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.

Program and Unit Meeting Updates – February 2019

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION DISCUSSIONS AT LWVHC FEBRUARY UNIT MEETING

IMPORTANT LWVHC PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT:  There will only be ONE Unit Meeting in February, which will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 from 10:00 – 12:00 at Vantage House.

Don’t miss this Unit Meeting as Betsy Singer will be leading a discussion on the latest environmental action news in the Maryland General Assembly.

By the time of our February Unit Meeting, important environmental bills will have been introduced in the General Assembly and public hearings will have been scheduled. We are very fortunate to have Betsy Singer, our LWVHC Environment Director, lead the discussion at the unit meeting. Discussion will include important environmental bills such as those on:

  • Clean Energy Jobs Act
  • Ban on Expanded Polystyrene Foam Food Packaging
  • Forest Conservation
  • Pipeline Safety Act

Important Note: These priorities will be featured as the Environmental Community Priorities at the Environmental Summit, February 6, 2019 from 4-6 p.m. in Annapolis, House Office Building, Room 180. We will be sending out information to encourage members to attend the Summit. Senate President Miller and Speaker Busch often attend as well as Senate and House committee chairs and environmental champions in the legislature.

Don’t miss the February Unit Meeting as well as additional local and statewide meetings to show your support for important environmental legislation before the Maryland General Assembly!

Inclement weather information:

Inclement weather information for the 10:00 a.m. meeting at Vantage House: 
- If HCPSS has a late opening, the meeting will be held as scheduled.
- If HCPSS is closed for students, the meeting will be postponed and rescheduled.

IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM THE JANUARY 2019 UNIT MEETINGS: Update from January 2019

The goal of the January Unit Meetings was to determine if the League of Women Voters Howard County supported concurrence with the Maryland League of Women Voters’ study on Death with Dignity. We were fortunate to have support from both Sally Hunt and Sandy Bjorg from the LWVMD as we prepared for the January meetings. They sent study materials as well as additional information that was used in our discussions at both unit meetings. We were especially thankful that Sally Hunt was available to lead the presentation at the Wednesday Unit Meeting as she was very articulate and knowledgeable in answering questions and expanding on the material in the PowerPoint. Many thanks go to Sally and Sandy for their assistance.

We were also fortunate to have a member of Shane Pendergrass’ staff in attendance at our Thursday meeting and he was able to provide additional information about pending changes in the 2019 bill. Once again Senator Pendergrass is proposing this bill in the House of Delegates.

By a unanimous vote, the LWVHC supported concurrence with the LWVUT Death with Dignity position statements and thus support for the LWVMD’s request for concurrence. If the LWVMD receives adequate support for concurrence from across the state, individual leagues will be able to lobby for the passage of the proposed legislation.  Expect additional information in the near future. At the time of this writing, bills were not formally introduced in the House or Senate so please check the Maryland government’s website for the current status of the bills.

If you have questions, please contact Thea Jones, Vice-President and Program Director, at tjones89@comcast.net

January Unit Meetings – January 16 and 17, 2019

January meetings will be very important as we will review, discuss and reach concurrence on the League of Women Voters Maryland’s study on Death with Dignity.

Attached is the Death with Dignity Fact Sheet which was created by the League of Women Voter’s Maryland.  This information should be reviewed in its entirety before coming to the January Unit Meetings. We are looking forward to a presentation and discussion that should be of interest to our members.

The question is “DEATH WITH DIGNITY in MARYLAND” and do we support it, oppose it, or are we neutral?

Humans have wrestled with questions of how to handle the imminent approach of death for as long as we have had medical tools to postpone or hasten death. Modern medical advances have increased the urgency of these questions as we have gained the ability to extend life, but often with the result of prolonged periods of disability and/or pain. 

At its biennial convention in June 2017, the League of Women Voters of Maryland chose

Death with Dignity (DWD) as one of its study topics to determine an appropriate position - ethically, morally and legally – with which to deal with end of life issues of the terminally ill. This topic is of critical importance whatever the League’s final stand may be. End-of-life issues, including DWD, are very prevalent conversations in today’s society.

There is an excellent chance that DWD bills will be introduced in both houses of the Maryland

General Assembly in the 2019 session. It is very important that the LWVMD weigh in on this significant issue and have their voices heard.

Death with Dignity Factsheet

January Unit Meetings will be held as follows:

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 10:00 – 12:00 at Vantage House

Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Historic Oakland

Inclement weather information:

Inclement weather information for 10:00 a.m. meeting at Vantage House: 

- If HCPSS has a late opening, the meeting will be held as scheduled.

- If HCPSS is closed for students, the meeting will be rescheduled.

Inclement weather information for 7:00 p.m. at Historic Oakland:

- If HCPSS closes early, the meeting will be postponed.

- If HCPSS is closed for students, the meeting will be postponed.

Updates: November Unit Meetings were replaced by Gerrymandering 101 workshops which were held on three different dates in three different locations and more than 50 persons attended these important workshops. Kudos to Beth Hufnagel for the excellent presentations!

In December, League members wrapped gifts at Barnes and Noble for our Winter Fundraiser! Thanks to League members who shared their time and gift-wrapping skills! It was a fun time!

 

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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