Here’s what HB1 Combatting Public Disorder bill will cost taxpayers

Here’s what HB1 Combatting Public Disorder bill will cost taxpayers

This study presents an assessment of the likely economic impact to Floridians were the legislation presented in HB1/SB484 (now PCS for HB1) to become law. The bill is far-ranging in its impacts and the following paragraphs lay out the likely effects of the upgrading and expanding of criminal charges proposed in the bill. However, the likely economic impacts of the bill, if passed, are not limited to these costs, and will include substantial costs to municipalities via elimination of sovereign immunity for some events and a loss of public safety budget control. The proposed exemption from civil liability for counter-protesters provides a perverse incentive that will likely encourage property damage during public protests. The following analysis and opinions are the responsibility of Rick Harper, Ph.D. and do not necessarily represent the opinions of the project sponsor. Read more…

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Florida Legislators are making it harder to vote

Florida Legislators are making it harder to vote

The 2021 Legislative Session ended April 30.  Voting Rights were a hot topic.  What legislature passed?  Where do our voting rights stand?  Come to the Voting Rights Coalition meeting Thursday, May 6, at 2 pm on Zoom. Former Florida State Senator Jeff Clemens will discuss voting rights legislation passed this session with us. Here’s what was being said before the session ended: Election reform: Critics say the proposed cure is worse than any problem FL has https://www.floridaphoenix.com/2021/03/22/election-reform-critics-say-proposed-cure-is-worse-than-any-problem-fl-has/   Nancy Cohen, 561-842-2499,   nancyecohen1@icloud.com Kate Renchin, 262-242-4144,   kater0914@gmail.com

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Earth Day

Earth‌ ‌Day‌ ‌is‌ ‌celebrated‌ ‌every‌ ‌year‌ ‌on‌ ‌April‌ ‌22nd.‌ ‌This‌ ‌year,‌‌ ‌‌EARTHDAY.ORG‌‌ ‌is‌ ‌honoring‌ ‌51‌ ‌years‌ ‌of‌ ‌Earth‌ ‌Day‌ ‌by‌ ‌hosting‌ ‌a‌ ‌multi-hour,‌ ‌multi-channel‌ ‌live-streamed‌ ‌digital‌ ‌event,‌ ‌beginning‌ ‌at‌ ‌12‌ ‌PM‌ ‌Eastern‌ ‌Time.‌ ‌The‌ ‌special‌ ‌occasion‌ ‌will‌ ‌feature‌ ‌artists,‌ ‌musicians,‌ ‌and‌ ‌celebrities,‌ ‌alongside‌ ‌climate‌ ‌leaders,‌ ‌grassroots‌ ‌activists,‌ ‌nonprofit‌ ‌innovators,‌ ‌and‌ ‌industry‌ ‌leaders.‌ ‌The‌ ‌program‌ ‌will‌ ‌consist‌ ‌of‌ ‌panel‌ ‌discussions,‌ ‌workshops,‌ ‌films,‌ ‌and‌ ‌special‌ ‌performances‌ ‌that‌ ‌will‌ ‌concentrate‌ ‌on‌ ‌climate‌ ‌and‌ ‌environmental‌ ‌literacy,‌ ‌reforestation‌ ‌efforts,‌ ‌regenerative‌ ‌agriculture,‌ ‌equity‌ ‌and‌ ‌environmental‌ ‌justice,‌ ‌citizen‌ ‌science,‌ ‌and‌ ‌cleanups.‌ ‌Earth‌ ‌Day’s‌ ‌2021‌ ‌theme,‌ ‌“‌Restore‌ ‌Our‌ ‌Earth‌”‌ ‌focuses‌ ‌on‌ ‌natural‌ ‌processes,‌ ‌emerging‌ ‌green‌ ‌technologies,‌ ‌and‌ ‌innovative‌ ‌thinking‌ ‌that‌ ‌can‌ ‌restore‌ ‌the‌ ‌world’s‌ ‌ecosystems.‌ ‌That,‌ ‌of‌ ‌course,‌ ‌includes‌ ‌climate‌ ‌education‌ ‌which‌ ‌would‌ ‌lead‌ ‌to‌ ‌a‌ ‌green‌ ‌jobs-ready‌ ‌workforce,‌ ‌a‌ ‌green‌ ‌consumer‌ ‌movement,‌ ‌and‌ ‌an‌ ‌educated‌ ‌and‌ ‌civically‌ ‌engaged‌ ‌citizenry‌ ‌around‌ ‌the‌ ‌world.‌ ‌More‌ ‌than‌ ‌one‌ ‌billion‌ ‌people‌ ‌in‌ ‌192‌ ‌countries‌ ‌now‌ ‌participate‌ ‌in‌ ‌Earth‌ ‌Day‌ ‌activities‌ ‌each‌

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LWV Member Spotlight Kathi Gundlach

