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The Issues

Keep Taxes Low   Preserve Water Quality   Support our First Responders   Fight for Small Business    

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“When first elected to the state Legislature six years ago, I made it my mission to keep it local. That meant delivering on promises I made throughout the campaign such as combating red tide, funding long-neglected infrastructure projects, and improving health care accessibility for the men, women, and children of Sarasota County.

I am pleased to report that having just completed my first term Tallahassee, we not only made significant progress in addressing these issues but also added a few more wins that will help Sarasota County thrive and prosper." 

Promises Made. Promises Kept.

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Job Growth & Small Business

 

  • Secured $2,950,000 for the SRQ Airport Mechanic School and Maintenance Hangar.

  • Sponsored the “Take My Life Back WORx® Pilot Program” training those coming out of the Criminal Justice System to re-enter the workforce.

  • Co-sponsored Deregulation of Professions & Occupations Bill (HB 1193).

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Water Quality & Environment

  • State Land Acquisition
    • Codifies $100 Million annually to the Florida Forever Land Acquisition program.
    • Increases priority to projects within the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
    • Decreases red tape in Land Conservation (CS/HB 7047)
  • Funding for Environmental Resource Management

    • $536 Million will be committed to protecting Florida natural resources.

    • Amount will increase due to being funded with the 2021 Seminole Gaming Compact.

    • Landmark legislation that separates Florida from the Country in Land Conservation. (CS/CS/HB 1417)

 

  • Secured Funding for Red Tide Mitigation.

  • Secured $1,500,000 for the Dona Bay Restoration Project.

  • Secured $100,000 for the Venice Stormwater Outfall Phase 1. 

  • Warm Mineral Springs Septic to Sewer Conversion (HB 2791).

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Supporting our First Responders

  • Sponsored Property Owners right to Install, Display, and store Items.

    • Brought to my office by the Blue Line Club.

      • Allows First Responder and Military Branch flags to be flown, without penalty, in HOA's. (CS/CS/HB 437)

 

  • Co-sponsored the Firefighters Cancer Bill (HB 7129).

 

  • Co-sponsor of the “Offenses Against Firefighters”.

 

  • Co-sponsor of the Federal Immigration Enforcement Bill requiring state & local government agencies to use best efforts to support enforcement of federal immigration law.

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Healthcare

  • Individuals with Disabilities

    • Mandates The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) to offer an online waiver application.

    • Appropriates $38 Million to assist families in pre-enrollment. (SB 1758)

 

  • Dental & Dental Hygiene Bill (HB 1273) opening up Florida to out of state Dental Specialists.

 

  • Sponsor of the Medical Billing Legislation (HB 959)  for transparency in upfront medical billing for procedures.

  • Supported Telehealth in Florida, which has proved critical to providing care throughout the Pandemic.

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Children & Education

  • SB 1264 History of Communism creates a required instructional curriculum for public school students on the atrocities and following consequences done by communist regimes.

  • Supported School Choice.

  • Supported Governor DeSantis’ initiative on increased Teacher Salaries.

  • Secured millions for the MOTE Marine STEM Educational Laboratory at their new facility.

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INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Loveland Center, Venice

    • $17,500,000 in Appropriations over the past two sessions.

    • Will construct the Nancy Detert Residential Community.

  • City of North Port

    • $2,000,000 in Appropriations for local projects

      • Blue Ridge/ Salford Sewer expansion and Price road mitigation and Mobility Project

  • Co-sponsored Local Government Fiscal Transparency Bill (HB 1149).

  • Passed a sound & fiscal budget reserving billions for natural disasters.

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