Policy Positions & Studies
The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue only when we have a position addressing that particular issue. Members must study and come to consensus on an issue, in order to form a position. This thorough grassroots process ensures that our advocacy is well considered by a broad range of people.
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Agenda for Action is the history and guide to LWV Ohio's positions on state public policy issues.
It includes each position’s history, outlook for the future, and how it has been used for action; it is a companion publication to Impact on Issues, published by the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS). The two publications should be used together to fully understand the basis for League action. LWVO uses LWVUS positions for state-level action when applicable and appropriate.
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Impact on Issues is the history and guide to League of Women Voters of the United State's positions on public policy issues.
It can be used to advocate at the national, state, local, and regional levels. It includes the League's full official statements, a background and history for each position, and significant actions and achievements.
LWV Ohio Studies
The League has a reputation for carefully and thoroughly studying issues – looking at all sides, accessing the best available research, consulting experts with contradictory philosophies, and considering both long-term and short-term consequences – in order to provide our members and the public with comprehensive, fair, and easy-to-understand educational materials.
Health Equity Study
In November 2020 the League of Women Voters of Ohio concluded a health equity study and adopted the following position:
Overall, poverty, racism and discrimination are bad for people’s health. These factors affect all aspects of people’s every-day lives. Transportation barriers, for instance, affect healthcare access, education, employment, and opportunity. Persistent and insidious racism can make seemingly innocuous experiences like going to the grocery store or the doctor’s office stressful, experiences that add up over time to toxic stress. People living in areas or neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, are more likely to experience air and noise pollution, live in substandard housing, lack green space for children to play and safe routes to school, feel less safe, lack basic amenities like grocery stores, and have a higher number of adverse childhood experiences, among many other things. (Click here to learn more)
Arming School Personnel Study
Due to a loophole in the Gun Free School Zones Act (a 1990 federal law), Ohio school districts can choose to arm school personnel without community knowledge. The purpose of this study is to assess the impact on the health and safety of students, school personnel, and communities when school personnel are armed while on school grounds. The scope includes include risk of harm to students, school personnel, and communities; mishandling of firearms; training; cost; accountability; and liability issues.
STATUS: The Study Committee is conducting a literature search regarding various aspects of the issues. Their next step will be to interview subject matter experts. Any help in these two areas is welcome. For more information contact Tracey Mackay (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carol O'Connel (email@example.com).