Should Maryland allow the use of citizen ballot initiatives? Please join LWVAAC for a consensus discussion.
LWVMD BALLOT INITIATIVE STUDY
In 2019, delegates to the LWVMD Convention voted to study the initiative and referendum (I&R) process. The purpose of this study was to help League members determine whether LWVMD should adopt a position for Maryland regarding citizen initiatives. The study committee examined how initiatives and referendums have been used in other states, the features commonly found in them, and the advantages and disadvantages of the approach. Approximately half the states allow at least one of these ballot processes. Maryland currently permits only referendums. As a result, most of the study focuses on the other process, known as initiatives.
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Affordable Housing Study Group to Share Findings, Seek Input from Members
Humans require shelter, just as they require food, water, and clean air. Increasingly, it is difficult to find housing in Anne Arundel County for those on limited incomes. In the county, where area median income (AMI) is just over $100,000 per year, almost half of all renters are considered “overburdened” because they must pay more than a third of their income for rent, leaving less for food, transportation, childcare, health care, and other necessities.
The LWVAAC Study Group on Affordable Housing was formed in 2020 to review the League’s existing position on affordable housing, which was adopted in 1992, and to determine whether it should be modified. The group reviewed reports, tracked local legislation, and interviewed elected officials and housing authority leaders in the county.
The Study Group will share its preliminary findings with members and solicit your ideas of viable, meaningful actions LWVAAC can take to address the issue of affordable housing in Anne Arundel County.
Please plan to participate in this fact-sharing, thought-provoking, idea-generating meeting.
Affordable Housing (Adopted 1992)
Action to secure affordable housing for low and very low income residents and special populations in Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.
rehabilitation of the existing housing supply to maintain the stock of affordable housing;
meeting the housing and human service needs of special populations including, but not limited to the homeless;
increasing opportunities for people of low or moderate income;
ensuring an adequate stock of subsidized housing, and rental assistance and services to low and very low income persons.
Affordable Housing Study Group Members:
Jeanne Jehl, Chair
Mary Wells Vickery
Niecy Chambers, advisorWHENMarch 25, 2021 at 7pmWHEREZoom
Niecy Chambers published 2021 Annual Membership Meeting in Member Activities 2021-02-23 18:11:32 -0500
Calling All Members
April 24, 2021
Each spring, all 700-plus local Leagues in the country hold annual membership meetings. These meetings reaffirm the League’s grassroots foundation and ensure that members guide the League’s future.
On Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 11 a.m., LWVAAC will convene its members on Zoom to conduct the important business of approving our 2021-2022 budget, electing officers and directors, adopting a program for the coming year, and providing guidance to the Board about activities, events, advocacy or initiatives that members want LWVAAC to undertake. The LWVAAC Board relies on members’ active participation in this yearly event.
Around March 25, members will receive a digital copy of the preliminary Annual Meeting Workbook, an important precursor to the meeting. It will contain the proposed budget, nominating slate and program recommendations, as well as each Board Director’s portfolio report to recap LWVAAC’s activities over the current fiscal year (2020-2021). Reviewing the Workbook is a good way to learn about our League. Email [email protected] to request a print copy of the Workbook.
In addition to official League business, the 2021 Annual Meeting will feature guest speaker Kathleen M. Koch, Executive Director for Arundel Community Development Services, Inc. (ACDS), a nonprofit housing and community development agency established to create and retain affordable housing opportunities. Affordable housing has long been a public policy focus of LWVAAC; a study group led by LWVAAC Director Jeanne Jehl is currently reviewing our League's position.
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About Our Guest Speaker, Kathleen M. Koch
Arundel Community Development Services (ACDS) Executive Director Kathleen Koch was instrumental in the creation of ACDS. During her tenure, the ACDS annual operating budget has quadrupled to over $12 million. ACDS serves as Anne Arundel County’s Housing and Community Development agency responsible for planning and developing projects with public and private funds that serve the County’s low-income and moderate- income residents and communities. In addition to creating new affordable homeownership units, ACDS has helped to create and retain over 2,000 affordable rental units in the County. As ACDS Executive Director responsible for administering HUD funding, Ms. Koch is also a key player in the regional efforts to overcome impediments to fair housing.
