League Lingo

League Lingo

  • action – Promotion of a League position on local, state, and national public policy issues to government officials, the media, and the public by the president of the League or an authorized representative
  • action alert – Request from the state or national League to take action at a specific time in support of a League position
  • Action News! – A monthly electronic newsletter sent by LWV-Texas to League members in Texas
  • advocacy – Arguing in favor of a cause, an idea, or a policy (does not necessarily involve lobbying)
  • annual meeting – A local League year-end business meeting to elect officers and directors, vote on bylaws changes, and adopt a budget and program of work for the next year
  • calendar – Plans by the board of directors for the League year for League program and other activities
  • Capital Corps – League members from the Austin area who assist issue chairs with legislative visits, testimony, and other state League advocacy efforts
  • concurrence – A method of adopting a position reached through consensus by another League; Leagues can also concur with the recommendations of a resource committee or decision statements formulated by a League board of directors
  • consensus – Collective opinion of a substantial number of League members, representative of the membership as a whole; reached through objective study and discussion of an issue, not a vote
  • convention – A state or national League meeting held biennially in which League delegates adopt program, elect officers and directors for the biennium, adopt a budget, act on proposed bylaws changes, and conduct other business
  • council – (national) A biennial meeting of League delegates to adopt a budget and review program, held in years between conventions and with a more limited representation
  • education fund – A publicly supported, non-membership organization to which tax-deductible donations can be made; LWV-Texas Education Fund was established in 1966 to operate exclusively for educational purposes in the area of government and public policy. It also holds tax-deductible donations made to local Leagues and makes grants to the state and local Leagues to carry out the educational purpose of the League
  • Facts & Issues – (F&I) A balanced, unbiased, nonpartisan report authored by a study committee that reflects a diversity of views on the study topic and summarizes the facts as well as alternatives for change in public policy
  • household member – If more than one member of a household is a member of the League, each additional household member is assessed half the per member payment for dues by the state and national Leagues; local dues may or may not follow this pattern
  • issue chair – A League member who monitors a specific LWV-TX position and educates others about it, promotes its visibility, and advocates on its behalf
  • life member – A person who has been a League member for 50 years or more; life members are excused from dues payment, and their Leagues pay no per member payment for them
  • lobbying – communicating with elected officials (or their staff) to urge a position on a pending piece of legislation; always involves advocacy
  • member-at-large – (MAL) A member who resides outside of, and is not enrolled in, a local League
  • member-at-large unit – A state-recognized group of members-at-large in an area where there is no local League who become a formal group and provide League service in their communities
  • nonpartisan – The League does not support or oppose political parties or candidates for public office at any level, including candidates who may be a League member
  • Observer Corps – League members who attend governmental meetings, note what happens at the meetings, and report back to the League and community to promote government transparency and accountability and ensure that citizens are aware of decisions that impact their lives Fundamentals for Local League Boards 52 LWV-Texas, July 2016
  • orientation – Basic background material provided in writing or at meetings to help members understand League purposes, policies, and procedures
  • per member payment – (PMP) The amount of dues paid to the state and national Leagues on behalf of each member; determined by delegates to the state and national conventions; assessed based on the membership count on January 31 of each year
  • political – The League studies public policy issues and advocates for change in government policy and legislation without regard to political party
  • position – A statement of the League point of view on a public issue, arrived at through member study and agreement (consensus, concurrence) and approved by the appropriate board of directors; used as the basis for League action
  • program – Selected governmental issues chosen by the membership at local, state, and national levels for League study and action
  • program planning – The process through which members suggest (a) a new topic for study, (b) review of a current position for a possible update, or (c) an amendment to a current position, or (d) a new position to be adopted by concurrence
  • programs – Planned, coordinated activities (speakers, discussion, et al.) at League meetings, often for a specific purpose
  • unit – A subdivision of a League with a large membership; provides maximum participation by members in discussion of League program and activities
  • VOTER – A League newsletter for members and others; published by local and state Leagues
  • voters guide – (VG) A nonpartisan publication that includes candidates' qualifications and positions on selected issues or pro/con information on propositions or amendments
  • voters service – (VS) Year-round activity to help citizens be politically effective and encourage their participation in the political process; registering voters and presenting factual, nonpartisan information on candidates and election issues are the two most basic voters service activities