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Studies are part of League Program and, in League parlance, League Program includes all of the positions the League uses to affect public policy as well as the procedure for adopting these programs. Program is such an integral part of the League that, according to League Basics, the League publication formerly titled In League, "Program is the League's reason for being."
Program has three parts: 1) selection of an issue, 2) study of that issue, consensus and formulating a position, and 3) use of that position to influence public policy. All LWVUS positions are included in the League publication, Impact on Issues, 2012-2014: A Guide to Public Policy Positions.
This guide briefly covers how we got here, and, secondly, the perspective of participating in a national study at the local level. The purpose of a study, at any level, is to educate members so that they can be informed participants in consensus and provide the necessary data for formulating the ultimate position.
The meetings include presentations of related information and discussion and are open to the public. The taking of consensus is limited to LWV members only as this process is recorded and sent to the national study group to be used in the development of a formal LWV position.
Current National Study: The Agriculture Update has focused narrowly on: 1) current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, agriculture water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock, and accurate food labeling; and 2) current agriculture finance issues including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process. The process is now in the summary stage with the final recommendation for adoption expected at the LWVUS Convention in June.
Watch the following 3:46 minutes and learn about the FDA and food labeling. One company has turned it into a new business! U.S. FDA Food Labeling Regulations (English) (video 3:46 minutes) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJhZWXAndko (Preview) A brief video about the various components of U.S. FDA Food Labeling Regulations.
Current LWV California Studies: Higher Education Study This study is in the formative stage. Applications are now being accepted for the LWVCEF Higher Education Study Committee. You'll find the details, including an application, here