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DEC 14, Thursday
ORANGE COUNTY, 12 OTHER SCHOOL BOARDS CHALLENGE FL EDUCATION LAW
The Orange County School Board on Monday joined 12 others in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a new Florida education law.
The lawsuit against HB 7069 — a controversial education measure that became law in July — was filed in Tallahassee by 13 school boards, including those in Polk and Volusia counties. It argues the new law usurps school board power.
Orange School Board members decided in August to join the legal challenge, angered by what they said was the Florida Legislature’s unjust actions in passing the law later signed by Gov. Rick Scott. Cont. reading
DEIDRE MACNAB TRANSFORMED THE FLORIDA LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
By Jason Garcia in Florida Trend
On a wet election night seven years ago, a few members of the Florida League of Women Voters squeezed together under the overhang of an outdoor bar at the Enzian Theater, an art house movie theater in Orlando.
They had gathered to celebrate. The league, a non-partisan, volunteer organization that prides itself on never having endorsed a candidate, had campaigned hard for a pair of constitutional amendments meant to put an end to political gerrymandering in Florida. But the rain dampened turnout and ruined plans to project the results onto an outdoor screen.
Cont. reading HERE
REVISE THE CONSTITUTION WITH CAUTION
Every 20 years, Florida’s core governing document, the Florida Constitution, is opened up for a top-to-bottom review. Through this process, the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) carefully examines and determines what, if any, amendments to propose directly to the citizens of our state.
Under our form of government, the only power the government has is the power that we, the people, give to the government. The place where that happens is the Florida Constitution.
Cont. reading guest column by President of Florida Bar
Learn more through our Government Committee
GIVE FLORIDIANS A SECOND CHANCE
Florida’s Voting Restoration Amendment would allow people who’ve paid their debt to society to earn back their right to vote.
Floridians believe in second chances. Restoring a person’s right to vote once they’ve fulfilled their obligations to society gives them an opportunity for redemption and a chance to be full members of their community.
Find out more about this group's mission HERE and consider joining our Voter Services Committee as they promote voters' rights.
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