Making Democracy Work

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

GENERAL MEETING -- Solar and Alternative Energy -- Feb. 21

Please mark your calendar for our February 21st meeting. The topic will be "Reviewing Our South Carolina Energy Policy" featuring Trish Jerman, Energy Manager in the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff. A tour of a recent solar installation at the home of members Ken and Janet Marsh will be available prior to the meeting. Watch for more details in our next newsletter.

Our meeting is open to the public, so bring your friends and neighbors a well as your questions and concerns. Social time at 7:15 p.m. and meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the OLLI building in Patrick Square. (See our calendar for exact address and map.)

Oconee Co. Delegation Meeting in Westminster -- Feb. 9, 6:00 p.m.

The Oconee County Legislative Delegation will listen to their constituents at the Westminster Depot. League members who want to address an issue can speak.

Your presence is a message to our legislators that we care about what happens in Columbia. If you would like to speak, contact the delegation office at 864-638-4237 to be placed on the agenda. You must call before 5 p.m. February 7, 2017.

Pickens County School Board News

H 4299, a bill that would add one at-large member to the Pickens County School Board, was passed by the SC House by a 61-1 vote. Rep. Gary Clary and Rep. Neal Collins co-sponsored this bill.

It is likely that the future of this bill will depend on the ability of the Pickens County School Board to correct the problems cited by AdvanceEd. Senator Larry Martin writes, "I do not want to do anything at this time that shifts the focus away from what this board needs to do in order to positively respond. It is for this reason that H.4299 will remain on the local calendar for the time being in the Senate."

The League of Women Voters supports adding at-large representation to the Pickens County School Board. Our rationale is expressed in a recent Letter to the Editor .


LWV Supports Pickens County Millage Increase

A quality public education is essential for a strong and sustainable democratic society and is a civil right.

The League of Women Voters believes that our schools should be adequately financed. Therefore, we support this increase in the millage rate.

A petition supporting the millage increase is available here   A short analysis of funding of education by state government is available at MY TURN: Local government by the numbers, a commentary by Dr. Holley Ullbrich in The Statehouse Report, May 23.

Dr. Holley Ulbrich made a statement to the Pickens County School Board on May 26, describing the economic situation in Pickens County.

League Members Attend Voting Fair in Columbia

Please click here to read a report on the Voting Fair. This article will appear in the SC Voter.

RECYCLE YOUR CFLs

Home Depot now accepts used compact fluorescent light bulbs for recycling at all of its US locations. Many CFL users have been concerned about mercury contamination when these super-efficient bulbs wear out. Now we can dispose of them safely.

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