In recent years, local and state Leagues and ILO’s have had the option to propose one new study, or one review and update, or one concurrence or to make no recommendation. This biennium, the response form will accept two recommendations which can be any combination of study, review/update, or concurrence. The second choice is not required, but the option is provided for Leagues that can not reach consensus on only one program item. Again, this option gives Leagues the opportunity to choose a second program item which can be a study, review/update or concurrence, no matter which of the three categories was the first choice. In other words, your proposal could be two studies, two concurrences, two review/updates or any combination thereof. Only two items will be accepted from any one League and the second item will be weighted at 50% of the first.
New Study/Program Item
To propose a new study, you need to fill out that section on the response form and include a brief statement (300 words or less), stating the scope of the study. List this statement under the appropriate position heading – Representative Government, International Relations, Natural Resources, or Social Policy (see Impact on Issues for detailed descriptions of these headings –a summary is also available here). A statement of scope lists the areas to be explored, the emphasis on a particular aspect of the issue, and the parameters of the study. It is helpful to the staff and Program Planning Committee, if several Leagues are proposing or supporting the same study, that they use the same position heading and consistent wording in the brief summary of scope. In addition to checking the LWVEF Clearinghouse, before proposing a study on a new topic, Leagues are encouraged to use the Convention and Leaders Forums to inquire if any state or local League has a position on the proposed topic. If so, you might consider proposing a concurrence rather than a new study.
Review and Update
Likewise, Leagues may recommend a LWVUS position for review/update during each biennium. Again, it is helpful to the staff and Program Planning Committee, if several Leagues are proposing or supporting the same review/update, that they use the same position heading and consistent wording in the brief summary of scope.
The response form includes the option of recommending a program item for concurrence. The proposed concurrence must be based on a previous state or local League position, and you need to provide the title and scope of the position your League proposes for concurrence, the name of the League that did the original study and the location (usually a URL) of the position and, hopefully, the study materials.