Program for Action
LWV Minnesota's positions on public policy issues are called its Program for Action. LWV Minnesota takes positions on a broad range of issues. Because LWV Minnesota is part of LWV United States, it automatically adopts all positions within the LWVUS Impact on the Issues 2016-2018 publication. LWV Minnesota has also adopted state-specific positions as well, which you can read in our Program for Action 2017-2019.
LWV Minnesota adopts positions based on careful study and consensus. To adopt a position, members must conduct sanctioned studies on an issue for a two-year period. The recommendations from the study are brought to the larger body for a vote, and if approved, become part of the official positions supported by LWV Minnesota. The positions formed through our study process are the basis of our advocacy work. Local LWVs may also adopt positions at the local level relating to local issues. While League of Women Voters never supports a particular candidate or party, members do advocate for our adopted positions. Learn more about how LWV Minnesota adopts its positions.
Below are summaries of our positions on selected issues. You can read Impact on the Issues and Program for Action above for more details on each, as well as positions for other issues not mentioned here.
Promote reunification of immediate families; meet the economic, business and employment needs of the United States; be responsive to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises; and provide for student visas. Ensure fair treatment under the law for all persons. In transition to a reformed system, support provisions for unauthorized immigrants already in the country to earn legal status.
Specifically, LWV Minnesota supports incorporating immigrants into our communities by providing access to education, by endorsing the development of secure identification documents, and by respecting the right of law enforcement personnel to perform their duties without the burden of interpreting federal immigration policies.
Provide an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12. Speficially, LWV Minnesota supports policies to ensure equal opportunity in and access to education for all persons. LWV Minnesota also supports increased state responsibility to correct racial imbalance of schools. Furthermore, LWV Minnesota believes that a student's access to a good education should not depend on the wealth of his or her school district.
Health & Housing
Promote social and economic justice and the health and safety of all Americans. Promote a health care system for the United States that provides access to a basic level of quality care for all U.S. residents, including behavioral health, and controls health care costs. Support policies to provide a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family.
Specifically, LWV Minnesota supports public policies that provide access to comprehensive pre-natal and child health care. LWV Minnesota also supports prevention efforts to lower the rate of teenage pregnancy. LWV Minnesota also supports a comprehensive and coordinated system of programs and services for persons with mental illness. LWV Minnesota also believes that all people have a right to housing. The public and private sectors should work together to ensure that everyone has access to adequate, decent, affordable housing.
Promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest. Promote resource conservation, stewardship and longrange planning, with the responsibility for managing natural resources shared by all levels of government. Preserve the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the ecosystem with maximum protection of public health and the environment.
Specifically, LWV Minnesota supports development of more energy-efficient transportation systems. LWV Minnesota also supports a state role in the preservation and management of Minnesota's water resources. LWV Minnesota also supports a system of sustainable agricultural production that provides safe, healthful food, preserves and protects the state's human and natural agriculatural resources, and enhances the environment.
Judicial Selection & Independence
LWV Minnesota supports a judicial system with the capacity to assure a speedy trial and equal justice for all. LWV Minnesota supports use of a nonpartisan commission to propose a list of nominations to the bench, who would be appointed by the Governor, evaluated by the commission at the end of each term, and subject to a retention election.