How Does The League Select Issues for Emphasis?

In League, Program means the issues that we choose for concerted study, education and action at local, state and national levels. Program can include both education and action.

The Program Planning process is part of what makes the League a grassroots organization; each League member has the opportunity to influence the selection of issues where the local, state, and national League will focus time, talent and money.

Every two years, members of local Leagues engage in Program Planning for the state and national Leagues. Based on the results of this, the Board of Directors makes recommendations to the biennial convention delegates about the program to be adopted for the coming two year period at the state or national level.  LWVUS gathers recommendations from local and state Leagues in even numbered years.  LWVC gathers recommendations in odd numbered years. 

LWVSLO League members at Lobby Day June 2017

Selecting Local League Issues for Emphasis

Every year our local League holds its Program Planning meeting (usually held each January).  This meeting gives members an opportunity to propose issues for emphasis and help us set our local priorities for the upcoming year (July to June). 

LWVSLO CO Board Recommended Program for July 2017- June 2018

The Board recommends that we:

  1. Retain all existing position statements.
  2. Conduct no new local study.

The Board recommends the following issue areas for emphasis and action:

  1. Civic education and the many ways to encourage an educated and informed electorate and citizen involvement in public life, including working with students;
  2. Reliable information and responsible media and ways to support honest reporting, press freedom and the integrity of the media;
  3. Civil Discourse and efforts to support accountable, open and effective government that builds consensus-and and strives to find common ground;
  4. Healthcare reform, including information on single-payer healthcare.

The Board recommends the following activities to address these issues:

  1. Developing social media skills to communicate with a wider audience;
  2. Organizing public forums, speaker presentations and community discussions;
  3. Providing training in communication skills, critical thinking, evaluating the news, how to advocate and consensus building;
  4. Offering leadership training for moderators and chairpersons for both League members and community leaders;
  5. Researching what is being done and educating the public to make informed decisions on issues such as affordable housing, sustainable development, water management, transportation needs and homelessness.
  6. Ensuring the visibility of the League on all these issues through our website, public statements, press releases, op-ed pieces and letters to the editor.


Program: Issues chosen for concerted study and action.

Recommended Program: Program items supported by most members and recommended by the Board for adoption.

Non- Recommended Program: Issues of interest to a number of members, but not receiving enough support to be included in the recommended program.

Issue for Emphasis: Issues/topics adopted as program items on which to focus League efforts.

Update: A study of limited scope to reevaluate an existing position in light of new information, changed circumstances, and/or conflict with another position, with a view to considering a position change. Any new position resulting from on update must be approved by the Board and adopted by the members at the Annual Meeting.

Scope: Definition of the limits of a study and possible areas of exploration developed by the study committee and approved by the Board.

Review: Members ask the Board for an evaluation of a current position for clarity, relevance and effectiveness. No change is made in the position statement.