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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

Florida Constitution Revision Commission

Every 20 years a group of 37 people are appointed to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) to review and recommend changes to the Florida Constitution. The commission comprises of 15 members appointed by the Governor of Florida, 9 members chosen by the House Speaker, 9 members chosen by the Senate President, 3 members picked by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Florida Attorney General is an automatic member. The appointees to the 2017-2018 CRC can be found on www.revisefl.com.

This legislative session the CRC will begin their work. There will be public hearings throughout the state that Florida residents can attend. Some of the topics in consideration this year are transportation, education, natural resources, crime & justice, representation, healthcare and youth, elderly & the …

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Environment

Environment

Climate and Environmental changes affect population trends, economic development, tourism, health (especially the health of children), food resources, temperature extremes, air quality, water quality and weather disasters like hurricanes, floods and sea level rise.  

Focus:

  • To promote governmental accountability and transparency regarding our precious, fragile Florida environment.

Chair: Lorraine Zimmerman (plzimm@bellsouth.net, 561-241-3264)

Meetings: The 4th Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm.

Location: The Summit Library in WPB,  3650 Summit Blvd, WPB 33406…

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Education

Education

League Policy:  LWV opposes school vouchers in any form.

Focus:

  • To  require greater accountability and transparency in financial management reporting in charter schools; and
  • To require charter authorization is maintained with the local school district.

Co-Chairs: Kimberly Spire-Oh (kspireoh@yahoo.com, 561-307-9620)

Elayne Goodman (elaingoodman@yahoo.com561-455-2822)

Meetings:   Check League Calendar.

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CIVICS EDUCATION

CIVICS EDUCATION

Focus:

  • To provide reliable information on elections and public policy issues to a diverse PBC population through innovative educational approaches;
  • To develop innovative voter education modules including a civics curriculum;
  • To work with PBC Schools to provide civics in the classroom.

Chair: Christene Campbell-Gabor (cgabor5@gmail.com, 561-271-4648)

Meetings: The last Wednesday of every month. Every second meeting is held in the evening. See Calendar for time and location.…

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Immigration Debate Heads to the U.S. House

The debate over comprehensive immigration reform moves now to the U.S. House of Representatives. After vigorous argument from both sides of the aisle on a path to citizenship for current immigrants, border security and other contentious issues, the Senate passed S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act on a strong bipartisan vote.

Tell your Representative you support comprehensive immigration reform.

The Senate bill is not perfect, but we must move forward with reforming our broken immigration system. The League of Women Voters was founded upon the belief that our democracy is enhanced by a diversity of voices. Immigrants have helped weave the fabric and identity of our nation. It’s time

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You Be the Judge Event

You Be the Judge Event

You Be the Judge

On February 21, members of the League, NCJW, ACLU, and Palm Beach County citizens gathered at Compass Community Center to experience what it means to be a judge, to deliberate on a religious freedom case, and to learn why it is so important to have good judges on the federal bench.

Deb Chandler explained the structure of Federal Courts and the facts of a case which centered on religious freedom. Attendees then broke into small groups, or “judicial benches,” to consider the case. After the findings of each “bench” was presented, Deb revealed the actual decisions of both the District and the Appeal courts. (Yes, the District Court’s decision was overturned!)

Caroline Ostro of NCJWs National office in Washington explained the critical importance of …

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Justice Barbara J. Pariente

Justice Barbara J. Pariente

Justice ParienteSAVE THE DATE!

  • Sunday April 23, 2017
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Atlantis Country Club, 190 Atlantis Boulevard, Lake Worth, Florida
  • $35 (Includes lunch) if registered at least 10 days in advance
  • $45 for later registration
  • Register online.

JUSTICE BARBARA J. PARIENTE

“Current and Future Challenges facing Florida’s Judiciary”
Justice Pariente has served on the Florida Supreme Court since 1998 and was elected as Chief Justice from 2004 through 2006. She was the second woman to have been appointed to the Supreme Court. Concerned about increasingly political attacks on the judiciary, she has been active in the National Association of Women Judges’ Informed Voters – Fair Judges Project (IVP), which is a non-partisan voter education project designed to educate voters about the importance of a fair and impartial …

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March General Membership Meeting

March General Membership Meeting

MARCH GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

By Nancy Cohen

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Amid all this political foment, let’s keep our eyes on one way to make positive change for the future:

PASS THE

NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE INTERSTATE COMPACT.

 

NPVIC is the only system proposed that:

  • makes all states competitive
  • makes every vote count
  • guarantees that the candidate with the most votes nationwide win the presidency
  • pushes presidential candidates to adopt agendas that unite voters
  • would NOT require an amendment to the US Constitution

 

Come to our League Meeting:

Wednesday, March 1st, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Quaker Meeting House

823 North A Street, Lake Worth

Lennie Jones, our Speakers Bureau Chair, will talk about the Electoral College and NPVIC.

No charge.

An excellent article that provides some background on the subject is The League’s

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New Member Orientation

New Member Orientation

new member orientationSaturday, April 1st
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth Campus

Center for Bachelor’s Programs(CPB 103)

To register: contact Darlene Kostrub, (561) 852-0496 or dkostrub@aol.com

Download the flyer.

 

New Member orientation

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2017 Florida PBC State Reps

2017 Florida PBC State Reps

CONTACT YOUR 2017 FLORIDA PBC STATE REPS


Joseph Abruzzo (D)
Offices

Tallahassee Office
1102 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Email: joseph.abruzzo@myfloridahouse.gov
Web: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov
Phone: 850-717-5081 CALL NOW!
District Office
8177 Glades Road
Suite 209
Boca Raton, FL 33434
Phone: 561-470-2086 CALL NOW!

MaryLynn Magar (R)
Offices

Tallahassee Office
214 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Email: marylynn.magar@myfloridahouse.gov
Web: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov
Phone: 850-717-5082 CALL NOW!
District Office
11700 Southeast Dixie Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455-5457
Phone: 772-545-3481 CALL NOW!

Rick Roth (R)
Offices

Tallahassee Office
1301 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300
Email: rick.roth@myfloridahouse.gov
Web: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov
Phone: 850-717-5085 CALL NOW!
District Office
100 Village Square Crossing
Suite 104
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
Phone: 561-625-5176 CALL NOW!

Matt Willhite (D)
Offices

Tallahassee Office
1102 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, …
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