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Observer Corps Committee


Observer Corp aims to ensure that government transparency laws, or "sunshine" laws, are being followed in Hudson by monitoring governmental meetings. For example, observers attend meetings of the Hudson City Council, the Library board, Board of Education, and others. Observers watch how issues are being addressed, whether proper notice is given before issues are discussed and voted on, whether public input is solicited, and whether open meeting laws are followed. They also serve as the "eyes and ears" of the League, identifying issues that are important to our mission so the League can act, if warranted.

Objectives:
  • Ongoing, recruiting and training LWVH members as observers and commissioning them into observer assignments
  • Gaining expertise in government operations, policies and Sunshine Laws; monitoring compliance
  • Identifying and promoting best practices and citizen engagement
  • Initiating advocacy action with the Board by conveying rising issues
  • Providing another port of entry for seasoned members and newer members to become and to stay engaged
  • Providing service to League, community, public officials, and experiencing personal growth
  • Encouraging all observers to attend at least one session of Ohio Attorney General’s Sunshine Laws Training


Accomplishments:
  • 15 active Observers
  • Average monthly hours of observation is 18 hours with a total of 220 hours in 2019/20
  • Observers now monitor the following city meetings: Hudson City Council, Hudson Park Board and City Golf Course, Hudson Architectural and Historic Board of Review, Hudson Board of Building and Zoning appeals, Hudson Planning Commission, Hudson Environmental Awareness Committee, Hudson City School District oBard of Education, Hudson LIbrary and HIstorical Society Board of Trustees, Hudson’s Charter Review Committee
  • Promotion of Sunshine Week, Library, City, School District, Hub Times, eVoter, HCTV
  • Received Proclamation from Hudson City Council and Mayor for promoting open government and Sunshine Week
  • Received Recognition from Hudson Board of Education for promoting open government and Sunshine Week
  • Observer Corp materials reviewed and updated by Convener


How Committee Members help?
  • Become an Observer!
  • Monitor a governmental meetings to ensure “Sunshine Laws” are being followed
  • Provide information to the LWVH Board and Membership about issues relevant to LWVH mission


See Observer Program Page
All Committee members, activities and events incorporate the following values:

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
The League of Women Voters of Hudson is an organization fully committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy. It is our mission to dismantle and prevent all barriers to voting to ensure every person is able to exercise their Constitutional right to vote and fully participate in our nation’s democracy.

Nonpartisan Policy:
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

                                                                                                      
  
  
  
Observer Corps Committee


Observer Corp aims to ensure that government transparency laws, or "sunshine" laws, are being followed in Hudson by monitoring governmental meetings. For example, observers attend meetings of the Hudson City Council, the Library board, Board of Education, and others. Observers watch how issues are being addressed, whether proper notice is given before issues are discussed and voted on, whether public input is solicited, and whether open meeting laws are followed. They also serve as the "eyes and ears" of the League, identifying issues that are important to our mission so the League can act, if warranted.

Objectives:
  • Ongoing, recruiting and training LWVH members as observers and commissioning them into observer assignments
  • Gaining expertise in government operations, policies and Sunshine Laws; monitoring compliance
  • Identifying and promoting best practices and citizen engagement
  • Initiating advocacy action with the Board by conveying rising issues
  • Providing another port of entry for seasoned members and newer members to become and to stay engaged
  • Providing service to League, community, public officials, and experiencing personal growth
  • Encouraging all observers to attend at least one session of Ohio Attorney General’s Sunshine Laws Training


Accomplishments:
  • 15 active Observers
  • Average monthly hours of observation is 18 hours with a total of 220 hours in 2019/20
  • Observers now monitor the following city meetings: Hudson City Council, Hudson Park Board and City Golf Course, Hudson Architectural and Historic Board of Review, Hudson Board of Building and Zoning appeals, Hudson Planning Commission, Hudson Environmental Awareness Committee, Hudson City School District oBard of Education, Hudson LIbrary and HIstorical Society Board of Trustees, Hudson’s Charter Review Committee
  • Promotion of Sunshine Week, Library, City, School District, Hub Times, eVoter, HCTV
  • Received Proclamation from Hudson City Council and Mayor for promoting open government and Sunshine Week
  • Received Recognition from Hudson Board of Education for promoting open government and Sunshine Week
  • Observer Corp materials reviewed and updated by Convener


How Committee Members help?
  • Become an Observer!
  • Monitor a governmental meetings to ensure “Sunshine Laws” are being followed
  • Provide information to the LWVH Board and Membership about issues relevant to LWVH mission


See Observer Program Page
All Committee members, activities and events incorporate the following values:

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:
The League of Women Voters of Hudson is an organization fully committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in principle and in practice. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to the organization’s current and future success in engaging all individuals, households, communities, and policy makers in creating a more perfect democracy. It is our mission to dismantle and prevent all barriers to voting to ensure every person is able to exercise their Constitutional right to vote and fully participate in our nation’s democracy.

Nonpartisan Policy:
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

                                                                                                      
  
  
  
League of Women Voters of Hudson, Ohio
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Hudson, Ohio 44236

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