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. 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.

Health Care Reform

Promote a health care system for the United States that provides affordable access to a basic level of quality care for all U.S. residents, including behavioral health that is integrated with and achieves parity with the physical health care system.

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Current Local Issues

Gun Safety

The LWV of the Cooperstown Area and the LWV of the Oneonta Area are currently working to oppose the passage of legislation by the Otsego County Board of Representatives to make Otsego County a "Second Amendment Sanctuary," which would mean that individuals in the county would not be prosecuted for actions that violate New York State's  SAFE Act.

Read articles describing our stance on the Second Amendment Sanctuary.