Initiative and Referendum

The LWVC completed an updated study of the initiative and referendum process in California.  As a result of the study, the League adopted an updated position.

What is a study?

Studies (whether national, state, or local) are a defined process lasting one to three years, during which we undertake a 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 on that issue.

We have extensive resources about studies, consensus, positions, and taking action for members on our members-only website. We offer this short (2-page) article about how we take action. To see studies from all across the country, visit the National Study Clearinghouse.

How can you get involved?

Learn how you can become part of the League’s group of active volunteers on this issue!

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