Legislative Wrap-Up a Success

By Karen Wilkerson

On May 25, 2017, the PBC League conducted a Legislative Wrap up for county state senators and representatives. It was cosponsored by the ACLU, COBWRA, NCJW, the YWCA, Palm Beach State College, Planned Parenthood, NOW, Empower of the Palm Beaches, NCBW, the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Foundation of Florida, and the E. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association.

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In addition to the attendees who actually came to the Duncan Theatre in Lake Worth, over 1,600 additional people watched the live stream on FaceBook.

LWVPBC President Karen Wilkerson poses questions to members of the PBC Legislative Delegation from l. to r. Senator Jeff Clemens, Senator Bobby Powell, Representative Joe Abruzzo, Representative Lori Berman, Representative David Silvers, Representative Emily Slosberg. (Photo by Ken Horkavy)

LWVPBC President Karen Wilkerson poses questions to members of the PBC Legislative Delegation from l. to r. Senator Jeff Clemens, Senator Bobby Powell, Representative Joe Abruzzo, Representative Lori Berman, Representative David Silvers, Representative Emily Slosberg. (Photo by Ken Horkavy)
Questions ranged from the need to redistrict the Florida House after the 2020 census to climate control and livable wages.
Representative Silvers emphasized the need to fund a strong apprenticeship program.
Senator Abruzzo stressed the need to raise teacher salaries and make sure that sexual assault criminals do not have parental visitation to minor children.
Representative Slosberg was concerned about the inability of the state to regulate the recently passed constitutional amendment on marijuana and the need to ban texting while driving.
Senator Clemens reminded us of the voter pressure that must be felt on the governor’s office to address the issue of climate change. He continues to support the restoration of voting rights for former felons.
Representative Berman proposes equal pay enforcement and working wage recognition. She supports the National Popular Interstate compact that would result in votes for the U. S. President being determined by popular vote rather than through the Electoral System.
Senator Powell continues to work on the juvenile justice system and, increasing the state minimum wage.

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