League Studies


The League of Women Voters,(US,CO,CC) is a grassroots to top organization. League policy is formed after careful study and input by local leagues through study and consensus. 

LWVCO Behavorial Heatlh Study

November 16, 2015 11:00-11;45, LWVCC members will discuss the Behavioral Health Study Questions and submit our results to the  LWVCO December 1. We Meet at the Methodist Church, Salida. Regular program at NOON.

Please look over the questions and materials before November 16.

BH Study Consensus Questions


Study and consensus begins right after Convention when the LWVUS or LWVCO Board appoints a study committee chair, sets up the process for selecting the committee, and approves the scope and timeline for the study. This sets the parameters for the study committee’s work. The scope is distributed to the local Leagues to give general direction to their preliminary work.

The study committee begins its work of refining the areas to be studied, researching and writing background information about the different areas contained in the scope, and preparing consensus questions and other materials to help direct local League discussion to consensus. All of these materials are/will be posted at www.lwv.org and www.lwvco.org

As each local League reports its consensus (or lack thereof) the reports are consolidated, and, based on this information, the committee formulates the position which, when approved by the Board, can be used for action.

What is a consensus?

It is easier to say what consensus is not, than what it is. Consensus is not a vote; rather, consensus is mutual agreement of League members arrived at through discussion. During discussion, everyone has an opportunity to express their viewpoints, and the issue is examined from all sides. Consensus questions, created by the appropriate study committee and approved by the Board, provide structure for the meeting. Members discuss the pros and cons until it becomes apparent that consensus has/has not been reached on each question. The study committee analyzes the consensus responses and, using this information, creates a position statement.

The League of Women Voters studies governmental issues such as campaign finance, environmental planning, education and health care at the national, state and local levels. Once a league has studied an issue, the group can take a position on the issue and advocate for it. See Education and Advocacy.


NATIONAL STUDY: Agricultural Update

In April 2014, LWV Chaffee County completed its participation in a national update study on agriculture. The Consensus Questions and the LWVCC Response, which was submitted to LWVUS online, are available. The consensus from all participating local leagues will become the basis for advocating the LWV position on agricultural policies.

Scope of LWVUS Agricultural Study

1.  Current technology issues in agriculture including genetically modified organisms (GMOs), herbicides, pesticides, agriculture water pollution, aquifer depletion, antibiotics in livestock, and accurate food labeling

 2. Current agriculture finance issues, including consolidation in agriculture industries, crop subsidies and the federal agricultural regulatory process.

Official materials for the Agricultural Study

The LWVUS Agriculture Update Committee has posted many resources to the Agriculture Update group.  

Note: You might have to log in first to www.lwv.org and enter an email address and password. After you’ve logged in, either use the link above or
click on “Members” from the home page top bar > “Member Resources” >
“Advocacy, Projects and Studies > “Agriculture Update.”

Multi-media (YouTube) resources for the Agricultural Study

LWVUS has also identified numerous multi-media resources. These are not meant to endorse any particular practice or viewpoint, but to give  an indication of the breadth of the topics. Again, you might have to log in to www.LWV.org and access the link through the “Members” tab.


In the fall of 2011, LWVCC participated in a national study on the role of Federal Government in Education. The following resources were used for the study and consensus meeting:

STATE STUDY: Hydraulic Fracking

From November 2012 through February 2012 our League  participated in the Colorado study on Hydraulic Fracking.
The following resources were used for the study and consensus meeting:

LOCAL STUDY: Geothermal

In 2012 and 2013, the League of Women Voters Chaffee County studied the use of geothermal resources in our county and stated our concerns in letters to the editors of both the Chaffee County Times and the Mountain Mail.

We questioned whether it is feasible and wise to exploit the geothermal resources in Chaffee County to obtain a sustainable energy supply. We asked experts in geology and energy development to address that question in public presentations and discussions offered by LWVCC and other educational organizations.

LWVCC, in particular, studied the issue to determine whether such exploitation would meet criteria set forth by the Colorado State League (LWVCO), under which our county organization operates. LWVCO advocates an energy policy that supports environmentally sound use of energy resources, with emphasis on conservation and energy efficiency. It expects appropriate levels of government to mandate standards. In particular, the water policy supports measures that promote wise and balanced use of water in Colorado, specifying that water supply and quality controls should be regarded as interdependent and inseparable.

As a result of our study, the League sent letters to Chaffee County Commissioners and the Salida City Council recommending that they adopt comprehensive 1041 regulations for geothermal development. See LWVCC Geothermal Letter to County June 2012

In response to our letter to the Commissioners, we received a letter from Robert Christiansen, Director of General Administration for Chaffee County, stating that the County has partnered with Archuleta and San Miguel counties to obtain the services of a specialist to draft 1041 regulations for geothermal development. There is also interest from Pagosa Springs as a municipality. See LWV 1041 Response Ltr Aug 2012

On the May 21, 2013, the Chaffee County Board of Commissioners held a meeting for public comment on the proposed geothermal policy. Cheryl Brown-Kovacic and Jeanne Younghaus submitted a letter on behalf of the LWVCC to address concerns about the policy.

 To see the results of that study,  our position and final statement, see LWVCC League Positions.