Program Planning

Program Planning

League program refers to our position on issues and our history of advocacy adopted by members to empower voters and defend democracy.

Program planning

A grassroots process of recommending and selecting the governmental issues for study, consensus, or concurrence.


The League’s point of view on a public policy issue arrived at after study and either consensus or concurrence.

State Program Planning in a Nutshell

  • Local Leagues meet to re-examine current state positions and recommend changes, if any, to the board. Positions can be amended, updated, dropped, or restudied; new studies can be proposed.
  • The state board reviews the proposed items and decides which, if any, it will recommend to the biennial convention.
  • Delegates to the biennial convention debate and vote on the proposed program that includes proposed items and retention of current positions.

Program Adoption

  • If a new study or an update of a current position is adopted at the biennial convention, a study committee is formed that consists of members from various local Leagues. The committee gathers information for League members to use in deliberating the issue that reflects a diversity of nonpartisan views on the study topic, culminating in a Facts & Issues report.
  • Local League members consider the pros and cons of various positions on the issue with the help of a discussion guide and discussion leader.
  • Areas of statewide collective agreement are summarized and paraphrased into a consensus statement to be adopted by the state board of directors.
  • Action to bring about governmental change based on a position can only be taken on an issue after a position has been adopted.

2019-2020 Program Planning (Reports due Dec. 15, 2019)

References for Program Planning