Morgantown-Monongalia

1. For The New And Not So New Board Members

2. Bylaws 2009

3. Nonpartisanship Policy

4. CONSENSUS POSITIONS

5. LWVMM Guide to Government Officials March 2017 

Observer Corps

Local Government

  • City Council
  • County Commission
  • Board of Education
Planning

2017-2018 Local Program

Voters Service:

  • Advocate for open access to registration and voting.
    • Monitor new legislative proposals on voter registration and voter ID. Actively work to oppose any legislation that would potentially restrict voting and actively work to support laws making voting easier.
    • Support efforts to make redistricting non-partisan as the 2020 census approaches.
  • Increase voter turnout.
    • Interview city/county officials, party committees, and other organizations to identify roadblocks to voting (educational/informational roadblocks, access to polling places, etc.)
    • Work with stakeholders to develop a plan to overcome obstacles.
  • Study campaign finance legislation; fight any effort to make campaign funding less evident and more open to wealthy voters to the detriment of the rest of the voters.

Social Justice:

  • Work with governmental and non-governmental organizations to ensure that Morgantown and Monongalia County become inclusive environments for all populations.
    • Identify groups currently working in this arena (CCSJ, OCOF, Fairness WV, CCOH, Catholic Charities, etc.)
    • Assess whether inclusion is an issue in our area, and if so, possible targets for discrimination. Identify at-risk groups.
  • Look at state laws and ordinances dealing with LGBTQ rights and other issues around discrimination. Monitor legislative efforts to enact “religious freedom restoration” types of laws.
  • Study “sanctuary cities” efforts; explore the possibility of becoming a city to welcome immigrants (refugee resettlement).

Natural Resources:

  • Study water quality in the Monongahela River including Morgantown Utility Board and Department of Natural Resources testing.
  • Monitor Source Water Protection Program (SWPP). Have a meeting with an expert.
  • Strategize and act to promote an efficient county solid waste recycling program.

Local Government:
Establish an Observer Corps with a leader to coordinate league attendance at City Council, County Commission, and other local entities.

Education
Prepare to act on emerging issues concerning school choice, vouchers, and national or state changes. Be familiar with the recent LWV-US consensus on Education.

Transportation:

  • Monitor and take action where needed with regard to improving traffic conditions, including pedestrian and cyclist safety.
  • Monitor the implementation of the Complete Streets legislation so that the design of our transportation system can be inclusive of all forms of transportation.

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