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LWVVC President Nicki Junkins, Public Defender James Purdy And Gwen Azama-Edwards, Juvenile Justice Committee Chair met on Juvenile Justice issues on March 7, 2018 - League of Women Voters of Volusia County representatives met with 7th Judicial Circuit Public Defender James Purdy on March 7, 2018 to discuss juvenile justice issues, particularly Direct File and Civil Citations. Public Defender Purdy noted that Civil Citations have been of great benefit in helping juveniles, but the biggest change for him was to get rid of Zero Tolerance concepts and look at needed rehabilitation rather than punishment of youth in trouble. This has caused a dramatic decrease in juveniles being sentenced but sadly it seems to be going up again because the use of Civil Citations is not being utilized to the greatest extent possible! The League’s Juvenile Justice Action Team supports the expanded use of Civil Citations and is meeting with local officials to encourage their use.
Capitol Report March 12, 2018: Read this end of session report about bill actions and get an update on the Constitutional Revision Commission. Each week while the Florida legislature is in session, LWVF Legislative Advocate Stephanie Owens posts her "Capitol Report" for the week, and we link it from this page. Be sure to keep up with this informative report.
Juvenile Justice - Civil Citations: Our April 10th Hot Topics program will present the President of the Florida State Attorneys Association and State Attorney R.J. Larizza and the President of the Volusia County Police Chiefs Association, Chief Stephen Aldrich of Holly Hill. They will discuss and update us on “Direct File and Civil Citations-Protecting Our Youth!” It is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 5:30 PM at the Daytona Beach Police Headquarters, Second floor Community Room, 129 Valor Blvd., DB FL 32114. In the meantime, please review this excellent study of the subject at our state League's website:
The Education Action Team Recognizes Outstanding Student Exhibits at the Volusia County Studies Social Studies Fair Members of the LWVVC Education Action Team served as judges for the annual Volusia County Social Studies Fair and provided student awards for four outstanding middle and high school exhibits. Monique Fischer, Pat Cosby, Jack McConnell, John Hilderbrandt and Nicki Junkins represented the League as judges in the middle school maps, and middle and high school exhibits categories. For more information see the March-April Voter. Pictured here, left to right: Nicki Junkins, Logan Blanker, Ray Cintron, Savanna Cowan, Angelica Saggers, Madeline Chanfrau, Monique Fischer
Middle School Exhibits: 1st Place: Ray Cintron, Sacred Heart; Project Title: Battle of Leuctra - 2nd Place: Logan Blanker, New Smyrna Beach Middle School; Project: Center of the Universe Conflict. High School Exhibits: 1st Place: Madeline Chanfrau and Angelica Saggers, Father Lopez High School; Project: Gentleman’s Agreement: Anti-Japanese Sentiments - 2nd Place: Savanna Cowan, Father Lopez High School; Project: For the Sake of Divorce.
LWVVC Voter for March-April 2018: Read about all of our activities and work for the past two months and about our plans for this spring, and opportunities for members to serve. This issue also includes the very informative report from our representatives to the Legislative Summit in Tallahassee as well as reports from our Observer Corps on local government meetings.
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Legislative Update from Pam Goodman: LWVF President Pam Goodman will update us the results of the legislative session. Be sure to join us for this informative program, Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm, at the Stonewood Grill, 2150 LPGA Blvd. (near I-95 exit from LPGA), Daytona Beach. The deadline is March 20th, but seating is limited, so reserve early by emailing Jeanne Tanke or phoning her at 386-492-3898. This is a luncheon meeting and will cost $20.00. When you reserve, please give Jeanne your menu choice of:
Gun Safety: LWVF is very concerned about the deaths and injuries from guns, and our deepest sympathies go to all families who have suffered losses and injury. Arm yourself with the facts. Read LWVF's statement on the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas shooting. Also, you may view this graphic film which is recommended viewing by the LWVF and by the Florida Coalition To Prevent Gun Violence.
Constitutional Revision Commission:
LWVVC Advocacy Workshop January 20th:
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