Letter to the Editor clipped from the July 23 Opinion Page of the Orlando Sentinel. Written by LWVSC Gun Safety Action Group member, David F. Barden.
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
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.
Joan Bradley, Observer Core Chair, has submitted a copy of the minutes of the November Calno meeting for your information and review: CALNO 11-04-15
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.” Since 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.