The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan national organization whose purpose is to promote informed, active participation in government, increase understanding of public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy.
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The Pinellas Voter Guide has nonpartisan information for the November 4th General Election, including candidate surveys, voting information, and county referendum.
Printed issues of the eight-page LWV Florida Voter Guide are now available at Pinellas County libraries. The guide includes nonpartisan information about the four state executive races and the three State Amendments on the November 4th ballot. More...
The St. Pete League finished off NVR Day with an evening forum on Pinellas Greenlight at the freeFall Theatre. President Julie Kessel observed that both panelists, Jeff Danner (Vote Yes) and Dan Liedtke (Vote No) "did a great job addressing the many questions we had...I learned a lot from each panelist."
The Tampa Bay Times published a column by Julie Kessel (President, LWVSPA) and Shirley Arcuri (President, HCLWV) re: National Voter Registration Day (September 23).
The Tampa Bay Times published a recent Letter to the Editor from our League and the Florida Suncoast Sierra Club, urging action and oversight on universal curbside recycling in St. Petersburg.
Find out how you can support the environment here in the U.S. and add to the League's voice at the United Nations Climate Summit.
The International Relations Committee took on the Middle East at its September meeting in a lively discussion about "Turkey's Challenges."
Love to travel? Make new friends? Want to learn onsite about the history, culture, and economy of your choice of destinations that range from Alaska to the Carribbean? If so, then check out the trips planned for the upcoming year by the League of Women Voters.
At the Florida League's Legislative Summit and Council, the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area was named the Florida "Chapter of the Year." Winning projects included universal curbside recycling, local library study, candidate forums, voter registration/education, and Medicaid expansion. To celebrate, our members gathered at Three Daughters Brewery in August.
Tweets from LWVSPA
The Florida League of Women Voters continues to advocate that the State of Florida accept Medicaid expansion funds from the federal government. Extending healthcare coverage to Florida's uninsured is a priority.
Focus on Immigration
Two LWVSPA members, Sue Price and Karen Coale, met with Rep. David Jolly on August 6, along with Stephani Lavely of his St. Pete office. The focus of our discussion was to request Rep. Jolly's support for the League position on immigration:
- Federal legislation that would significantly reduce the immigration backlog, while meeting the economic, business and employment needs of the US
- Funds to treat the unaccompanied children at our southern borders as refugees
The next working group meeting will be on October 15, at 10:00 a.m. For more information, write email@example.com
Take Action on Recycling!
The League has worked for the past 15 months as a partner in the People’s Trash Coalition to achieve universal curbside recycling (UCR), starting with our 76,000 single-family households. This summer not one of the vendors that process recyclables submitted bids to requests by the City of St. Petersburg.
The non-response from vendors is a major setback. All other major cities in Florida and numerous smaller communities in our surrounding area have curbside recycling. The Florida Legislature established a statewide recycling goal of 75% to be achieved by the year 2020.
Support the League's effort by taking any or all of the following actions: