The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) invites all anti-domestic violence advocates to join them in five days of activities starting Monday, October 20, 2014.
The Zonta Club Pinellas members are planning to follow the agenda below. Additionally, on Friday, October 24, Zonta Club members will be calling their state senators and representatives, as well as candidates running for the State Legislature, to ask them whether they will support expanding the Child Protective Investigation Project to all 67 counties in Florida in the 2015 session of the Florida Legislature. See the excerpt below from the FCADV’s Legislative Briefing to understand this issue.
The Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV) reported after the 2014 session that the Legislature and Governor had approved $2 million in recurring funding for the 2014-2015 fiscal year budget to expand the highly successful Child Protection Investigation Project (CPI). This program focuses on reducing the number of children removed from the non-offending parent in domestic violence situations. The appropriation funded FCADV’s ten pilot CPI projects to provide wraparound services to allow 4,166 children to stay out of foster care and remain with the non-offending parent. The $2 million appropriation will allow the program to expand into an additional 33 counties. Next year, FCADV will request additional funding from the Legislature to expand the program to all 67 Florida counties.
Florida House Districts
Pinellas County is divided into seven state Legislative House Districts (map). These are:
James Grant (incumbent)
Carl Zimmerman (incumbent)
Larry Ahern (incumbent)
Lorena Grizzle (Mary Grizzle’s daughter)
District 67 (open)
Dwight Dudley (incumbent)
Kathleen Peters (incumbent)
Scott T. Orsini
Darryl E. Rouson (incumbent)
The Florida Senate has two districts up for election this year (map). State Senator Jack Latvala (incumbent) is running against Tony Caso in District 20. In District 22, Jeff Brandes is defending his seat against Judithanne McLauchlan.