Advocate League positions by working with League issue groups and programs, as well as governmental actors including legislators, commissioners and board members at national, state, and local levels.
Organize “Observer Corps” to monitor the County Commission, School Board and Municipal Commissions  (Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, Wellington, West Palm Beach) and be a visible representation of the League. Advocacy also produces two forums per year, Legislative Preview and Legislative Wrap-up where State Senators and State Representatives from Palm Beach County address their constituents and answer questions pertaining to the upcoming or just completed legislative session.

Debra Chandler (, 561-254-4441

Barbara Walker (, 561-422-0524

Meetings: Observer Corps meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month …

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2018 Legislative Season

Learn What’s Coming Up- 2018 Legislative Season

Senator Powell sealSenator Bobby Powell
FL Senate District 30

Senator Powell and his staff are gearing up for the 2018 Regular Legislative Session, which is scheduled to begin January 9, 2018. Get a quick update on the Senator’s work anytime here.

Committee meetings have begunFLsenate

The committee meetings through which bills are considered for the 2018 Legislative Session began the week of October 9 and continue this week. Senator Powell sits on eight committees and has leadership positions on two; he’s already filed one bill. To see each day’s schedule for all Senate work, visit the Senate home page by clicking here.

Disaster AssistanceSustained support from FEMA

There is a very comprehensive range of post-storm services available via the Federal Emergency Management …

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Builders Must Step Up

Link to Palm Beach Post article


Shared from the 2017-10-29 Palm Beach Post eEdition


Builders must step up, create housing that is affordable


Last week, Minto Communities presented a plan to entice middle-class homebuyers with down payment grants of 3 percent of the purchase price at its massive new Westlake development in western county.

For years, judging by the attitudes and actions of builders and developers, you’d think there was no workforce housing crisis in Palm Beach County. That the county’s median single-family home price of $335,000 is not out of reach of 75 percent of its households. And that it’s of no real consequence to them.

Those builder attitudes and actions may be changing — albeit slowly — for the better.

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Meeting with State Representative David Silvers

Debra Chandler, Advocacy Chair and Nancy Gau, Healthcare Chair, met with State Representative David SilversDebra Chandler, Advocacy Chair and Nancy Gau, Healthcare Chair, met with State Representative David Silvers to discuss legislative priorities on Tuesday, August 14, 2017 in his district office.  The meeting was very productive with Nancy stressing mental health legislation and Deb emphasizing National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), restoration of felon voting rights and education funding. NPVIC proved intriguing as he asked several questions about it.  Representative Silvers was receptive to our goals and expressed a strong desire to keep communication open with the League.…

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Affordable Housing: Call for participation

America has a housing crisis!  There aren’t enough affordable housing options for those with moderate incomes and even less for our neighbors who are in need.  Meeting this challenge will take affirmative action by government on all levels combined with affirmative action by private individuals, businesses and organizations.

We are looking for Leaguers who are interested in learning more about how this shortage affects Palm Beach Country and what needs to be done: there are multiple issues affecting availability of housing for working families, homeless people, and those with special needs here in Palm Beach County. We invite you to sit down and discuss multiplying workforce needs within the business community, inadequate household income, rapidly rising housing and transportation costs, declining availability of land and declining public funding. …

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Housing Report

October 30, 2017

The housing group has been busy as we continue to educate ourselves with regard to the housing situation in Palm Beach County and how we wish to approach this issue. Most immediately, we are working on:

1. Organizing ourselves

2. Working with the May 31 housing summit agenda in mind

3. Working with housing as a League of Women Voters Palm Beach County issue, with

a) the task of defining what housing means for the League

b) what our role is with housing as an issue

c) preparation of a statement to our board of directors proposing that we officially adopt

housing as an issue

A first organizational meeting of the housing group convened on October 11 at the Gulfstream Goodwill offices, hosted by one

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Report on Leadership Conference Workshops

Date: October 20-21, 2017
Christene Campbell-Gabor     561-271-4648

Social Media 101 – Facebook, Twitter, Website.
Led by Shawn Bartelt, Laurie Wack, Abdelilah Skhir, Sarah Tyson, Lynn Osgood

Facebook (FB) / FB Live

  • All FL Leagues have a Facebook Page.
  • FB has a broader audience, Twitter users are generally more educated and less than 50 years old.
  • FB has a privacy setting, Twitter is public
  • It is not possible to post state-wide. To get updates on LWV FB sites you must ‘follow’ them.
  • Leagues should post regularly (but not over post) to maintain a presence.
  • It is important to know your audience and your sources.
  • Posting videos is very positive and well received.
  • Posts should be sent or scheduled to be sent at a time they will most
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Advocacy Committee Report- October


Date: November 1, 2017

Chair: Debra Chandler   561-254-4441

Report of Issues, Events & Dates:

  • The first class of Super Advocacy’s second training session, Perfect Pitch I, was completed and attended by eight. Karen Wilkerson gave in depth ideas and tools for persuasion. Feedback was very positive. Part II is scheduled on October 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm at COMPASS. A separate “Letter to the Editor” training featuring Howard Goldman, an editor at the Palm Beach Post, will facilitate. While Perfect Pitch II is limited to those who have attended Perfect Pitch I, Letters is open to all.
  • Ken Thomas, who took over Legislative Preview and Wrap-up will report on the October 3rd event.
  • Sammy Alzofon is continuing as our liaison
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Advocacy Committee Report- November


Date: November 1, 2017

Chair: Debra Chandler   561-254-4441        Report of Issues, Events & Dates:

  • Nine members LWVPBC attended the State Leadership Conference in Orlando.  The speakers were excellent and the workshops informative.  PBC was very well represented as Karen Wilkerson headed an excellent workshop series on Advocacy, Nancy Cohen, as part of a panel with Marty, our state lobbiest, gave great information on NPVIC, and Ethelene Jones headed the Speaker’s Bureau section.  Karen’s portion was standing room only.  How lucky are we, here in Palm Beach County, as she has given the same classes to our members in her Pitch Perfect sessions? Myrna Perez, LWVF’s Legal Counsel from the Brennan Center, was the speaker at our “Powerful Leaders Dinner” on
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Advocacy Training Session-Letters & Phone Calls

Friday, October 27, 2017- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Compass Community Center, 201 N Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth, FL 33460

Note-interested persons MUST sign up with Debra Chandler: 
Training will include writing and sending letters to newspapers, and how to make effective calls to legislators.

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Advocacy Training Session-Perfect Pitch 2

Thursday, October 18, 2017 – 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Compass Community Center, 201 N Dixie Hwy, Lake Worth, FL 33460, USA

Note: interested persons MUST sign up with Debra Chandler: (Also-you must complete Perfect Pitch 1 prior to attending this session.)

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