League Studies

Why the League of Women Voters does studies:
Before members reach a position on an issue, it is essential that they have an opportunity to become informed. League studies give members an opportunity to examine the facts and discuss key points. The studies cited below are those done most recently. The links will take you to an online version of the entire study.  

Find a list of our Positions here.

Agriculture in Utah (2018)
A LWV of Utah Study
Statement of Purpose: A study of Utah agriculture was initiated with an appreciation of farming and ranching lifestyles, the esthetic values of farms and farmland, and a community-expressed preference for eating food grown locally. We began our research with concern for the future of Utah farming and ranching and whether it will be a viable occupation in the future, and with skepticism about resident’s hopes for food sustainability and the ability to grow enough food to sustain a growing population. Not all the information sought was found, but you will see data on crops and animal products, agriculture industry’s contribution to the state economy, challenges to the future of farming and ranching, and strategies for preserving agriculture.

Please read the Study Questions here. It is suggested that you print these out rather than the Study itself, which you should read online. 

Ranked Choice Voting (2017)
A LWV of Utah Study
Statement of Purpose: This study on RCV, also known as Instant Runoff Voting, is to provide background information, and does not offer solutions or proposals for change, nor does it assume that changing the current system is necessarily desirable. This study, reviewed in a section of a 2005 study by the LWV Utah, is focusing solely on current Utah voting practices and how Ranked Choice Voting, if used in Utah may either be helpful or unfavorable to the State’s elections.

Public Defense in Utah (2016)
A LWV of Utah Study
Statement of Purpose: In 2016 the League became aware of two studies, one by the Sixth Amendment Center (2015) and one by the ACLU (2011) both of which found the state of Utah was deficient in fulfilling its responsibility to ensure indigent defendants receive their constitutionally-guaranteed right to counsel. This study is the result of the League's investigation into the issue. It presents information about Utah's present attempts to meet its constitutional responsibility and what still needs to be addressed. Read the League Position here. 

Sexual Violence in Utah (2016)
A LWV of Utah Study
One in three Utah women will experience some type of sexual violence in their lifetime. This startling statistic from the Utah Health Department has led the League to study this issue. Read the result and learn about possible interventions. See the League Position here. 

Death with Dignity (2016)
A LWV of Utah Study
Death with Dignity legislation has become of increasing public interest and concern. Currently five states have legislation allowing physician aid in dying - Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont and California. Additionally, interpretation of physician assisted dying legal standing is under review in New Mexico. It is anticipated that this issue will remain on legislative agendas not just in Utah, but many other states as well. Check out the League Position here.

Human Trafficking, An Educational Study (2016) 
Study Purpose: The League of Women Voters of Utah undertook this study to shed light to the horrific human rights violations that are occurring worldwide and in Utah.

Water Resources in the Weber River Basin (2015) 
Study Purpose:  LWV Davis and Weber wanted to know if Weber Basin has an adequate water supply for current use and projected population growth, and how to make best use of this finite resource. 
Utah has the highest water use of any of the western states. Conservation and wise planning may provide Utahns with adequate water to meet projected demands through 2060. However developing new sources, creating new infrastructure to serve a growing population, and servicing existing infrastructure will be expensive. Federal monies for new water projects are unlikely to be forthcoming. Conservation is the least costly way to maintain our water supply, but even that may not be enough if our population more than doubles. We can expect water rates to rise. 

Understanding Utah's Tax System (2015)- An Update of League of Women Voters of Utah 1992 Study
Study Purpose: The intent of this study is to highlight changes to Utah's tax system since the League's 1992 study. Major changes in taxes and new concerns are addressed such as the change from a progressive income tax to a single rate in 2008. This study updates income tax, property tax, sales tax, transportation taxes, miscellaneous taxes and adds a section on fee revenue.

Relocation of the Utah State Prison at Draper (2014)
Study Purpose: The study aims to be a fair and balanced review of the present process and status of the proposed relocation and building of a new prison plus development of the land where the prison now resides. The study includes positions now held by The League of Women Voters of the U.S. and The League of Women Voters of Utah

Funding Utah Public Education (2013)
Study Purpose: To provide a detailed look at Utah public education funding from 1993 through 2011. Public education funding equals one-third of the Utah state  budget. In 2011, sources  of Utah education funding were 53% state, 34% local and 13% federal. Adequately and equitably collecting and distributing funds  from these  three  sources  has been an ongoing  challenge. The sources of most state  education funding are personal and corporate income  taxes. 

Utah Water Study (2009)
Study Purpose: To better advocate for our members’ deep concerns about water for people and water for the environment. This paper is concerned with accounting for our water and how we manage it, not with water quality either for human uses or for wildlife.

It is generally agreed that in the future the state will see less water and more people. The League believes that the decisions we make in the next few years will shape both the human and natural environment for the rest of this century and beyond. We hope this study describes Utah’s water facts and dilemma: how much water we have now and how much we might have in the future; how we use water now and how we might use water in the future.

Hate Crime Study (2006)
Study Purpose: To inform the League of Women Voters of the history and controversy surrounding hate crime legislation (bias-motivated offense) in Utah .  This study will define hate crime, summarize Utah ’s history with hate crime legislation, discuss the arguments for and against the passage of hate crimes legislation into law and discuss the legal concerns surrounding the legislation.   

Understanding Utah's Tax System (1992) and Updated in 2014
Study Purpose:  This study provides a comprehensive look at Utah’s tax system including income, sales and property tax revenue and expenses at the state and local level. It also discusses tax code simplicity, how well the system works delivering direct or indirect benefits, how equitably taxes are levied.