League of Women Voters of Florida

State Program 2015-2017

 

Government in Florida

Promote an open government that is responsive to the people of the state.

Florida Constitution

Support basic law that assures a government responsive and accountable to the people of the state.

Finance and Taxation

Support a state fiscal structure that is equitable in its distribution of the tax responsibility and responsive to public needs.

Election Law

Support measures to protect, extend and encourage the use of the franchise and to advocate fair methods of financing political campaigns.

Issues for Action:

  • Support automatic restoration of voting rights for former felony offenders, including support for Constitutional amendment.
  • Support notifying voters if their absentee ballot has been accepted or rejected, and provide a remedy for ensuring the vote of those whose ballots have been rejected.
  • Support online voter registration statewide

Support the updating of the Electronic Registration Information Center.

Education in Florida

Support a free public system for Florida with high standards for student achievement and with equality of educational opportunity for all that is financed adequately by the state through an equitable funding formula.

Issues for Action:

  • Promote adequate funding of public education with no use of public funding for the expansion of private education through a voucher program or tax credit scholarship.
  • Support a curricular framework that includes broad common standards developed by educational experts that serves as a guide to local districts.
  • Support a national assessment that informs teachers, parents, and students about how well they have mastered the curricula and how well schools and districts perform compared with other states and districts. Such assessments should apply for every student funded by public funds, whether they attend private or public schools. Reports should be made at appropriate intervals related to children’s cognitive development.
  • Support increased management oversight by the local school board and new authorization of only non-profit charter schools that meet a specific need.

Justice in Florida

Support a judicial system that provides a unified court structure, improved pro­visions for judicial selection and merit retention and equal access to legal service. Support a criminal justice system that emphasizes rehabilitation and alternatives to incarceration.

Issue for Action:

  • Support juvenile justice actions that emphasize civil citations, rehabilitation, and other alternatives to incarceration.

Social Policy in Florida

Secure equal rights and equal opportunity for all. Promote social and economic justice, and the health and safety of all Americans.

Issue for Action:

  • Support the safe rescue and rehabilitation of victims of human trafficking and the education of the public about this issue.

Children and Families

Support measures to meet special concerns of children and families, including countering intrafamily abuse and providing for safe foster care and shelter care.

Farm Workers

Support measures to provide adequate living and working conditions for farm workers.

Financing & Delivery of Health Care

Support measures to implement Florida health care in a manner consistent with the LWVUS position on health care reform.

Issues for Action:

  • Support implementation of the Federal Health Care Reform Law in Florida, emphasizing access for all and control of costs including Medicaid expansion and mental health coverage.
  • Support the education of Floridians regarding application for cover­age

Immigration

Support immigration policies that promote reunification of immediate families, meet the economic, business, and employment needs of the United States, and be responsive be to those facing political persecution or humanitarian crises. Provision should also be made for qualified persons to enter the United States on student visas. Ensure fair treatment under the law for all persons. In transitioning to a reformed system, support provisions for unauthorized immigrants already in the country to earn legal status.

Issue for Action:

  • Support granting drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.

In the absence of comprehensive legislation, support federal executive actions such as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action of Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) to benefit undocumented individuals in Florida.

Libraries

Support full funding of eligible public library systems as provided in Section 257.27 Florida Statutes.

Gun Safety

Support regulations concerning the purchase, ownership and use of hand­guns that balance as nearly as possible individual constitutional rights with the general interest and welfare of the com­munity.

Issues for Action:

  • Support changes in law to allow local communities to enact ordinances for any type of gun safety measures in their jurisdiction.
  • Support expansion of mandated background checks and three day waiting periods for ALL gun sales or transfers, including gun shows and unlicensed gun sales.

Sustainability in Florida

Support governmental action that results in sustainability: Meeting the needs of the present without endangering the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Environment, society and the economy must be integrated and balanced to achieve a sustainable Florida.

Issues for Action:

  • Support public transportation projects which yield multi-modal investments in local and state enhanced infrastructure.
  • Support governmental actions that result in sustainability by meeting the needs of the present without endangering the future.
  • Support the adoption of a renewable portfolio standard.

Natural Resources in Florida

Promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest by recognizing the inter­relationship of air quality, energy, land use, waste management and water resources.

Land Use

Promote resource conservation, stewardship and long-range planning, with the responsibility for managing natural resources shared by all levels of government.

Issues for Action:

  • Support the preparation and implementation of a new state growth management plan that addresses current needs.
  • Support the implementation of the Water and Land Legacy Amendment consistent with the intent of the adopted language.

Energy

Support state legislation for energy conservation and greater use of renew­able sources such as solar energy.

Issue for Action:

  • Support the Local Solar citizen’s initiative.

Freshwater Resources

Support public policies that promote conservation of freshwater and its availability for environmental, public supply, agricultural, industrial and mining uses on a priority basis.

Coastal Management

Support intergovernmental stewardship of and fiscal responsibility for the Florida coast, under the management of the state, while recognizing the dominance of nature and the role of the sand transport system.

Environment Protection and Pollution Control

Preserve the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the ecosystem, with maximum protection of public health and the environment. (LWVUS)

Public Participation

Promote public understanding and participation in decision making as essential elements of responsible and responsive management of our natural resources. (LWVUS)

Agriculture

Promote resource conservation, stewardship and long-range planning, with the responsibility for managing natural resources shared by all levels of government. (LWVU)

 

Updated 7/16/15

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