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On Saturday, February 14, 2015, come to hear "What Has Happened to Rape Crisis Services after the Children's' Advocacy Center Dissolved? Zeva Edmonson, the new Director of the Rape Crisis Center for Stewart-Marchman Act Foundation will present an update on Rape Crisis Services in Volusia/Flagler. 9:45am checkin, Program 10:00-11:00am, at Holiday Inn at LPGA, 137 Auto Mall Circle, Daytona Beach. $5 at the door. Note that there will be no meal, but coffee and tea will be available. Reservations requested by February 12, 2015, to Jeanne Tanke at Jeanne622LWVVC@cfl.rr.com.

LWVVC's February 16th evening Hot Topics meeting will present Britt Williams, Environmental Specialist II, Florida Department of Health, speaking on "Septic Tank Systems: How they Affect Our Water Quality" - $10 fee, payable at the door, which covers our meeting space as well as coffee, tea, and cookies. Country Inn & Suites, 5802 Journeys End Way, Port Orange 32127. To reserve, contact Suze Peace by Friday, Feb. 14th, at 4sfpeace@bellsouth.net, or call 386-738-0924 and leave a message.

Tiger Bay State Forest Protection: Conservation of our natural habitats in Volusia County is one of LWVVC's positions for local government. On January 24, 2015, LWVVC President Claudia Roth emailed Representative Dwayne Taylor regarding his sponsorship of HB419 to allow all "on highway" vehicles use of most currently restricted roads, trails, etc. in the Tiger Bay State Forest:

    "Dear Honorable Representative Taylor:
    I am writing to ask you to withdraw sponsorship of HB 419 allowing off road vehicle recreational driving in Tiger Bay. Tiger Bay State Forest is comprised of 60% wetlands and over 800 acres of sensitive scrub ecosystem. There are no areas of disturbed ground in Tiger Bay appropriate for the type of exclusive OHV use called for in Section 1, Paragraph 2 of HB 419. A visitor to Tiger Bay can easily see how the rainy season has impacted the road system and ground conditions in the state forest. The current conditions are a visible illustration of how sensitive the roads and ground conditions are to existing levels of vehicle impacts.

    I have attached photos of the effects of off road vehicles on the landscape for you to consider. Thank you for your attention.
    Claudia Roth
    DeLand, FL"
The full text of HB 419 (2 pages) will be found at https://trackbill.com/s3/bills/FL/2015/HB/419/texts/h-0419-filed.pdf. To see the photos to which she referred, click here: http://www.lwvvc.org/Images-News/2015-HB419-MotorizedAccessExamples.pdf.

January 2015 Transportation Consensus Meeting SpeakersThe results of the LWVVC Transportation in Volusia County Study and Consensus are now available at http://www.lwvvc.org/transportation.pdf. The Board will present this document to the general memebership at the May 2015 Annual Meeting with a recommendation that it be added to the local Programs for which LWVVC advocates. The Transportation Committee studied the issue for many months and led the Consensus meeting January 10, 2015. Pictured here are members of the hardworking committee: Fred Peace, Pat Gadbaw (Chair), Dennis Clayton, Carl McCoy, Pat Gadbaw, and Suze Peace (not pictured,Summer Clayton).

Amendment One Implementation: The Senate Environmental Preservation & Conservation Committee met on Wednesday, January 7 before a standing-room-only crowd and heard a staff briefing on how to interpret Amendment One, overwhelmingly passed by Florida voters in November. Chairman Charlie Dean (R-Inverness) stressed that all comments and suggestions were welcome from the public regarding how best to proceed and recommended spending. To reinforce the Chairman’s point, committee staff announced the creation of a new portal devoted to Amendment 1 and gathering public comment. To provide your input to state lawmakers on how to use state funds for environmental projects, go to: http://www.flsenate.gov/media/topics/wlc.

Happy New Year. The January issue of The Voter is now available, including information on our January meetings, reports from the Observation Corps,and more.

Education is a major issue of concern for the League of Women Voters of Florida, and the League has created a new LWV Education blog begun by Sue Legg, Chair of the LWV Florida Project on School Choice. It will have posts on education issues in the state of Florida and include national information as well. Sue has created this blog with the help of interns from the University of Florida. The website is http://lwveducation.com/.

Voter Intent?: Ever wonder how the Canvassing Boards decide if a questionable ballot is counted? Terry Vaughan, Supervisor of Elections for Bradford County, prepared this slide show as part of his "Determining Voter Intent" workshop presentation in Orlando January 31, 2014.

Water Quality Issues: LWVVC's October 2014 Hot Topics meeting was on water quality and the impact of fertilizers on the environment, presented by Stephen Kintner, Conservation Chair of West Volusia Audubon. For a brief description of Volusia's Fertilizer Ordinance and its reason for existing, see the County's website. The site also includes an informative, narrated, slide show.

