WHAT IS A LEAGUE STUDY?
Leagues at every level take positions based on study and consensus among members. The League uses these positions to advocate for public policy changes. During the consensus process, members draw on balanced pro/con materials, develop their own resources, turn to technical experts and public officials for information, and reach out to the community through public meetings, surveys and media coverage. Here are some examples of past studies:
The League of Women Voters of the United States is conducting an Agriculture Update study. The scope of the study is as follows:
The Agriculture Update will focus narrowly on: 1) current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, agriculture water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock, and accurate food labeling; and 2) current agriculture finance issues including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process.
The National League has adopted the following position regarding immigration policies:
The League of Women Voters believes that immigration policies should promote reunification of immediate families; meet the economic, business and employment needs of the United States; and be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises. Provision should also be made for qualified persons to enter the U.S. on student visas. All persons should receive fair treatment under the law.
Read about the policy at the National League website.
Water: California’s New Gold Study
In 2009, a stark description of the deterioration of California’s water infrastructure jolted a large group of League members who attended the Bay Area League program “Water: California’s New Gold.” State Senator Lois Wolk started things off by telling the group that Californians must embrace a diversified approach to water policy including conservation, reclamation and recycling, and ground water banking. Senator Wolk strongly recommended that the state appoint a commission to develop a plan for the Delta. This will take a year to eighteen months and after that the governance of the Delta should be changed so that one independent body will oversee the governance of the Delta.