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Get Ready for the Legislature

(or "Putting our Pretty Words to Work")

JANUARY 8-10 UNITS

 
ABOUT LAND USE

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SAYS:

Balance is the key: If we leave use of land to the unknown outcome of a pitched battle between those who need houses, those wino want narks and open space, those who want sewage treatment plants and recycling sites, we will have lost any hone of wise and coherent solutions to meet these needs. The League is an advocate of each of these conflicting demands. ,e feel were representative of the general population when we come forth with this seemingly inconsistent shopping list. rind the only way that we see is adequate provision for all these through a planned balance. (statement to Environmental Quality Council)

THE LEGISLATURE SAYS:

How?

 
ABOUT HOUSING

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SAYS:

The League formed the housing Coalition in Feb. 1973 as an outgrowth of the League-sponsored Housing Conference at which there was a surprising measure of accord on major issues; on tine need to implement Act 105, on action to curb spiraling speculation in housing; general interest in a Public Development Corporation and the agreement on the necessity of state and county coordination of effort.

THE LEGISLATURE SAYS:

More housing will equal more in-migration plus more demands for services. Therefore no housing should be built.

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SAYS:

We are well aware of the state's financial difficulties and we understand the Legislature is faced with the task of setting priorities. Our position is that housing is a top priority item. :e know that welfare costs have risen sharply. We believe that an easing of the crisis situation in housing will result in significantly reducing the state's welfare load.

(statement to legislative hearing 1973)

THE LEGISLATURE SAYS:

Cut welfare costs.

 
ABOUT THE BUDGET PROCESS

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SAYS:

The League wants the state Legislature to hear from all parties - and that includes the public -- and to pass a realistic budget in an orderly fashion. Then we want that thoughtfully-constructed budget followed.

(League article in Star Bulletin, 1972)

THE LEGISLATURE SAYS:

The state financial picture is the issue.

 
ABOUT SCHOOL BOARDS

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SAYS:

The League wants an elected school board at some level--this means we would support either an elected state board or elected local boards with some specific powers such as hiring district personnel, implementing goals of the state board, overseeing implementation of programs, opportunity to tailor their school to their communities within broad goals, standards and budget set by the state board. We see the state board as the policy-setter and advocate. (letter to every legislator, 1973)

THE LEGISLATURE SAYS:

School board should be appointed, because elected board would have to have 39 members to be correctly apportioned. In addition, education is now outside our centralized government system, the school board is powerless, especially re collective bargaining.

 
ABOUT STATE-COUNTY PLANNING ROLES

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SAYS:

We need a device to provide for state-county Coordination and cooperation, with a built-in mechanism to stop discussion and to reach decisions. This would probably have to be a council of the counties and the state wits authority to override some plans of the counties and the state. (statement to Env. Quality Council, 1973)

THE LEGISLATURE SAYS:

How?

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SAYS:

Assign counties responsibility for detailed planning and control of land uses. Assign the state the role to provide guidelines to reconcile conflicting goals of. the counties and restraints on overly permissive county action. (consensus, 1973)

 
ABOUT ETHICS, CAMPAIGN FINANCE

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SAYS:

The League supports the basic thrust of the current Ethics Code, with this exception: the Coda should include legislators in the areas of conflict of interest and dealing with state agencies. The League reasons that such al encompassing Code would protect and inform the public and tie public servant and would provide fair and equal treatment to all.

THE LEGISLATURE SAYS:

Legislature can police itself. Ethics Commission is trying to dictate who will sit on what committees in the Legislature.

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SAYS:

Support disclosure laws of campaign contributors and expenditures before election. (state LWV Study and Action, 1971-73)

PLEASE THIS SHEET TO JANUARY 8-10 UNITS

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