New League Position on Constitutional Conventions
The LWVUS Board has approved two new positions on Constitutional Conventions. These are based on consensus reached by the 246 local and state Leagues participating in the Constitutional Amendment Process study. The positions are particularly relevant now because the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) is close to achieving the number of states required for Congress to call a constitutional convention. Our new position calls for safeguards on any constitutional convention, so if your state legislature is working on this issue, we strongly urge you to join the debate. See the LWVUS press release explaining the new position, and encouraging local Leagues to tailor and use it with their state and regional media.
Climate Change, Water, and Energy
Long before the media went into overdrive following the city water crisis in Flint, Michigan (where "saving money" compromised the water system and endangered the health of the community), the Dayton Council on World Affairs had already planned to focus its 2016 annual meeting around "The Geopolitics of Water." They invited Dr. Phillip L. Hayden, an environmental, health & safety engineer with over 40 years of experience, to speak to them on "Climate Change, Water and Energy." Look for a summary article in the March VOTER, and read the slides from Dr. Hayden's presentation (2.7 MB) for more information.
We have all become aware of the tragic loss of bees and other pollinators which endangers our food supply. and other flowering plants. Scientists have been zeroing in on a group of chemicals called neonicotinoids (nicotine-like chemicals) as a major part of the problem. This Minnestota League of Women Voter's study of the issue focuses on the dangers that the neonicotinoids pose to the pollinators. It also contains useful information on how we as individuals can help.
9 May: Board Meeting: 6 pm, Talbott Tower.
10 May: Speakers Bureau Meeting: 6-8 pm, Brixx Ice Company, 500 E. First St., Dayton.
16 May: Annual Meeting: 6:00 pm, Goodwill Easter Seals bldg, 660 S. Main St. Dayton.
"We owe any democratically elected leader in a free and fair election a chance to do great things. And if that leader is a disaster, well then we only have to wait four years for the next election! "
Patty Skilken, LWVGDA President