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
Note: Consensus Meeting on this study is scheduled for November 21, 2016, 5:30 pm, at the Saratoga Springs Public Library
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