Important May Events

Celebrate League - Wine and Hors d'oeuvre Party

The Board of League of Women Voters of the Space Coast is hosting this event and invites all League members and friends who might be interested in joining League.

When: Thursday, May 7th

Where: River House Club House at 115 N. Indian River Drive, Cocoa, FL 32922

Time: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Reservations to Doreen Archer at 622-4071 by Monday, May 4th, so we know how many are attending. There is no cost.

Presentation by author,Leslie Kemp Poole

Ms. Poole is the author of Saving Florida - Women's Fight for the Environment in the 20th Century. She is adjunct professor in the Environmental Studies and History Departments at Rollins Coolege and also a member of League of Women Voters of Orange County. Learn about her role with the Canaveral National Seashore, Frances Latham and the Oak Lodge, Diane Barile and the Indian River Lagoon. Preserve Brevard organized this event.

When - Thursday, May 14th at 6:30 p.m.

Where: - Merritt Island Public Library.

Timely Topics - Brevard County Associate Superintendent of Schools, Cindi Van Meter

Ms. Van Meter will discuss common core, testing and curriculum development.

When: Saturday, May 30th at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Holiday Inn in Viera at 8298 North Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida 32940

Menu: Roast Pork Loin, Chicken Picatta or Vegetarian.

All entrées served with house salad, vegetables, starch, rolls, and cheesecake with berries.

Cost: $22.00

Reservations: Doreen Archer at 321-622-4071 no later than Monday May 25th.

"Closing the Gap: Campaign for a Healthier Florida"

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LWV Space Coast and Brevard Health Alliance sponsored Affordable Care Act Awareness Day on January 21st. The topic was "Closing the Health Care Gap" and included discussion of how to make sure that the legislature takes the 51 billion in federal funding to ensure that all Florida residents have access to health care security.

The ACA Awareness event was the first event held by the health committee as part of the Space Coast League's participation in a grant initiative by the state league called "Closing the Gap: Campagn for a Healthier Florida." Many events will be planned over the next few months.

With the 2015 Legislative Session beginning in March, it is essential that we educate Florida voters and businesses about the economic and social benefits of accepting the federal health care dollars.

Other states such as Utah, Tennessee, Wyoming and Arizona are taking these federal funds as a way to extend affordable healthcare to their low income families We must work to make the case for our state legislators to do the same.

There is a lot of work to do! Please consider volunteering to learn more about this issue and help educate the public. For more information, contact Heatlh Care Committee Co-Chairs Jo Shim at 321-636-4493, and Connie Dobrin 321-637-0884

Health Care Expansion in Florida

For more information check these web sites

Medicaid Expansion and what it means for you

Kaiser Family Foundation

Florida Chain

The Florida Voter

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Background on The Florida Water and Land Legacy Amendment

The League of Women Voters of the Space Coast completed a six-month campaign in 2013 of which it, and each of its members, is justly proud!

In 2012 Florida's Water and Land Legacy began a campaign to place an amendment to Florida's Consitution on the 2014 ballot that, if passed by 60% of the voters, will mandate dedicated funding of Florida's Land Acquisition Trust Fund. Those funds will be used to acquire, manage and restore Florida's conservation and recreation lands. The League of Women Voters of Florida became involved in the spring of 2013. At its April Biennial Convention it adopted the amendment initiative as an "Issue for Action". The state League then called on each of its 28 Chapters to join the campaign and gather as many signed Consitutional Amendment Petitions as possible. All of the Chapters responded, and in June our Space Coast Chapter began its six-month effort to collect petitions. In September the Florida Supreme Court approved the form of the proposed amendment.

Each of the petitions gathered aross the state was submitted to one of the 67 county Supervisors of Elections to be reviewed and, if found to be proper, to be certified as having been correctly completed and signed by a registered Florida voter residing in his or her county. State-wide, 683,149 certified petitions were required to place the proposed amendment on the ballot. The Florida Division of Elections has now certified that, as of January 17, 2014, 690,802 valid petitions have been submitted, and the proposed amendment has "Made Ballot" as proposed amendment Number 1. It will be on the fall 2014 Florida ballot. That is a great victory for the Legacy, the Florida League, the Space Coast League and the many other organizations and individuals who gathered petitions.

A petition goal was set for each League Chapter based upon its membership size. Certainly the League of Women Voters of the Space Coast may be proud of its participation. More than a third of our approximately 100 members gathered petitions in the sun and in the rain. They worked at events like "Hands Across the Lagoon", the "Boomer Bash", and "Recycle Brevard". And they urged their friends, families and neighbors to sign. The Space Coast Chapter exceeded its goal by hundreds, and it ranked fourth among all the League Chapters across Florida in the number of petitions gathered.