Local Studies (LWV Saratoga County)
- Local Government Study, chaired by Francine Rodger and Barb Thomas
This two-year study looks at whether local governments in Saratoga County (villages, towns, cities and county government) should separate executive or administrative functions from legislative (policy making) functions.
Position adopted April 5, 2017:
The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County believes that it is important to have a clear separation of powers, and checks and balances in County Government and therefore we support having an elected County Executive. Additional reasons for supporting a County Executive are that because the County Executive would be elected county-wide the Executive would be focused on the needs of the County as a whole; and because the term of office would be longer than the current one-year term of the Chair of the Board of Supervisors continuity and long range planning would be enhanced.
The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County believes that Cities in this County should separate their administrative functions from their legislative functions by having a City Council that makes policy and laws and either an elected executive or an appointed administrator to carry out administrative functions. The League supports this separation of functions in order to have a strong centralized administration, to have clear lines of responsibility and to eliminate waste.
State Studies (LWV New York State)
Update on Legislative Procedures Position
Local leagues will be deciding on a new position during the fall and winter of 2016.
Delegates at the 2015 State League convention approved an update of our 1977 position on Legislative Procedures. The section of the current position that we are looking at in this study reads:
"The legislature should continue to serve as a part-time body. Terms for legislators should be longer, and possibly staggered."
This position is critical to our core mission as a state good government group. Many of the public corruption scandals involving members of the state legislature involve outside income, self-dealing, bribery, and fraud. Banning or limiting outside income is a very important issue in ethics reform. Our current position warrants reexamination in this context since it constrains our approach to the outside income issue.
The update study will address the ambiguities in the current position and re-focus the position on the policies most significant to ethics reform and performance of the Legislature, namely:
- Outside Income
- Length of terms
- Staggered terms
- Tenure for Legislative Leadership
Please review the following documents in advance of our consensus meeting:
- Raise the Age Concurrence (adopted Jan 2016)
The new position on juvenile justice is as follows:
- Children under the age of 18 are not adults and their treatment within the juvenile justice and criminal court system should relate to their stage of development.
- Children should not be held in adult incarceration facilities.
- Rehabilitation is the purpose of the juvenile justice system.
- The legal rights of children should be protected.
National Studies (LWV US)
- United States Constitutional Amendments/Constitutional Convention
- Money in Politics