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League of Women Voters Annual Meeting 25 Jun 2017
Key Note Speaker: Jane Durocher St Johns River Keeper
League of Women Voters Seminole 22 Jun 2017 Hot Topics.
Dr. Walt Griffin, Seminole County Public School Superintendent, presented the case for competitive and aggressive education goals in our public schools. In addition to the meeting introduction, there are three consecutive sections to the recordings of this very relevant Hot Topics. Enjoy!
LWVSC Gun Safety AT presented this panel discussion and program on gun violence as it intersects with domestic violence to an audience drawn from both Seminole and Orange Counties. The take-away was that when domestic violence and firearms are simultaneously present, statistics show that death rates rise exponentially.
It is also clear that the model of removing a victim from their home and life does nothing to alleviate the danger and turmoil they face, whereas removing, monitoring, and controlling the perpetrator not only protects their current victim, but prevents the recurrence of future victims. Lives can be saved by instituting better protocols and by revising laws to allow the removal of firearms upon an arrest for domestic violence or when a temporary injunction is imposed.
Friday, January 6, 2017 Leaguers Pat Southward, Deborah Carswell and Zelda Ladan met with two of the Seminole County district representatives; Bob Cortes, District 30 & Scott Plakon, Dictrict 29. Topics of discussion, Education, Gun Safety, Election Law, and Natural Resources, were selected from the 5 LWV Florida Legislative Priorities; the fifth priority, Health Care, was postponed for later discussion. Details of the meeting to come.
On December 16, 2016 five LWVSC members attended the annual Seminole County Legislative Delegation Meeting, held in the Seminole County Commission board chambers in Sanford, Florida. Legislative Delegation members included Representatives Bob Cortez, District 30; Jason Broudeur, District 28; Scott Plakon, District 29; and Senator David Simmons, whose District covers Seminole and Orange counties.
Leaguers in attendance were, (L to R): Voter Services Chair, Pat Southward; member Pat Burkett; 1st Vice President, Sharon Lynn; Observer Corp. Chair, Joan Bradley; and President, Zelda Ladan, who presented the LWVSC Statement to the Legislative Delegation concerning gun safety, and in particular guns on campus, and secondarily the need for education reforms.
Following the presentation, Scott Plakon, who recently introduced HB6005, which would open the door to guns on campus, asked if we were aware of the bill he had submitted. Ms. Ladan acknowledged League was aware of the bill, stated our grave concern on this issue, and reiterated League does not believe such a law would make our campuses safer. She also said, that personally, she would not feel comfortable if she saw someone with a firearm in public. Representative Plakon replied that his bill is not about open-carry, but allows selective concealed-carry on college campuses, i.e.; seniors, graduate students and professors who have already obtained concealed carry permits would be permitted to carry their concealed firearm on campus. He then spoke about his belief that in other states having such laws, gun violence has not increased on campuses.
Having once again stated League’s opposition to expanded gun use and our concern regarding gun violence, Ms. Ladan closed by sharing her personal concern about individuals who are not security professionals having firearms on college campuses, referencing her own experience while going through the Orange County Sheriff Department’s gun range shadow-ops course, where law enforcement professionals hone their skills in making split-second determination of whether to shoot, or not to shoot, and for which she believes the public is untrained and ill-prepared to act.
Representative Palkon thanked League for attending, and asked that Ms. Ladan share his views with League.
Another comment from Leaguer, Alice Friedman, has been printed by Orlando Sentinel!