League of Women Voters, a non partisan 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.
League Urges Action on Medicaid Expansion
Having the State of Florida accept Medicaid expansion funds from the federal government is a priority for the Florida League of Women Voters. Continuing the League’s education on this critical issue the presidents of St Petersburg and Hillsborough County Leagues partnered on an Op Ed educational piece to the Tampa Bay Times.
We encourage you to act now to make health care available for the 3.8 million people uninsured in Florida. Urge the Florida House of Representatives to vote to accept Federal funds.
With Florida legislative committee meetings already underway in Tallahassee, and the 2014 session just around the corner, the time for lawmakers to find a solution to the issue of Medicaid expansion is now.
Also, read the exclusive opinion piece that Karen Coale, president of the League of Women Voters of St. Petersburg and Shirley Arcuri, president of the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County sent to the Tampa Bay Times, which published it November 12, 2013.
League's holiday gathering Sunday December 8 from 2-4 pm. Check your email for more details.
Meeting Mon Jan 13 on Charter Schools
The State League asked local chapters to undertake a study of charter schools in their area and present to their membership 18 Consensus Statements. Please review the local report assembled by Pinellas members and materials provided by the Florida State League.
We urge you to attend and participate in the upcoming meeting where the Statements will be presented and discussed before seeking consensus. More information and meeting details...
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Right Now: Voices of the League
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Thu, Dec 05, 2013
By Karen Coale, Immigration Committee Co-Chair
At this time Immigration legislation is stalled in the U.S. House of Representatives. Though the votes may exist to pass a bill, the Speaker will not bring related legislation up for a vote.
A new poll confirms that most Americans want Congress to pass immigration reform legislation sooner rather than later. Nearly 2 in 3 people believe this country needs an updated immigration system. The executive branch is contemplating giving victims of the hurricane that ravaged the Philippines temporary protective status (TPS), which would allow Philippine nationals the ability to work in the US and provide for their countrymen.
Locally, your Immigration Committee decided to send a letter to each candidate for the open District 13 Congressional seat asking them to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform. We will raise the issue at upcoming Candidate Forums.
The next Immigration Committee meeting will be on January 15th 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. Come join us and become informed on this complex issue.
• Urge your State Representative to join the effort to expand Medicaid coverage in Florida.
• Attend the next Immigration Committee meeting Jan. 15th 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
• Check out upcoming events.
The People’s Trash: Residential Recycling
in St. Pete
By Karen Coale, LWVSPA Member of the People’s Trash Coalition
With an incoming Mayor and City Council in favor of implementing universal curbside recycling, The People's Trash campaign reconvened this past month to define our goals and plans for the next phase. We met with the Public Works Administrator whose organization has been studying other cities and developing an implementation plan. A draft, which is planned to be available before the holidays, will be shared and discussed with the Coalition at that time.
The People’s Trash is a coalition of partners including, the Council of Neighborhood Associations, The People's Budget Review, The Suncoast Sierra Club, and the LWVSPA. Current League members include: Kathy Mossing, Chitra Naidu, Ray Wunderlich and Karen Coale. We are on the move to bring universal curbside recycling to St. Petersburg. Join us!
For more information or to volunteer to help out—please contact Karen Coale, firstname.lastname@example.org.