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League Positions

Local, County, State and National

Read how the League of Women Voters takes a position on an issue

League Studies: Consensus, Positions & League Advocacy

Studies (whether national, state, or local) are a defined process lasting one to three years, during which we undertake thorough pursuit of facts and details, both positive and negative. Study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then asked of the membership as part of a study kit. Consensus is the overall decision-making process by which substantial agreement among members is reached on an issue. If the members reach consensus, the board forms positions based on that consensus. It is the consensus statement - the statement resulting from the consensus questions - that becomes a "position." Firm action can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action can not be taken by the League on that issue.

We have extensive resources about studies, consensus, positions, and taking action for members on our members only website.

Housing Position

HOUSING (Adopted Pre 1985, updated by concurrence June 2011)

The League believes that all people have a right to safe, decent, and adequate housing. LWVSM supports a variety of housing types, which maintain the quality of neighborhoods and which promote economic and social diversity within the community while preserving contiguous open space, environmental resource protection, and efficient use of land.

So that visual impact is complementary to the surrounding neighborhoods, consideration should be given to the aesthetic appearance of a development.

The League supports measures to provide affordable housing to the community which assist with meeting and maintaining all state requirements and which address local needs. LWVSM advocates affordable housing types which address the changing space and economic needs, whether through ownership or rent for: the elderly, handicapped and disabled, families with children, couples without children, and singles.

LWVSM supports deed restricted affordable housing distributed in appropriately zoned areas throughout the city. We support rent control with the understanding that landlords and tenants share the costs of administration. New housing should have adequate off street parking, minimal impact on traffic with attention to access to public transportation, walking and bicycle paths. All housing expansion should consider adequate infrastructure support.