Ms. Koch is a 2006 Fannie Mae Foundation Fellow and a graduate of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2013, the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition named her “Housing Person of the Year” for her statewide efforts to promote affordable housing.WHENApril 24, 2021 at 11amWHERETBD
Earth Day 2021
GLOBAL TO LOCAL
Individual Actions Make A Difference
A Virtual Presentation by
Co-founder & President, Annapolis Green
Tuesday, April 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening with Elvia Thompson, Co-Founder and President of Annapolis Green, whose mission is to connect, inform, and inspire the greater Annapolis community to care for the environment. Ms. Thompson is a climate change advocate, trained by former Vice President Al Gore's Climate Reality program. She has over 25 years of experience at the Departments of Commerce and Defense, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and NASA.
With President Biden’s commitment to host a Leaders' Climate Summit on Earth Day 2021, LWVAAC is proud to offer this timely and inspiring presentation.
Streaming Live on YouTube
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Join us for a virtual book discussion!
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
E.O. Wilson is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and author of 13 books. A world-renowned biologist, Wilson has spent decades researching species ecosystems, charting extinctions, and offering solutions to save the planet. Learn more at EOWilsonFoundation.org.
Half-Earth is riveting read and a fitting catalyst for discussion on the eve of the 51st anniversary of Earth Day. Copies are available through the Anne Arundel County Public Library. RSVP if you plan to participate, and we'll send you the information you'll need to join us online. Enjoy the book!WHENApril 07, 2021 at 2pmWHEREZoom
LWVAAC welcomes you! All persons aged 16 or older are invited to become a full voting member of our county League as well as the League of Women Voters of Maryland and the League of Women Voters of the United States.
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On Sunday, December 1, 2019, The Capital published an opinion piece by League President Alfa Stevens about the value of civic participation. Please click here to read it online or see below for an excerpt. https://www.capitalgazette.com/opinion/columns/ac-ce-column-stevens-20191201-6gqa2lk7rrdqjheayil6zvo62m-story.html THE FOREGOING LINK IS A DIRECT WAY TO GET A READABLE COPY OF THE OP ED.Read more
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The League of Women Voters only advocates on an issue after its members have studied all sides and reached consensus. This consensus process occurs at the local, state and national level. The League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County has adopted the following positions through study and consensus:
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General Assembly SB 214 Anne Arundel County - Watershed Protection and Restoration Program - Exemption (Anne Arundel County Rain Tax Exemption Act of 2014)
The League of Women Voters has a long history of publishing unbiased Voters’ Guides which provide each candidate equal opportunity to voice their positions in their own words. All eligible candidates are invited to participate.
The Anne Arundel County Voters' Guide for the 2020 General Election is now available for download.
Print copies of the Voters' Guide are available upon request by emailing [email protected] Be sure to include your mailing address and allow time for postal delivery.
Voters may access real-time candidate responses, along with useful election information, online at
Questions or concerns? Email [email protected]
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY VOTERS' GUIDE ARCHIVES
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August 6, 2020 live streamed from Zoom featuring author Charlene Butts Ligon and Mary Sue Welcome, Esq. Moderated by Yolande Dickerson
Legislative District 32 Candidate Forum
October 17, 2018 at Ark & Dove Presbyterian Church in Odenton, MD. Moderated by Josh Kurtz.
October 11, 2018 at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, MD. Moderated by Terence Smith.
October 10, 2018 at Congregation Kneseth Israel in Annapolis, MD. Moderated by Christopher Nelson.
May 15, 2018 panel presentation featuring Joe Torres, Nikki Charlson and John T. Willis. Video courtesy of Anne Arundel Community College Instructional Design Team.
2017 Annapolis Mayoral Candidate Forum
Conversation with County Executive Schuh 9-12-2015
Rising Seas, Rising Concern: How will climate change affect Anne Arundel County?
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