LWV Member Spotlight Kathi Gundlach

By Emily Rosen Meet Kathi Gundlach your current first Vice President of the PBC LWV Board of Directors and co-chair of the Education Committee. Kathi is all about education, and who else but our dear Elayne Goodman lured her to a Hot Topic meeting about five years ago, which turned her into a Life Leaguer. Anything that involves education is on Kathi’s resume. “An educated electorate is the cornerstone of our democracy” is her mantra, and no one would question that. She’s a former President of the Palm Beach Classroom Teachers Association, President of the Palm Beach County Association of School Psychologists,   and a Union Leader. All of her several degrees have been achieved in Florida schools. She is also a past member of the Board of Directors of the National Education Association and no one can say that she doesn’t understand finance as she served on the Palm Beach

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Texting/Phoning to Fight Voter Suppression

By Phyllis Applebaum There is a bill moving through the Florida state legislature which is going to make it much harder to vote by mail.  Voters will have to submit vote-by-mail requests more often.  The bill would also retroactively cancel voters’ current vote-by-mail ballot requests,  and make it a crime for voters to ask a trusted friend or caregiver to pick up or drop off vote-by-mail ballots, thus limiting voting access for working, elderly, and mobility-impaired Floridians.  It would also eliminate secure vote-by-mail drop boxes, which more than 1.5 million Floridians used during the 2020 Election. Our partner organization, the ACLU, began an emergency texting/phoning campaign on April 5th and 6th to encourage people to call their representatives to stop this bill.  The LWVPBC joined that campaign, which sent out 12,000 texts the first day.

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Youth Voters Meeting Paper

Youth Voters Meeting Paper

By Benjamin Aubrey On March 23, 2021, I attended a Zoom meeting for the monthly Youth Voting Rights working group call, including those part of the Camps Vote Project, which itself is an initiative, part of the Fair Elections Center. Student leaders and state legislative members gave their two cents on the status of voter-friendly and voter suppressive bills going through the legislative process. The first speaker came from Delegate Maria S. ‘CIA’ Price, the Chair of the Elections Subcommittee and Vice-Chair of the Privileges & Elections Committee for the Virginia Legislature. She has experience with the NAACP and was elected in 2016. She explained that the Virginian Democratic Party managed to win the majority of all branches of state government, meaning their party would be able to deal with issues regarding protect voters of certain language groups, not bring firearms to polling places, and most importantly, deal with precinct

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LWV Member Spotlight Renata Bozzetto

Renata Bozzetto, League member since 2018 represents everything that the “Founding Fathers” envisioned to propel the new country into greatness. In welcoming immigrants to our shores we have seeded our land with the diversity, intellect, culture and enthusiastic love for all that our democracy stands for. Renata, originally from Brazil, brings all of that to us in her work for League, and in her professional and personal life as well. Thanks to Darlene Kostrub who spotted her volunteering at the polls in Boca Raton, Renata was quickly and easily recruited into League, where she chaired the Immigration Committee with Barbara Eriv. They created events supporting education and advocacy, organizing the “Know Your Rights,” series. She also became a member of the National Popular Vote Committee and the Young Leaguers. Renata came here when she was 23 years old, to be reunited with her family, and was a political junkie even

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Restorative Justice: Making It Right – Facilitator Training

Restorative Justice Facilitator Training Registration Please join the Circuit 15 Juvenile RED/DMC (Racial Equity & Disparity / Disproportionate Minority Contact) Committee as we continue to work on incorporating restorative justice practices into juvenile probation. We are hosting 4 half-day facilitator training workshops on the following dates: Monday, April 12th, 2021  (9 am to 12:30 pm) Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 (9 am to 12:30 pm) Monday, April 19th, 2021  (9 am to 12:30 pm) Tuesday, April 20th, 2021 (9 am to 12:30 pm) Participants must commit to all 4 days to receive facilitator status. You will learn how to apply restorative justice practices in the probation setting. The training is being conducted by the River Phoenix Center for Peace (RCPC) and funded by Youth Services for Palm Beach County. Please register today via Eventbrite to reserve your spot and the Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the training

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The Florida Legislative Process 2021: Private and Public Schools

This is part of a series by the League of Women Voters of Citrus County (LWVCC) about Florida’s legislative process and issues.  The purpose is to increase citizen understanding and engagement. Since Florida’s 2021 Legislative session opened on March 2, bills are rapidly moving through both House and Senate.  This column addresses a bill to expand “School Choice.” SB 48, Educational Scholarships Program, proposes a massive expansion of  Florida’s private education options.  Florida already allows low-income parents to use publicly funded scholarship programs to place their children in private, mostly religious schools.  SB 48  has passed through committees and is nearing a vote on the Senate floor.   If passed, SB 48 will have a far-reaching impact on education in Florida.  SB 48 will: Merge Florida’s five current scholarship programs into two, one for students with disabilities and one for all others, making the system easier for parents to navigate.

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