LWVHC Legislative Luncheon

League of Women Voters of Howard County Hosts Legislative Luncheon

Columbia, MD – for release 12/21/2016: On Saturday, January 7, 2017, the League of Women Voters of Howard County will hold its annual Howard County Delegation Legislative Luncheon. The luncheon will take place at the First Lutheran Church, 3604 Chatham Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042., with lunch starting promptly at 11:00 a.m. The Senators and Delegates who make up our local delegation will discuss the League of Women Voters of Maryland’s 2017 Legislative Priorities. After opening remarks by the delegation have concluded, League members and guests will have the opportunity to ask questions of the delegation. Join us at this event held to help the citizens of Howard County learn more about our legislators’ priorities for the 2017 General Assembly.

The League’s partners for the Legislative Luncheon are the Columbia Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and the Columbia Branch of the American Association of University Women. The cost to attend is $10 and there is no cost for anyone who brings a dish that will serve 8 people. Please RSVP to the League office regarding your attendance at 410-730-0142 or [email protected] by January 4.

Preliminary Findings for House Bill 1105


Submit Your Comments! During the 2016 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill (“H.B. 1105”).

This bill tasked the Maryland Office of the Public Access Ombudsman to investigate and issue a public report by January 1, 2017 concerning the Howard County Public School System’s handling of public records and Public Information Act requests during the period from July 1, 2012 through December 31, 2015.

The Ombudsman is currently seeking comments on PRELIMINARY FINDINGS

November 2016 Unit Meetings

Legislative Districts in Maryland – Single or Multi-Member?

11/16 Wed Unit Meeting, Vantage House, study and consensus Pertaining to LWVMD Primary System Study about Single v Multi-Member elections districts for MD, Part I of Primary Election Stem Study, 9:30 am

11/17 Thurs Unit Meeting, Oakland Manor, study and consensus Pertaining to LWVMD Primary System Study about Single v Multi-Member elections districts for MD, Part I of Primary Election Stem Study, 7 pm

Information for the meetings

LWVHC Program: Refugees


The Provisional Voting Process: An Overview

The Provisional Voting Process: An Overview
By the Maryland State Board of Elections

Sherlock’s Clues to the Candidates

Sherlock learns to look for clues to the candidates in the Voters’ Guide
by the LWV Montgomery County, MD

United Nations Day Commemoration Program

United Nations Day Commemoration Program – We will hold a program to commemorate United Nations Day on Monday, October 24, 2016 at Savage Branch of the Howard County Library in the DaVinci Room from 7 to 8:30 pm. Our speaker will be Sawson Al-Sayyab who is the Interim Resettlement Manger and WPE / Bridge to Safety program focal point at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in the Baltimore office at the Baltimore Resettlement Center, where she has worked for the past 7 years. Ms. Al-Sayyab has been a humanitarian aid worker since 2003, working with several international nonprofits in Iraq and Jordan focusing on women’s economic empowerment and health education programs emergency medical interventions. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from Baghdad University in Iraq and has spent 14 years working in the Iraqi Ministry of Health as Senior Pharmacist. Ms. Al-Sayyab is a strong advocate for refugee women’s empowerment and education. Being a refugee herself, she understands well the challenges facing newly resettled women and men.

Life Underground-the importance of soil biology to health and climate

the importance of soil biology to health and climate

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Oakland Manor
5430 Vantage Point Rd.

DR. SARA VIA, Professor of Biology & Entymology, University of Maryland

“Organisms in the soil, from microbes to mycorrhizae, have a huge impact on how plants grow and react to stress situations. It’s a wild world down there, and some of the interactions will surprise you! Building and maintaining soil health is essential for food production, the conservation of forests and natural areas, and climate-resilient gardening, agriculture, and forestry. Soil can even pull CO2 from the air to reduce climate change! Learn what healthy soil is, how you know if you have it, and how to build it if you don’t. After the talk, there will even be a hands-on demonstration of why soil health is important.” (Dr. Sara Via)

For information contact Betsy Singer at 410-730-7740. Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Howard County, Howard County Legacy Leadership Institute for the Environment (HoLLIE), and the Town Center Community Association


LWVHC Fundraiser at Tino’s Italian Bistro


The League of Women Voters of Howard will hold a fundraiser on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at Tino’s Italian Bistro to support the League of Women Voters of Howard County Education Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit. For the full day of this event, 10% of the proceeds for the restaurant will be donated to the League of Women Voters of Howard County Education Fund. All proceeds includes all carry-out, delivery, dine in, wine sales, etc…, for the full day. The fundraiser will be held from 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. at Tino’s Italian Bistro, 8775 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, MD 21045, 410-730-TINO (8466), www.tinositalianbistro.com.

For more information contact 410-730-0142 or [email protected].

LWVHC General Election Candidates’ Forum

General Election Candidates’ Forum

Columbia, MD – for release 8/9/16: The League of Women Voters of Howard County invites you to join us for our General Election Candidates’ Forum on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., for the Board of Education and for the U.S. House of Representatives. The forum will be held in the Banneker Room in the George Howard Building at 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, 21043. The event will be available live on Howard County Government Television (GTV) channel 44 on Verizon and channel 99 on Comcast. The forum will also be rebroadcast on GTV, dates and times TBD. It will also be available for viewing on the LWVHC website at https://hoco-lwvmaryland.nationbuilder.com.