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"Action is agitating, organizing, educating, pleading, and persuading" - said Carrie Chapman Catt, a leader of the women’s suffrage movement and founder of the League of Women Voters.

Today, action is whatever the League does to influence government officials to implement the League's program goals. Action is sending emails, writing letters, visiting public officials, mobilizing public support and testifying at hearings.

How does the League take Action?

  • Lobby Day (5/18/2016)
    On May 10th the League held its annual Lobby Day. Our members lobbied their legislators on ethics and voting reforms, education issues, Raise the Age, and access to contraception. Handouts from Lobby Day.
  • Legislative Packet 2016 (4/26/2016)
  • All League action is taken in accordance with positions arrived at after study and a consensus process. League positions and the history of actions taken under these positions are found in IMPACT ON ISSUES (Updated 2014)
  • Issue Specialists’ Manual (9/19/2013)
    Key information on the procedures and process used by the state League in taking legislative action, especially for the Issue Specialists (experts in a single issue area).
  • All action is taken to further our positions, with emphasis on those items contained in our
    2017 Legislative Agenda Brochure(1/18/2017).
  • The League also takes action in coalition with other organizations; see our Coalition Membership List(Updated 7/2012)
  • To find out when the NYS Legislature is in Session this year, click here, 2017 NYS Legislative Session Calendar(1/18/2017).
  • The Citizen Lobbyist (8 page booklet) (2/27/2017)
    Making Your Voice Heard: How You Can Influence Government Decisions

Legislative Action Center

Legislative Action Center (1/14/2010)
A central part of the mission of the League of Women Voters is to encourage the active and informed participation of citizens in their government. Use our legislative action center find or to contact your elected officials, or to send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.

To Get Involved

As an organization that operates and advocates at the local, state, and national levels, the League actively encourages individuals to get involved at all levels of government. Advocacy ranges from writing a letter to running a legislative campaign. If you would like to become more involved in League advocacy, Contact the State League office or phone us at 518-465-4162. Training will be provided to those who are new to the advocacy arena.

advocacy areas site map

individual advocacy areas: impact on issues

Other League Legislative Action

Helpful Links for Transparency in NYS Government Information

  • Open Book NY-- Office of the State Comptroller
  • Project Sunlight – NYS Office of the Attorney General, A Public Integrity Initiative
  • SeeThrough NY— Empire Center for NYS Policy, A Project of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research

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