Study Committees for 3 studies
Our local League is studying three study topics:
- Local Government Study (LWVSC)
- Ballot Access (LWVNY)
- Term Limits (LWVNY)
See below for descriptions of these studies.
- 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.
- 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.
Study Materials: LWVNY Ballot Access Study Materials
- 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.
Study Materials: LWVNY Term Limit Study Materials
New position after study
On May 15, 2014, the LWVUS Board approved the new Position on Federal Agriculture Policies. The position is based on responses from 243 state and local Leagues: Statement of Position on Federal Agriculture Policies as announced by the National Board May 2014.
Program: 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
Constitutional Convention Study
Twenty-two Leagues participated in the request for an update of the state League's position and reached a new consensus.
New Position: The League supports the following reforms as positive factors in deciding on support for a constitutional convention. Delegates should be elected by a fair nonpartisan process that complies with federal voting rights provisions and eases ballot access to encourage participation by racial and other minorities. Public financing should be provided for candidates and their positions on issues and convention goals should be widely publicized to enable votgers to cast informed votes at their election. Statewide office holders, state or federal legislators, and state judges should not serve as delegates.
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.