Join a Study Committee
Our local League is forming committees to study the three NYS League of Women Voters' study topics:
- Ballot Access
- Constitutional Convention
- Term Limits
See below for descriptions of these studies. This is a good way to get to know other League members and to learn the ins & outs of an issue. Contact email@example.com or Donna Dardaris to let us know which committee you are interested in joining.
New League state studies 2013-2014
Convention Delegates voted to begin two state studies and one position update. Our own Lori Dawson marshaled the support for a study of ballot access issues and will be chairing that Study. LWVNY's new Policy and Program Director, Sarah Podber, will be coordinating the studies and providing research, writing, and additional support to the committees. The committees' work will be conducted via email and conference calls. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP if you are interested in joining one of these state-level committees. Remember, if you want input into the writing of the consensus questions you need to be on the committee!
- Ballot Access Study, chaired by Lori Dawson
This study will broadly examine how candidates get onto the ballot in the general election. It will potentially encompass the primary system, fusion voting, Wilson-Pakula, run-off voting, and other aspects of election law.
- Term Limits Study co-chaired by Paula Blum and Joan Johnson
This is a study on term limits for the New York State Legislature and statewide elected officials. The 1992 LWVUS Convention authorized state and local Leagues to use national positions and principles to take action against term limits for state or local office holders. The language adopted by the convention is permissive only; that is, it allows state and local Leagues to apply the national position in opposition to term limits at other levels, but it does not require opposition to term limits at other levels. It does not supersede positions arrived at by study and consensus at the state or local League level that may support term limits for state or local office.
- Constitutional Convention Position Update
This update will examine the League's position on New York's constitutional convention with an emphasis on the method of delegate selection. Our current position was adopted in 1993. The issue of a constitutional convention will come up again in 2017, when the mandatory every 20 year referendum on the subject appears on the ballot. One of the conditions stated in the position for League support involve specific changes in the current constitutionally mandated way that delegates are selected. It is very unlikely that all these changes will happen because they would have to pass the Legislature initially. There has been some interest expressed both inside and outside the League in supporting a constitutional convention as a way of fixing Albany. Under our current position, in all likelihood we would never be able to support a constitutional convention. This update would be very limited in scope, looking only at the delegate selection portion of the League's position.
- The Constitutional Convention Question is on the Horizon: Reviewing the League's Position on Delegate Selection (coming soon)
Agriculture Study 2013-2014
Consensus meeting will be scheduled for February or March of 2014 (TBA).
- Chapter 8: Challenges and Opportunities in U.S. Agriculture
Economic Report of the President (2013)
- The Healthy Farm: A vision for U.S. Agruculture
Union o Concerned Citizens - Policy Brief
- Will Organic Food Fail to Feed the World?
Down on the Farm: Issues Facing the Family Farmer Today
Panel discussion recorded Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
- David Haight, American Farmland Trust, New York
- Jennifer Stevens, Cornell Co-operative Extension Saratoga County
- David Holck, USDA Farm Service Agency
- Pandora Davis, bovine veterinarian
- American Farmland Trust
- Farm Service Agency
Agriculture Update: LWVUS Board adopts tentative scope
The LWVUS Board has named the study passed by the 2012 Convention as the Agriculture Update. Subject to review and recommendation by the Update Committee, the Board also adopted this scope for the update: "The Agriculture Update will focus narrowly on (1) current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, sustainable farming, 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."
History: League's history and current position on agricultural policy
The Global Farmland Rush: NY Times Opinion page, February 5, 2013
We will be providing more information about this study as it becomes available.
Our league participated in a LWVUS study and consensus regarding the proper role of the Federal Government in Education. In March of 2012, the LWVUS Board approved a new position on the federal role in public education. This position is based on responses received from the 377 Leagues across the country who participated in the Education Study.
Read more about the League of Women Voters' position on the Federal Role in Public Education.
Thank you to all who worked on the study and attended the meetings.
Our league also participated in a LWV nation-wide consensus study of privatization. The purpose of this study was to identify those parameters and policy issues to be considered in discussing proposals to transfer federal, state or local government services, assets and/or functions to the private sector.
The LWVUS Board approved a new Position on Privatization at its June 2012 meeting.
We thank our study leaders and participating members for their work on this study.