What is Program Planning? For the League, the term ‘Program’ describes the issues that we choose for concerted study, education, and action at every level of government. It is an essential tool for focusing the League’s work to ensure that resources are engaged where they have the most impact. Program planning is part of what makes the League a grassroots organization; each League member can influence the selection of priority issues at each level of government.
What is the Process? Every year we hold a General Membership Meeting in January. At the meeting, we discuss what should be the top priorities for education and action, and whether we would like any positions updated or new studies initiated. We then make recommendations for the upcoming cycles for our local League, and either the National League (even years) or the State League (odd years). At its February meeting, the LWVA Board will vote on these recommendations. Soon after that, it will send a report with input to the National or State League.
The National & State Programs The National and State Leagues have cycles that start in July, last for a period of two years, and culminate in a convention. During even years (e.g. 2018, 2020), the National League gathers input from local and State Leagues and conducts its convention. State Leagues do likewise for its local Leagues during odd years (e.g. 2019, 2021).
The National or State Program Committee will review all responses, and develop a Proposed Program. The process culminates with delegates' adoption of the Program at convention. Find the current LWVUS Program for 2018-2020 and LWVC Program for 2017-2019 here (along with their current positions).
Our Local Program The LWVA has a cycle that starts in July, lasts for a period of one year, and culminates in an Annual Meeting in June for its members. Based on our bylaws, members may make a local Program recommendation to the Board no later than two months prior to the Annual Meeting.
The LWVA Board will consider all recommendations and formulate a proposed program at its May Board meeting. Then at our Annual Meeting, after debate and discussion, a majority vote of those local League members present is required for the proposed LWVA Program for the next year to be adopted.
Proposed Programs (with room to add or modify!)
LWVC Recommendations and Process for 2019-2021 The LWVC plans to recommend continuing the current Making Democracy Work in California campaign for 2019-2021. The items below (except for the 2020 Census, an addition) are part of that campaign.
Expanding the electorate
Money in politics
During March, the state League will gather input from all local Leagues for additional areas of focus, and then develop a recommended Proposed Program in April for consideration at its convention in June.
LWVA Recommendations and Process for 2019-2020 The items below are the current LWVA Issues for Emphasis (2018-2019). At our May meeting, the LWVA Board will make recommendations for our Annual Meeting. We will not know the 2019-2020 Issues for Emphasis until after the vote at Annual Meeting.
Local government: transparency and good governance
High school voter registration and education
Schools and Communities First (Reform Prop 13) Campaign