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Establishing Paid Family Leave marks a pivotal next step in the pursuit of equality and dignity in both the workplace and home.
LWV Utica Rome is currently engaged in a number of projects and studies. Learn more on the Issues/Action page.
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.
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.
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