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The League of women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Our Roles in the Community
The local League in Pensacola was founded in 1949. Since then, the League of Women Voters of the Pensacola Bay Area has served two important roles in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties:
Voter Service and Citizen Education
We are committed to keeping the public informed so that they can be active and informed participants in government.
Through our Voter Service committee, we produce a Guide to Elected Officials (a listing of the contact information for all local, state and federal representatives), participate in televised and other candidate forums by writing questions for candidates, provide a speakers bureau to inform the public on the pros and cons of proposed constitutional amendments, and register people to vote.
Study and Action
We are also committed to studying issues thoroughly and impacting public policy through advocacy.
Our boards at the three levels of the League (local, state, national) recommend issues for study and action which are suggested by members and their recommendations are voted on by the membership annually. Once an issue is chosen, we determine the facts. Through study, research, and a process of consensus building, the League reaches a position.
We then take action and lobby to effect political change.
The League's credibility with government policy makers is based on non-partisanship and thorough study. This is also reflected in successful lobbying on League issues. Legislative Action volunteers contact our legislators about issues that the State League has determined to be our priorities.
Our Education Committee conducted a study on the impact of retention of third graders in the public schools of Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, as affected by Florida's A+ Plan.
The Natural Resources and Growth Management Committee is reviewing and updating League solid waste and garbage collection positions. In addition it is monitoring growth management by attending meetings of Planning and other boards involved with the implementation of the Comprehensive Plan.
The Social Policy Committee is studying various aspects of domestic violence. The League Committee is partnering with the National Coalition of Black Women in this study.
Our Ad Hoc Committees are advising and monitoring the Charter Review Commission of the City of Pensacola and the consolidation issue for Escambia County; and, reviewing and updating our Port of Pensacola positions.
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