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Dear Presidents,

We had a superb Legislative Seminar last week, attended by 80 members of the FLorida League, and

with a great distribution from around the state. Special thanks to Pam Goodman who was the key

organizer on this, the Tallahassee League for organizing our Tuesday night special event (a HOT TOPICS

on AMENDMENT 4), and all the professional support  provided by Peg and Felisha! We had

an excellent range of legislators speak to us, including Senator Paula Dockery and

Senator Dan Gelber. Wayne Blanton, Exec Dir. of Florida School Board Association

spoke to us about class size and buget issues,as well as a number of important bills

facing our schools. John Hall, Exec Dir of Florida Center for Fiscal Policy and Tax Reform

spoke to us about the current efforts to fix and mostly undermine our tax structure, particularly

TABOR.  Special thanks to Marilynn Wills and Ben Wilcox who coordinated our lobbying efforts.

Our members were seen everywhere, visiting their legislators, and being recognized on the

Floor of the Senate and the House by Senator Dockery and Rep. Skidmore (respectively).

CFO Sink, along with Governor Crist and Attny General McCollum presented the Florida League with a resolution for

our 90 years of work, and our members were busy all across the Capitol. Please read below to see the letter we sent

to President Atwater expressing our concern over a diminishing level of civility in the Legislature witnessed by

our members:


A few notes also from our Board Meeting which was held just prior to Seminar. At that meeting the Board approved

the Transportation concurrency, thus adopting the positions of Tallahassee, Orange and Seminole as part of our state

Study and Action. Local Leagues are now free to use these positions for their local work on transportation. For those

of you who are able to attend LEADERS COUNCIL, you will have the chance to learn more about our Transportation

Study, and hope you will get involved!

On another issue, we have been very pleased to receive several requests from around the state for

Ben Wilcox to come and speak to our Local Leagues. While we would like to be able to

cover these costs within the state budget, our budget does not permit this, and our contract calls

for his time to be focused on presenting our issues to the legislature.

In order to set a policy that would be fair to all Leagues, the state board approved a  $200

stipend plus any pre arranged expenses for Ben Wilcox to speak

at Local League events. We hope you will be interested in having Ben speak.

Please contact Ben Wilcox directly at benw@infionline.net

to engage him as a speaker at one of your HOT TOPICS.

Florida Association of Counties joined the Florida League of Cities in endorsing FairDistricts Amendments 5 and 6.

Please continue to work on setting up speaker corps on this issue. (There will be a seminar at COUNCIL

providing all materials and training on this) Also, we are continuing to look for endorsements by local officials.



Great write up on Palm Beach President Kathe Thompson:

Very shortly we will send out the registration for COUNCIL and more info...Hope to see you all there!

Save the date: May 21 and 22!

In League,

Deirdre Macnab


540 Beverly Court
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Email:  lwvf1@comcast.net
Fax: (850) 222-4485
Telephone:  (850) 224-2545

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