Senator Wilton Simpson, District 10 — Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2015
Gold Star Family Legislation Filed by Simpson & Burgess
Senator Wilton Simpson (R-Trilby) and Representative Danny Burgess (R-Zephyrhills) filed the Gold Star Family License Plate Legislation (Senate Bill 88 and House Bill 435).
Senator Simpson was contacted by a constituent whose son was killed in combat while serving our country. “She shared with me that she greatly appreciated the State of Florida offering a license plate that recognized her son’s sacrifice, but she asked that we consider changing the law so that his sister and other siblings could also request the license plate honoring his memory,” said Senator Simpson.
A Gold Star Family member, as defined by the Department of Defense, is someone who is “directly related to a fallen service member killed in action. This includes a spouse, legal mother or father, or stepparent, parent through adoption, foster parent, grandparent, child, stepchild, adopted child, brother, sister, half brother, or half sister who is currently married to the mother or father of the fallen service member.”
Currently, Florida law defines a Gold Star family member only as the spouse, parent or stepparent of the fallen service member. This change in law is designed to allow all members of our fallen heroes families to honor their loved ones memory with this license plate if they so choose.
“It is not just service members who sacrifice when we are at war, but their families as well. One of the most heartbreaking sacrifices is when a family member loses their loved one in the line of duty,” said Representative Burgess. “Expanding who is eligible to display a Gold Star License Plate on their motor vehicle is just a small way for our State to honor the family members’ sacrifice by letting them carry on the memory of their loved one who paid the ultimate price so that we may continue to live safe and free. I am proud to sponsor this important piece of legislation in the Florida House.”