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Date: 4/29/2022
Subject: Board Briefings: Notes From the April 2022 LWVCO Board Meeting
From: Karen Sheek, President, LWVCO

Board Briefings
April 2022



Greetings League Members,

In alignment with LWVCO’s Strategic Plan to be more proactive, the Board voted this month to take positions on Citizen Initiatives once petitions have been approved for distribution rather than waiting to see which ones make the ballot. One petition has garnered enough signatures to appear on this fall’s ballot: #31 State Income Tax Rate Reduction. The Board and Legislative Action Committee oppose this ballot issue.


The Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters of Colorado met virtually on the evening of April 19th.


Present: Board President Karen Sheek, Vice President Barbara Whinery, Secretary Irene Tynes, Treasurer Bonnie Seals, Directors at Large Chris Humphries, Lena Brown, Toni Larson, Connie Fox and Beth Malmskog. Also present were Executive Director Beth Hendrix and Operations Manager Laura Baker, who recorded minutes.


The consent agenda, including LWVCO 3/15/2022 Board Mtg Minutes, Financials, Advocacy & Action Report, Governance Report, and Local League Support Report was approved unanimously.


2022 Convention poster

Recent testimony by LAC members: 
 HB22-1013: Microgrids For Community Resilience Grant Program - Support
HB22-1045: Statutory Initiative Petition Signature Requirements - Oppose
HB22-1051: Modify Affordable Housing Tax Credit - Support
HB22-1056: Emergency Temporary Care For Children - Support
HB22-1060: Contribution Limits, School District Director Candidate - Support
HB22-1082: Establish Fair Housing Unit Department Of Law - Support
HB22-1083: Colorado Homeless Contribution Income Tax Credit - Support
HB22-1086: The Vote Without Fear Act - Support
HB22-1105: Deadly Force Against Intruder At A Business - Oppose
HB22-1106: Concealed Handguns On School Grounds - Oppose
HB22-1125: Income Tax Rate Reduction - Oppose
HB22-1223: Exempt Low-Value Mobile Homes from Property Tax - Support
HB22-1244: Public Protections From Toxic Air Contaminants -Support
HB22-1249: Electric Grid Resilience and Reliability Roadmap - Support
SB22-019: Access To Suppressed Court Eviction Records - Support
SB22-051: Policies To Reduce Emissions From Built Environment - Support

Are you getting ready for the LWV National Convention? This exciting event will take place from June 23-26 in Denver as well as online. Visit the LWVUS website to learn more about the convention!


The LWVCO Board recently voted to take a position on citizen-initiated petitions, as opposed to waiting for the signature verification process to confirm placement on the ballot.
Current citizen initiatives:
#31 - State Income Tax Rate Reduction (approved for the Nov. 2022 ballot); LWVCO position: oppose
#54 - Petitions (approved for circulation); LWVCO position: oppose
#56 - Unlawful Murder of a Child (approved for circulation); LWVCO position: oppose
#58 - Access to Natural Medicine (approved for circulation); LWVCO position: no position
#61 Legal Possession and Use of Entheogenic Plants and Fungi (approved for circulation); LWVCO position: no position
#63 Additional Dedicated Revenue to the State Education Fund (approved for circulation); LWVCO position: no position

Observer Corps Toolkit

Protecting our right to know is integral to the health of our democracy. Decisions that determine how our schools will be run, at what level community safety programs will be funded, and how land in our towns will be used impact our lives and are vital to our well-being. These kinds of decisions need to be made with public input and oversight. One important way to ensure that is to observe government meetings. The act of observation promotes government transparency and accountability.

Here are some tools to help Colorado Leagues create an Observer Corps. These documents are also available in LWVCO's Document Library; to access, please log in and go to the Members tab - Documents - Advocacy Resources - Toolkits.

There's still time to honor the Modern Suffragist in your life! 
Donate to our Modern Suffragist campaign before Tuesday, May 3rd to ensure that your honoree receives a certificate declaring her a Modern Suffragist and LWVCO baseball hat by Mother's Day, May 8th. 
Visit the donations page on the LWVCO website and select the Modern Suffragist option. Please be sure to enter the mailing address of your honoree in the comment box. Thank you!



Do you have something in mind for your local League that will also help serve our overall program, education and outreach goals? Apply for a Project Grant!


These grants are awarded on a rolling basis with no deadline, with a quick turn-around of about 30 days. Your application must be approved by your local League's Board before you submit it for state League consideration. Each local League is eligible for a maximum of $500 per fiscal year. Recipients are also required to provide an Outcomes Report within one year of being awarded any grant funds.


Learn more and apply today!

The League of Women Voters of Denver hosts the 30th Annual Holland Bulb Sale
Order by June 10th to have your bulbs delivered in October for Fall planting! Choose from imported tulip, daffodil, hyacinth and iris bulbs as well as indoor forcing bulbs – paperwhites, amaryllis and others.
Place your bulb order at

Did You Know...?

You can now set up a recurring monthly donation to LWVCO! Your support makes it possible for the League to empower voters and defend democracy. As always, your gift will be used for our nonpartisan voter education programs and advocacy efforts.

A monthly sustaining donation continues without having to renew and may be stopped or changed at any time. This option spreads your gift over the whole year, making it easier on your budget while offering LWVCO a dependable source of revenue. Just $20 a month can have a real impact.


Thank you! Your generosity is deeply appreciated.

Upcoming Events

April 30
9:00 a.m. - LWV Greeley-Weld Annual Meeting [LWV Greeley-Weld]
11:00 a.m. - Can Our Democracy Survive the Digital Age? [LWV Maine] 
May 1
2:00 p.m. -  Can Our Democracy Survive the Digital Age? [LWV Maine & LWVUS]
May 3
6:00 p.m. - Fundraiser [Women's Suffrage National Monument Foundation]
May 5
May 6
May 9
7:00 p.m. - LWV Larimer County Local Convention [LWV Larimer]
May 10
2:00 p.m. - Healthcare Committee meeting [LWVCO]
May 11
All day - Colorado General Assembly Session Ends
 May 17
May 18
May 20
May 21
April and May
Orders due June 10th - 30th Annual Holland Flower Bulb Sale [LWV Denver] 

NOTE: All times are Mountain. Are any events missing from this list? Please notify to be included in our next email. Thank you!


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