The League of Women Voters has been an active champion of openness in government throughout its history. In pursuit of this goal locally, the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County has established an “observer program” to monitor the actions of the county government. Local members have volunteered to attend meetings of the County Commission, the Planning Commission, and the Board of Education.
To observe a Commission or Board is to understand how the local government works. A local League Observer is the eyes and ears of the League, learning how our representatives function and about issues that are, or may become, items for local study and action.
The Open Meetings Law ensures “the right of all citizens to have advance notice of and to attend all meetings of public bodies at which any business affecting the public is discussed or acted upon, with certain limited exceptions to protect the public interest and preserve personal privacy.”
League observers report on items of interest to the League, and whether the public body is following its own rules posting agendas, informing the public of hearings and meetings, and following West Virginia’s legal, ethical, and open meetings standards.
To learn more about the observer program, take a look at the national League’s resource guide, Observing Your Government.
Observer reports are available to LWVJC members on the Members Page.