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.
The program planning process is one of the important ways we focus our grassroots work to align the organization on our issue priorities and our mission.
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.
Guide to Program Planning 2016-2018 includes a letter from LWVUS President Elisabeth MacNamara; Planning LWVUS Program for 2016-2018 which outlines our work and the LWVUS Board proposal for a campaign: Making Democracy Work; and the Guide to Program Planning. These materials provide information about the program planning process, report on our activity in 2014-2016, and present the LWVUS proposal for education and action in the next biennium.
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.