The 2014 elections are now completed. To see how voters in our county voted and for results of local races, see the Volusia County Department of Elections website at http://volusiaelections.org//ElectionInformation/results.htm. We thank all candidates who devoted the time, funds, and effort to run for these important offices. We especially thank our local candidates who responded to LWVVC's questionnaires for posting on our website. The number of hits indicated that our local residents were very interested in your ideas on these local topics. These web pages have now been removed, but watch for information on our project in 2016.

Were you unable to vote because you weren't registered? August 26th was the 94th anniversary of the date President Wilson signed the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Women marched and went to jail to get this right. Men and women marched and went to jail to secure the right to vote for African-Americans and other minorities. Remember how precious this vote is, and vote. If you aren't registered, register now! Be informed and take part.

LWVF joins two lawsuits to protect Florida's public education system: Read about this here. LWVVC's own Pat Drago helped to write this summary.

REDISTRICTING DECISION: Leon County Circuit Judge Terry Lewis ruled on August 22nd that the Congressional Map revised by the Florida Legislature is valid and will take effect for the 2016 elections. It will not effect the 2014 elections. LWVF President Deirdre McNab responded ""We are disappointed and plan to ask the appellate courts to review Judge Lewis' ruling." Judge Lewis's initial decision ordering the revision may be read in full by clicking here.

What the League of Women Voters Means and Why You Should Join: Interested in the making a difference in your community, state, and country? Take time to view this 5-minute video and see the many ways LWV members are effective. Then come to one of our local meetings, announced here, and join us. For more information, email us at mail@lwvvc.org.

LWVVC wants to share this link to a short video by John Moran and the Springs Eternal Project regarding the urgent need to protect our springs. Spend just a few minutes watching "Florida Springs: Paradise Found or Legacy Lost?", and send the link to your friends. Constitutional Amendment 1 passed overwhelmingly, but our state Legislature must now write and pass laws to implement it. To write your state legislators and officials on this important issue, find their addresses here. See this http://voteyeson1fl.org/sections/page/results, website of the Florida Land and Water Legacy campaign for the final vote on the Amendment and more information.

WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE: Check out this music video take on a Lady Gaga song here. It was a real hit at the LWVUS convention in Dallas in June

Politicos on Parade Fashion Show and Luncheon: Thanks so much to those public officials and local businesses, organizations,and individuals who support the LWVVC's biennial fundraiser, Politicos on Parade. Our latest event was held May 10, 2014, with fashions provided by the new Belk at the Pavilion in Port Orange and make up by Clinique at Belk. Mark and Cindi Lane and Magda Hiller provided entertainment prior to the fashion show. Funds raised help support our work of promoting voting and civic involvement. Currently serving elected officials modeled the fashions - a list of the models will be found on p. 11 of the Program. See a list of our sponsors who advertised in our Program, with their information.

For the Supreme Court Opinion on the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) case, see http://www.supremecourt.gov/ and select from the column of recent cases "United States v Windsor". Transcripts of the attorney's oral arguments will be found on the same site here.

Want to know more about a U.S. Senator's or Congressman's votes on a topic such as gun control, abortion, or other topic? Check out this database compiled by the Washington Post. It lists those who voted No, Yes, or did not vote for each bill in Congress (party affiliation not noted, but you can sort by name or by state). Select "Explore" to find out about each Congressman and Senator and his/her voting record.

The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a non-partisan organization to encourage the involvement of all citizens in government and the electoral process through education and advocacy. Please note that while the League of Women Voters may advocate for carefully studied issues, the League never supports or opposes candidates for office, or political parties, and any use of the League of Women Voters name in campaign advertising or literature has not been authorized by the League. In addition to using the links on the left, members of the public are invited to view the positions and issues studied by the LWVVC as listed on the right and below.

We hope you will consider joining the League. Any citizen over 18, male or female, may become a voting member of the LWV. Associate membership is available to younger people and non-citizens. When you join the League of Women Voters of Volusia County, you automatically become a member of the Florida and U.S. Leagues.

What can you do as a League member?

  • Attend our monthly meetings. Enjoy a meal while hearing a speaker on a timely topic or discuss an issue in a small group setting.
  • Meet other interested citizens from around the county as you become informed about important issues.
  • Read League publications that keep you up to date on questions of national, state, and local interest.
  • Volunteer for the LWVVC Observer Corps and attend local governmental meetings to observe and report happenings to the League.
  • Join a study committee to focus on an issue that especially concerns you.
  • Volunteer to help other community organizations learn about issues and election laws.
  • Assist with fundraisers such as the Politicos on Parade, held in election years, with local public officials serving as our models in a fashion show. Funds raised are used to help support the LWVVC's educational efforts. To see a list of the elected officials who modeled in our 2012 fashion show and the generous sponsors who help make our work possible, see our 2012 Politicos on Parade program which was distributed to all attendees.

For a membership brochure and application, click here. Mail your application with your check to the LWVVC address listed. Or, you may contact the LWVVC by phone (386-238-7361) or email mail@lwvvc.org to request a printed form. To find out how to pay by credit card through LWVVC's secured PayPal account link, click here.