Monthly Archives: February 2018
From LWV US:
Opportunity to Comment on Proposal to Allow Offshore Drilling
The Trump Administration’s plan to allow drilling along coasts of the United States (except Florida) will begin moving ahead this year, if not modified after the public comment period. This will take our country in the wrong direction in addressing climate change. There is still time, but not much, to submit comments on behalf of your League opposing the proposed policy shift. All concerned Leagues and members are urged to do so. The LWVUS Climate Change Task Force has developed some background and message points to consider when commenting. Public comment is being received through the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) website https://www.boem.gov/National-Program-Comment/ until 11:59 Eastern on March 9th.
Deadline Extended for Comments on Clean Power Plan Rollback
The EPA has extended the deadline to comment on the planned rollback of the Clean Power Plan. Interested parties now have until April 26, 2018, to submit comments regarding this misguided action. The proposed rollback will greatly weaken the requirements to curb GHG emissions, taking our nation in the wrong direction on a critically important issue. All concerned Leagues and members are urged to submit comments opposing the weakening of this pivotal US climate policy. Please review the talking points here:
and background information developed for this purpose. LWVUS submitted comments
to the Environmental Protection Agency with regard to their plan to repeal the Clean Power Plan.
The Equal Rights Amendment – Hearing Scheduled – February 20
Urgent Action Needed For Missouri
SCR 41 – Brand New Resolution Which Ratifies the ERA has been unexpectedly scheduled For Committee Hearing:
Committee Hearing Resolution: Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethics Committee
Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Time: Hearing Begins at 9:00am – Try to arrive at 8am
Address: Missouri State Senate, 201 W Capitol Ave. Room: Senate Lounge
Background about the Equal Rights Amendment:
The proposed Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) states that the rights guaranteed by the Constitution apply equally to all persons regardless of their sex. After the 19th Amendment affirming women’s right to vote was ratified in 1920, suffragist leader Alice Paul introduced the ERA in 1923 as the next step in bringing “equal justice under law” to all citizens.
In 1972, the ERA was finally passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. The original seven-year time limit was extended by Congress to June 30, 1982, but at that deadline, the ERA had been ratified by only 35 states, three states short of the 38 required to put it into the Constitution. The ERA has been introduced into every Congress since the deadline, and beginning in 1994, ERA advocates have been pursuing two different routes to ratification: the traditional process described in Article V of the Constitution (passage by a two-thirds majority in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, followed by ratification by three-quarters of the states), and the innovative “three-state strategy” (ratification in three more of the 15 state legislatures that did not ratify the ERA in 1972-82, based on legal analysis that when three more states vote yes, this process could withstand legal challenge and accomplish ratification of the ERA).
The State of Nevada passed the ERA in March 2017! Only two more states are needed. Missouri could be among them!
Please consider attending the hearing on Tuesday, February 20 at 9:00 a.m.
Details are provided at this link: