The LWV California is concerned that the Agriculture Update study material is delayed. While we understand that the consensus reports are not due until the beginning of April 2014, we know that the study material is needed in order to fully engage local study committees and members in a robust discussion leading up to the actual consensus meetings. Those discussions – via social media, in our newsletters, on our websites, at general meetings, and just informally among members – are key to both engaging members and gaining a really strong participation, consensus report and resulting position.
In a recent update study in California – of our Initiative and Referendum position – we learned that trying to do a complicated update study in the months between the November election and the end of March led to meetings that sometimes felt rushed, and members who didn’t always have a full understanding of the implications of the consensus questions. And this was with study material that was fully available in the late summer before the study was due.
We know that delaying the consensus reports presents a number of issues for the LWVUS board and staff, but urge that the board seriously consider the implications of a hurried study and potential resultant less-than-ideal position.