Legislative Priorities

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Adopted by the LWVC Board of Directors on March 20, 2016

California Legislative Priorities 2016

State and Local Finances/State Budget

  • Support equitable and adequate generation and distribution of tax revenues
  • Support restoration of funding for selected government programs while also advocating for the need for healthy reserves

Election Administration and Voting Rights

  • Support measures to improve election administration and Californians' voting experience and access to voter registration
  • Support extension of the protections of the state and federal voting rights acts

In addition, as a second tier of focus:

  • Education
    - Issues include early childhood education, education finance, and teacher recruitment and retention
  • Environmental protection and sustainable management of natural resources
    - Issues include water, climate change, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • Money in politics
    - Issues include rebuilding the Cal-Access online campaign and lobbying disclosure system and stronger campaign disclosure requirements

Other Legislative Issues, As Time and Resources Permit

  • Support requests from local Leagues and inter-League organizations (ILOs) for advocacy on bills of specific interest to their jurisdictions
  • Take action as appropriate on other core issues: Redistricting, Initiative and Referendum Process, and Reproductive Choices
  • Consider Program Director recommendations for action on the highest priority bills in their program areas.

What Are Legislative Priorities?

Legislative priorities are set each year by the board, based on recommendations from the Legislation Committee. The priorities apply only to the advocacy work we do in the legislature. The issues for education and advocacy -- the priorities set every two years at the convention -- inform our legislative priorities. However, they are broader, in that they include issues on which we are committing to work more broadly -- community education, member education, advocacy that may be broader than just the legislature.

In addition, the legislative priorities take into account our reading of what we think are going to be "hot" issues in the legislature in a given year.

National Legislative Priorities

The LWVUS board adopted the following LWVUS Legislative Priorities for 2016:

First tier priority: Representative Democracy

  • Voting rights and election administration
  • Money in politics
  • Redistricting reform
  • Safeguards on any constitutional convention

Second tier of focus for 2016: Climate Change

In addition, we continue to watch action on several issues including immigration, health care, reproductive rights, and environmental protection.

The board considered many issues and the responses from League members suggesting Legislative Priorities. The League has many positions from which to take action, but establishing a focus for our national advocacy is a critical responsibility of the LWVUS board. In setting priorities, the board considers a number of factors, the most important of which is focusing League effort where it can have the greatest impact.