Williamsburg Area League of Women Voters members prepare for 2019 Legislative Session in Richmond

A large contingency of Williamsburg Area League of Women Voters members attended Pre-Session of the Women's Legislative Round Tables in Richmond where they were briefed by state administration officials on their legislative priorities in the upcoming 2019 Virginia Assembly. They also heard presentations from nonprofit organizations, such as OneVirginia2021, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Sierra Club, Virginia Education Association and VAratifyERA.

Keynote speaker Chris Piper, Commissioner of Elections, thanked the many local Leagues and Virginia state League for their leadership in implementing the Governor's Challenge in High School Voter Registration. Members of the Williamsburg Area League registered many high school students at all three area high schools prior to the 2018 midterms.

Attendees also learned more about tracking bills sponsored by specific delegates or senators from Diane Seaborn, Information Services Manager, Department of Legislative Automated Services. The League will be tracking many bills--especially those on voting, redistricting, behavioral health and the Equal Rights Amendments. Many bills never get out of the committees to which they were referred and League members will be contacting members of those committees.

League members will be meeting with legislators throughout the session to share their concerns, but especially on Wednesdays in January and February. LEAGUE DAY at the General Assembly is Wednesday, February 6, 2019. A session of the Women's Legislative Round Table will begin that day from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Tilghman Room of the SunTrust Building. An earlier round table is scheduled for January 16. The public is welcome to attend. See lwvwilliamsburg.org and lwv-va.org for information.

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