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Winners of Government Bee

Winners of the Second Annual Government Bee

In addition to prize money the event sponsors took the winning teams to Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant to celebrate. We are all looking forward to next year’s event.

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Governor Rick Scott Signs Senate Bill 10

Governor Rick Scott Signs Senate Bill 10

Lake Okeechobee Restoration Plan  

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

Governor Rick Scott Signs Senate Bill 10: Lake Okeechobee Restoration Plan

Governor Rick Scott and Senator Joe Negron at the signing of SB 10 in Palm Beach County by Lake Okeechobee.

On May 9th, Governor Rick Scott signed SB 10 into law and pledged $800 million in bonds toward Senate President Joe Negron’s signature project to restore Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades by building a reservoir south of the lake.  The project is designed to stop discharges of toxic algae into streams and estuaries to the east and west by storing 78 billion gallons of water in a smaller and deeper reservoir to the south, with treatment and ultimate discharge into the Everglades and Florida Bay.

 

Governor Scott’s ceremonial signing of the bill was held on Friday, May …

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Moving Solar Energy Forward in Florida

Moving Solar Energy Forward in Florida

By Kathy Panko

Deirdre Macnab, former President, League of Women Voters of Florida, and currently a member of Florida’s Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, spoke at the Palm Beach County Hot Topics Luncheon on May 17, 2017.  Hot Topic:  Solar for Florida!

Deirdre reported that Florida has fallen behind in solar home installations for two reasons:  Knowledge and Price.  But with citizen support and the passage of Amendment 4, tax breaks are now provided to solar homeowners. You should be aware of Florida’s laws:

  • Everyone/anyone can put solar on their roof.  HOA’s cannot prevent!
  • Utilities must offer NET METERING – they buy back unused power.
  • Residential solar installation costs are EXEMPT from both property and sales tax.

Deirdre explained that Florida Solar United Neighborhoods (FLSUN) is a non-profit that …

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Treasury Notes- May

Treasury Notes- May

By Joan Karp, Treasurer

 

Donations April 15-May 15

Thank you all for your generous donations!

Education Fund In Memory of Jacques Ivaldi

Michele Battles

Diane Behar

Beryl Blecher

Marie Boyle

Sandra Gill

Robert Gorman

Abigail Hooper

Barbara Manning

Barbara Miller

Perona Enterprises

Madeleine Wooldridge

Education Fund

Corie Tanenholtz

Margaret Lucas in memory of Kathleen Ridder

Diane & Richard Platt in memory of Kathleen Ridder

Leo Solar

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Speakers Bureau Shout Out

Speakers BureauBy Ethelene Jones, M. D.

 

Since March 1 of this year, the Speakers Bureau has given 12 presentations to a total audience of 178 people. We have raised $475 in donated honorariums. Eight additional presentations are already scheduled.  Requests for our speakers are higher during fall and winter months and especially high in election years. After a quiet summer, we expect to swing back into action with training and presentations on timely new topics.

Help the League reach others!

If you know of a group that would like to have a speaker, ask them to contact:

Ethelene Jones, M.D.

(561) 687-4433

ethelenejones@gmail.com

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Why Courts Matter: Courts and Immigration

Why Courts Matter: Courts and Immigration

WHY COURTS MATTER: THE ROLE OF THE COURTS IN IMMIGRATION

By Nancy Cohen

Do you realize how important a fully functioning federal court system equipped to safeguard the rights of all Americans is to you?  The League, along with its co-sponsors, has again received mini-grants from Progress Florida Education Institute (PFEI) to educate and raise awareness on the impact of federal courts on important issues.

We start with a burning issue: Immigration.

Jacqueline Delgado, daughter of Cuban immigrants and an active immigration lawyer, will speak about The Role of the Courts in Immigration.  Learn how the courts and federal court decisions have affected the trajectory of this important issue and how tax and economic policy affect immigration policy. Read an interesting article on the subject of Immigration and

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Growing Your Voice in Legislature

Growing Your Voice in Legislature

Speakers: Representative Lori Berman and Representative Emily Slosberg
League Members and Friends (16 to 45), are invited to be informed and network with the Young Leaguers for this event.

RSVP to youngleaguers@gmail.com or 561-507-0598

 

Young Leaguers June event

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LWVF Bi-Annual Convention

LWVF Bi-Annual Convention

Jun 9 – 11, 2017
The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 N Lauderdale Florida, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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Gun Safety for Children

Gun Safety for Children

Facebook Live Stream Video


THEY SAID WHAT??? GUN MYTHS DEBUNKED

 

SOME MYTHS DEBUNKED:

Myth #1 GOOD GUYs vs. BAD GUYS When a child “uses” a loaded gun in play, or a teen in a suicide attempt, or a spouse in a domestic violence assault … who exactly is the bad guy with a gun and how will a good guy with a gun be the answer?

Myth #2 GUNS GIVE WOMEN PROTECTION AGAINST SEXUAL VIOLENCE Women living in a home with guns were 7 times more likely to be killed by a spouse, intimate acquaintance, or relative. When a women attempts to use a gun in defense she is too often overpowered and loses control of the gun. (M. Franks, Professor of Law, University of Miami)

Myth

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Observer Corps April Reports

Observer Corps April Reports

REPORTS FROM APRIL MEETINGS

School Board Debra Chandler reported that Cindy Sheehan-Hartwell, representing the entire LWVPBC, spoke in support of county schools maintaining the privacy of its students.  Our League had voted on this issue at the Annual Business Meeting earlier that day. Notably, politics was not the issue, only support for the children.  PBCBCC–Three sessions were attended and reported on.

  • April 4, 2017 Morning Session–Carol Stender reported that the morning session of the County Commissioners meeting was taken up by further discussion of allowing PACE (a private loan company for home improvement funding, including solar panels) to operate within the county.  Discussion centered on the fact that the loan becomes a tax lien and if the homeowner defaults on the loan, they could
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