League of Women Voters of Montgomery County, MD
The LWV encourages informed and active participation in government to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
LWVMC condemns all violent acts and hate incidents targeting Asian-Americans.
We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community.
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CELEBRATE the 100+1 Anniversary of the LWVMC at the April 24 Gala.
2021 MD General Assembly Adjourns
Policing Reform Bills Enacted
New laws were passed to limit police use of force, restrict the use of no-knock warrants, disclose results of misconduct investigations, and repeal the Bill of Rights for law enforcement.
SB 71 Use of Force; Body Cameras
SB 178 No-Knock Search Warrants
SB 600 Investigations of deaths caused by police officers
HB 670 Police Accountability; Repeals Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights Act
Outcome for Election Law Bills
SB 683 Permanent Absentee Ballot List
SB 283 Student & Military Voter Empowerment
HB 745 Early Voting Centers
HB 1047 Mail-In Voting Enhancement
HB 767 Ranked Choice Voting for MoCo
For information on other bills, go to http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite
Some GOOD NEWS for 2021
Montgomery County begins 2021 with two ambitious plans for creating a better county—plans that we as League members are studying and will observe in their implementation.
2021 will also see the completion of the MoCo 50 year general plan: Thrive Montgomery 2050.
- See the draft Climate Action Plan just released for public review. The plan moves the County to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 100% by 2035 and has a significant impact on residents’ daily life in the process.
- The Racial Equity & Social Justice Act creates a racial equity lens for evaluating how county bills and department actions are intentionally designed to guarantee equity and justice for all. The League’s Observer Corps and resource committees will follow the implementation of the RESJ Act.
Get Involved in 2021
Learn, advocate, and act:
Join an LWVMC committee.
- Volunteer to be part of a new website team now forming. Content management system expertise and content creators/writers needed.
Mark your calendar
April Discussion Groups focus on Montgomery County's draft Climate Action Plan (CAP). How will the county meet its goal of 0% emissions by 2035? Will the action steps outlined in the plan impact me and my daily life? See the Fact Sheet for guidelines to the CAP.
On April 19 @ 7PM, LWVMC and Common Cause will cosponsor a webinar: "Democracy’s Promise: Voting Rights and Fair Elections". Alysoun McLaughlin, MoCo Board of Elections Deputy Election Director will take us behind the scenes of the 2020 primary and general elections and talk about the challenges the BOE faced. Joanne Antoine, Executive Director of Common Cause, will report on the fate of voting rights during the 2021 MD General Assembly session. Register Here.
You can view videos of past Trending Topic sessions here.
19April, 2021 07:00 PM