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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.

Tuesday, October 20 -- General Meeting

It's always a challenge and an opportunity for our League to participate in a state or national consensus to develop a national position on which we can advocate. To kick-start that process, Cheryl Lee, Patty Warner and Holley Ulbrich will present background information on the national League issue of Money in Politics, which is very timely in the midst of a long and expensive presidential campaign. We will be addressing the consensus question in January.

The two focus areas for this issue are campaign finance reform in the light of the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court ("Money is a form of speech") and the related question of amending the Constitution to overturn that decision. A great program for political junkies, and an important one for the future of the electoral process! Watch also for an article in the SC Voter this month that provides some background on this issue and the consensus process.

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

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.


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