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League of Women Voters Florida celebrates blockage of 3 gun bills in Legislature

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The League of Women Voters of Florida celebrated blocking a trio of gun bills considered by lawmakers in the 2016 Legislative Session, including one that would have allowed concealed weapons on college campuses. “Our joint forces succeeded in killing these bad bills this year,” said Patti Brigham, LWVF’s newly appointed 1st vice president and the founder of the group’s statewide Gun Safety Committee. “We remain determined to keep Florida’s colleges and universities gun-free zones, and our state safe from other reckless…

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Email insight: Open Carry opponents praise Florida Sheriffs compromise proposal

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As Florida lawmakers once again consider a proposal to allow open carry of firearms, opponents, including the League of Women Voters Florida, argue that if passed, such a law would devastate the state’s biggest industry: tourism. There’s a compromise solution, though, says Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner of MomsRising.org, a grassroots organization that seeks economic security for all American families. That’s why she supports a proposal from the Florida Sheriffs Association called the “Inadvertent Carry” Amendment. “Legislative proposals in Florida that would allow…

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Why Florida LWV isn’t working on the restoration of ex-felons voting rights amendment

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Florida is one of only three states left in the country that takes away ex-felons’ voting rights for life. More than 1.6 million Floridians cannot vote, hold office or serve on a jury, according to The Sentencing Project, a prison-reform group. Democrats in the Florida Legislature have railed for years against what they call this injustice, but have nothing to show for their efforts. Things did change in 2007, when the clemency board under then Gov. Charlie Crist began to automatically…

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Email insights: Nothing speaks louder than success for the LWVF and redistricting

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Nothing speaks louder than success, and few things are more favorable to a group than a “total victory.” Celebrating its success is the League of Women Voters of Florida, which is reveling over Thursday’s ruling by the Florida Supreme Court that took a red pen to the state’s congressional maps. It was —  in the words of the LWVF — no less than a “Victory for Democracy.” It capped a long-running dispute going as far back as the Florida Fair Districts amendment battle in…

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