March 13, 2019.

  • On-line via Durango Government Television at DGOV Click on Special Programs in the left-hand box.

  • Via Charter Spectrum Channels 191 and 981, channel 10.1 for over the air antenna users.

GD2019 *On Tuesday, March 26th, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our fifth discussion will be "State of the State Department and Diplomacy." Facilitator Curt Johnson will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues.
Join the discussion. We encourage you to attend and bring a brown bag lunch.

*1/27/19 LWVLPC: The League of Women Voters of La Plata County held its Annual Planning Meeting on January 22.
Highlights of the meeting include:

  • an agreement to postpone 2019 League activities related to policy amendments and future studies and to devote our concentrated efforts toward the theme of "Making Democracy Work".
  • a welcome to Martha Mason, ED of the Southwest Center for Independence as the newest member of the LWV-LPC Board.
  • to welcome and listen to Lisa Pool, Southwest Field Organizer for Conservation Colorado, as she outlined the 2019 legislative focus for her organization's environmental-based actions.

*Click 2019 Planning Meeting Notes to read the notes from our meeting.

JANUARY 22, 2019, 12:15 PM



This will be our annual planning meeting, as required by League policy, to discuss national League Issues & Positions, whether there are any changes or new studies we want to support, and to reaffirm support for all others. If you want to review (or read for first time) the full Policy Positions, go to this website: .

We will have this discussion while finishing our soup, then welcome our speaker, Lisa Pool, Southwest Field Organizer, Conservation Colorado. Lisa will give us an introduction to Conservation Colorado and her work in Durango, and what the organization will be supporting in the Legislature this session.

Please join us and give your input on National League policies, plus enjoy a good lunch and hear about some important Colorado legislative happenings.

We welcome you to bring a pot of soup, or some bread, to share for lunch. Please let me know if are able to help with this. Thanks and see you on the 22d.


*The 2019 Great Decisions discussion group will begin Tuesday, January 29 and conclude May 7.
Sessions will be held bi-weekly (every two weeks) from 11:45am to 1:45pm in Program Rooms 1 & 2 at the Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave in Durango, CO.
Checks for $25 for each briefing book should be made out to "LWVLPC" and mailed to Susan McGinness, 756 E. 6th Ave, Durango, CO. 81301.