Highlights

The Amherst League of Women Voters, Amherst Media and former Massachusetts State Senate President Stan Rosenberg team up for Byline with Stan Rosenberg, an issue-oriented local government news program.

Candidates for School Committee, Library Trustee, Housing Authority and Oliver Smith Will Elector.

 

A meeting on the 2020 Census was held at Town Hall on October 10. Speakers included Mindy Domb, Rep. Paul Mark (House Committee on Redistricting), and Georgia Lowe (US Census Bureau).

On a beautiful autumn Saturday morning, 100-150 volunteers converged on Groff Park in Amherst for the Fort River Watershed's section of the Connecticut River Conservancy's Source to Sea Cleanup, armed with large plastic bags.

The League of Women Voters sponsored a forum for candidates for town-wide office on October 28 at the Bangs Center, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Election Day is November 5.

Two speakers from VoterChoiceMA speak about collecting signatures in support of statewide ballot initiatives.

Housing costs have risen far more quickly than incomes in most of the country. Few units were constructed between 1980 and 2010, and even fewer of those were smaller, more affordable, units. A forum on homelessness that the League co-sponsored in 2016 identified a great need for housing to reduce the number of homeless people. The proposal by the Valley Community Development Corporation is to help meet that need.

A program to promote open talk about climate change and suggest what individuals can do in the public arena.

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts supports several pieces of legislation that will benefit the Connecticut River and its environs. The first bill creates a statewide sewage discharge notification system and promotes awareness of sewage pollution in public waters (H751/S490). The second promotes water conservation during droughts by maintaining adequate water supplies through more effective drought management (H762/S535). The third bill establishes a "water-banking" fee on large scale water users, a measure that will provide for a sustainable water resources funds (H1761).

A March 28th meeting of the Voter Participation Stakeholders' Roundtable focussed on ways to improve voter participation by students.

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