Units

The Units historically are the ‘heart’ of the League.  The Units are small groups of local members who meet for discussion and study of various issues of interest in Howard County, Maryland, the region, and the nation. The purpose of Units is to facilitate discussion and understanding and  are held to best meet the League goal “to promote informed and active participation in government.”

Units are where LWV grassroots positions are developed. Local program items are adopted by the membership at the yearly annual meeting and are usually dealt with in the Units, where the consensus of each Unit is forwarded to the local Board.  Once consensus is reached, a position on an issue is identified and the LWV uses these positions to advocate (take action) at all levels of government.

Contact info@lwvhowardmd.org if you are interested in attending as a guest at any unit meetings.

November 2018 Unit Meetings

November Unit Meetings are being replaced by Gerrymandering 101 workshops which will be held on three different dates in three different locations. These workshops are open to the public, and League members are encouraged to bring a non-League member with you. League membership information will be available. Workshops will be presented by Beth Hufnagel, co-President of the LWVHC. There is no need to register and all workshops will have the same content.

Gerrymandering Workshop Information:

  • Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the East Columbia Branch of the HCLS in the Marvin Thomas Meeting Room
  • Saturday, November 10, 2018, 10:30 a.m. – noon at the Elkridge Branch of the HCLS in the Hockley Meeting Room
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Branch of the HCLS in the Glenwood Pindell Meeting Room

October 2018 Unit Meetings

Thanks to all who attended the September Unit meetings where there were excellent discussions revolving around our priorities for the 2019 Maryland General Assembly. Our decisions were sent to the LWVMD where they will be prioritized along with information submitted by other Maryland leagues. These priorities will be publicized in November and used as the basis for discussion with members of the Maryland General Assembly. A follow-up Legislative Update will be held in Annapolis in early March during the General Assembly. More information on this event to follow.

October Unit Meetings

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Vantage House

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Oakland Manor


Topics: 

  • LWVUS Legislative Priorities

Much of the work of the LWV at the local, state, and national levels is based upon positions which are made through study, discussion and consensus taken by local league members at Unit Meetings. At our October meeting, we have been asked to advise the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) of legislative priorities which are important to us. They will use our input as they prioritize, at the national level, those issues which we would like them to support when meeting with members of the United States Congress and influential decision makers at the national level.

Issues may be categorized under the topics of:

  • Voting Rights
  • Elections
  • The Environment
  • Gun Laws
  • Immigration
  • Health Care Reform
  • International Relations
  • Public Education
  • Military Defense Spending

If you would like to think about some of these issues from a national perspective prior to the unit meetings (definitely not mandatory) you can visit the LWVUS website at https://www.lwv.org/ to find short descriptions or you can find a synopsis of the current LWVUS Public Policy Positions in our LWVHC 2018-2019 Handbook on pages 33 – 49. 

  • 2018 General Election Ballot Questions

There are two ballot questions that will be put before the voters in November. Both will be discussed at our October meeting.

Question 1: Gambling and Education – Dedicating certain gambling revenue to education.

Question 2: Elections – Authorizes the legislature to enact laws allowing for same-day voter registration.

 

March 2017 Unit Meetings

Wednesday, March 15 at Oakland Manor or Vantage House at 10 am and Oakland Manor Thursday, March 16, at 7 pm, we will hold our annual review of League of Women Voters of Howard County positions pertaining to our county to determine which should be retained, updated, edited or deleted as we do each year.   (Once again, if there is already a member-adopted position nationally (LWVUS), at the state (LWVMD) or regional level (LWVNCA), they automatically apply to the League of Women Voters of Howard County.

February 2017 Unit Meetings

Wednesday, February 15, 10 am, probably again at Oakland Manor*** and Thursday, February 16, 7 pm at Oakland Manor, we’ll be discussing the possibility of a new League of Women Voters of Maryland position–we are members of it–we’ll be learning about and discussing Development Rights and Responsibilities in Maryland, a topic about which many of us have not thought much.   More information will be provided the week before.

***This unit meeting may be held at Oakland Manor or at Vantage House at 10 am.

January 2017 Unit Meetings

Review of League of Women Voters of Maryland’s and League of Women Voters of the National Capital Area’s member-adopted positions with an eye to updating them, retaining them as-is, editing their language, or possible deletion.

Wednesday, January 18, 10 am, at Oakland Manor and Thursday, January 19, 7 pm also at Oakland Manor

Click here for background information.

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

“Money in Politics”

The positions of the League of Women Voters of Maryland are adopted after a committee has conducted a study and produced fact sheets and consensus questions. Members in each local League meet to discuss the study.  January’s study is “Money in Politics”.  We would like to have as many members as possible to voice an opinion. More information will be in the January Voter and E-Newsletters.

Information for the meetings:  mip_study_guide_cover_and_contents

Unit Meetings Schedule:              RSVP not necessary.

Thursday:  7:30 p. m. January 14, 2015
East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD

Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. January 20, 2015
Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia, MD

Fact Sheet for “ Amending the Constitution”

The positions of the League of Women Voters of Maryland are adopted after a committee has conducted a study and produced fact sheets and consensus questions. Members in each local League meet to discuss the study. November’s study is Amending the Constitution. We would like to have as many members as possible to voice an opinion.

Unit Meetings are scheduled as follows:

Wednesday: 9:30 a. m. November 18, 2015 Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD
(Presenter, Carole Conors)
Thursday: 7:00 p.m. November 19, 2015 at Oakland Manor, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD
(Presenter, Elaine Apter)

FS 2015-09 LWVUS Amending the Constitution REV

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