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2017-2018 PROGRAM INITIATIVES

The following Legislative Priorities were adopted at our Annual Meeting.  Help us advance these goals by joining a committee, attending a workshop, or volunteering at an event. 


 

Education

a. Restore district authorization to levy 2.0 mills for capital outlay funding for school facilities construction and renovation.

b. Increase operational funding to pre-2008 levels so that districts may increase the school day and curriculum choices.

c. Revise the sole focus of the state accountability system from test scores to measures that more accurately reflect districts’ progress in raising student achievement, meet the needs of diverse students and improve access to high quality academic and career programs for all students.

d. Improve fiscal and operational oversight of charter schools by increasing transparency in student admission and retention data, ensuring the independence of charter boards from charter management companies and providing guidelines to reduce self-dealing opportunities in real estate transactions and other charter services.

e. Eliminate the growth of corporate-tax credit scholarships to private schools and require private schools currently receiving these scholarships to participate in the state accountability system

Education Committee MORE INFO

Immigration MORE INFO

Juvenile Justice MORE INFO

 

Election Law

a. Support the automatic restoration of voting rights for former felony offenders, including
support for a constitutional amendment to achieve same.

b. Support legislation to reduce from 29 days to 19 days the time voter registration books must be closed before each election.

c. Support legislation to restrict the ability of an elector to file as a write-in candidate, the goal being to minimize what has become a problem, as “ghost candidates” file in order to close primary elections.

d. Monitor and support the progress of online voter registration implementation to ensure that it meets its 2017 deadline, and adopt legislation for Florida to join the at least 26 other states that are members of the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC).

e. Support legislation necessary for Florida to join the at least 10 other states that are members of the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC), so that Florida’s Presidential Electors would be required to award all their votes to the candidate who wins the overall popular vote in the 50 states and District of Columbia.

f. Ensure the adoption by Florida of the National Voter Registration Act (“Motor-Voter” law)
requirement that every citizen be automatically provided voter registration update services
when she/he applies for, renews or changes her/his address on a driver’s license or state-issued identification card.

Government Committee MORE INFO

Voter Services MORE INFO

 

Gun Safety

a. Support proposals that would expand background checks in Florida, thereby closing the gun show and Internet loopholes.

b. Support proposals that would impose a statewide ban on semi-automatic assault weapons and large capacity magazines.

c. Oppose any proposals that would make it legal for those with concealed weapons permits to carry firearms on Florida’s public college and university campuses.

d. Oppose any proposals that would make it legal for those with concealed weapons permits to carry openly firearms in public places.

e. Oppose any proposals that would permit Floridians to carry concealed weapons without a permit.

f. Oppose any proposals that would expand the current “Stand Your Ground” law.

g. Oppose any proposals that would permit Florida School Boards or School Superintendents to designate employees or others to carry concealed firearms, for security purposes, on school grounds at K-12 schools.


Gun Safety Committee MORE INFO

 



Health Care

a. Correct the Florida KidCare program’s coverage so it will provide insurance to children ages 0 to 1-year old who are not eligible for Medicaid.

b. Develop legislation to accept 2017 Medicaid expansion dollars for Florida, without being
bound for future years, or develop a budget for a comprehensive plan to provide health
insurance for working Floridians who do not have enough income to qualify for insurance
under the Affordable Care Act.

c. Amend Florida’s Public Health statute, Chapter 390, to remove the provision providing that a physician must delay at least 24 hours before terminating, with a pregnant woman’s voluntary and informed written consent, her pregnancy.

Health Care Committee MORE INFO

Quality of Life, Affordable Housing MORE INFO



Natural Resources

a. Support sustainable energy solutions for Florida, including adoption of renewable energy standardsand legislation promoting the expansion of solar energy.

b. Support efforts to improve water quality of both surface water and aquifers through legislation to reduce pollution and excessive withdrawals, including prohibiting “fracking” statewide.

c. Support full funding of the Florida Forever land acquisition program and proper
implementation of the Water and Land Legacy Conservation Amendment (Amendment 1)
adopted in 2014.

