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Initiatives

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There are hundreds of issues that arise during a legislative session.  Some come from outside Tallahassee, some from time deadlines, and some from the constitution. For the 2014 Legislative Session, Speaker Weatherford and I have again decided to work together to go beyond these basic responsibilities and lift up other issues we want to solve. We’ve traveled thousands of miles together, listening to people all over Florida. We’ve heard from our members, who’ve heard from their constituents and of the hundred things we could do, these are the five things we will do and they form our bipartisan, bicameral 2014 Work Plan for Florida. 

Work Plan 2014

1. ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY THROUGH EDUCATION

Expand pathways out of poverty through education and jobs

  •  Increase the Value and Accessibility of Higher Education
  • Expand Education Choices for Families In Poverty
  • Cement Link Between Education and Jobs

2. FLORIDA GI BILL

 Establish Florida as the top “Welcome Home” state for the military, veterans and their families

  •  Expand Education and Employment Opportunities
  • Invest in Florida’s Military Infrastructure

3. PROTECT VULNERABLE FLORIDIANS

Increase safeguards for Florida’s children and seniors

  • Improve Protections Against Sexual Offenders
  • Child Welfare Reform
  • Fund Agency for Persons with Disabilities to reduce the Critical Needs Waiting List
  • Fully Fund Maximum Current Year Expansion of the Guardian Ad Litem Program
  • Keep seniors safer by making the administration of Assisted Living Facilities more transparent and accountable
  • Increase Funding for Child Advocacy Centers
  • Better Address Human Trafficking

4.  $500 MILLION TAX CUT

Reduce the amount of money government takes from Floridians who earn it

  •  Reduce Taxes and Fees 
  • Lower Vehicle Registration Fees for All Florida Drivers

5.  IMPROVE GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND EFFICIENCY

Achieve reform of the Florida Retirement System and continue to improve ethics laws

  • Strengthen the retirement system for public employees
  • Develop an Information Technology Governance Strategy for State Government
  • Continue to Improve Florida’s Ethics Laws
  • Implement Lobbyist Compensation Audits
  • Clarify Legislator Residency Requirements

Please visit Work Plan Florida 2014 for additional information about the plan. Again, thank you for visiting and please stay in touch. Your comments, your criticisms and your guidance make me be a better Senator.