For the 2017 legislative season, the First Coast LWV is focused on: Promoting political responsibility; Local government; Education; Natural resources; Gun safety; and the Statewide solar study.
PROMOTE POLITICAL RESPONSIBILITY
Continue to inform members and the public about selected governmental issues through membership meetings
LOCAL GOVERNMENT PROGRAM
Engage with local government to be informed of and investigate issues related to the League program and that are of interest to members in Duval, St. Johns, Clay and Nassau Counties. Engage with other local non-partisan organizations, county libraries, business groups and local media to increase online outreach.
Continue research in education in Duval, St. Johns, Clay, and Nassau schools focused on assessing the extent to which students in the country have access to a free, public education that provides equal opportunity for all. Prevent any further expansion of vouchers, draining our public schools of needed funds, and creating a parallel school system with no accountability. Work on school choice issue such as for-profit Education Management Organizations, Charters, and Common Core.
Ensure a well-planned implementation of Amendment One. Monitor and act on the protection of the St. Johns River and all surface water. Encourage recycling by all residents and businesses to keep our waters clean. Monitor and act on off-shore drilling issues in Florida. Monitor growth policies of Northeast Florida.
Stop the passage of laws that will make it easier for students and visitors to carry guns in our K-12 schools and universities.
The State LWV has present plans to make solar energy a No. 1 issue — an educational and advocacy effort to support solar energy for commercial buildings and small businesses as well as for homeowners across the state