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Christmas Luncheon
President's Message (Arlene Woo)
Airing of Proposed Zoning Changes Draws Sizeable Audience (Astrid Monson)
Preparing for Phase II National Security Consensus
League Gears for Second Round of ERA Fight
Hearings for Development Plans Scheduled
FEC Ruling May Affect Debates
League Theater Party a Smash
Charter Amendments
News Bits
League on American Voices Series
Plans for News Release of Consensus on Arms Control
Membership Update
National Security - Consensus on Military Policy and Defense Spending

League Gears for Second Round of ERA Fight

A memorandum from Pat Jansen, national ERA chair, informs us that they are engaged in "strategy discussion with the House sponsors and other proponent organizations" for the action in the early part of the '84 session.

On November 15, the ERA, HJ Resolution 1, was narrowly defeated by a vote of 278-147. It was brought up under the rules of suspension under which two-thirds of those present and voting are required for passage. The ERA can be brought up again under the regular rules of the House without the necessity for reintroduction, but an absolute two-thirds majority, or 290 votes, are required for passage.

The memorandum describes the action on the resolution in the House:

"Two weeks before the vote, we believed it would be possible to bring the ERA to the floor under an open rule, which allows unlimited debate and the introduction of amendments. Eight amendments were defeated in the House Judiciary Committee. Along with other endorsing organizations, we adopted a "no amendments strategy" and targeted 106 members who had said they would support the ERA but had not committed to "no amendments." While 290 votes are required for House passage of the ERA, only 218, an absolute majority, are required to defeat amendments. We called state and local Leagues across the country for immediate sup-port. The response was enthusiastic and effective -- 80 of the 106 members called by the state and local Leagues finally voted for the ERA without any amendments. A few days before the ERA was scheduled to come up, ERA cosponsors deadlocked in a disagreement about the rules, and at the last moment, the House leadership weighed in with a decision to bring the ERA up on the suspension calendar. Under the rules of suspension, no amendments are allowed and 20 minutes of debate is allowed for each side."

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