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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Hot Topics Dinner

13 Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Along with voting for Governor, Senator, Attorney General, state representatives, etc., and local candidates, there will be 13 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution on the November ballot. In some cases, it is difficult to know exactly what effect an amendment will have; we are fortunate to have Annette Boyd Pitts, knowledgeable in this area, to inform us about the latest proposed amendments. Also contributing information will be Judge Augustus D. Aikens, Jr.  Many of the proposed amendments were put on the ballot by the Constitution Revision Commission last spring; they meet every 20 years. Others were added by the legislature or through citizen initiative. Be prepared; bring your note pads and pens. November will be here before we know it.

 Annette Boyd Pitts

Annette Boyd Pitts is the principal author of The Florida Bar Benchmarks Adult Civic Education Program. Working with the Constitutional Judiciary Committee, and The Florida Bar Law Related Education Committee, Pitts has designed a wide range of law-focused civic learning programs and resources to educate students and adults about the courts and the Constitution. She is a veteran civics, government and law trainer and entrepreneur working with teachers, attorneys, judges, and the public.

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Judge Aikens received his B.A. (Social Science), M.A. (Public Administration), and JD law degrees from Florida State University. In 2004 he received the LeRoy Collins Distinguished Alumni Award.  Aikens was unopposed and automatically re-elected as County Judge following the general election.  He is the chair of The Florida Bar Constitutional Judiciary Committee

 

Date:  Wednesday, August 22

Time: 5:30 p.m.--7:00 p.m.

Location: Four Points by Sheraton/316 West Tennessee Street

Menu: Slow braised Zinfandel boneless beef ribs or
Spinach over dried tomato and poblano penne pasta

Cost: Members - $22      Nonmembers - $25

FOR RESERVATIONS please call 309-3005 and leave a message or email LWVTallahassee@gmail.com.

Because the League must pay for reservations cancelled after Saturday, August 18, those who cancel late must reimburse the League for the cost of their reservations or find someone to take their places at the Hot Topic.



MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL TIME!

LWVT membership year is from May 1 through April 20.  This means it is THAT time again.  Fiscal Year 2018/19 will begin on May 1 and all memberships must be renewed before or at that time. 

Individual memberships support vital work at all levels of the League.  Each $60 per year in dues is divided to pay $32 for national, $15 for state, and $13 for your Tallahassee League.  Your entire Susan B. Anthony donation of $40 extra is kept locally to support our efforts here in Tallahassee.  Please consider increasing your membership level, and get a gold star on your nametag! 

You may renew by check, cash at the April annual meeting, or by using a credit card or PayPal here.



Once every twenty years, Florida's Constitution provides for the creation of a thirty-seven member revision commission for the purpose of reviewing Florida's Constitution and proposing changes for voter consideration.