Program & Positions 2016


PROGRAM

                                                                     

Voter Service

Register and educate voters, e.g., during Saturday Downtown Market, at League activities, and by tabling at allied organization functions. Conduct outreach to community leaders and allied organizations in adjoining counties to facilitate collaboration on candidate forums, including Big Bend Environmental Forum and WFSU Bandwagon.

 

Monitor Florida election reform law to assess the impact of key provisions on voters in Leon County. Work with Leon County Supervisor of Elections to advance election reform.  Develop and promote Vote411Leon.org, including voter education on proposed constitutional amendments.

 

Support efforts to restore voting right of convicted felons who have completed their sentences.

 

Promote Political Responsibility

Continue to inform members and the public about civic responsibilities and issues through monthly Hot Topic meetings as well as through sponsoring tables at a variety of community events.  Promote League positions taken on proposed constitutional amendments.

 

Local Government

Engage with elected and appointed officials and staff members of local governmental entities in order to be informed of and investigate issues related to the League program that are of interest to members. Monitor City of Tallahassee and County Commission agendas and minutes to be alert to evolving issues and to promote efficient and responsive local governments. Participate in related state and national League studies.

 

Education

Maintain observation and research of Leon County Schools to assess the extent to which students in the county have access to a free public school system, in keeping with LWVUS and LWVF policy and position statements In 2015-2016, this would include monitoring standardized testing reduction efforts, the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program (vouchers), the privatization of public education, and early childhood education.

 

Health Care

Support, monitor, and take action for ongoing national, state, and local physical and mental health care policies with educational and legislative initiatives that promote socio-economic, racial, ethnic, age and disability equity in accessing affordable, quality health care for all and control of costs. Provide information concerning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Advocate for the expansion of Florida’s Medicaid Program. Support funding for providers of health care for the uninsured and initiatives to prevent infant mortality and food insecurity. Support accreditation of local hospitals and birthing centers as Baby Friendly.

 

Climate Change-Sustainability

Educate League members and the community on climate and environmental sustainability issues. Work to promote local and regional changes to ameliorate long-term sustainability.

 

Economic Justice

Promote existing League positions and activities that address economic disparity. Seek to enhance educational and economic opportunity, education reform, progressive taxation, support for farm workers, children and families, juvenile justice and access to health care in the local area.

 

Lobby Corps

Continue to support the LWVF’s legislative advocacy effort at the Capitol by training volunteers in citizen advocacy, including monitoring and reporting on state legislative action of specific interest to the LWVF, such as health care, education, energy, land use, natural resources (especially water), taxation, and election law.

 

 

POSITIONS

 

Transportation

July 1994, the LWVT supports a transportation system that protects the environment and neighborhoods and gives incentives for multi-person transit. To this end, LWVT supports parking limitations, dedicated high occupancy vehicle lanes, Transportation Demand Management strategies such as flex-time, telecommuting and ride-sharing. The LWVT agrees that consideration should be given to a light rail system.

 

The LWVT supports establishment of a countywide bicycle and pedestrian system of bike lanes, bike paths and sidewalks to facilitate motor-free transportation. The LWVT supports creation of a balanced transportation system that emphasizes protection of the environment and underscores the need for alternatives to single occupancy vehicles. Emphasis is placed on accommodating people who cannot or choose not to drive an automobile. 

 

April 2012, the LWVT supports a safer environment for pedestrians and bikers on Tennessee Street. The League supports a reduction in the number of lanes for cars to four, with turn lanes, where the remaining two lanes are designated as bus lanes also available to bicycle traffic that separate pedestrians from fast-moving automobile traffic.  The League supports "Moving Tallahassee: Cars Optional," the creation of an eighteen-square-mile area in the heart of Tallahassee dedicated to creating a safe environment for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users.

 

Charter Government

July 2000, LWVT supports charter governments in Leon County. We support charter review committees that review charters periodically and that have the power to propose amendments to the charter for direct placement on the ballot at the next general election. We believe all amendments to the charter should be accomplished by a simple majority vote. We support “an achievable percentage” of registered voters to bring about citizen petitions (we oppose requiring 10% of registered voters from each district for citizen initiatives.) We support establishing oversight of constitutional officers. We oppose allowing county ordinances to supersede city ordinances.

 

In 2002, Leon County became a charter county; LWVT supported the amendment.

 

We support a non-partisan election of the Supervisor of Elections, city and county commissioners.

 

We support fair and equitable representation.

 

We support the removal of non-judicial functions from the Clerk of the Circuit Court position.

 

In 2010, both the city and the county appointed charter review committees; LWVT was represented on both committees.

 

Comprehensive Plan

1960-1961, LWVT supports measures in the Tallahassee Comprehensive Plan leading to long range City and County planning.

 

February 1964, LWVT advocates continued attention be paid to community planning with support of measures that will provide the best long-range comprehensive planning for the community.

 

1979, LWVT commits to actively participating in the Comprehensive Plan decision making process and commits to encouraging citizen input.

 

We support full implementation of the official comprehensive land use plan.

 

 

Consolidation

October 1971, LWVT reaches consensus in support of the consolidation charter. (Charter failed)

 

April 1973, LWVT supports the new Charter for Consolidation including changes made by the Charter Commission. They include: (1) addition of a Department of Planning (2) procedural change in the recall of elective officials, by increasing the percentage of qualified electors who must sign a petition from 10% to 20% (3) accountability for county officials (all officials would be required by the commission to submit “uniform estimates or budgets for the operation of their offices...”) and, (4) taxation rate: “The commission shall provide and maintain a fair and just differential between the tax levy in city and county”. (Charter failed)

September 1991, LWVT supports the concept of consolidation if it provides for efficient and accountable government, including support for citizen initiative, referendum, and recall. Under consolidation, we support: a reduction of duplication of services; an appointed, qualified administrator with clearly defined lines of authority and responsibility and the power to appoint and fire department heads; coordinated countywide law enforcement; adequate and equitable revenue sources with tax in proportion to service provided. (Charter failed)

 

Summary: LWVT has supported consolidation of city and county governments since 1968. However, public support has never reached the threshold needed to adopt the consolidation measures on the ballot. While the two governments have never merged, there has been some functional consolidation in the areas of storm water, growth management, planning, parks and recreation, animal control, fire departments, and a joint dispatch center for emergency services.  LWVT continues to support functional consolidation that provides for efficient and accountable government, that reduces duplication of services, and improves coordination of law enforcement countrywide.