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Observer Corps

The League of Women Voters has been an active champion of openness in government throughout its history. The organization’s principles include the requisite that “government bodies protect the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.”

Observer Corps programs are only one way for Leagues to ensure that “sunshine” or government transparency regulations are followed in their communities.

The LWV of the Plymouth Area has actively engaged its members in observer corps for decades. This page contains information about our most recent and current observer corps:

Charter Commission

Community Preservation Committee (CPC)

For more detailed information about the purposes, practices, and value of establishing observer corps, see Observing Your Government in Action, published by the League of Women Voters.

Charter Commission Observer Corps

Our LWV Charter Commission Observer Corps, Lyle Lawrence and Martha Vautrain, attended commission meetings and published reports of those meetings between August 5, 2021 and September 19, 2022. Information about the charter and links to those reports are on our Charter Commission Notes and Resources Page.

Community Preservation Committee (CPC) Observer Corps

The Plymouth CPC is responsible for proposing allocation of the Community Preservation Fund to support affordable housing, historic preservation, and land conservation projects. The League’s position on the Community Preservation Act (CPA) which enabled this committee is available here. Our position is in support of the CPA.

LWV member Ginny Davis has been attended meetings beginning December 22, 2022. She has published the following reports, covering CPC discussions of the CPC Article for Spring Town Meeting, April 1, 2023.

Reports:

  1. December 22, 2022 through January 12, 2023. (This includes additional background about the CPC and the Articles under discussion for Spring Town Meeting.
  2. January 26 through Februrary 2, 2023.
  3. February 9, 2023. (Memo to Select Board re: Liaison)
  4. February 23, 2023