Making Democracy Work

DEMOCRACY - MAKING IT WORK !

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Meet Your State Legislators tonight (Monday, January 30)

Meet your state legislators tonight The Greenville County Delegation (State Senators and House members who represent Greenville County in the General Assembly) will be at county square at 5:30 for the first of 4 quarterly meetings held in Greenville.  This provides the following opportunities:
1.       It lets you see the legislators we put into office in action without going to Columbia
2.       You can meet and talk to them during the legislative session without going to Columbia.
3.       You are allowed to address them all with your issues or concerns during this meeting.  The agenda always has a time for public comment.  You must however submit your request to speak 4 days prior to the meetings.  [Put this on your calendar: Next delegation meeting is April 10th. Deadline for presentation requests to be delivered to the delegation office in county square is April 4th]

4.       While you have missed the deadline for a public comment, we urge you to tell your legislator before or after the meeting that you want to talk to him about S. 105-which would eliminate the Automatic Stay. See the Greenville League's  Facebook page and our web page  for more information and talking points.

Urgent Action Alert!

Urgent: Action Alert - Contact your State Senator The next hearing is scheduled for Thursday, February 2nd in Gressette Room 105 at 9am. in Gressette Building Room #207 on bill S.105, which seek to eliminate our most important legal tool to protect the environment, the "automatic stay." Tell your Senator to vote to uphold citizens' rights to challenge government decisions and do not eliminate the Automatic Stay. Tell your Senator that you  oppose S.105 which would  remove the "automatic stay," our most important legal tool to uphold citizens' rights to conserve our state for future generations. In state permitting decisions, if there are concerns leading to the legal appeal of an agency-granted environmental permit, SC law allows an automatic "stay" to go into effect which puts the challenged environmental harm on hold while Administrative Law Courts weigh the merits of the challenged permit. The stay is not a final stoppage; it is merely the `pause button' until a decision is made. This makes sense: why would you allow forward progress on a damaging project while courts determine if the project is allowable? Proponents of this bill would have liked to proceed with environmentally damaging projects such as development, siting of landfills or incinerators, mining operations, filling of wetlands and many others even as the court considered and potentially ultimately overturned the permit, denying it. Unfortunately, we would not be able to undo damage already done at that point. Said another way, you can't unscramble an egg. We strongly oppose S.105. At the County Delegation meeting on Monday night or anytime BEFORE Thursday Feb. 2nd contact your Greenville state Senator: Tom Corbin: TomCorbin@scsenate.gov Karl Allen: KarlAllen@scsenate.gov Ross Turner: RossTurner@scsenate.gov Danny Verdin: SAgriComm@scsenate.gov Shane Martin: ShaneMartin@scsenate.gov Scott Talley: ScottTalley@scsenate.gov William Timmons: WilliamTimmons@scsenate.gov

Join us for Coffee and Muffins and Action

Make Democracy Work for All- 2017-Coffee and Muffins Get together   The Greenville League of Women Voters invites you (and if applicable, representatives of your organization) for coffee and muffins on Saturday  Jan. 28, 2017  from 9-11 am at the Laurel Lake Club house.     We will be discussing ways to  engage with the political process. We will explore ways we can work together  for training and action.   Proposed Schedule: 9:00 Gather for coffee and muffins -meet and greet 9:15 We will share ideas for  political engagement, identify resources for information, and focus on  what training and information we need to be effective. 10:00 The Greenville League will provide  real hands on training on how to set up face to face meetings with elected officials and how to effectively advocate. 10:30 We will consider  training/projects we can work together on.   For example, do we want to host a candidate school  to encourage good folks to run for office  or do we need to have training on how  to use social media to advocate? Other ideas? 11:00 Adjourn and go forth to  "Make Democracy Work for All."   Location: We will meet at  the Laurel Lake Club house.  The address of the club house is 100 Golden Star Lane, Greer 29651 which is located at the  corner of Bennett's Bridge and Anderson Ridge Rd -close to the MESA soccer fields/ Litchenfield's nursery. Once you turn into the Laurel Lake subdivision, turn right and then immediately turn right again for the driveway up to the club house. Cell phone number for that morning if you need directions:  864-361-1111.   RSVP to Kathleen Kempe at kempeka@yahoo.com or call 864 213 9504 with any questions. If you can not attend, please call me so we  can get information from you to share with the group.  

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