Making Democracy Work

Programs, Studies, and Action

LWVW Launches Review of Positions

The LWVW is in the process of conducting a yearlong review of our LWVW positions in order to make recommendations for possible changes. Our League has conducted many local studies over the years and has many documented positions as a result. We have taken action based on some of these positions in recent years (most recently to support the plastic bag bylaw approved by Town Meeting last spring), but many other positions need to be revisited. A review committee, open to all LWVW members, evaluate our positions to determine, among other things, whether the position is still relevant, whether new information has become available which might alter our position, and whether the subject of the position warrants a new study due to community/membership interest.

Proposed changes to LWVW positions can be found here

The original charge to the committee appears here

LWV National Studies

The League of Women Voters is embarking on the study process for two national studies this fall and winter. This process began at National League convention in 2014 where the body adopted a study on the Constitutional Amendment Process and an Update to our Campaign Finance positions, under the umbrella topic "Structures of Democracy." The Constitutional Amendment Study consensus period ended on December 1, 2015, and the LWVUS study committee and board will be developing positions based on the participating local Leagues' input. The Money in Politics Study consensus period will continue until February 1, 2016.

Although the LWV Wellesley does not have individual study groups, members are invited to participate in groups in neighboring towns. The League Management website focuses on the programmatic work of the League at all levels and include issue and study related resources like background papers, toolkits, and fact sheets.

Description of Study Process Organization and Activities

A study committee is a group of members who will lead the local League (or group of Leagues) through the study process. Ultimately, it is up to the local League to determine how the committee will function. The committee may meet regularly, review and discuss materials and issues, use an on-line forum, conduct information sessions, etc. The study committee is also instrumental in conducting the consensus meeting.

An information session can take different forms. It may be a public forum or discussion, or it may be in conjunction with the consensus meeting. It may be more specific to the study and the consensus questions. The LWVUS MIP committee has prepared a `Meeting in a Box' to assist local Leagues in introducing and exploring the study topic. A consensus meeting is held in order to reach consensus and report on the consensus questions provided by LWVUS. Local Leagues can join another League's study committee and information sessions, but have its own consensus meeting. Regional consensus meetings can be held, but each League must prepare its own consensus report based on the consensus of its members.