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*On Tuesday, April 23rd, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our seventh discussion will be "Refugees and Global Migration." Facilitator Ruth Alminas will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues.

LPEA

* La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Directors will be announced at the Annual Meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 2 in the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.
Registration is at 5 pm with the Business Meeting convened at 6:30pm. Click more info for information on the candidates.
Election materials/ballots were mailed to all members on April 1, 2019.

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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



US/Colorado News

*Click City Span 10 to view Durango City Span programs

*Click CO Public News to tap into a continuous feed of Colorado News clips.

*Click CO state logo to view live Colorado General Assembly Live Video and to listen to Live Audio

*Click to view and hear the U.S. Congress in action

LWVLPC News

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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

LWVCO News

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*4/9/19 LWVCO: Read Legislative Letter #7 4/8/19
Highlights include:

  • NEW HB 1278 Modifications to Uniform Election Code (Rep. Lontine; Sen. Fenberg) (watch)​ makes changes to procedures for voter registration, ballot access requirements, political party organization filing requirements, procedures for emergency and in-person voting and provisional ballots, requirements for the content of an election plan, procedures for curing ballots, and requirements for curing recall petitions.
  • 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.
  • HB 1177​ Extreme Risk Protection Orders (Reps. Sullivan & Garnett; Sens. Court & Pettersen) (support)​ This bill, which would allow guns to be temporarily taken from those who are judged by a court to be dangerous to themselves or others, has passed the Senate on Third Reading ​18-17​ after several delays by the opposition. It has been sent to the Governor.
  • SUBSTANCE USE TREATMENT MOVES ON. SB 008 Substance Use Disorder Treatment in Crim Jus Sys (Sens. Priola & Pettersen; Reps. Kennedy & Singer) (support)​ The bill requires the CO Commission on Criminal & Juvenile Justice (CCCJJ) to study alternatives to filing criminal charges against persons with substance use disorders and best practices for investigating opioid distribution.
  • SB 182 Repeal the Death Penalty (Sens. A Williams & Gonzalez; Reps. Arndt & Benavidez) (support) This bill would repeal the death penalty in Colorado in favor of a maximum sentence of life without parole.
  • NEW ​HB 1266 Restoring Voting Rights Parolees (Rep. Herod; Sen. Fenberg) (support) ​would allow individuals who have completed their terms of imprisonment to register to vote and to vote.
  • HB 1239​ ​Census Outreach Grant Program (Reps. Tipper & Caraveo; Sens. Priola & Winter) (support) This bill establishes a grant program for not-for-profit agencies and local governments ​to increase the self-response rate and accuracy of the 2020 census in the state, specifically in hard-to-count communities, including outreach, education, and promotion efforts.
  • NEW SB 235 Automatic Voter Registration (Sens. Fenberg & Danielson; Rep. Esgar) (support)​ The bill will create a process to automatically register eligible electors in Colorado.
  • NEW SB 202 Voting Rights for Voters with Disabilities (Sen. Danielson; none) (support)​ Federal law requires that all polling centers have at least one voting machine equipped with non-visual technology so that visually impaired voters may vote in private without assistance.

LWVCO workshop

*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

*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

LWVUS News

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*Click to read the Apr 11 League Update
Highlights include:

  • LWVUS to Offer Policy Briefings: LWVUS will hold a series of policy briefings throughout Spring of 2019. The briefings will cover ongoing legislative and litigation efforts. Briefings will be offered on April 23, May 21, and June 11, and they will cover HR4 (the Voting Rights Advancement Act), HR1 (the For The People Act), and include a legislative and legal fiscal year wrap-up in June.
  • Announcement LWVUS National Popular Vote Task Force: At the January board meeting, the LWVUS Board voted to establish a five-person taskforce to evaluate state League support, assess momentum around the National Popular Vote effort, make recommendation(s) on the likelihood of gaining additional votes to pass the NPV interstate compact, and determine a plan of engagement for national staff by August 2019.
  • Census 2020 One Year Out: In less than one year, on April 1, 2020, the Census will be in full swing. This process of counting will ensure that the political power, health, and safety of every community is maintained or enhanced in the upcoming decade. Read more on our blog.
  • League Supports the NO BAN Act: LWVUS joined a coalition letter to express our strong support for the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act (NO BAN Act) introduced on April 10. The NO BAN Act would ensure no one can be banned from the country based on religious or nationality-based discrimination.
  • League Supports the Dream and Promise Act: LWVUS supported the introduction of HR 6, an important bill that provides permanent protections for Dreamers, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) beneficiaries.
  • League Opposes Anti-Democracy Riders: LWVUS joined a letter opposing the inclusion of three troubling anti-democracy riders from the 2019 spending package. These three poison pill policy riders that would keep our system rigged in favor of wealthy special interests are expressly removed from any future appropriations bills by HR 1, the For the People Act.

