Positions in brief

LVW Connecticut Positions in Brief 2015-2016

Government | Natural Resources | Social Policy


Campaign Finance Reform (LWVCT 1975; affirmed 2005; review and update authorized at 2015 Convention)
Support: limitations on campaign contributions and expenditures, full disclosure, and partial public funding of campaigns.

Election Laws (LWVCT 1983; amended and affirmed 2007)
Support: political process open to all citizens; right to vote with confidence in the election process; availability of adequate information to make informed voting decisions; expanded registration processes, including Election Day Registration; voting systems that are secure, accurate, recountable and accessible; adequate funding and support for state agencies responsible for supervising elections, enforcing election laws, and assuring the integrity of voting technology.
See also, National Popular Vote (LWVUS Position)
Support: use of the National Popular Vote Compact as one acceptable way to achieve the goal of the direct popular vote for election of the president until the abolition of the Electoral College is accomplished.

Ethics (LWVCT 2004; affirmed 2015)
Support: actions to reform, strengthen, and clarify Connecticut’s codes of ethics as they apply to public officials, public employees, and lobbyists; require a transparent, competitive, and clearly defined state contract selection process; promote the establishment of municipal ethics commissions and municipal ethics codes as applied to municipal public officials, municipal public employees, and municipal lobbyists.

Fiscal Policy (LWVCT 1981; amended and affirmed 2003, amended and partially affirmed 2013)
Support: state budget that is an effective policy-making tool with stated goals and priorities with financial data on past performance in meeting goals, economic impact data and program costs. The Spending Cap should be made more responsive to fiscal realities.
Oppose: bonding for current expenditures.

General Assembly (LWVCT 1982; affirmed 2003)
Support: measures to improve the effectiveness of the General Assembly, legislative committees, public hearings, and staff.

Initiative and Referendum (LWVCT 1984; affirmed 2003)
Support: ratification of Constitutional amendments by referendum; improved voter information and ballot questions.
Oppose: proposal of Constitutional amendments by initiative; direct initiative to propose laws.

Internet and Media (LWVCT 2008)
Support: government policies that promote broadband, wireless, and other means of high-speed Internet deployment throughout the state; access to high-speed Internet, without charge, through schools and libraries; state efforts to protect the open, neutral, nondiscriminatory nature of the Internet; adequate protection, promotion, and funding of community access television channels regardless of the provider of TV/video services to Connecticut residents; government provision of opportunities for citizen participation in decisions regarding community access TV.

Open Government (LWVUS Position: Citizen’s Right to Know/Citizen Participation)
Support: Protect the citizen’s right to know and facilitate citizen participation in government decision making.

Primaries, Procedures and Parties (LWVCT 1983; amended and affirmed 2003; affirmed with update 2014)
Support: participation in party’s nominating process for party members only; parties to take steps to promote increased participation by party members in primary voting and in process of selecting candidates.


Clean Air (LWVUS Position)
Support: measures to reduce air pollution and policies to accelerate pollution control, resource recovery and non-polluting disposal of solid and hazardous wastes; and adequate funding for enforcement of environmental protection.

Climate Change / Energy (LWVUS Position)
Support: measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including cap and trade programs, carbon offsets, low-carbon fuels and green building standards.
Support: environmentally sound policies that reduce energy growth rates, emphasize energy conservation and encourage the use of renewable resources.

Land Use (LWVCT 1975; affirmed 2005 and 2015)
Support: comprehensive long-range planning for conservation and development.

Solid Waste (LWVUS Position)
Support: policies to reduce generation and promote reuse and recycling, and for the safe treatment, transportation, storage and disposal of solid and hazardous waste

Transportation (LWVCT 1975; affirmed 2005)
Support: the planning and development of a balanced multi-modal transportation system in Connecticut.

Water Resources (LWVCT 1967; affirmed 2005; update authorized 2015 Convention)
Support: measures to improve water quality and preserve wetlands; regional, long-range approach to planning.


Gun Laws (LWVUS Position)
Support: protection of the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons.

Health Care (LWVUS Position)
Support: a health care system for the United States that provides access to a basic level of quality care for all U.S. residents and controls health care costs.

Housing Supply (LWVUS Position)
Support: policies to provide a decent home and a suitable living environment for every American family.

Mental Health (LWVCT 2003; affirmed 2013)
Support: comprehensive community-based mental health systems for children and adults to include early detection, intervention and a range of services, and a public health initiative on mental health.

Quality Education in Connecticut Schools (LWVCT 1991; affirmed 2001, 2013)
Support: quality education that reflects the diversity of our society; collective responsibility; alternative means of school assignment; state responsibility for funding; local responsibility for the initiation and implementation; and shared responsibility for planning, monitoring and assessment of programs.

Reproductive Rights (LWVUS Position)
Support: protection of the constitutional right of the individual to make reproductive choices.

School Finance (LWVCT 1990; amended and affirmed 2000; amended and affirmed 2010)
Support: a state system that: provides to each town funds sufficient to offer a suitable education to every child; covers 50% of the statewide cost of local public education; bases grants on the relative ability of towns to finance schools locally and on the factors that influence the cost of educating different children.

School Vouchers (LWVCT 1996; amended and affirmed 2008)
Support: system of elementary and secondary education that is fiscally and educationally accountable to citizens.
Oppose: the use of public funds through vouchers, state tax credits or any other state incentives or payments, direct or indirect, to provide tuition support for students attending non-public schools.

Teen Pregnancy (LWVCT 1989; amended and affirmed 2009)
Support: measures to ensure that all adolescents have access to age-appropriate sex education programs; school-based health clinics with services including reproductive health; programs and services designed to help adolescents delay parenthood and to enable adolescent parents to finish high school.
Oppose: restrictions on adolescents’ rights to obtain a full range of reproductive health services.