The Supreme Court: A 2019 Preview, Dr David Ramsey, Associate Professor, will be the featured speaker January 19, 2019 monthly 10:15 am Tryon Library, 1200 Langley Ave. Ramsey teaches constitutional law and political philosophy in the UWF Reubin Askew Department of Government. He received his doctorate degree in political science from Baylor University. Ramseys first book, "Antitrust and the Supreme Court", examines the Supreme Court's role in balancing the contentions of the political branches, business community, enforcement agencies and advocates of various schools of economic thought.. Dr. Ramsey serves as Faculty Senate president and faculty representative on the Board of Trustees. Come prepared to ask questions on constitutional issues.
Hot Topic: Know More about Domestic Violence, Sue Hand, Executive Director of Favor House, and Marsha Davis, Program Director, will lead the discussion on domestic violence at the Hot Topic meeting. Favor House is a certified Domestic Violence Center that serves Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Hand has promoted programs to address domestic violence since 1984, while Travis is a veteran counselor, speaker and educator in this field. In Escambia County: 2,978 Reported incidents & 3 domestic violence homicides. In Santa Rosa County: 722 reported incidents & 5 domestic violence homicides. Nearly 1 in 4 women is battered by an intimate partner. In 50% of these cases, the children are beaten, as well.
The Latest Newsletter: The December2018/January2019 Voter
Gun Safety Study Committee reports here.
League In Action
January 3rd presentation by Dr. Carol Weissert: Overview of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission. watch here
Watch the Go See Tour at the ECUA Recycling facility on YouTube here.
Girl Scouts from Troop 838 present the flag at the General Meeting September 16.
In honor of Women's Equality Day, 22 League members held a Silent Protest on Saturday, August 26. Signs with messages of issues of concern to women and equality were displayed. The red robes and white bonnets are a part of the story in "The Handmaid's Tale". Additional pictures are found in the September Voter and on LWVPBA facebook page. There will be additional silent protests in the future. Watch for time and places.
League Opposes Koback Request for Voter Records. Read LWV statement here. (6/30/2017)
Citing Potential "constitutional crisis", LWVF and Common Cause ask court to tell Governor he can't appoint more Justices.The Florida Supreme Court is being asked to avoid a ptential 'constitutional crisis' and affirm that Gove. Rick Scott does not have the authority to appoint jdges whose terms epire on the same day he leaves office in 2019. Read it here.
Considerations for proposed rules for Constitution Revision Commission - LWV of Florida and 14 other partner organizations submitted a letter to the Rules Working Group of the Constitution Revision Commission. Read it here.
The League Sends Memo to U.S. Senate Regarding Healthcare that need to be provided for any forthcoming legislation on healtcare. The League maintains that any legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act must include eleets to cover preventive care, pre-existing condition, support funding for Medicaid and must not discriminate aganst women. Read League statement on Senate Health Care Bill here.
Supreme Court ruled that North Carolina lawmakers used racial considerations to draw congressional districts following the 2010 Census. This decision is a major win in the battle for fair districts and the League is proud to have filed an amicus brief with the Campaign Legal Center in this case. Illegal gerrymanders have now been struck down in 5 states: Alabama, Florida, Texas, Virginia and now North Carolina. Read more here.
League statement on Trump's "Elections Integrity Commission" - The LWV president, Cris Carson, responds to reports that Preident Trump will announce an election commission to investigate false claims of widespread voter fraud in American elections. Read more here.
LWV Opposes Ryan Healthcare Repeal Bill - Statement on the House Leadership's proposed "Americam Health Care Act." Read here.
League Statement on Immigration - The League of Women Voters is oposed to deportation of non-criminal undocumented immigrants. Read here.
LWV Opposes Termination of EAC in Appropriation Bill.LWV strongly urges the House Apropoiations Committee not to terminate the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in the Financial Services Appropriation Bill, HR 115. Read More... (6/29/2017)
Repeal of the Affordable Care Act will leave millions of Americans uninsured and in poor health. We fought hard for these rights and protetions and we cannot go backwards. Tell your Senators to oppose repeal of the ACA. Call the Capitol Switchboard (202 224-3121) and tell your Senators that the Better Care Recomcilliation Act of 2017 is not worthy of tthis great nation. While Senators for Florida are home for the 4th of July holiday, see their contact information here. Read More...
Take action now! League leads Florida coalition to prevent gun violence. Join us! The Florida Cloalition to Prevent Gun Violence, lead by the LWV Florida, was formed in the wake of the June 12th massacre of Pulse nightclub in Orlano. Read more...
December New Report Tracks History & Impact of Florida's Strict Criminal Disenfranchisement Law. The following link leads to a latest report by the Brennan Center for Justice regarding the restoration of former felons voting rights in Florida.
League in the News
Three Facts About School Arrest in Escambia's Prison Pipeline. Compilied Dr. Amir Whitaker, Skouthern Poverty Law Center Attorney. Source: Florida Department of Juvenile Justice data. Read it here.
Latest Update: "Redistricting in Florida", what you need to know. Read here