What is a Position?

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, understood by our members, and we have a sense of the political environment.

Texas Positions

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Ensure adequately funded services to enable the mentally ill to function at an optimal level in the least restrictive environment. Support for community-based residential services.

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Eliminate excessive and/or inappropriate spending and limits to contributions to promote equitable competition among candidates. Strengthen accountability and combat undue influence.

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Promote a moratorium on the death penalty. Support the option of life sentence without parole in capital cases.

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Protect children from abuse and neglect through adequate funding, services and programs, training to report signs of abuse and neglect, and correctional measures for abusers. Enforce court orders for child support.

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The League of Women Voters of Texas supports equitable and efficient means of enforcing court orders for child support. The League of Women Voters of Texas supports changes in Texas laws that would enable a court to award adequate post-divorce payments to a spouse when appropriate.

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Support measures to combat climate change, including promotion of renewable energy resources and energy conservation. Support control of air pollution in Texas.

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Provide a secure prison environment with maximum educational opportunities and adequate health care. Promote meaningful sentencing reform. Support bail reform for economic non-violent crimes.

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Support programs to eliminate the incidence of domestic violence, including protective orders and financial compensation for victims.

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Support treatment programs for drug abuse and addiction as an alternative to incarceration. Support elimination of penalties for cannabis when recommended by a physician or for small amounts.

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Support early childhood education, professional development, and access to affordable, high quality childcare. Expand high quality prekindergarten. Increase services for children with disabilities/developmental delays.

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Support action to achieve equal rights for all. Combat discrimination and poverty. Provide equal access to housing, employment, and education. Provide services and job training for income assistance (welfare) recipients.

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Promote adequate and fair funding for major state responsibilities, equitable taxation and increased accountability.

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Support for a basic level of health care for the medically indigent, including children of low-income families. Support for expansion of Medicaid payments.

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Support adequate funding for a comprehensive health care system for older adults that ensures a seamless continuum of quality care.

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Protect against unreasonable foreclosure on homesteads, priority of payments, and election safeguards.

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Support state services for all immigrants, especially education and health care.

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The League of Women Voters of Texas supports equitable intestacy laws

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Support the appointment/retention method and/or nonpartisan election of the judiciary.

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Support and fund substance abuse treatment, mental health needs, and education for youth at risk and for those incarcerated.

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Support coordinated land use management. Preserve agricultural land and open space, and protect areas of special significance.

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Support regulation of payday and auto title loan businesses to function as a consumer service and a successful business.

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Promote adequate state funding for public schools to ensure that all Texas school children receive a high quality education. Oppose a voucher system..

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Support achievement tests that measure individual master and proficiency for diagnostic purposes, and a fair, nonpunitive accountability system.

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Achieve an effective method for drawing non-partisan boundaries for legislative districts.

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Support for adequate legislative and financial powers at the local level; support for regional planning councils

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Support measures to prevent the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit a person for sex or labor; prosecute traffickers and protect victims.

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Support a variety of transportation modes and services, and work to minimize harmful effects on the environment.

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Support every citizen's right to vote (including online voter registration and same-day registration), uniformly enforced election procedures, clearly stated election laws that facilitate voter engagement and turnout.

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Support funding for safe/adequate water, including conservation measures. Support groundwater protection, conservation, and development.
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