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EDUCATION ADVOCACY TRAINING
With the Palmetto State Teachers' Association Board recently voting in favor, The Collaborative Agenda now has support from SCEA, SCASD, SCPTA, LWVSC, and PSTA. SCASA and SCSBA boards meet in December.
Support from these boards says a lot, but the real work is with advocates like you. To help prepare education advocates amp up their voice, please join this strong coalition for a terrific day of advocacy training on Nov. 14th at SCEA. Click here to register <http://scascd.org/index.php/advoccy-101-conference-registration>
South Carolina Voting & Election Information Learn More
- Empowering South Carolina citizens with the information and tools they need to engage in our democracy
Here you will learn:
Made possible in part by the League of Women Voters Education Fund.
- How to register
- How to use a voting machine
- The location of your polling place
- Procedure and location for college students to register and vote
- How to check your absentee ballot
- Who are the candidates
- Election dates you need to be aware of
- and much, much more
LWVSC JOINS AMICUS BRIEF IN THE CASE OF SHELBY COUNTY VS. HOLDER
LWVSC points out the continuing importance of the Voting Rights Act and urges the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold its constitutionality in an amicus brief before the Supreme Court in Shelby County v. Holder.
Ethics in State Government Learn More
- ETHICS REFORM IN 2015-16: PROGRESS OR OBSTRUCTION?
After three years of effort by LWVSC, the Coastal Conservation League, AARP SC, and intensive work by many legislators, ethics reform is stalled in the South Carolina Senate.
In 2015 Senator Larry Martin pre-filed a strong ethics bill, S.1, but an unnecessary amendment kept it from passing in a form tolerable to a simple majority.
Under the leadership of Speaker Jay Lucas, the House was able to pass a series of ethics bills: an omnibus ethics reform bill (H.3722) as well as individual bills addressing every significant aspect of reform.
The House's ethics bills were sent to the Senate, but rather than using these bills to pass sincere ethics reform, these bills were stalled with minority reports and objections. The SC Senate adjourned in June 2015 without a sufficient number of senators willing to override delay tactics and push ethics reform forward. Senators opposed to reform tell us the public doesn't care.
We believe that the public cares, and that the cynicism bred about our government by the failure to enact reform is a serious obstacle to citizen confidence in our government. An on-going series by the Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston does a nice job highlighting the desperate need for ethics reform in our state.
For a more detailed overview of what happened to Ethics Reform in 2015 and where it needs to go in 2016, see our Fall 2015 Ethics Reform Update.
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