WHAT WE DO--FOCUS FOR ACTION
The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when 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.
LOCAL PUBLIC POLICY POSTIONS
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.
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) We 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.
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) PUBLIC POLICY POSITIONS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST
State funding issues (including Act 388) and needed response for poor rural districts (2015)
Support state initiatives to prevent the inappropriate use of public funds for private and religious education (2018)
Open and thorough study, evaluation and selection of new voting machines (2015)
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 SC (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
Board of Education (2015)
School District budgeting process (2015)
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)
Local revenue and taxation (2015)
LWVHHI/BA ACTION PRIORITIES FOR 2018-2019
Making Democracy Work
- Voter rights and voter access
Off-shore Seismic Testing and Drilling