Natural Resources Committee MORE INFO

Transportation Committee MORE INFO

 



 

 

 

 

 

                      THE COMPLETE  2017-2018  LWVOC RECOMMENDED PROGRAM

 

 

EDUCATION

  1. Support and take action on current LWVOC Positions.
  2. Support quality, free public education, financed by the state, for all students, with state-mandated programs fully financed by state funding.
  3. Support uniform academic accountability and financial transparency for all public schools -- charter as well as traditional.
  4. Oppose public funding for private education through vouchers.
  5. Support and take action on current LWVFL Education positions; informing and advocating for the same with the public and legislators.
  6. Support/advocate for school based academic and financial management with increased autonomy at individual school site(s).
  7. Support high standards for teacher certification and compensation; increased professionalism for teachers and administrators.

 

IMMIGRATION

  1. Support comprehensive immigration reform.
  2. Support in-state tuition policies for Florida students who are already in the country on student visas.
  3. Support undocumented students applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
  4. Oppose all anti-immigrant and immigrant-enforcement bills.
  5. Oppose all Bills that ban refugees who have been vetted and qualified for the appropriate visas

JUVENILE JUSTICE

  1. Participate in annual Law Day activities.

      2.  Support adequate funding of the state judicial system.

      3.  Support juvenile justice policies that emphasize civil citations, rehabilitation,

           and other alternatives to incarceration.

 

GOVERNMENT

  1. Support and take action on current positions.
  2. Support ethical and accountable government by working to support all of the Sunshine Laws and opposing any efforts to restrict these laws.
  3. Continue to attend meetings of the Board of County Commissioners, the Citizens Advisory Committee, and all local meetings of the Constitutional Revision Commission.
  4. Provide training (through the Speakers Bureau) on how Orange County Charter Government works for you.  
  5. We will oppose (in conjunction with our state Lobbyist) HJR 321 that would require    increasing the threshold from 60% to 66.66% of voters to approve a Constitutional Amendment.

 

NATURAL RESOURCES AND GROWTH MANAGEMENT

  1. Support the Local Solar citizen’s initiative and FLSUN.org.
  2. Provide education and awareness programs for the environment, such as the film “Troubled Waters.”
  3. Coordinate with environmental organizations such as Sierra Club, Audubon, Native Plant Society to preserve and protect our natural resources.
  4. Support local and state issues such as the restoration of the Everglades, fracking, the use of fertilizer, the Wekiva Springshed Research, the preservation of local lands such as Split Oak Forest.

 

HEALTH CARE

  1. Support and take action on current Social Policy Positions.
  2. Monitor and educate our community on the Affordable Care Act, women’s health issues, women’s reproduction rights, gun violence, and domestic violence.
  3. Oppose Medicare and Medicaid vouchers.
  4. Support implementation of Medicaid expansion.

 

AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND QUALITY OF LIFE

  1. Support policies to provide a decent home and a suitable living environment
  2. Support equal access to education, employment, and housing.
  3. Support policies that promote self-sufficiency for individuals and families.
  4. Work with the Sadowski Coalition.
  5. Work with local jurisdictions on planning and zoning to ensure adequate affordable housing options.

 

TRANSPORTATION

  1. Support and take action on current positions.
  2. Support dedicated funding and a community-based plan for a regional, multimodal public transportation system, including adequate funding for LYNX.
  3. Support the expansion of SunRail, including hours of use.
  4. Support issues related to pedestrian and bike safety.

 

VOTER SERVICES

  1. Support notifying voters if their absentee ballots have been accepted or rejected, and provide a remedy for ensuring the vote of those whose ballots are rejected.
  2. Support online voter registration in Orange County.
  3. Increase voter education and participation through the use of social media and community outreach.
  4. Plan and participate in regularly scheduled voter registration and Get Out The Vote events.
  5. Use LWVOC Speakers Bureau to educate the public on election laws and voting issues.

 GUN SAFETY

  1. Support proposals expanding background checks that would close the gun show loophole, which allows people to purchase firearms from unlicensed dealers at gun shows without undergoing background checks.
  2. Oppose bills for open carry/concealed weapons in public places, colleges, and universities.
  3. Protect the health and safety of citizens through limiting the accessibility and regulating the ownership of handguns and semi-automatic weapons.
  4. Support proposals that would ban semiautomatic weapons and large capacity magazines.