Be a League Observer
Monitoring local government meetings is a long-established practice of the League of Women Voters. It is one approach to help inform citizens about current issues and their governments.
The first reason for observing public meetings is to watch their general operations. What issues are being discussed and how is the meeting being conducted? Does the agency comply with the open meeting laws?
The second reason for observing public meetings is to watch for issues on which the League should be taking action - speaking out. If an item that is being discussed is related to one of LWVPA's positions then include that in your report. We'll look into it and see whether it's something that the League should be speaking out on.
Finally, and maybe most importantly, observing makes a statement that the community is watching the process of government. The League observer is the representative of the public at these meetings.
What to do when you observe:
Go to the meeting, wearing your League of Women Voters button. Get a copy of the agenda (if possible, check whether it is available in advance online) and any other reports that are available. You don't have to read them all! You may not speak for the League at the meeting. Outside of the meeting you can ask questions of staff and officials.
If you can't be at the meeting in person, then watch it online. While the officials may not see you, you can still monitor the meeting.
As the meeting progresses, fill out the "LWVPA Observer Report". Finally, submit your report to the Advocacy Chair for review.
Resources for observers:
Please contact the Advocacy Chair if you are interested in being a League Observer at any upcoming School Board or City Council meetings.
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