Fall 2008 Edition
Published February 22, 2008
© 2008 League of Women Voters of Alabama
odds are good that if you are reading this, you are either reading it
online or you just downloaded it from the LWVAL website. Most of our
members now get the Voter electronically. Please take a few minutes
right now to explore what else is available on our website, and through
our website via links to other helpful sites. It’s easy to use and our
technology director, Jean Johnson, is constantly updating it. If you
haven’t looked lately, chances are there is something new you should
see. Just go to www.lwval.org.
Most of our site is available to the public without a user name or
password. If you need help accessing the Members Only Section, you can
contact Jean…as instructed on the site’s home page.
One of the things on
the website is a list of the League’s priorities for the 2008
Legislative Session, currently underway, that were adopted at the
December State Board meeting. They are essentially the same as
last year’s and include a focus on constitutional reform, election
campaign finance reform, ethics law reform, voting issues, judicial
selection reform, natural resources and government accountability. You
will notice a theme. As has been the case throughout its history, the
League’s priority is working to protect and strengthen the democratic
basis for our government---whether by working for a new constitution to
facilitate fairer, more democratic and more efficient governing
processes or addressing issues of undisclosed (and therefore
potentially damaging) influence on elections or legislators.
will be following legislative proposals on these and other issues of
interest to the League throughout the Legislative Session.
Occasionally, the State League may issue action alerts to request that
you contact legislators in support of some bill. For
matters of particular interest to the League, bill numbers, summaries,
the reasons the League is supporting or opposing the specific bill, and
current status of the bill are posted on our website, as well as links
to the government sites where the full text of the bill and other
relevant information are available. You are encouraged to take
the time to understand a bill before taking action to support it. You
don’t need to wait for an action alert to contact your legislators.
Speaking in your name, not the League’s, tell them about your support
for important bills.
As the State League we will devote most
of our resources to the priorities we have identified. Our procedure
is to rely on the Advocacy Committee to review relevant bills and make
recommendations, but your input can make a difference. If you see a
problem with a bill the League has decided to support or believe that
the League needs to support one it is opposing or on which it has not
focused, let the Advocacy Committee know.
LWVAL sent letters to all members of the Legislature, encouraging them
to work together for the good of the State in the 2008 Legislative
session and noting that, in the recent past, procedures in the House
had been more conducive to civil discourse and cooperation than had
procedures in the Senate. We again reminded legislators of the
availability of our legislative study.
This is a great time
to tell people about the League and invite them to join. Between the
Presidential primaries and the Legislative session, government and
politics are being discussed everywhere. Let’s use these conversations
to inform others that they have the opportunity to positively affect
elections (by facilitating the process) and public policy in a
nonpartisan way through League membership. While doing the important
League work of Voter Service, let’s also use it to increase our
visibility. Visibility grows membership, so we can do more service!
of visibility--a series of public service television spots sponsored by
the LWVAL and including the LWVAL website were aired in the Birmingham
area in January encouraging voter registration and participation.
Local stations, Channel 21 WTTO and Channel 68 WABM, offered to make
the spots and air them without charge to the League. Linda Verin, a
Birmingham League member and marketing professional, wrote the spots
which were approved by the LWVAL Board. Linda has offered to revise
the spots for the June primary. We anticipate that they can be made
available to other stations around the State. Please consider
contacting media in your area and let us know if they would be
interested in airing the spots.
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