Action & Advocacy

Action & Advocacy

WHAT WE DO--FOCUS FOR ACTION

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause wEd funding forumhen there is an existing League position thatsupports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be National, State, or Local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, a continuing discussion of pros and cons of each situation occurs. Prior to the results of the study being presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion, pro and con, takes place as members (not part of the study committee) learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement — the statement resulting from the consensus questions — that becomes a position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be taken.

LWVSC STATE PUBLIC POLICY POSITIONS

PDF iconLeague of Women Voters of South Carolina Positions and Priorities 2017-2019

LWVHHI-BA LOCAL PUBLIC POLICY POSITIONS

ELECTORAL DEMOCRACY

Redistricting (Adopted 2018)

We support the drawing of voting district lines following the decennial census that reflect strict anti-gerrymandering standards at all levels of government, in accordance with the LWVSC redistricting position. More specifically, we support the adoption of these standards to redistricting maps drawn at the County Council, School Board and Town Council levels of government. 

NATURAL RESOURCES

Beach Management (Adopted 2003-2004; revised 2018):  We support beach management projects that are for the public good rather than for the benefit of private property.  Such projects should make use of re-nourishment methods first and employ hard structures only when nourishment alone is ineffective.  Clear goals and quantitatively designed measures of each project's success should be established and ensured by careful, professional monitoring over the long term.  If a hard structure is demonstrated to adversely affect nearby beaches, mitigation, re-design or removal should be required.  

Drinking Water and Sewer Service (Adopted 2015) We support the conservation and preservation of available drinking water and the availability of sewer service.

Off-Shore Seismic Testing and Drilling (Adopted 2018) Offshore Drilling MtgWe believe that seismic testing in an attempt to locate deposits of oil or natural gas off South Carolina's Atlantic shore would severely endanger the ocean's living creatures and that any uncertain benefits that might be realized from off-shore drilling there are far outweighed by the potential for great damage to the state's natural environment, its tourist-based economy, and the health and quality of life of its residents.

Sensitive Land Areas (Adopted 2015) We support the preservation of sensitive and historic land areas and tree cover.

Waterways (Adopted 2004-2005) We support preservation and protection of Outstanding Resource Waters and the quality of other local waterways.  We are opposed to marinas on Outstanding Resource Waters.

Wetlands (Adopted 2003-2004; revised 2015): We support the preservation and protection of wetlands, area beaches, and local waterways, including but not limited to Calibogue Sound, the May River, the Colleton River, and the Okatie River. 

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Transparency (Adopted 2015) We support transparency in local government decisions.

TRANSPORTATION 

Accommodations Tax Funding (Adopted 2003-2004) Accommodations Tax (A-Tax) monies may be an appropriate source of funding for regional public transportation. 

Comprehensive Transportation Plan (Adopted 2003-2004) County Council should put a comprehensive transportation plan in place within a reasonable time.

LWVSC (STATE) POSITIONS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST

EDUCATION

State funding issues (including Act 388) and needed response for poor rural districts (2015)

Teacher recruitment and retention requires a multi-year plan to move South Carolina to a lead position in salary and benefits (2019)

Support state initiatives to prevent the inappropriate use of public funds for private and religious education (2018)

Consolidation of PK-12 funding of line items and revenue sources to eliminate duplication of administration costs with an equitable new formula where the money is allocated on a weighted per pupil basis (2019)

ELECTORAL DEMOCRACY

Open and thorough study, evaluation, and selection of new voting equipment (2019)

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Protection of home rule for local governments (2015)

Transparency in local government decisions (2015)

STATE AND LOCAL TAXATION

Comprehensive tax reform for South Carolina (2015)

State and local taxation recommendations with special attention to concerns for natural resources, infrastructure, and education (2015)

LOCAL AREAS OF INTEREST TO BE MONITORED

EDUCATION

Board of Education with emphasis on the selection of the Superintendent; School Board member compliance with Board Policy (2019)

School District budgeting process, with emphasis on Capital Projects, Referendum, and Education Impact Fees (2019)

NATURAL RESOURCES

Land purchases with public funds and use of Rural and Critical Lands revenue approved by referendum (2015)

Land use decision-making process of Planning Commissions and Town and County Council (2015)

Comprehensive Plan Reviews (2015)

TAXATION 

Local revenue and taxation at County and municipal levels (2019)                               

LWVHHI-BA ACTION PRIORITIES FOR 2019-2020

Making Democracy Work:

  • Voter rights and voter access
  • Redistricting
  • Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) ratification in South Carolina

Off-shore Seismic Testing and Drilling

Education   

Transportation