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.
At the local level, League members meet to review, discuss and adopt the local Program each year. The process begins during the winter when a membership meeting is held to discuss proposed program for the following year. The program is then adopted by members at the Annual Business meeting in May. During the summer months, a planning meeting is held to determine how the proposed program will be implemented over the course of the year.
At the state and national levels, members of local Leagues engage in Program Planning every other year - odd years for state and even years for national. Materials received from the state or national league are circulated to members and a consensus meeting is held to make decisions about newly proposed positions or to make recommendations about further study, dropping or updating existing positions. The Board of Directors uses this information to make recommendations to the state or national league and to inform its the biennial convention delegates about the program to be adopted for the coming two year period.
Where Can I Find State and National League Policies?
Local league members can learn about state and national public policy issues by reading the Impact on Issues publications put out at each level biannually.
LWV US Impact on Issues can be found here https://www.lwv.org/impact-issues
LWV NY Impact on Issues can be found here https://lwvny.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Impact-on-Issues-2022-FINAL.pdf