Volunteers Needed for Farmer’s Market Table

If you love being at the Farmer’s Markets in Newton, this is the volunteer job for you!  We have tables at both Farmer’s Markets (Cold Spring Park on Tuesdays and Elm Street in West Newton on Saturdays) and would love help to register voters and answer election-related questions.  Farmer’s Market hours are:  Tuesdays (starting July 11th) from 1:30 pm to 6 pm and Saturdays (starting June 24th) from 10 am to 2 pm.

If you are interested, please contact info@lwvnewton.org for more info.

LWVN volunteers register 115 new voters at NSHS!

Congratulations to the LWVN Voter Service team for registering 115 new voters at Newton South High School on June 5th!  Many thanks to Sharyn Roberts, Voter Registration Chair, with Katie Brigham, Bonnie Carter, Kathleen Hobson, Tami Roberts, and Margie Ross Decter.

Opportunities for Action from LWVMA

Below are opportunities to engage in action at the state level.  In particular, there is a need for LWV members at the Automatic Voter Registration hearing on Thursday–details are below.

Upcoming Opportunities for Action

[Please note: Our written testimony on bills listed here will be posted on our website as it becomes available.]

Criminal Justice Reform: LWVMA supports reform of the criminal justice system, including eliminating mandatory minimum sentences and increasing felony larceny thresholds.

Monday, June 5:  1 p.m. Hearing on criminal justice reform bills.  Joint Committee on the Judiciary, Hearing rooms A-1 and A-2, State House.  S777/H2359 Reducing Criminalization of Poverty; S944/H2309 Sealing juvenile records and expungement; S834/H3120 Pretrial and Bail Reform; and S847/H793 Restorative Justice.

Monday, June 19:  Hearing on additional criminal justice reform bills.  Joint Committee on the Judiciary.  Time, hearing room, and schedule of bills to be announced later.  Check here closer to the date.

Elections and Voting: A bill proposing that Massachusetts adopt automatic voter registration (AVR), S373/H2091, is a legislative priority for LWVMA in this session of the legislature.

Thursday, June 8:  1 p.m. Hearing on Automatic Voter Registration and Election Day Registration.  Joint Committee on Election Laws, Hearing room A-2, State House.  S373/H2091 Automatic Voter Registration; S371 Election Day Registration. 

Wednesday, June 28:  Automatic Voter Registration Lobby Day. Bring automatic voter registration to Massachusetts by supporting S373/H2091. 9:30 a.m., Room 428, State House for registration, speakers and training; 11 a.m., meet with your Senator and Representative.  

Environment: LWVMA supports efforts to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, and through an accelerated transition to clean, renewable energy.

Tuesday, June 13:  Carbon Pricing Lobby Day. We will be lobbying in support of the two carbon pricing bills.  Please click on the bill numbers for fact sheets: H1726 and S1821. The planned schedule is: 9 a.m. meet at Old West Church, 131 Cambridge St., to get organized; 10 a.m. to noon, meetings with Senators; noon to 1 p.m., lunch; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., meetings with Representatives.  To register, click here.

Tuesday, June 20: 1 p.m. Hearing on Carbon Pricing bills.  Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, Room 437, State House.  Click on the bill numbers for fact sheets: H1726 and S1821.

Various dates in June: Senate Clean Energy Future Tour.  Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change is holding hearings throughout the state.  Hearings will be June 12, Springfield; June 19, Pittsfield; June 20, North Shore; and June 26, Boston.  See the committee’s website for details for each event.  Launa Zimmaro, LWVMA’s Specialist for environmental legislation, has prepared talking points to help guide your comments.

Immigration:  LWVMA supports higher education opportunities for undocumented youth and programs for immigrants and naturalized citizens to become engaged in civic life. 

Friday, June 9:  10 a.m.  Hearing on “Safe Communities Act.”  Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Hearing rooms A-1 and A-2.  A fact sheet on the bill, S1305/H3269, is available here.

Thursday, June 15:  10 a.m. Hearing on H644 to allow in-state tuition at state universities for certain undocumented students.  Joint Committee on Higher Education, Hearing room A-1.

For questions or additional information on these events, email Nancy Brumback, Legislative Action Committee chair, nbrumback@lwvma.org.

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