Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Capitol Update: Wednesday, August 03

President’s Message- RNC Special!

RNC Convention - You had to be there to believe it. I had the honor to represent California as an Alternate delegate in Ohio and would not have missed it for the world. I felt the excitement in the hall and we do have excitement by all, to WIN in November. Win we must. If you watched the DNC from Philadelphia they must be living in a different world from the rest of us... I also included into one day, the NFRW Board of Directors meeting, held downtown. Rosie the bus, is coming to California in August and as soon as I get her schedule I will forward to the Division Presidents. Continue to work on the election in any way you can. Remember to include talking about membership. We have 2 months left in this year for per capita reporting and I really do not want to see a decrease in membership. Set a GOAL to at least meet your last years totals. Thanks to you all for your efforts and we will be rewarded in November.

Shirley Mark
CFRW President

They’re Back!

The Legislature is back in session this week, and they wasted no time passing useless and terrible bills. The legislature has until August 12th to pass bills out of their final fiscal committees, so the Appropriations Committee of both houses is going to be a flurry of activity for the next week. The last day to hear bills on the floor of the Senate and the Assembly and pass them on to Governor Brown is the end of this month, August 31st. At that point, the final recess of the legislative year begins. During summer recess, though, Governor Brown was busy signing our second amendment rights away. Brown signed a series of bills that ban the sale of semi-automatic rifles with quick detach magazines, that ban the possession of high capacity magazines of more than ten rounds, and background checks for ammunition purchases, just to name a few. Of 11 gun control bills sent to Governor Brown, he signed 6 and vetoed 5. The National Rifle Association has already issued a statement to say that these bills will be challenged in court. We will keep you informed of their progress. Stay tuned!

November Ballot Measures

The California Federation of Republican Women will be making recommendations on the November Ballot propositions. There are 17 propositions on the ballot! Currently our Advocate and our Ballot Measures Analysts are busy preparing analysis and recommendations for our Voting Body to take official positions on each measure. Our CFRW Voting Body is made up of the CFRW President, the three CFRW Division Presidents, and the three CFRW Vice Presidents. Once we have our official recommendations, we will post online as well as have in-depth analysis and talking points on each proposition in the Capitol Update. Thank you for being patient, as we want to make sure we take the most informed recommendation we can! With 17 ballot measures, it is imperative the CFRW members understand what they are voting on so that they can, in turn, educate the voters of their communities!