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League of Women voters still conducting its judicial survey

first_img July 15, 2001 Regular News League of Women voters still conducting its judicial survey Florida judges still have time to participate in a confidential survey that will be used to help educate voters about the value of an independent judiciary and the important balance between the three branches of government. Mimi Jones of the Tallahassee League of Women Voters said the organization has solved a computer glitch which may have prevented some judges from completing the online survey asking about the day-to-day realities of the threat to judicial independence. Every state judge should have received a letter inviting participation in the survey, and the league has sent out another round of letters encouraging those who have yet to respond, or had a problem in responding, to do so now. “The initial password caused a problem,” Jones said. “We have removed the password, and now all the judges have to do is log on. Because every judge uses the same logon, anonymity is still assured.” Questions on the survey include: • During recent judicial elections in Florida, have incidents arisen regarding inappropriate negative or misleading campaign advertising? • Are you ever conscious of the possible ramifications of making an unpopular court ruling? • Has this affected your decisions? Do you believe this has influenced the decisions of other judges? • Are you aware of any misleading or unfair criticism of individual decisions or personal attacks on judges in your circuit? • Should the legislature remove the budget authority of the chief justice and transfer it to the executive branch? • Should the legislature be allowed to supersede judicial rulemaking, as some legislators have proposed? • What issues or concerns have arisen in your circuit regarding judicial appointments? The Tallahassee League of Women Voters received a $3,000 grant from the Open Society Institute to conduct the survey. The goal of the survey is not only to publish the results, expected by the end of September, and encourage media coverage of the findings, but also to continue to educate voters about the issues at election time. “We are getting some wonderful, interesting, varied returns,” Jones said. Judges who have questions about the survey or are encountering problems in accessing the survey may call Jones at (850) 942-7199. League of Women voters still conducting its judicial surveylast_img read more

Plan to shake up sex industry

first_imgStuff.co.nz 29 Oct 2012A plan for a shake up of the commercial sex industry which aims to address issues such as anti-social behaviour and location of sex premises will be presented to the Auckland Council next year. The Commercial Sex Industry Programme includes a review of Auckland’s brothels and commercial sex premises and the rules and bylaws which regulate them. The review will also allow for an Auckland-wide approach to the industry as currently there are different rules from the seven legacy councils. Issues raised since the start of the programme, in June last year, include location – whether there are zones the industry should be prohibited from establishing in; the health and welfare of prostitutes –  including concerns about the hygiene standards in premises; the anti-social behaviour they attract and a lack of facilities including rubbish bins in the areas they work, rules around signage on brothels, and the provision of discrete parking for brothels.….The commercial sex industry has been a hot topic in Auckland in recent years with residents fighting back against unsavoury aspects of the industry infiltrating their suburbs. The most notable example has been in Papatoetoe where residents and business owners have fought against prostitutes soliciting clients at Hunters Corner. A council-backed booklet on the issues at Hunters Corner raised the ire of those who support the industry. Residents in Greenlane, Mt Eden, Birkenhead, Mt Albert, Remuera, Henderson and Ponsonby have also protested about the establishment of suburban brothels. In one of the more recent cases Ponsonby residents complained about the Firecats Escort Agency which was established near the Richmond Rd primary school. The brothel opened in November last year and closed in April after operating for months without a licence. It had earlier been forced from Remuera by angry neighbours who led an investigation that resulted in Auckland Council shutting it down. And in recent years Wellington’s Chow brothers have announced plans for a super brothel opposite Sky City on Victoria St. http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7868897/Plan-to-shake-up-sex-industrylast_img read more