The League of Women Voters of Lafayette publishes the results of its studies, which are the basis of the organization's advocacy and action. Careful research and considered analysis are the core elements of a League study. A topic is chosen from member suggestions with the purpose of locating those important community topics which would most benefit from extended study. Each study culminates in a document which reflects the findings of the study group and in a recommendations for action based upon those findings. After consensus approval by the membership, the findings and recommendations become League positions and provide a solid basis in fact and member support for League advocacy and action.
Current Lafayette League Study Project: THE STRUCTURE OF GOVERNING BODIES AND TAXES IN LAFAYETTE PARISH
"Know Your Local Governments" : Booklet (PDF) and Webguide
The booklet is intended as a condensed introduction and is usable in classrooms; the webguide is a superset of the booklet and includes a more extensive review of the units of government. The webguide can be dynamically updated should the upcoming deconsolidation vote prove succesful.
The Governance Study Group released two interim documents in its governance study:
1) Basic Structure (pdf)
2) Layers of Local Government (pdf)
Lafayette League Positions
-- "Everybody's Network," a study of Lafayette's fiber utility and how our community can make best use of it, was released September 15, 2009. Printed copies were distributed to elected officials and other interested parties.
-- "Everybody's Schools," a study of the facility needs of the local public schools, was published on this web site in November 2007. Printed copies were distributed to elected officials and other interested parties.
-- A video, also titled "Everybody's Schools," was similarly distributed. It has also been shown at the meetings of civic and governmental organizations.