League of Women Voters of Seminole County

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LWV-Seminole  is very proud of our county’s School District.   SCPS has been awarded straight  As as a district from 2011 through 2015.  Each of our nine high schools is A-rated, and eight of our 12 middle schools earned As.

Thank you, fellow Leaguer and School Board Chairman Karen Almond, for helping us get the word out!

Rachel Castellon, Communications Committee




























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Speak Up Wekiva, LWV Seminole and LWV Florida Natural Resources Committee who attended, and spoke in support of, the fracking ban.

At the February 9, 2016, Seminole County Board of County Commissioners meeting, the Board unanimously voted in favor of an ordinance to ban fracking in Seminole County. Public comment was in complete support of the ordinance.

Link to the ordinance:

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Gun Safety Committee Report

Alice Friedman is an active participant on the League of Women Voters of Florida Gun Safety Committee and has submitted the following report:

The Gun Safety Committee has been challenged as three bills of interest to the Committee are charging through State House and Senate committee hearings. It is very hard to give a valid update as the hearings are constant. Some of the support for these bills is sagging which is encouraging.

The bills are:

HB 163, the “Open Carry” bill passed House Justice Appropriations Committee by a slimmer margin than before and will be heard in the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Senate version to HB 163 is SB 300

HB 4001, Campus Carry bill was passed by the House Judiciary Committee with a vote of 13-5. It’s set to go to the floor when the regular session starts in January. The Senate version, SB68, is now in Judiciary. No date has been set on when it will be heard.

HB 169, the strengthening of “Stand Your Ground” is dead in the House for now. It would have required prosecutors to prove self-defense “beyond a reasonable doubt”.  Its Senate counterpart, SB344, continues to move through Senate Committees.

The State League Gun Safety Committee has three sub-committees and invites all members to participate. They are Administration, Research and Data Collection, and Media and Communications.

Contact Patti Brigham, Committee Chair, pbrighamlwvoc@gmail.com.

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Council of Local Governments in Seminole County





On September 2nd, the Council of Local Governments in Seminole County (CALNO) discussed the “Sunshine State Solution,” a push to replace the Florida Standards Assessment with other tests to assess student performance. The meeting minutes can be found here.

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Have You Signed the Floridians for Solar Choice Petition?

In May, the Florida League of Women Voters voted unanimously to endorse the Floridians for Solar Choice ballot initiative, which “removes a government‐created barrier to customers’ right to buy solar energy, so solar can compete in the market against other forms of energy.”  florida solarSince that time, a competing initiative has been promoted, which restricts consumer rights.  Follow this link to learn what the Floridians for Solar Choice initiative does, and does not do, then sign the petition and share it with your neighbors and friends.

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 The LWV Seminole September Hot Topics  covers the highly charged subject of “Campus Carry.”  Both of the speakers will present  a strong case against this proposed law.

Former Orlando police chief Paul Rooney currently serves as Valencia College’s assistant vice president for safety, security and risk management.  Before coming to Valencia College,  Rooney, served as Orlando’s police chief for three years.  
“I’ve said I’m leaving the best police 
department in the country to go to the best college in the country and I mean that,” said Rooney, who started work on Feb. 24.  One of his goals is to coordinate training events with local police departments on each campus, so that police officers responding to a crisis are familiar with the campus facilities and Valencia’s security team.  In addition, he plans to examine communications and the college’s alerts system, which is used to communicate with students, faculty and staff during emergencies. He’ll also study the current lighting and parking lots on Valencia’s campuses.

“At the end of the day,” Rooney said, “we want to create the best, safest environment for students, so they can go to class or walk to the parking lots without worry.” 


Patti grew up in Orlando and attended the University of Central Florida where she earned a B.A. in philosophy and an M.A. in Liberal Studies. After several years atWe Care, Inc., a suicide prevention/crisis intervention center, Patti forged a career in radio with responsibilities as a reporter, writer and producer. During this time she was recognized with several awards from media organizations including American Women in Radio and Television and the Associated Press. She also worked as a freelance reporter for the Orlando Weekly, writing about the arts.

Patti formed the League’s statewide Gun Safety Committee, which she chairs. She serves on the LWVOC board and is an active participant of the Membership Committee. In her spare time, Patti volunteers for a marathon training program and cares for her two retired racing greyhounds, Merlin and Cassie, who are the faster runners in the family.


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