The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
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Program, advocacy, non-partisanship, candidate forums, study and action, committees, working groups…there is something in the League for everyone, including camaraderie and the satisfaction of making a difference. In this short video, find out more. The League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area offers many opportunities. We encourage you to explore what we’re doing. Learn the facts behind the news stories and how to become more engaged, should you choose to, with others who share your interests. Find out more!
At the recent Florida League's Legislative Summit and Council, our League was named the Florida "Chapter of the Year." Some of our winning projects included: universal curbside recycling, local library study, candidate forums, voter registration, voter education, and Medicaid expansion advocacy.
We have a long history. Our League in St. Petersburg, founded in May 1939, joined with newly formed Leagues in Winter Park and Winter Haven to establish the League of Women Voters of Florida. We were into action right away! In 1941 the League of Women Voters of the U.S. gave us an award for “Most Interesting Local Project of the Year”. Take advantage of our state (LWVF) and national resources (LWVUS) when you join our local League.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know of your interest or call 727-896-5197.
Having the State of Florida accept Medicaid expansion funds from the federal government is a priority for the Florida League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters, Sen. Garcia, Rep. Murphy and other groups are urging the state legislature to act in this session to extend healthcare coverage to Florida's uninsured. Get details in this early March press release and our fact sheet. To arrange a speaker for your group, contact our League, email@example.com. Get informed and support Medicaid expansion in Florida today!
Right Now: Voices in the League
Comprehensive Immigration Reform continues to be stalled in the US House of Representatives. Our Immigration Working Group and Representative David Jolly have scheduled an August 6 meeting to review the national League of Women Voters (LWVUS) position on immigration policy.
The next working group meeting will be on October 15th at 10:00 AM. Though the Immigration Working Group is not meeting during the summer, we will be keeping in touch via email and become engaged should federal legislation move to the front burner in the U.S. House of Representatives. If you wish to be added to our email list so you can stay abreast of developments, please let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org
In-state Tuition Approved for Undocumented Students
By Debbie Harrison Rumberger, LWVF Governmental Consultant
An 11 year battle to secure in-state tuition rates for Florida's undocumented students is finally law, signed by Governor Scott in June. HB 851, sponsored by Rep. Nunez (R-Miami), assures undocumented students who have applied for citizenship and have been enrolled in Florida schools for at least four years will be granted in-state tuition rates in Florida colleges and universities. Senator Latvala (R-Clearwater) sponsored the Senate version. The bill passed the Senate and House with strong bipartisan support.
Write Your U.S. Representative!
Urge your Representative to move H.R. 3899, the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA), forward by holding a hearing in the House. Get the full story.
Residential Recycling 2014
By Karen Coale, LWVSPA Member of the People’s Trash Coalition
Before beginning the procurement process for outsourcing the processing of recyclable waste here in St Petersburg, city staff requested the results of Hillsborough County’s study of contamination rates among their recyclables. On June 6, Hillsborough reported the contamination rate at 18%. The City of St Petersburg should now be ready to begin the procurement process for both the collection and processing of recyclable waste. We are anticipating an updated timeline for implementing universal curbside recycling.
We want the citizens of St Pete to continue to remember the city’s commitment and why we worked in coalition to achieve universal curbside recycling, starting with our 76,000 single-family households. Stay informed and help make recycling a success in St Petersburg! Check out our initial Q & A flyer, and email us now. email@example.com