Our Issue Program

2017-18 GENERAL FUND PROGRAM

LWVCC Social Policy Program

Goal:  Secure equal rights and opportunity for all. Promote social and economic justice and the health and safety of all Americans. (LWVUS, LWVF)

  1. Monitor and support local efforts to provide basic health care to those in all age groups not otherwise covered.  Continue special focus on access to mental health care. Identify potential impact of changing federal programs on state and local health care.
  2. Monitor and promote programs for Collier County Schools that provide comprehensive health education, health services, and a safe, healthy environment. Continue focus on the Collier County School Nurse Program for 2017-18.
  3. Support measures to provide adequate living and working conditions in Collier County.
  4. Education/Action: Network with groups and agencies with similar interests/concerns, including:
  • Area Agency on Aging of SWFL
  • Public Health Department
  • Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Collier County Community and Human Services Department
  • Collier County Veterans Services Department
  • Collier County Hunger and Homeless Coalition
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Florida Healthy Teens Coalition
  • Citizens’ Foster Care Review Board
  • Collier County Public Schools (School Nurse Program, Health Education)
  • Leadership Coalition on Aging
  • Other local Leagues
  • LWVCC Government Committee’s monitoring of state legislation during the Legislative session.

Education:

  • Invite speakers to committee meetings and general meetings who are experts in the designated areas.

Action:

  • Bring issues to the board when it would be appropriate for the League to speak.
  • Send letters and op-ed articles with President’s signature.
  • Send letters, emails, make telephone calls as individuals on local, state or national issues that come under the umbrella of Social Policy in the League of Women Voters.
  • Respond to action alerts on related issues.

LWVCC Education Program

Goal:  Support and influence the promotion of high education standards for all children in Collier County.

Please note the Education Committee did not meet in 2016-17.  The Committee will remain in dormant status until a new Chairperson can be found.  At that time, a new committee will develop a program.

LWVCC Government Program

Goals:

  • Educate our members and the community about state, county and local government and important government issues and influence government through active participation.
  • Research and discuss pressing local, regional and state government issues to identify those that deserve further study. Report these findings to the League Board and membership for consideration for advocacy.
  • Suggest programs for “Hot Topics” meetings to address current issues.
  • Schedule periodic meetings as desired with key civic and government leaders to learn more about issues under consideration.
  • Offer programs through a Speaker’s Bureau as requested by Committee.

ACTION/ADVOCACY

  • Monitor meetings of government bodies elected by Collier County voters, especially the Board of County Commissioners, City Councils, and the School Board.
  • Lobby Legislators for League legislative priorities.
  • Act on “Action Alerts” to influence government decisions.

LWVCC Justice Program

Goal:

Support and influence policies and decisions to promote delinquency prevention and assure justice for all Collier residents.

Education:

Organize educational programs relative to the goals for the committee and general membership.

Juvenile Justice – Monitor and observe the following programs, agencies and organizations in Collier County:

  1. Juvenile criminal justice system with emphasis on rehabilitation, alternatives to incarceration and diversion programs for youth.
  2. Youth and Delinquency Services Division of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office
  3. Unified Family Court
  4. Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)
  5. PACE (Practical Academic Cultural Education) Center for Girls, Immokalee, by attending the annual luncheon/meeting

Criminal Justice Reform – Learn more about the state of the Florida Justice System and Judiciary

Action/Advocacy:

Participate in the work of the following groups, provide committee updates and enlist member support as needed:

  1. Collier County Youth Resource Center (YRC)
  2. Southwest Florida Human Trafficking Coalition
  3. LWV Florida Justice Committee – Monitor the work of the committee on civil citation, indigent youth representation, and direct file of juveniles and provide support as appropriate.

Continue to monitor Florida legislation relative to the Justice System, including Rights Restoration of former felons, and take appropriate action.

LWVCC Environmental Affairs Program

Education:

  • To learn what League of Women Voters at various state/ local levels have included in their “study and action” of community sustainability and to continue to gather resources re: what constitutes the responsibilities of Florida cities/counties with offices of sustainability, including the actions/programs of these offices
  • To learn from knowledgeable speakers and/or films on issues of sustainability: water resource protection, growth management, energy use, and the impacts of climate change
  • To host field trips which enhance our understanding of the need for water resource protection, “smart” growth management, alternative energy and related sustainability issues
  • To meet with county staff and/or elected officials to gain a better understanding of their awareness and their assessment of the environmental issues facing our county

Action/Advocacy:

  • Continue to advocate for the appropriate use of Amendment 1 (Florida Water and Land Conservation Amendment) funds, especially the acquisition of lands in the Everglades Agricultural Area.
  • Support city and county efforts to address sea level rise; work to build community support for SLR adaptation and mitigation strategies.
  • Monitor the extent to which the Collier County Floodplain Management Plan and aspects of the Collier County Land Development Code address sustainability issues such as water resource protection and the impacts of sea level rise; advocate for appropriate changes to address these issues.
  • Work in coalition with other organizations, pending board approval, on shared environmental issues related to water resource protection, preservation of environmentally sensitive lands, and related issues sustainability issues; continue our board-sanctioned collaborative efforts with Lee County to build a coalition among Southwest Florida counties to address the economic and social impacts of sea level rise on our region.
  • Advocate for “smart growth” to protect environmentally sensitive lands (including wildlife habitat) as Collier County reviews its growth management plans for eastern Collier County; recognize/identify builders/developers that do LEED certified building and/or practice low impact development.
  • Advocate for LWVF natural resource positions re: (1) renewable energy (i.e., solar power); a ban on fracking-like (I.e., acid and high pressure well stimulation) drilling in Florida; and 3) opposition to sale and/or privatization of state parks.

2017-18 EDUCATION FUND PROGRAM

LWVCC Voter Services Program (No Changes)

Goal:

Provide programs to inform voters and encourage active participation in elections.

Education/Action:

  • Sponsor televised candidate forums.
  • Monitor Supervisor of Election and Canvassing Board meetings.
  • Develop a plan to increase voter registration and voter turnout in Hispanic, African-American, and other minority communities.
  • Develop voter educational materials to encourage voter education and voter turnout.
  • Coordinate with other community agencies in nonpartisan issue forums
  • Participate in the LWVCC Speakers’ Bureau.
  • Continue involvement in Know Your County Government Teen Citizenship Program*