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OK Voter Newsletter, February 2016

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To build our statewide network, share ideas and updates, and to make the League's good work more visible the OK Voter is sent each month to all members and friends.  


Breaking Down Barriers

 

Voting is Power

VIP Workshop in Tulsa


WHEN
Saturday, March 5, 2016 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (CST) - Add to Calendar
WHERE
Rudisill Regional Library
1520 N. Hartford Ave. 
Tulsa, OK 74106
Come hear Helena Berbano of Nonprofit VOTE speak about gaps in civic engagement and how to identify systemic barriers to voting.

Meet up with others working to increase voter turnout. Learn about asset mapping as a tool to help active  community groups connect and share.


All are welcome to attend this free event, but pre-registration is encouraged. Register now at Eventbrite.

The goal of VIP (Voting is Power) is to increase voter registration and voter turnout at the polls. The League of Women Voters of Oklahoma has adopted VIP as a statewide program.
council 2016
Friday evening through Saturday afternoon 
May 20 & 21


Lawton, OK

Council is an opportunity for a little bit of a retreat, while you network with other League members, share ideas and learn new skills. 

Where: Fairfield Inn and Suites, 201 SE 7th St, Lawton, OK 73501

When: May 20 - 21 
Dinner Friday night; Council Saturday
9 am to 3 pm






 

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Our goal is to raise just $5,000 to provide the trusted nonpartisan information voters need for every single election over this next year.

Will you make a tax-deductible donation of $10, $25 or $100 to help us achieve our goal?

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LWVOK Advocacy Agenda
and Legislative Watch

 

Oklahoma State Capitol
Following up with legislators is just as important as electing them in the first place.

Last November, League members identified the top legislative priorities for the year, and the LWVOK 2016 Advocacy Agenda will guide advocacy and actions during the 2016 session.

This month, the League releases its Legislative Watch list with basic information about bills that the League will support or oppose. The Legislative Watch list includes links to more information about each bill and resolution.

Of particular interest this month is SB 1073 , introduced by Sen. Mazzei and co-authored in the House by Rep. Nollan. SB 1073 rolls back the most recent drop in the top income top rate, because it states that the tax cut cannot take effect in a year when the state faces a revenue failure, makes the next scheduled reduction in the top income tax rate subject to a revenue growth trigger, and does away with the "double deduction" for state income taxes, one of the tax code's most needless and expensive tax breaks. Look for an action alert on this legislation soon.

(The information in the Legislative Watch was compiled with the help of Sandy Bahan, LWVOK Advocacy Chair, Barbara VanHanken of the OK Sierra Club, Kara Joy Perry McKee of OK Policy, and Oklahoma City League member Erica Mackey. Many thanks to all.)


 

Phone Lobby Success


Cell phone in handOrganized by Sue Garzon, Stillwater League and LWVOK board member, the Stillwater Phone Lobby Team began a new demonstration project with a big win.

The first calls were made to oppose Senate Bill 1324, legislation that would have weakened early childhood education in Oklahoma. 

The team learned the following week that the Education Committee had killed the bill, and felt that quite possibly their calls had been considered as the committee deliberated.

Members

The Stillwater Phone Lobby Team consists of five Stillwater League members, all of whom were invited by Sue Garzon to join the team. She reports, "I also invited a friend who  recently moved from St. Louis, where she was a League member, to Enid."

Team members were given basic information about how to do phone lobbying, and got details and talking points for Senate Bill 1324. After making their first calls, the team members were asked to report back team leader Garzon.  

Future Phone Lobby Teams

By including a team member from a different district, the team will be able to evaluate the possibility of including citizen phone lobbyists from around the state. This could give members without local Leagues an opportunity to participate and take action on important issues.

 

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