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2019 Legislative Priorities of the League of Women Voters of Florida

Learn about our specific legislative goals pertaining to our areas of focus

2019 Legislative Priorities

The League is a grassroots organization and as such, we focus on the issues that our members care the most about. Each year, our membership is polled to see which issues are most important to them. Every local league submits priorities. After tabulating each local league’s submissions, the top five areas become priorities for the Legislative Session.

Here are our 2019 Legislative Priorities:

Election Law

  • Support automatic registration (opt-out system), same day voter registration, and improved online voter registration.
  • Extend deadlines for signatures cures, recounts and post mark delays caused by the postal service. Support a standardized ballot design and state funding for hardware and software to improve the recount process in close elections.
  • Support home rule for counties and municipalities and oppose any preemptive legislation to counter home rule.
  • Support statewide use of an Open Primary election system that allows for the broadest possible voter participation.
  • Support the election of the President and Vice President by direct popular vote via the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

Education

  • Support adequate funding for public school facilities and operations for the 2018-19 school years to meet the needs of Florida’s schools. Support curriculum that is developed by educational experts and is science based.
  • Support a statewide assessment and accountability system that provides the same data at appropriate intervals to measure student progress for all schools that receive public funds, directly or indirectly.
  • Support higher standards for early childhood education, for both staff and programs.
  • Oppose any legislation that would subvert the control of local elected school boards to approve the necessity for any additional schools.

Gun Safety

  • Support comprehensive universal background checks.
  • Support a ban on all semiautomatic assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
  • Oppose any legislation that would expand the right to carry a concealed weapon, to carry a weapon on a school or college campus and to have open carry in the state of Florida.
  • Support retrieval of firearms from anyone with restraining or protective orders and/or convictions regarding stalking or domestic violence against them.
  • Oppose any effort to arm teachers, or anyone who is not a law enforcement officer.

Natural Resources

  • Advocate for aggressive water policy legislation.
    • BMAP and BMP implementation
    • Conversion of septic to sewer
    • Tertiary waste water treatment
    • Innovative and aggressive water conservation
    • Universal water fees study
  • Support full funding of the Florida Forever land acquisition program and proper implementation of the Water and Legacy Conservation Amendment adopted in 2014.
  • Support the ban of advanced well stimulation treatments (fracking) including but not limited to hydraulic fracturing and matrix acidizing
  • Support legislation that would promote the use of solar power and electric cars
  • Support legislation to address climate change through energy conservation and greater use of renewable energy sources, and to promote compliance with the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.

Health Care

  • Support expansion of health care access and affordable coverage for low income, uninsured, and under insured under an expansion of Medicaid.
  • Oppose any barriers to abortion access including gestational limits, state mandated counseling or extended waiting periods.
  • Oppose any state funding of anti-abortion women’s health centers (known as crisis pregnancy centers).
  • Support funding of critical health care services such as KidCare, mental health clinics, substance abuse, family planning services and expanded dental care.

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