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Senator Jack Latvala, District 16 — Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 9, 2015

CONTACT: Office of Senator Jack Latvala, (727) 793-2797


STATEMENT BY SENATOR JACK LATVALA ON ATTACKS ON SENATORS AND THEIR SPOUSES

“I condemn the continued attacks on Senators and their spouses who work in the health care industry. These political assaults are reprehensible and an affront to the service provided by members of the Florida Legislature.  Members of the Senate and House are citizen legislators who work and live in the local communities they represent. The last thing Floridians want is a full time legislature that's full of career politicians.  

“I'm especially appalled by recent attacks on the spouse of Senator Bill Galvano. Those who hold elected office learn to develop a thick skin but their wives or husbands should never be attacked because of their career choice. This is out of bounds. I know Senator Galvano and his wife Julie to be honorable, decent people. I fully stand in support of them and other Senators who have been attacked. What has happened to civility and common decency?  The legislative debate over the Senate's FHIX plan has been fought. Thirty-eight Senators voted for the plan, most of whom have no ties to the health care industry. I strongly supported it. The House and Governor did not. That's the legislative process. The war on this issue with other government branches should be over. I call for an end to these counter-productive attacks and urge those of us who serve this state to focus on the needs of all Floridians.”

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