Adopted by the LWVC Board of Directors on March 24, 2013
California Legislative Priorities
- Money in Politics (Campaign Finance Reform)
- Support stronger campaign disclosure requirements, including higher penalties and stricter enforcement
- Support other changes to the Political Reform Act that are in accord with League positions
- State and Local Finances/State Budget/Education Financing
- Support improvement of and transparency in reform of the state budgeting process
- Support equitable and adequate generation and distribution of tax revenues
- In addition, as a second tier of focus, consider Program Director recommendations for action on:
- Protection of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
- Election reform and voting rights
- 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 core issues: Redistricting, Elections, Initiative and Referendum Process, Voting Rights, Campaign Finance Reform, and Reproductive Choices
- Consider Program Director recommendations for action on the highest priority bills in their program areas.
National Legislative Priorities
The LWVUS Board adopted the following LWVUS Legislative Priorities for 2013:
- Money in Politics
- the many facets of Election Reform
In addition, the following were included as a second tier of focus for 2013:
- Climate Change
- Gun Safety
Other issues, such as Health Care Defense and Budget/Taxes may be acted on as opportunities arise for League action, if they do not interfere with action on an LWVUS priority, and it appears the LWVUS can make an impact.
The Board considered many issues and the responses from League members suggesting Legislative Priorities. The decisions were based on what issues are likely to come before the 113th Congress, the opportunities to make an impact, program decisions made by members at the last Convention, member interest, and resources available to manage these priorities effectively. The Board reviews these priorities throughout the year, making changes if necessary.