UNIT MEETINGS ARE WHERE LEAGUE ACTION STARTS
According to League history, unit meetings got started during World War II in response to gasoline rationing when members found it easier to meet in neighborhood groups or “units.”
Unit meetings are still the foundation of the League. These days, unit meeting times and locations are organized around members’ schedules rather than by neighborhood. There are unit meetings at breakfast, at midday, and after work. Members are always welcome to set up a new meeting time and location that will be more convenient for their schedules.
League of Women Voters of Salt Lake Unit Meetings are held from September through May of each year. They are made up of four to 15 people who want to discuss a study or become educated on a current topic.
A study is done by local members and can be a local, state or national topic. When a study or topic is discussed all sides of a subject are considered. Unit meetings are the “grassroots” of the League of Women Voters. They are where differing opinions are welcome and where consensus results in wording to which our members can agree.
When a unit reaches consensus on a study, they make a recommendation to the board. Once approved by the board and adopted by members, positions crafted from unit meetings become the foundation for advocacy and action.
This Month’s Unit Meeting Topic
Salt Lake Units to discuss a Utah Carbon Tax Swap Bill
In the weeks leading up to the 2019 Utah Legislative session speakers from the Salt Lake Citizens Climate Lobby will preview a carbon tax swap bill sponsored by Utah House Republicans Becky Edwards and Dixon Pitcher and Democrat Joel Briscoe. The bill, currently called HB403 promises an economically viable way to help clean our air and stabilize a changing climate, while stimulating the economy.
The U. S. League strongly endorsed “carbon pricing” as a strategy for curbing climate change, and their senior legislative policy manager, Jessica Jones Capparel, has endorsed the Utah carbon swap bill in particular. In response, the Utah League has endorsed the bill and members of the LWVUT Legislative Action Committee are working to advance the bill as far as possible in the 2019 Legislature.
Four Units will host CCL speakers the week after Thanksgiving, while the Town Club will host them on January 9 and Park City at a time yet to be decided.
Come and learn how the Utah carbon swap bill could reduce emissions, how statewide support could be built to pass the bill, and how you can help – regardless of how much or how little time you have to give.
For a head start on the discussion, you can peruse these one-page summaries of the bill and also revel in a resolution passed by the 2018 Utah Legislature that opens the conversation to find economically viable ways to curb carbon emissions.