League Joins Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Good News! The League and Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) and other lead partners have crafted a formal partnership to tackle obtaining signatures for petitions for an amendment to reinstate ex-felons’ rights and to manage the statewide campaign. Studies from the Florida Parole Commission show that people who get their rights restored are much less…

League Members Gather to Shape the Future

TALLAHASSEE — Nearly 200 League members gathered in Fort Lauderdale Beach on Friday and Saturday at their State Convention to make decisions that will help direct and shape the League of Women Voters of Florida for the next two years.   But the overriding headline was the League‘s explosive 65% membership growth this past year.…

Florida’s Constitutional Review Commision – UPDATE

A report by Mildred Headdy, Member (LWVSC CRC Committee) The CRC has announced a meeting of the full commission to convene at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, June 6 at the University of Central Florida. At the meeting, the CRC will consider the rules of the Commission. The meeting is open to the public and it will…

League Statement on the Paris Climate Agreement

“Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement is a giant step in the wrong direction for the health of the planet and all living beings.” Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s announcement that the United States will leave the global Paris Climate Agreement: Source: League…

Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence Impacts Session

The Orlando Sentinel reports on the impact of Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, with the Legislative session ending with no major expansion of gun rights-for now. “We believe that this is really not about the Second Amendment, it’s about public safety,” [Coalition Co-chair] Patti Brigham said. “It’s about what we saw at Pulse and…

League Statement on Trump’s “Election Integrity Commission” | League of Women Voters

Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to reports that President Trump will announce an election commission to investigate false claims of widespread voter fraud in American elections: “President Trump’s ‘Election Integrity Commission’ is an unnecessary distraction from the real work to protect against foreign hacking and…

Capitol Report 5-8-2017

The 2017 Legislative Session is officially done with a late sine die after an extended session until Monday night. Legislators voted on a budget that reduces spending per student, provides no funding for Florida Forever, and ties in many changes to our public schools. For these reasons, we are calling on Governor Rick Scott to…

Capitol Report 5-5-2017

It is suppose to be the last day of the 2017 Legislative Session. Guess What? They’ll be back on Monday! We continue to work fast and furiously monitoring all of the bills — and amendments filed on those bills.  Things are moving so quickly that we want to ensure that we capture all of the…

Capitol Report 4-28-2017

With one more week in the 2017 Legislative Session, tensions are high and deals are being made. We’ve finally had budget conference committees to discuss big ticket issues like the environment and education. Capitol Report by

Capitol Report 4-21-2017

Another week closer to the end of the 2017 Session and we are hopeful for a timely end. Both the Senate and House Budget Chairs are optimistic that we’ll end in time. Senate Budget Chair Jack Latvala told Florida Politics that he thinks “we’re making good progress” (read the article here: http://bit.ly/2oxViKa ). In other…