The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Please read the following two important statements.
1. One of the important local environmental issues happening now in Greenwich is an effort by a group of residents promoting water conservation and local water resource protections. The residents have formed a nonpartisan grassroots group called Greenwich Conservation Advocates (GCA) and have proposed an ordinance to protect our Town's soil and water from out-of-state oil and gas extraction wastes from hydraulic fracturing and processing sites. Thirty-six other towns in Connecticut have already passed similar ordinances.
The ordinance was brought to the RTM in June when these residents followed the procedure outlined in our own Guide to Greenwich Government to obtain signature of at least 25 residents on a petition. GCA submitted more than 230 signatures including residents from all twelve districts in town. Additional signatures have been gathered and filed since that time, totaling over 400.Following review and discussion at District meetings and a full RTM meeting in June, the issue was assigned to two of the RTM Committees: Land Use and Legislation & Rules. .
Greenwich Conservation Advocates has also made presentations to the Conservation Commission, the Shellfish Commission, most of the Districts, the Town Counsel, and the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen "unanimously passed a Sense of the Board of Selectmen resolution to support the initiative and the RTM Committee effort establishing an Ordinance Prohibiting Waste Associated with Natural Gas and Oil Extraction and further requests the Executive Management of the Department of Public Works, Conservation, Inlands Wetlands and Health to be supportive of this endeavor." You can read more about that here: <+https://m.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Greenwich-selectmen-show-support-for-fracking-ban-11209268.php>
The RTM subcommittee circulated its finds to the RTM in the fall and then presented its findings for the January RTM meeting. You can view the Subcommittee report here. Two of the assigned committees voted in favor of the proposed ordinance. The third committee, the Legislative and Rules Committee, voted to send the ordinance back to the subcommittee for a revision to address a concern about the language. At the full RTM meeting, the ordinance was referred by voice vote back to the Subcommittee. It is now expected that a revised ordinance will be voted upon at the March RTM meeting.
GCA recently created an online version of their petition in order to more easily build support for the ordinance across town. If you would like to help protect our local environment, you can sign the petition here: <+https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeh9Xci3ZTViPq8Co3H9-eusGgSPvr2rObuaTJEkqmQ8JVDww/viewform?fbzx=5355176438845120000>
Since the horrific mass shooting on February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students and adults of all ages have spoken out against the ongoing scourge of gun violence in American society. The League of Women Voters of Connecticut joins with those voices and encourages dialogue and action to prevent such tragedies.
2. For immediate release: February 26, 2018 LWV of Connecticut supports gun safety initiatives.
As gun reform advocacy events are being planned in Hartford and in communities around the state, the League stands ready to help citizens communicate constructively with our legislators, municipal leaders, first responders, school officials, and friends and neighbors to gain a better understanding of the causes of gun violence and how it can be prevented. Specifically, we plan to have a League presence at the "March for Our Lives" set for March 24 in Hartford.
The League's advocacy for gun safety is not new. The League of Women Voters of the United States has held a position in favor of legislation "to protect the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic assault weapons" since the 1990s.
In 2012-2013, LWVCT was part of the groundswell response across the state to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, expanding its outreach and advocacy on gun violence prevention, both in Hartford and in our local communities. While researching what legislative agenda could be undertaken consistent with the scope of the LWVUS gun laws position, LWVCT urged members to contact legislative representatives and demand action to improve public safety. The League testified at public hearings prior to the Connecticut General Assembly's enactment of a package of gun safety legislation that is today a model for the nation.
For more information on League policy about gun safety, see http://lwvct.org/files/lwvgunsafety.pdf .
For more League positions and other questions about the League, contact: LWV of Connecticut, 203-288-7996, email@example.com
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy thorough education and advocacy. Membership is open to men and women of all ages.
posted by Elsa Peterson Obuchowski, LWVCT board member for communications