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.