Betsy Lawson currently serves as the Special Projects Coordinator at the League of Women Voters U.S. For over thirty years, she was Senior Lobbyist at the LWVUS, after working on Capitol Hill.
Betsy attended Mount Holyoke College, Williams College and Catholic University School of Law. She is a member of the D.C. Bar and the Massachusetts Bar. Betsy lives in Virginia with her family and their incorrigible golden retriever, Sassy, who lives up to her name.
On the sixth anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing arguments in the case of Zubik v. Burwell, which challenges the health care law's contraceptive coverage provision.
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court considered the issue of racial equality in education in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The League joined an amicus brief concerning civil rights and equal access to education.
On May 20, 1993, I sat with current and former LWVUS presidents and lobbyists and watched President Bill Clinton as he signed the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) into law. The legislation, also known as Motor Voter, was the second bill that President Clinton signed after taking office and a significant victory for the League of Women Voters.
This month marks the fourth anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The League was a strong advocate for the legislation when it was debated and passed by Congress in 2010.
State and local Leagues throughout the country have been working with government agencies, health care providers and advocates to get the word out to the American people on the Affordable Care Act and its pivotal impact on their lives.
Today, the League marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.