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UMW Texas Caucus Process

UMW Texas Caucus Process

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Instructions for conducting a legislative agenda caucus for the United Methodist Women of Texas.
Instructions for conducting a legislative agenda caucus for the United Methodist Women of Texas.

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UMW Legislative Event:The Caucus Process and the Consensus Agenda
Whatisthecaucusprocess?
ThecaucusprocessistheprocessforestablishingacoordinatedTexasUMWlegislativeagendafortheyear.AfterlearningaboutanumberofpublicpolicyissuesatLegislativeEvent,alltheLegislativeEventattendeesfromeachannualconferencegatheranddeliberativelyestablishalistofthreeprioritystate-levelpublicpolicyissuesthattheythinkUMWunitsandactivitiesshouldfocusonfortheyear.Thecaucusmayalsochoosetoidentifyissuesitsmembersstronglyfeelshould
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beincludedintheconsensusagenda.Aftereachannualconferencecaucusestablishesitstopthreepriorityissues,theSocialActionChairsofalltheconferencesmeettogetherandcreateaconsensusagenda.Theconsensusagendaissuesarethoseissuesthatweremostfrequentlyincludedontheconferenceprioritylists,takingintoaccountanyissueswheretherewassignificantdifferenceofopinionamongconferencecaucusesandanyinstanceswhereoneconferencecaucusstronglyopposedtheinclusionofaparticularissue.
Whydowedothecaucuses?
AlthougheachannualconferenceUMWfunctionsindependentlywithinthestate,itishelpfulforlegislatorsandthepublictothinkintermsofa“TexasUMW”issueagenda.ThecaucusprocessprovidestheopportunitytoconsolidatethesharedconcernsofalltheindividualannualconferencesintoanagendathatUMWsfromalloverTexascanshare.
Whatistheproduct?
Theproductofthecaucusesisalistofthetopprioritystate-levelpublicpolicyissuessharedbyUMWsfromallofthestate’sannualconferences.Theissuesarelaidoutina“one-pager”formatthatincludesfoundationalinformationaboutUMWandtheorganization’shistoricconcerns.TheagendaisissuedinapressreleasethatgoestosecularandUnitedMethodistmediainTexasandnationally.Inthisway,LegislativeEventishighlightedasauniqueandimportantUMWactivitywithintheUnitedMethodistChurch.
Whatisthesignificanceoftheconsensusagenda?
TheconsensusagendaissignificantbecauseitrepresentsthesharedconcernsofUMWsfromalloverTexas.However,itisalsoimportanttounderstandthelimitsoftheagenda’ssignificance.ItrepresentstheagendaonlyofLegislativeEventparticipants,whospeak
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otherUMWs.TheagendaisnotbindingonanyUMW,whetherornottheyattendedLegislativeEvent.Theagendaisnotintendedtoimplicateanyindividualinapolicypositiontheyoppose,buttoreflectthemostbroadlysharedconcernsofLegislativeEventparticipants.

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