Positions of the League result from a rigorous process of study. Members decide to study an issue, which may be a local, state or national issue, and a committee is charged with exploring the issue. The scope of the study and the specific charge of the study committee are clearly defined by the League board. If a standing committee does not exist to study the issue, a new committee is formed. The study committee is thorough in its pursuit of facts and details and engages in an objective analysis of pros and cons.
The study committee presents the results of the study to the general membership and the public and attendees are provided the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the committee's findings. Following discussion, members are asked to reach consensus on questions formulated by the study committee.
A statement summarizing the consensus reached on the consensus questions is submitted to the board for approval. Once approved, the consensus statement becomes the position of the League. Without a position, action/advocacy cannot be undertaken.