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
The Constitution Revision Commission is one of five ways that Floridians can amend the state constitution. The Florida Constitution dictates the creation of a Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) every 20 years for the purpose of reviewing the state constitution and proposing changes for voter consideration.
What is the Constitution Revision Commission? The Constitution Revision Commission is a group of 37 people appointed to review and recommend changes to the Florida Constitution; found in Article XI, Section 2 of the Florida Constitution. Every 20 years the commission is appointed to examine the Florida Constitution, hold public hearings and possibly recommend changes to the Florida Constitution for voter consideration.
Who serves on the Constitution Revision Commission? The Governor of Florida appoints 15 members, the House Speaker and Senate President each pick nine members, three members are chosen by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Attorney General is an automatic member. The Governor selects one of the 37 members to serve as chairman.
What issues might voters face in the future? Florida is now the third largest state in the country and as our population continues to grow, our state will grapple with issues like transportation, education and health care.
What is the role of citizens? The people of Florida play a critical role in the Constitution Revision Commission. Citizens are involved in the appointment of commissioners by suggesting appointees and monitoring the process to ensure there are qualified, bi-partisan and forward-thinking individuals selected to serve in this important role. Once the commission is formed, they look to citizens for direction and suggestions. The CRC meets for approximately one year, traveling the state, identifying issues, performing research and gathering public input. Citizens can attend and participate in these statewide public hearings to make sure the issues they care about are carefully considered by the CRC. Most importantly, citizens can vote on the proposals on the 2018 ballot.
Partnership for Revising Florida's Constitution. To learn more, check out http://www.revisefl.com or view the video for ways you can help educate the public about its importance.
Florida’s Legislative Session runs from March 7 througn May 5, 2017. The League of Women Voters of Florida has identified over 100 bills to monitor, track, support or oppose, and to keep you informed.
See the bills that are currently being tracked for the 2017 Legislative Session by the LWV of Florida.