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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Orlando Democrats and Reform Advocates Push for a Ban on Assault Weapons

Survivors and family members of victims of the Pulse massacre plan to testify in front of Florida lawmakers in the coming months in support of a measure that would ban the sale and possession of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The bill includes a long list of specific assault-rifle models, including the Sig Sauer MCX rifle used by the gunman at Pulse to kill 49 people and injure at least 53 on June 12. State Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Sen. Linda Stewart, both Orlando Democrats, filed their respective proposals in the Republican-dominated Florida Legislature, where it stands little chance of success. So far this session, conservatives have filed bills to allow concealed-weapons licensees to openly carry handguns in public …
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League of Women Voters says ‘yes’ to Amendment 1

The League of Women Voters is endorsing Amendment 1. The league announced its support Wednesday of the state constitutional amendment putting more funding toward land and water conservation. The amendment dedicates existing tax money toward conservation for 20 years.
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The demonstrators say women need affordable health care. Photo by Amy Green

Health Care as a Gender Equality Issue

Women’s rights activists are calling on state lawmakers to expand health care for all Floridians. They gathered Wednesday one day after primary elections to celebrate women’s right to vote and call on women to back candidates in November who support the Affordable Care Act. A small throng of elected leaders and representatives from Planned Parenthood and other groups gathered at Senator Beth Johnson Park. Johnson was the first woman in the state Senate. Michelle Levy of the League of Women Voters of Orange County says uneven access to affordable health care is a lingering source of inequality for women. “We have the right to vote, and if we don’t use it for issues that are important to women then what …
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