Media Release, Dec. 28, 2016
League of Women Voters Accepting Nominations for Its 2017 Transparency in Government Award
In 2015 the League of Women Voters of Alabama (LWVAL) created the Transparency in Government Award to recognize efforts to bring greater transparency to governmental decision-making in Alabama at any political level. Nominees may be elected or appointed government officials, citizens, or members of nonprofits who have worked to increase transparency.
This biennial award will be presented at the LWVAL's 2017 State Convention in Mobile, April 29-30, 2017.
State President Dr. Anne Permaloff explains: "LWVAL and its members believe that transparency in government is one of the major mechanisms for making government accountable to the people. It enhances public trust in government officials and their decisions and is essential in making democracy work."
According to the Congressional Research Service, transparency in government includes giving the public access to relevant information used by decision makers, with the information presented in a comprehensive format and with opportunities for the public to analyze and respond.
Nominations for the LWVAL 2017 Transparency in Government Award are due January 25, 2017 and may be submitted by any individual or organization in Alabama. The nomination form is available on-line at the LWVAL website: www.lwval.org
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Delegates and guests discussed voter registration and ID and issues concerning voting accessibility with expert panelists. Panelists were Ed Packard, Director of Elections, Election Division, Office of Alabama Secretary of State; Stephen Stetson, Policy Analyst (Consumer and Human Rights Issues), Alabama Arise Citizens’ Policy Project; and Geron Gadd, Senior Staff Attorney, Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP). The panel was moderated by Hattie Kaufman of the League of Women Voters of Greater Tuscaloosa.
In the afternoon, attendees heard from renowned Alabama journalists. LWVAL leaders were interested to learn about best practices for interaction with the media, garnering event coverage, and the current state of print, broadcast, and online journalism. Guest panelists were Charles L. “Chuck” Dean, Journalist, Alabama Media Group and The Birmingham News; Carol Nunnelley, Journalist and Founder, Alabama Initiative for Independent Journalism and Birmingham Watch.org;Rachel Lindley, News Director, WBHM, 90.3 FM (NPR Birmingham); and Troy Turner, Editor, Opelika-Auburn News. The panel was moderated by Jean Johnson of the League of Women Voters of Greater Birmingham.
Many thanks to LWV of Montgomery, host League, for your warm hospitality, and to LWVAL Board for an outstanding council.
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See LWVAL 2015 Convention News,
including Criminal Justice Symposium video/audio and audience questions to the panelists.
Thank you to all who made the LWVAL 2015 Convention in Auburn, AL, May 1-3, 2015, a success, especially to the LWVAL Board and LWV of East Alabama who made it all happen!
Thank you, also, to our special guests and panelists who came from far and wide to share their expertise and insight:
LWVAL announces 2015 Transparency in Government Award, calls for nominations
Get a LWVAL Transparency in Government Award nominating form.
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February 20, 2015
CONTACT: Gina Finnegan
MEDIA ADVISORY – LWVAL Announces Transparency Award
Mobile – The League of Women Voters of Alabama announces its first ever transparency award, honoring political leaders who have championed open and inclusive government in Alabama.
"Like many states, Alabama has some work to do to truly let the sun shine on its workings," said LWVAL Co-president Leonette Slay. "But we also know that we have political leaders who have demonstrated remarkable integrity and courage in their push for open and honest government. We want to celebrate and recognize those individuals. It is so often thankless work."
Citizens and political organizations are encouraged to submit their nominations for the award. The state league leadership will consider all applications, which can include local and state political leaders, elected or appointed. LWVAL will also accept recommendations for citizens and members of nonprofit organizations who have championed transparency in government. The nomination form is available at the LWVAL website www.lwval.org. The deadline is March 21, 2015.
Honorees will be recognized at the Alabama league's biennial state convention on May 1-3, to be held in the Auburn/Opelika area this year.
"Transparency is just a core piece of who we are as a nonpartisan, political organization. We hope we can prompt more public officials to understand their role in serving the citizens of Alabama through open government by making this award part of the state's political scene. It
matters, and it makes a difference," said LWVAL Co-president Scarlett Gaddy.
Nominations should be mailed or e-mailed to: League of Women Voters Awards Committee, Post Office Box 40602, Mobile, Alabama 36640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The League of Women Voters, a national, nonpartisan, political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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LWVUS chooses Scarlett Gaddy and Charlotte Ward for Education Study Committee
Scarlett Gaddy, Tuscaloosa Leaguer and Second Vice-President of the LWVAL, has been selected to be on the newly formed LWVUS Education Study Committee. A new study on the federal role in education was adopted at June's 2010 National Convention. Attendees heard Scarlett speak eloquently and effectively about adoption of the study at the mike in Atlanta.
Scarlett is one of several LWVAL leaders chosen in the past year to work at the national level of the League. Last year as part of the national Membership Recruitment Initiative, Mary McGinnis, president of the LWV of Mobile, and Debra Butler, vice president of the LWV of Mobile, were selected as development coaches for the state of Alabama. They are assisting local Leagues with recruitment and leadership development. Joyce Lanning of Birmingham is the LWVAL representative on the Joint Legislative Committee on Energy and is a member of the national Climate Control Task Force.
Congratulations, Scarlett! Alabama continues to be well represented on LWVUS committees and in national League projects.
Charlotte Ward of Auburn and LWVAL Co-President has also been selected to serve on the LWVUS Education Study Committee. They will both be working on the Common Core and Assessments section of the study. Congratulations again to both Scarlett and Charlotte!