Issues and Actions
Issues and Actions
Albany, April 25, 2017
George Calvi, Lynn Levine and Char Weigel represented the LWVR at the NYS League’s Advocacy Training/Lobby Day. Participants were trained on the League’s position on election law reform, the proposed constitutional amendment on clean air and water, single payer, reproductive rights, the Constitutional Convention and other bills and positions. Attendees participated in a press conference on election law reform, highlighting the early voting bill sponsored by Senator Stewart-Cousins (S.2950), Assemblyman Kavanagh (A.2064), and other legislators.The LWVR team met with State Representative Thomas Abinanti (District 92), his Legislative Director (Kathy Conroy), and intern (Alegra). Abinanti is a co-sponsor or supportive of all election law reform bills identified by the LWV. The LWVR team expressed the League’s support for an opt-out registration system (no current bill in
The LWVR team met with State Representative Thomas Abinanti (District 92), his Legislative Director (Kathy Conroy), and intern (Alegra). Abinanti is a co-sponsor or supportive of all election law reform bills identified by the LWV. The LWVR team expressed the League’s support for an opt-out registration system (no current bill in process) and for ensuring that any paper absentee ballots look official to avoid being tossed as junk mail. Abinanti’s team recorded the LWV support for the reproductive rights bills. Abinanti is voting in favor of single payer, indicating that it should pass the Assembly. He believes it is unlikely to pass the Senate and might not be signed by the Governor if it did pass. He suggested that the League have a political strategy to persuade a group of Republican senators to support the Bill. Four or five Republicans will have some “group” protection if they break rank and vote for the Bill, whereas one or two would be unlikely to vote on their own. He suggested that the League expand this approach into a long-term strategy to encourage formation of a moderate Republican conference. He mentioned Joe Robach, Terence Murphy and some Long Island senators as potential candidates for this strategy. He expressed strong concern about the League’s support for a Constitutional Convention. He does not support a Convention because he believes that the delegates will be strong-armed by power-players and influenced by dark money.
Position and Information on Gun Control
The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the proliferation of handguns and semi-automatic assault weapons in the United States is a major health and safety threat to its citizens. The League supports strong federal measures to limit the accessibility and regulate the ownership of these weapons by private citizens. The League supports regulating firearms for consumer safety.
The League supports licensing procedures for gun ownership by private citizens to include a waiting period for background checks, personal identity verification, gun safety education and annual license renewal. The license fee should be adequate to bear the cost of education and verification.
The League supports a ban on “Saturday night specials,” enforcement of strict penalties for the improper possession of and crimes committed with handguns and assault weapons, and allocation of resources to better regulate and monitor gun dealers.hr-3411-hr1217-side-by-side-1