Annual Meeting was well attended in June. During the first six months of 2017 we gained five new members and two members who re-joined. Members discussed several issues the Grafton league could work on during 2017-18. One of the issues is a later start for high school and middle school students. The Grafton School Committee has discussed this but not approved the change yet. Much research has been done on this issue and a committee could be formed to bring the issue to the school administration again. Carol Sotiropoulos has suggested we learn more about the “ranked voting” process. She has a speaker in mind and will contact him for a Fall presentation if our group is interested. This was approved and Carol has scheduled, Adam Friedman, for a November date. The civics curriculum is not covered too much in schools currently. Several leagues have worked with their local schools to present a “Civics Bee” that helps make this topic more interesting to the students. We can review what other leagues in Massachusetts have done and see what would work for Grafton. We also discussed the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the LWV and the passage of the Constitutional Amendment granting women the right to vote.
Our guest speak was Margaret Hurley, Chief, Central Massachusetts Regional Office of the Office of the Attorney General and Director of the Municipal Law Unit . She discussed what guidelines are used when reviewing laws passed by cities and towns. New laws must comply with federal and state laws or not have an effect on current laws. She gave us examples of laws that were approved by her office and laws they could not approve. Margaret also discussed the new Marijuana law that allows recreational use. In June we were still waiting for the State legislature to agree on a law regulating recreational use of marijuana in Massachusetts. Once this happens and becomes law cities and towns may be able to enact local laws regarding marijuana use.