Positions & Studies

The Thurston County LWV advocates based on local, state and national positions, which are found in the Impact on Issues document that can be seen by clicking here. League positions are derived from extensive research and study of an issue. Studies are done by League members interested in a particular issue. Study members gather information about the topic, organize the material and write the study with conclusions. Subsequently, members approve the position by a consensus process. Local League positions include issues important to our South Puget Sound region.  There are also occasions where Task Forces are formed to conduct issues that may result in enhanced decision making related to established positions.

Studies being conducted at the State-level by LWVWA Study Groups or Task Forces.



The State League has a committee that is conducting a “shorelines study.” This study is looking at the Shorelines Management Act, which will be 50 years old in 2021, and evaluating how it is working. The Committee has been meeting weekly since January 2020 and has conducted a
number of interviews with a variety of interested parties; including property rights advocates, port districts, local government planners and leaders, the shellfish industry, environmental organizations and the Department of Ecology. The study should be ready for review sometime in 2021, and will form the state League’s basis for taking a position on the matter. 

There are a variety of resources online about the Shoreline Management Act. The Department of Ecology’s website is here. To get more information about Thurston County’s update to its Shoreline Management Act, click here



Under the framework of the league’s Privatization Position, the LWVWA Public Bank task force was formed to explore the public banking issue and evaluate the legislature proposed Washington Investment Trust, a state chartered public cooperative bank.  They will evaluate whether the existing use of private commercial banks to manage state and local funds is consistent with the National League’s position on the transfer of government services to the private sector.

To learn more, plan to attend the Public Bank 101 workshop on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., where you’ll learn about:

  • How a public bank would differ from private sector banks.
  • What a difference a public bank could make in Washington State revenues and debts.
  • How you can help support a public bank during the upcoming legislative session and beyond.
  • Other resources for information.

To attend the Public Bank 101 workshop on January 7, register online.


Below is a list of Thurston County LWV published Positions and Studies, with a link to the Position Summary.

Juvenile Justice (PDF)
We believe here should be some authority in the Juvenile Justice Law to oversee its implementation.

Land Use Planning (PDF)
We believe the concept of planning is a necessary and desirable adjunct of government to provide for orderly development. Regional planning as a necessary part of the total comprehensive planning process to provide for cooperation and coordination among political subdivisions.

Olympia City Government (PDF)
The League favors a city government which:

  • Is broadly representative economically and geographically.
  • Has open discussion of policy issues.
  • Is responsive (ability to most directly address problems, issues, and goals).
  • Encourages citizen participation.
  • Has separation of powers with a qualified administrator.

Port Districts (PDF)
League supports:

  • Public port districts with emphasis on environmental values, coordinated planning and public accountability.
  • Cooperation and coordinated comprehensive planning with a regional, state or international agency to facilitate orderly planning and public accountability.
  • Enforcement of the Shoreline Management Act and other environmental regulations.
  • Attention to community recreational needs.

Thurston County Government (PDF)
The League favors a county government which:

  • Has a legislative body which is representative economically, geographically, and allows for subcommittees.
  • Separates powers with administration the responsibility of an appointed or elected executive.
  • Has a centralized personnel system.
  • Has open discussion of policy issues and well-defined channels for citizen input and review.
  • Is adequately financed.

Urban Growth Management (PDF)
The aim of the Urban Growth Management Plan should be to concentrate urban development within the planned urban area and to provide high quality basic services at the least cost. The jurisdictions should encourage orderly development which is consistent with adequate and efficient provisions of public facilities and does not burden the community as a whole.

Indian Rights (PDF)
The League believes we must support measures which:

  • Promotes the schools' responsibility to educate both Indian and non-Indian children about Indian history, culture, and present status.
  • Will ensure that American Indians will be provided comprehensive and adequate health care by the United States government.
  • Recognizes the Indians' treaty rights to off-reservation fishing and fair allocation of the State's fishery resources, and which establish federal, state, and tribal responsibility for conservation of those resources.

Water Resources (PDF)
Our League believes that concerning water resources, the overriding consideration should be protecting the quantity and quality of the water resource.

Our League Advocates:

  • Enforcement of existing and future water laws supported with adequate funding, reliable data, and public education.
  • Additional state legislation to reduce or eliminate the use of exempt wells. Re-defining water use realistically to reflect the maximum withdrawal limit for private residential use. There should be provisions for recognizing historic use. Local governments should require all wells, including exempt wells, to be metered for compliance with withdrawal limits and to charge for water use with incentives for conservation.
  • Population forecast models should reflect water availability. There should be concurrency of water availability and demand required under the Growth Management Act (GMA) for comprehensive planning and plat approval. Demand analysis should incorporate both consumptive and in-stream uses and consider the effects of climate change. Adequate water availability can be improved by conservation, low-impact development and gray water recharge to aquifers. Boundaries can be defined by Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIAs).
  • A cost effective management system for the collection of water resources data. There is a need for consistent data with standardized protocols, available in a centralized repository with internet access. Adequate funding for data collection is essential.

Child Care (PDF)
The League of Women Voters of Thurston County believes that a primary indicator of the strength of a society is the value which that society places upon the nurturing of its children.


For Washington State studies, please go to www.lwvwa.org.

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