We are not a single issue organization, but we strive to identify issues that affect residents in Baltimore County. We are strong advocates of an informed voter, transparency in government and empowerment of individuals. We do that by
- informing residents on local and national issues, providing multiple sides of issues, through Candidate and issue forums and Voters' Guide, Vote411.org, newsletters, Facebook.
- observing the proceedings of local government, County Council, Board of Education and zoning reviews.
- promoting public civic education and encouraging voter participation in government are central to our mission and our work
HOME ACT: Our League supports the HOME Act, introduced by County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. on October 7th
The League has longstanding position supporting equal opportunities and access to housing, employment and education. Our members have voted to make the HOME Act a priority issue.
On October 7th, County Executive Olszewski introduced a bill that would add “source of income” to the current Baltimore County Fair Housing Law, making it illegal to discriminate based on a renter’s source of income. Our League, along with many other community organizations, supports the HOME Act, and we will continue to advocate on its behalf by submitting testimony in favor of its passage at the October 29th County Council work session.
The HOME Act (Housing Opportunities Made Equal) addresses a difficulty that some county residents face – being turned away from rental housing solely because of the source of their income. This legislation will open housing opportunities throughout the county by giving all residents – including those with Housing Choice Vouchers – a fair chance to have their rental applications considered. It would not prevent landlords from verifying applicants’ incomes or checking their rental histories. For working families, it would reduce the time it now takes to find housing and make it easier to move closer to work.
LWV Baltimore County urges Baltimore County to join Anne Arundel, Montgomery, Howard and Frederick Counties as well as Baltimore City to pass legislation that makes it illegal to discriminate based on a renter’s source of income, just as it is illegal to discriminate based on race, sex or religion.
Here is how you, as an individual, can advocate on this important issue.
- Please read the Baltimore Sun Article by clicking on the link below https://www.baltimoresun.com/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-voucher-folo-20191007-ytsu656yajgrfp7hsfepitazdq-story.html
- Read and pass along the County Executive’s HOME Act Fact Sheet
- Then contact your councilperson before the November 4th vote on the bill and urge him/her to support the HOME Act. (Councilman Julian Jones and Councilman Izzy Patoka are in favor of the bill. They also need your support.)
Kirwan Commission Report: Saving Public Education
The Kirwan Commission aims to create an equitable, world-class education system for Maryland. Statewide averages mark deep inequities in opportunity for certain groups of students. This inequality in outcomes is the direct result of disparities in access to opportunities to learn.
- For example:
- Maryland students of color are less likely to have access to early childhood education.
- Nearly half of Black and Latino students attend schools in one of the three most underfunded districts in the state. These students receive about $4,000 less per student than the Thornton formula says they should. The state must address these inequities in opportunity and achievement by funding all schools to give students equal opportunities.
The Coalition for the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future is launching community forums across Maryland to keep pushing for the long-term school funding commitment our students deserve. The forum to help Baltimore County residents understand the Kirwan Commission recommendations will be held at 6:00 p.m. on October 24 at Woodlawn Middle School, 3033 St Luke’s Ln, Baltimore, MD 21207. Later, the Baltimore County League of Women Voters will provide information to our members through an informational meeting.
The Kirwan Commission’s recommendations undoubtedly will dramatically change pre-K–12 education in Maryland. For more information, http://www.mdcoalition.org/blog/just-what-is-this-kirwan-commission; the full report is at https://www.mdpolicy.org/library/doclib/2018/06/An-Analysis-of-the-Kirwan-Commission-Recommendations.pdf.