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Find out the most current events and happenings with LWV of Hingham. Please note, updated LWVH Member Forum Policy.

LWVH Member Forum Policy

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF HINGHAM MEMBER MEETING POLICY

GOAL

Our League's mission includes educating members on town, state, and national public policy and governance issues; facilitating events at which members can meet with elected and appointed officials; and hosting social occasions at which members can become better acquainted and share views. Member Meetings are held in members' homes; attendance is limited to members and their invited guests. The League also sponsors events, such as Candidates Night and Warrant Review, which are public forums held at Hingham Town Hall or other public spaces and are advertised as open to the public.

HOW MEMBER MEETINGS ARE ORGANIZED

Topics for Member Meetings are chosen based on member interests. The Steering Committee identifies speakers who are knowledgeable on the topic and schedules a date. Speakers receive information about meeting format, such as time limits and opportunities for questions and answers. Speakers may bring handouts or offer Power Point presentations and can expect to be received respectfully by those in attendance. Refreshments are usually served and attendees are invited to linger and socialize after the program. In case of sickness or inclement weather, speakers may be rescheduled. One or more League members takes notes for posting on the League website or publication in the League newsletter. These meetings are not open to the press. The Steering Committee welcomes member feedback on choice of topics and program quality.

GUESTS

The League encourages members to invite guests, especially those who have expressed interest in joining the League. Since member meetings are held in private homes, which might have limited space or parking, members are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. If space remains, guests will be accommodated on a similar basis.

INVITATIONS

Invitations to Member Meetings are sent only to our membership and are not to be forwarded to non-members. Members are expected to accompany their guests to Member Meetings. Prompt response is needed for planning purposes as is notice of last-minute cancellation.

LEAGUE NON-PARTISAN POLICY

Member Meetings are intended to be educational and informative. Speakers are invited to provide an overview of the issues. Hosting a speaker does not imply League agreement with or support of a speaker's position on an issue. The League is non-partisan and only takes a stand on issues which members have studied and on which they have reached consensus.

Policy adopted 5/10/2016

LWV of Hingham 2016 Warrant Review Forum

LWV of Hingham 2016 Warrant Review

In order to engage voters early in the Annual Town Meeting legislative process, The League of Women Voters of Hingham hosts an annual public review of the content of the Annual Town Meeting Warrant. The forum gives citizens the opportunity to review Articles and ask questions. They can then follow up by attending Advisory Committee meetings at which the Advisory Committee will discuss its recommendations for the particular articles in which the citizens are interested.

The League of Women Voters of Hingham supports the principle that democratic government depends upon informed and active participation of its citizens. This requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen's right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions and making public records accessible.

In 2011, Hingham voters voted to have the Annual Town Meeting Warrant made available to the public 10 days after the January 20 deadline for article submission, as stated in the Town's by-laws. Citizens can access Town Meeting information by visiting http://www.hingham-ma.com/241/Town-Meeting

LWV of Hingham Sponsors 2015 Warrant Review Forum

LWV of Hingham 2015 Warrant Review

In order to engage voters early in the Annual Town Meeting legislative process, The League of Women Voters of Hingham will host our annual public review of the content of the Annual Town Meeting Warrant. This year's event will be facilitated by Mary Power, Chairman of the Advisory Committee. The event is scheduled for February 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Town Hall.

The League of Women Voters of Hingham supports the principle that democratic government depends upon informed and active participation of its citizens. This requires that governmental bodies protect the citizen's right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions and making public records accessible.

In 2011, Hingham voters voted to have the Annual Town Meeting Warrant made available to the public 10 days after the January 20 deadline for article submission, as stated in the Town's by-laws. Citizens can access a preliminary 2014 warrant by visiting http://www.hingham-ma.com/selectmen/town_meeting_working_articles.html

The forum will give citizens the opportunity to review Articles and ask questions. They can then follow up by attending Advisory Committee meetings at which the Advisory Committee will discuss its recommendations for the particular articles in which the citizens are interested.

Town Meeting Resources Available

The LWVH has put together in collaboration with the town of Hingham a guide to help citizens understand and participate in Open Town Meeting.

Citizen's Guide to Hingham Open Town Meeting

How to Submit A Citizen Petition Article for Town Meeting

Guidelines for Articles Submitted for Open Town Meeting

Membership Update

Thank you to everyone who sent in their Membership Dues for the 2015-2016 year!

All League Members are encouraged to bring guests to the League events. The upcoming State-of-the-State is an exciting opportunity to introduce your friends to the interesting and exclusive opportunities presented to members to learn more about our communities and governments. We hope you take a moment to send an invitation to a friend for March 25th!

MA State Primary Election

The MA Primary is around the corner on Sept. 9th!

The League of Women Voters of MA has provided a very informative Primary Election Voters' Guide.

All 20 Democratic and Republican Candidates have answered questions that were posed to them specific to their offices.

http://lwvma.org/voting-and-election-information/primary-election-voters-guide-to-statewide-offices-2014/

We hope you will find this helpful when making an informed decision as you head to the polls!

Please share this guide to neighbors and friends... and be sure to vote!

Don't Forget VOTE 411 - The League's Voting Resource!!!

Vote411.org

Newly Revised Bylaws

The LWV of Hingham's Annual Business Meeting of 2012 approved revisions to the League's By-Laws. Click here for the newly revised LWVH By-Laws.

LWVH By-Laws 2012

Statement in Response to the Clean Air Act Advertising Campaign

Our League has provided the following statement in response to Clean Air Act advertising campaign aired May 2011 -

In May 2011, the National League ran an advertising campaign identifying U.S. Senators who voted against Clean Air legislation. The League of Women Voters of Hingham supports the League's advocacy position on the Clean Air Act. However, the LWV of Hingham felt that the process and execution of this campaign was flawed. The LWV of Hingham met as an organization to discuss the campaign, execution and outcomes. The organization has communicated our concerns to the LWVMA and LWVUS through a letter. We feel that the following statement summarizes our position:

"While we support advocacy of Clean Air, we feel that the process and execution of the ad campaign was flawed."