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Local Studies (LWV Saratoga County)

  • Local Governance 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.  More...

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    The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County (LWVSC) announces its support for the proposed new charter for Saratoga Springs.

State Studies (LWV New York State)

  • Concurrence with LWV Utah's Death with Dignity Position

    Do we concur with the LWV Utah position on Death with Dignity?

    Join us at the November 15 Meetup to discuss this issue. Prepare for the discussion by reading the LWV Utah study now. The Utah study provides information about laws in the five states currently allowing terminally ill persons to request physician aid in dying, as well as a detailed history of death with dignity through the ages.

    The Utah Position, which would become the New York position, reads as follows:

    1. The League of Women Voters believes state laws should grant the option for a terminally ill person to request medical assistance from a relevant, licensed physician to end one's life.
    2. The League of Women Voters believes such legislation should include safeguards against abuse for the dying and/or medical personnel.

    This is very likely to be a hot topic in the legislature in 2018.

  • Legislative Procedures Position
    (adopted Jan. 2017 by the Board of LWVNYS)

    Terms for legislators in both houses should be 4 years and they should be staggered. Outside income of legislators may be limited, preferably using the federal model of a percentage of base income. Stipends, commonly known as lulus, should continue for committee chairs and leadership positions. Legislators should disclose all financial holdings and sources of income, including all clients and services if the matter involves business before the state whether or not the legislator personally performed services or referred the client.

    Members of the state legislature should have a greater impact on legislative proceedings. There should be restrictions on how long a legislator is allowed to serve in any leadership position in both the Senate and the Assembly but not a lifetime ban. Committee chairs should have a restricted tenure but could take on a different committee leadership or be reappointed after a specified period of time.

    Legislative staff should be full-time professionals, independent of partisan control, and more equitably distributed among freshmen and more senior members, majority and minority, Senate and Assembly. Information about staff salaries and assignments should be publicly available.

    A variety of approaches is needed to reduce the number of bills submitted each year: reducing the number of "home rule" bills on which the legislature must act, consolidating or eliminating individual sponsorship of bills, and requiring active support by sponsors for their own bills.

    Lobbying regulation should require reporting by all groups and agents who expend significant funds for lobbying. Sufficient resources as well as strong investigatory and enforcement powers should be provided to the agency or agencies enforcing lobbying and ethics rules. All disclosure filings should be timely, electronic and available to the public in easily accessible form on the Internet as well as in downloadable form.

  • 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)

Studies as the basis of League Action