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Betsy Lawson

Betsy Lawson
Special Projects Coordinator

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.

A Power Point from the LWVUS Redistricting Task Force Outling Redistricting: The Basics, the Courts and the League.  

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.

This paper summarizes available options to address a series of decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court since 1976 that have weakened the procedures that regulate the spending and giving to political campaigns.

This state by state template was designed as a tool to assist state/local Leagues interested in knowing the status of campaign finance reform legislation in their state.  A complete template worksheet for Massachusetts has been provided as a sample for other states.  A blank worksheet, with categories for consideration, has been created for each state and the District of Columbia.  Just click on the tab with the initials for your state to fill in the relevant information.

The Money in Politics PowerPoint is a meeting-ready overview of money in politics issues for Leagues to use in meetings for members and the community. 

This Money in Politics Paper outlines the definitions for terms that are found in statutes dealing with campaign finance reporting.

On May 20, 1993, I watched President Clinton sign the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) into law. The legislation, also known as Motor Voter, was a significant victory for LWV.

A comprehensive guide to conducting LWVUS studies.

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.