December 2013 Meeting Highlights
COBWRA DELEGATES MEETING
December 18, 2013 – Valencia Shores
President Myrna Rosoff thanked Valencia Shores for hosting the delegates meeting and noted that certificates of appreciation had been distributed to the COBWRA Host Communities prior to the start of the meeting.
OFFICIALS’ REPORTS/FIRST RESPONDERS
Doug McGlynn of PBC Fire/Rescue mentioned the success of the town meeting on the dangers of carbon monoxide that was held recently and stressed that Fire/Rescue will continue speaking about the issue in the months ahead.
ELECTED OFFICIALS’ REPORTS
Commissioner Mary Lou Berger announced that the County Commissioners will hold a workshop in March 2014 to discuss the Ag Reserve.
State House Representative Lori Berman reported that she will be in Tallahassee for committee work in January and February and then for session in March and April. She asked that everyone stay informed and get in touch with her office as issues arise that affect them.
Constitutional Tax Collector Anne Gannon mentioned that the offices located in Lantana and Lake Worth will be closed and replaced in 2015 by a 35,000 square foot office. The new office will be located one mile from the old Lake Worth office.
Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher announced that she, along with U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, will challenge the Florida Secretary of State’s “binding” directive to prohibit voters from dropping off their ballots at a limited number of locations. She also announced that she will challenge the purge of the non-citizen voter roles that the state is trying to impose. Keeping up with modern technology, the polling stations will be equipped with iPads for voter sign in.
State Attorney Dave Aronberg is working with the PBC Sheriff’s Office and the state legislature to amend existing laws that permit the release of sexual predators and changes to a new law that would provide immunity to people who shoot warning shots.
Next Delegates Meeting:
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Indian Spring Golf & Country Club
Guest Speaker, County Administrator, Robert Weisman
HEALTH & WELLNESS COMMITTEE
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Our Guest speakers were Congresswoman Lois Frankel (District 22) and Congressman Ted Deutch (District 21). The Representatives addressed concerns with, and the impact of, the newly adopted federal budget, which includes reduction in aid to veterans, changes to military pensions, omission of unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed, and reduction in research funding for the National Institutes of Health. They also discussed changes to the methods of calculating the CPI for social security recipients, the impact of the Citizens United decision rendered by the Supreme Court with regard to corporate campaign donations and the impact of unlimited contributions and lack of spending limits in federal elections.
Deutch and Frankel also spoke about the economic sanctions of a nuclear armed Iran, the security of Israel and how the United States’ own security is impacted, the long term deployment of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the instability of Egypt, the concerns of Jordan, military aid to the Syrian rebels and humanitarian aid to the people of Syria.
Also discussed were changes that should be made in the NSA’s spying programs with particular attention to the FISA Court, the importance of immigration reform and Florida Governor Scott’s rejection of federal funding for Medicaid, the prohibition of ACA Navigators into the state’s health clinics and the prohibition placed on the state’s Commissioner of Insurance to negotiate rates with health care companies. They also expressed support for the renewal of the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, the limitation of high capacity clips and a requirement to have background checks at gun shows.
Also addressed was sexual harassment in the military and the awarding of the Congressional Medals of Honor, some posthumously, to 24 members of the military who did not receive the honor previously due to their race and/or religion.
By Bruce Brodsky