League Principles guide the League in all that we do. The League views “Issues” as a five step process:
- Observe a problem;
- Study a problem and discuss all sides of an issue;
- Reach member consensus on what needs to be done followed by the board officially adopting a position;
- Action which can include public information meetings, letters, phone calls and meeting with those making decisions about an issue;
- Litigate if all else fails and citizens’ rights have been severely harmed.
The end result is “Where We Stand” (PDF), a compilation of all our Positions (briefly and in detail) as well as background information related to how we arrived at the position and what we have done.
Apportionment & Redistricting
Support apportionment and redistricting based substantially on population of all voting districts, with additional consideration given to compact and contiguous territory and with respect given to municipal boundaries.
Support effective election laws and uniform procedures.
Support measures to ensure that governmental authorities act in the public interest, that the powers of authorities are clearly defined, and that authorities are established only when the authority structure enhances the ability to provide a public service.
Initiative & Referendum
Support adoption of popular initiative and referendum in Pennsylvania, with initiative permitted for both statutes and constitutional amendments.
Support an efficient unified court system and a responsible, ethical judiciary that is free from political influence.
Support improvements to the structure and practices of the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
Support measures that enable local governments to operate more effectively.
Support more comprehensive statewide land use planning and adoption of a comprehensive land use policy; support a comprehensive program for the preservation of agricultural and open space lands for Pennsylvania; promote environmentally sound agricultural practices in Pennsylvania.
Natural Gas Extraction from Marcellus Shale
Support the maximum protection of public health and the environment in all aspects of Marcellus Shale natural gas production, the prevention of burdening the taxpayer with costs of industrialization and unanticipated consequences. Support the prevention of burdening the taxpayer with costs of industrialization and unanticipated consequences. Support the 2006 Pennsylvania Property Rights Protection Act without amendment, the adoption of minimum spacing requirements for wells, and the pooling of properties between corporate entities to maximize efficiencies and reduce risk in the extraction process. Support the maximum protection of public health and the environment in all aspects of Marcellus Shale natural gas transmission operations through improved siting, regulation, inspection, and enforcement that is transparent and responsive to stakeholder input.
Support the 2006 Pennsylvania Property Rights Protection Act without amendment, the adoption of minimum spacing requirements, and the pooling of properties between corporate entities to maximize efficiencies and reduce risk.
Support the maximum protection of public health and the environment in all aspects of Marcellus Shale natural gas transmission operations through improved siting, regulation, inspection, and enforcement that is transparent and responsive to stakeholder input.
Child Health and Welfare & Juvenile Justice
Promote the health and welfare of children and youth. Support legal procedures, programs and facilities that enable Pennsylvania agencies and communities to meet the needs of children in the juvenile justice and child welfare system.
Support collective bargaining in the public sector that maintains the balance between the rights and obligations of employees and employers, with the goal of providing citizens with essential public services.
Support equal access to quality public education, to be achieved by participation of government and citizens at all levels and by adequate financing based on an equitable and flexible tax system.
Family Issues & Laws
Support gender neutral and equitable laws in marriage, divorce, property, child custody, and child support in Pennsylvania.
Support an equitable and flexible tax system for state and local government in Pennsylvania.
Oppose the legalization of additional forms of gambling in Pennsylvania.
Promote energy-efficient and environmentally sound transportation systems that afford access to housing and jobs, relieve congestion and enhance the quality of life in communities of all sizes. Support predictable public funding that enables fiscally stable transportation systems to provide consistent levels of service.
Citizen’s Right to Vote
Protect the right of all citizens to vote; encourage all citizens to vote.
DC Self-Government and Full Voting Representation
Secure for the citizens of the District of Columbia the rights of self-government and full voting representation in both houses of Congress.
Support apportionment of congressional districts and elected legislative bodies at all levels of government based substantially on population.
Improve methods of financing political campaigns in order to ensure the public’s right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office and promote citizen participation in the political process.
Selection of the President
Promote the election of the President and Vice-President by direct popular vote and work to abolish the Electoral College. Support uniform national voting qualifications and procedures for presidential elections. Support efforts to provide voters with sufficient information about candidates.
Citizen’s Right to Know/Citizen Participation
Protect the citizen’s right to know and facilitate citizen participation in government decision making.
Oppose major threats to basic constitutional rights.
Public Policy on Reproductive Choices
Protect the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.
Congress and The Presidency
Support responsive legislative processes characterized by accountability, representativeness, decision-making capability and effective performance.
Promote a dynamic balance of power between the executive and legislative branches within the framework set by the Constitution.