The League of Women Voters is known for its in-depth studies of issues that affect government and communities. The studies are the basis for both education and advocacy.
Study makes action possible by giving members an opportunity to examine facts, pro and con arguments, and political realities. Once an issue has been proposed by local Leagues and adopted for study, a resource committee researches the issue and presents the material to the membership. Small units discuss the issue so that everyone has an opportunity to express an opinion. A position is developed, based on the sense of the group, which becomes the basis for taking action.
Behavioral Health Study
Update the LWVCO Health Care Position to include Behavioral Health
SCOPE of the PROPOSED STUDY
The Scope of the Study for an updated Health Care position is: Access to Quality Behavioral Health Care – this includes need for services, Colorado’s current service delivery system including the criminal justice system, funding for services, stigma and barriers to effective service delivery, behavioral health and gun violence, current trends including integrated care, and new and promising practices.
Behavioral Health Study Materials
Behavioral Health Position that was adopted by LWVCO in May 2015 and by LWV of the United States in June 2016.
Amending the Constitution Study
SCOPE: This study is not about particular amendments that various people may be supporting or opposing. It is about the constitutional process for amending the Constitution as well as the considerations for evaluating the amendments.
All materials are available at http://forum.lwv.org/category/member-resources/our-work/constitutional-amendment-study
A summary of the three main readings has been prepared by Nancy Crow, Vice-President for Program. Download it here.
LWVUS Money in Politics Review and Update 2014-2016
SCOPE: The LWVUS Campaign Finance Position will be updated through a study and consensus process to consider:
- The rights of individuals and organizations, under the First Amendment, to express their political views through independent expenditures and the finance of election campaign activities: and
- How those rights, if any, should be protected and reconciled with the interests set out in the current position.
The LWVUS committee is providing ready-to-use resources and strategies to help understand the current system of campaign finance regulation. The link to this material is:
The contents of the Meetings in a Box are:
- Background Reading List
- Issue Paper Topics
- PowerPoint Presentation and Script
- Template for Money In Politics in the States
- Templates for Publicizing MIP Events
Position that was adopted on Money in Politics
LWVUS Agricultural Update
Recommended Reading and Multimedia Resources
Agriculture Update Background Papers
- Overview of Key Agencies
- US Department of Agriculture
- USDA’s Role in American Nutrition
- Environmental Protection Agency
View the position that was adopted by LWVUS
Hydraulic Fracturing Study
At the 2011 LWVCO convention, the delegates voted to have a study on Hydraulic Fracturing. A committee was formed and work began in the summer of 2011. After assessing other state leagues studies on hydrofracturing, it was decided that LWVCO would do a study rather than a concurrence in order to address coal bed methane and water quantity issues, not covered in other leagues’ studies.
All documents are in PDF format unless otherwise marked.
- Important Links
- Memorandum – Local Government Authority to Address Impacts of Oil and Gas Operations Oil and Gas Operations
- Local Government Powers to Regulate Land Use Impacts of Oil & Gas Operations
- PowerPoint Presentation (pptx)
- Scientific Study Links Flammable Drinking Water to Fracking(propublica.org)
The Education Study Background Papers
View the position that was adopted by LWVUS.
Scope of the Privatization Study:
The purpose of this study is to identify those parameters and policy issues to be considered in connection with proposals to transfer federal, state or local government services, assets and/or functions to the private sector. It will review the stated goals and the community impact of such transfers, and identify strategies to ensure transparency, accountability, and preservation of the common good.
Learn more about the Privatization on the LWVUS website.
View the position that was adopted by the LWVUS.
Expand Recommended Reading list
Choosing Privatization by Toni Larson, Ph.D., member LWVDenver
Higher Education & Privatization in Colorado: Colorado State University – Privatization Study Group, Larimer County & Director of Presidential and Administrative Communications, CSU
Pinnacol Assurance – Past History & Recent Proposals – Privatization Study Group, Larimer County
Privatization Definitions by Toni Larson, Ph.D., member LWVDenver
Privatization Interview Questions by Toni Larson, Ph.D., member LWVDenver
Privatization of Prisons: Colorado – Privatization Study Group – Larimer County
Privatization of Recreational Services in the Arapahoe & Roosevelt National Forests of Colorado – Privatization Study Group, Larimer County
University of Colorado Hospital: Brief History & Privatization by Toni Larson, Ph.D., member LWVDenver
- Government Privatization: History, Examples, and Issues
- Higher Education & Privatization: National Scene – Privatization Study Group, Larimer County
- Paul Starr, “The Meaning of Privatization,” Yale Law and Policy Review 6 (1988): 6-41.
- Privatization, LWVUS Study, LWVDenver Presentation (ppt) | (pdf)
- Privatization of Public Education, K-12 – Privatization Study Group, Larimer County
- Privatization of Public Services & Assets: The Public Lands – Privatization Study Group, Larimer County
- Privatization: A Seattle League Study
- Privatization: The Public Policy Debate – Privatization Study Group, Larimer County
- Summary Report: The Legal Framework of Transparency & Accountability within the context of Privatization – Privatization Study Group, Larimer County