This is the third in a series of Agency background papers for the Agriculture Update (not including the overview). This paper discuss the Environmental Protection Agency and concerns of environmental pollution and reviews and registers toxic materials both at the level of use and as residues in food, air and water. The paper is a product of the Agriculture Update Committee.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the Department of Health and Human Services protects public health by regulating domestically produced and imported human and animal drugs, biologics, medical devices, food and animal feed, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA’s Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine (comprised of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and the Center for Veterinary Medicine) is charged with ensuring that the food supply is safe, sanitary, wholesome, and honestly labeled.

One of the many important business items at national convention is the review and possible amendment of the LWVUS Bylaws. Below is the process that Leagues should use to propose an amendment. All proposed amendments are reviewed by the Bylaws Committee.

Study Committee Appointment

Study Scope

The LWVUS Board will adopt a detailed Study Scope based on the action and intent of Convention to adopt the new or update study. The Board should choose at the beginning of a study between a consensus or concurrence process for the study, unless otherwise determined by the Convention delegates and depending on how simply the issues of the study may be presented to members. The Board should then also adopt a study Timeline (see Addendum) and criteria for what is considered consensus or concurrence for this particular study.

The League joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights on a letter to Senators Grassley and Leahy of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee urging their support for S. 1410, the Smarter Sentencing Act of 2013.

The League of Women Voters of the United States joined with the League of Women Voters of Kansas and the League of Women Voters of Arizona to file a brief on the merits of Kobach v. EAC in U.S. District Court.

The Agriculture Study consensus questions that the LWVEF Board adopted are now available for download. These qustions are for your information only. The actual questions will be in a leaders' guide and in an online form for Leagues to input their consensus reports. As for LWVUS studies for at least ten years, consensus reports will not be accepted on paper.  These questions plus other resources and discussions are now online in the Agriculture Update group of the LWVUS Forums at: http://forum.lwv.org/group/agriculture-update.

LWVUS Agriculture Update Committee
Norman Turrill,
Chair, LWVUS Board
LWVTurrill@mac.com

Sheri Latash, Illinois
Jessica Trites Rolle, Kansas
Valerie Kelly, Maine
Margaret Chasson, Maryland
Linda Hoff, Michigan
Marnie Lonsdale, Oregon
Carol Kuniholm, Pennsylvania

These minutes were approved in the October 2013 board meeting.

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