League of Women Voters of Saratoga County

2015 Studies

Local Studies (LWV Saratoga County)

  • Local Government Study, chaired by Francine Rodger and Barb Thomas

    This two-year study will look at whether local governments in Saratoga County (villages, towns, cities and county government) should separate executive or administrative functions from legislative (policy making) functions. Year one of the study will look at current structures, practices and definitions. Year two of the study will reach a consensus position. There will be an organizational meeting in September, at a time that is convenient for those who want to participate. So express your interest by contacting Francine or Barb.

State Studies (LWV New York State)

  • Update on Legislative Procedures Position

    Delegates at the state League convention in June of 2015 approved an update of our position on Legislative Procedures, (the existing position is at http://lwvny.org/advocacy/impact/issues/2013/LEGISLATIVE-PROCEDURES.pdf) The update, which must be approved by consensus, focuses on two aspects of the position in particular, although it might consider other parts: the statement in favor of a part-time legislature, and the ambiguous reference to length of terms. There will be a consensus meeting for this update this fall.

  • 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)