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Legislative Agenda/ Impact on Issues

The League of Women Voters of New York State (LWVNYS) encourages informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through advocacy and education. The 2018 Legislative Agenda highlights some of the key issues that we anticipate taking significant action on in the current Legislative Session.

Impact on Issues is now updated at the end of every legislative session, however, the summary of our positions are only updated after a biennial convention.

Impact on Issues 2016-2018

Citizens Action Toolkit

A central part of the mission of the League of Women Voters is to encourage active and informed participation in government. To that end, the League has created this easy-to-use resource that enables users to find a wealth of information about our state and federal governments.

Please use the action center to contact your elected officials, or to send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Support League issues with just a few clicks of your mouse or take a moment to craft a letter of your own. Sign up for action alerts on the issues that are important to you. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD WITH A CLICK OF A BUTTON!

NYS Paid Family Leave

Starting January 1, 2018, New York State's Paid Family Leave provides New Yorkers with job-protected, paid leave to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition or to help relieve family pressures when someone is called to active military service abroad.

Establishing Paid Family Leave marks a pivotal next step in the pursuit of equality and dignity in both the workplace and home.

More NYS paid family leave info

LWV Utica Rome is currently engaged in a number of projects and studies. Learn more on the Issues/Action page.

Report on the Status of New York Women and Girls 2018 Outlook

Constitutional Convention Study (U.S.)

For decades, but increasingly in recent years, state lawmakers have been pushing for a convention to add amendments to the U.S. Constitution, only to run into opposition from groups warning that such a meeting could devolve into the wholesale rewriting of the nation's charter.

The LWVUS study is not about any particular amendment; rather it is about establishing guidelines for evaluating amendments. The study asks us to first decide what constitutes an appropriate and well-crafted amendment. The second part of the study considers the possibility of convening a Constitutional Convention to consider the passage of a proposed amendment.

This process has never been successfully used and so it is rife with questions such as how it would work, who would be the delegates, how they would be chosen and what the convention could consider once convened.

League Opposes Calls for a Constitutional Convention

Dangers of a Constitutional Convention Powerpoint

Up-to-date Constitutional Convention info on LWV

Redistricting

The US Supreme Court has ruled (June 2015) that states can appoint independent commissions to draw the boundaries of congressional districts, rejecting a challenge in a decision that could have wide-ranging effects on the partisan congressional redistricting practice known as gerrymandering.

The court's decision affirms the constitutionality of an Arizona state ballot measure approved by voters in 2000, which allowed an independent commissioner to determine congressional districts in the state.

State legislatures determine congressional district boundaries after each census, as dictated by the constitution, but the Arizona measure sought to undo this model, which is widely understood as a tool for partisan lawmakers to divvy up districts to favor the political party in power + also known as gerrymandering.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the elections clause of the US constitution does not disallow such commissions from being created.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in the majority opinion that the clause "doubly empowers the people" for redistricting purposes.

The Supreme Court's oral arguments for the case focused on what precisely a "legislature" is and its decision could have changed the look of the state house. California has a similar commission; this ruling effectively affirms its validity too.

The Supreme Court's ruling could help limit the practice of gerrymandering.

LVWUS Position on Redistricting

Vote 411

VOTE411 is a "one-stop-shop" for election-related information, providing nonpartisan information to the public with both general and state-specific information on the following aspects of the election process:

An electronic voters guide with information provided by candidates
Absentee ballot information
Ballot proposition information (where applicable)
Election dates
ID requirements
Military and Overseas Voting
Polling place locations
Registration deadlines
Voter qualifications
Voter registration forms
Voting machines

Currently, candidate information is available for candidates in the races in the primary for NYS Assembly and Senate seats.

Local candidate information can only be gathered by our local league and WE NEED YOUR HELP! Contact Voter_Services@lwvuticarome.org

LWV Clearinghouse

The League of Women Voters Education Fund Clearinghouse contains studies and research conducted by League members. Visitors may download and print the documents. League members may submit documents for this site.

The purpose of this site is to share League study documents among some 800 national, state and local Leagues and with the public.

LWV Clearinghouse