Great Decisions_2019

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*On Tuesday, April 23rd, at 11:45 a.m. at the Durango Public Library, our seventh discussion will be "Refugees and Global Migration." Facilitator Ruth Alminas will present background materials and a film by the Foreign Policy Association, and lead participants in a discussion of the issues.

Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today's global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?

Ruth is an assistant professor in the department of Political Science at Fort Lewis College, where she teaches courses such as international politics, armed conflict and its management, global environmental politics, international political economy, and Middle Eastern politics. Her research interests include persons displaced by armed conflict, secession, international law, international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and post-conflict peacebuilding processes. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Arizona, an MA in Religion from the University of Chicago and a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado.

Join the discussion.

We encourage you to attend and bring a brown bag lunch.

Follow this link to a complete 2019 discussion schedule. More information about Great Decisions can be found on the websites, Foreign Policy Association and the League of Women Voters of La Plata County.

For more information about this email and the next discussion, contact Lyle Hancock at lylehancock54@gmail.com.

*Click HERE To view the remaining 2019 Great Decision Sessions

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LPEA

* La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Directors will be announced at the Annual Meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 2 in the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College.
Registration is at 5 pm with the Business Meeting convened at 6:30pm. Click more info for information on the candidates.
Election materials/ballots were mailed to all members on April 1, 2019.

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.

  • Saturday, April 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon Durango Public Library 1900 East 3rd Avenue - Durango Legislative Lowdown Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of La Plata County

  • *Click forum flier for more info.

Join Us at LWVLPC

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La Plata County Leaguer,

*If you haven't renewed your local League membership, IT"S NEVER TOO LATE. Just send a check for your renewal dues ($55 for regular members and $35 for each additional household member) payable to LWVLPC, and mail to Buck Skillen, Treasurer, 776 Animas View Dr. Durango, CO 81301. For this year, student memberships are free, so welcome any students you know to join us in League. If there are changes in your contact information notify Kathleen Adams, Interim Membership Chair, at the address below." Newsletter

*If you are becoming a new member of the LWVLPC, Please fill out a 2018-2019 LWVLPC Membership Form and include a copy to Buck Skillen at the address above. WELCOME and THANKS.

Only a very small amount of local dues remains with the local league - $6. If you can add an additional amount as a donation to LWVLPC, that would help significantly to continue our work. Please note that donations to the general fund are not tax-deductible; BUT donations to the Education Fund are deductible. Donations are greatly appreciated and we promise will be used wisely. Instructions are below and on the membership form and the web site.

Upcoming League events of interest, please join us for these:

  • * October 9 - State Legislative Candidate Forum - 5:30-Center of Southwest Studies, Lyceum,Rm 120.
  • * October 16 - Statewide Ballot Issues Forum - 5:30p at the Center of Southwest Studies, Lyceum - Room 120.
  • * December + our Holiday party
  • * January - program planning
  • * February + Legislative Lowdown
  • * March - continuing the popular Great Decisions programs

We need your support, so please

Mail your renewal check, payable to LWVLPC, (($55 for regular members and $35 for each additional household member) to Buck Skillen, Treasurer, 776 Animas View Dr., Durango, Co 81301.

Consider joining and/or helping with the leadership core. We have vacant board positions + Our monthly board meetings involve an equal amount of fun and work.

Consider including a tax deductible donation to the LWVLPC. Include a separate check payable to "LWVCO Education Fund " write "La Plata County" on the memo line. This donation will be used locally for voter education activities.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments and especially offers to join the leadership core. We are looking forward to another year with you in the LWVLPC.

Kathleen Adams
LWVLPC Membership Chair kadams@mcw.edu

http://www.lwvlaplata.org

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