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Consensus Process: It's how we create positions to advocate

The League of Women Voters takes action on an issue or advocates for a cause when there is an existing League position that supports the issue or speaks to the cause.

Positions result from a process of study. Any given study, whether it be national, state, or local, is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details. As the study progresses, the League engages in a continuing discussion of pros and cons of issue at hand. Before the results of the study are presented to the general membership, study committee members fashion consensus questions that are then addressed by the membership.

Additional discussion takes place as members who have not been part of the study committee learn the scope of the study. After the members reach consensus, the League's Board forms positions based on that consensus.

It is the consensus statement--the statement resulting from the consensus questions--that becomes a League position. Firm action or advocacy can then be taken on the particular issue addressed by the position. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot occur.

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Sessions are moderated by the League of Women Voters of Virginia (LWV-VA). Women's Legislative Roundtable Sessions are held at 8:30 a.m. every Wednesday during the Virginia General Assembly Session, starting the Wednesday after the General Assembly convenes in January.

Meetings traditionally have been held on Capitol Square at the General Assembly Building. The forums in 2017 will be held in room 4 East in the General Assembly Building. See the LWV-VA Calendar Tab for 2017 WLRT dates and location. Below are past reports from each week's WLRT meeting and other information, organized by General Assembly Session year.

To learn more about the roundtable, read LWV-VA's brochure.

Upcoming Consensus Discussion

League of Women Voters of Virginia (LWV-VA) is preparing a fracking program for consensus that will culminate at LWV-VA's June Convention. Hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. fracking or fracing) is a method to release natural gas and oil trapped inside bedrock that could not be economically retrieved with traditional methods.

Fracking is a fiercely debated political and environmental issue. Advocates believe it is a safe and economical source of clean energy that provides jobs, assures energy independence, and boosts the economy. Critics claim it pollutes the air and drinking water, affects health, promotes seismic activity, contributes to the greenhouse gases, and will delay the development of renewable energy sources.

League of Women Voters of Virginia - Natural Resources website has been developed to provide members with a source of materials for League studies pertaining to natural resources.

Click Here to access information on fracking.