LWV Commentary on November’s Ballot Questions

In the upcoming election, voters will be asked to vote on four very different binding ballot questions.  If approved, the laws would take effect on July 1, 2015. There are also two additional non-binding questions for voters in Representative Kay Khan’s and Representative Ruth Balser’s districts.  Information on each is below, along with recommendations from the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts on the first three questions, based on its study of the issues surrounding each.  For more information on each of these questions, please visit LWVMA.org.

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts also has a Voter’s Guide to the Candidates for six statewide offices — governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, treasurer and auditor. [Read more…]

Take Action on Gun Bill

House Speaker Robert DeLeo unveiled the long-awaited gun violence prevention bill May 27.

LWVMA and its partners in the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence applaud the bill’s strong provisions to reduce gun violence in our state, including background checks on secondary gun sales, expanded police chief discretion in issuing gun licenses for rifles and shotguns, reporting of all required information to the national instant background check system, and improved data collection about guns used in crimes and suicides.   We hope the legislature will add an amendment to restrict bulk gun purchases as well.

Please contact your Senators and Representatives and urge them to vote in favor of the strong provisions in this bill. You can find their contact information here. [Read more…]

What will your climate change legacy be?

Rachel Brown, a Newton North High School student, recently received an award from LWVN at Annual meeting for her video submitted for the LWVMA “Dear Future Governor” student video contest.  Check out the video here.  Congratulations, Rachel!

Join us at our 2014 Annual Meeting, May 22

Join LWVN for its Annual Meeting on May 22, at 6 p.m. at the home of Terry Yoffie, 363 Waverly Ave. The evening will include an opportunity to meet the new LWVMA Executive Director, Newton resident, and our special guest speaker Meryl Kessler.  Members will also discuss and vote on what LWVN will work on next year and meet our new Board of Directors for the 2014-15 year.   Please RSVP to info@lwvnewton.org. $25 per person/ $40 for couples

For a copy of our Annual Meeting Workbook, please click here:  2014 Workbook.

Hope to see you there!


Unfortunately, the weather isn’t cooperating with the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts’ schedule.  The message below was just sent to all LWV members in the state–hope they aren’t wrong about the weather in May!

The weather forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday has led us to the difficult decision to cancel the League’s Day on the Hill lobby day this year. We know it would be hard for many of you to get to Beacon Hill in bad weather. Even though we don’t know yet exactly what this storm will bring, we had to make the decision in time for people to change plans they were making for the event.

Instead, please use the legislation packet you received last week to hold your own “Day in the District.” Consider inviting your state Senator and Representative to have coffee soon with some League members to discuss the bills, particularly the featured bills, in that packet. You have the information on the bills and the talking points, and feel free to contact the appropriate legislative specialist if you need additional information. We won’t let a snowstorm stop the League’s efforts at the State House!

We hope to see you instead at the LWVMA Council meeting May 10 at Framingham State University-and certainly it won’t snow then.

Thanks for all your efforts in support of the legislation the League is working on.

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