2018 Session Wins for District 70

Affordable Housing Task Force****(My first Session & first Bill Passed into Law, with Senator Brandes)****

This bill will create a task force designed to bring down the high cost of homes in our district, and the state in general. I know all too well how difficult it can be for would-be homeowners to purchase their first home in the trenches of this economy, and how hard it is for current homeowners to maintain their homes as costs and valuations continue to rise. We need to take action now, and this task force seeks to do just that.

Sarasota YMCA

Provides $250,000 in appropriations to the Sarasota YMCA. It’s important to us to make sure that our constituents have access to community centers like “The Y” that give our families and children a safe place to meet, exercise, and learn. Hundreds of thousands of families across the US benefit from the camps and programs the YMCA offers, and I couldn’t be happier to secure appropriations for one of our local centers.

Happy Workers Learning Center Rehab/Restoration

This project will provide $350,000 to renovate the facilities of the historic Happy Workers Learning Center Inc. I’m so pleased to help bring these funds to the center, which after 88 years, is still educating the young people of our communities. Let’s do all we can to ensure that it continues its service to our children through early childhood education for the next 88 years to come!

Mount Zion Early Education Pilot Program

Provides a $1 million appropriation to the Mount Zion Early Education Program. This program is a tremendous benefit to our community, and seeks to help close the education gap in St. Petersburg. Now, instead of merely offering ancillary before-care and after-care school programs, Mt. Zion will be able to provide early education focusing on early development and school-readiness so that our children are prepared to learn to their fullest potential.


Manatee County Opioid Addiction Recovery Peer Pilot Program

This pilot program delivers $500,000 in funding to combat opioid drug addiction in Manatee County. As we all know, opioids continue to plague our great state, but I won’t stand by idly while we continue to lose hundreds of family members and loved ones to these powerfully addictive substances. It is my hope that this program will help provide recovery to my constituents in Manatee County, so that those affected can get their lives back on track and become productive members of society again.

Manatee County Rubonia Stormwater Drainage Project

This bill provides a much-needed $1.5 million in funding to improve storm water drains in the Rubonia community. Let’s get our infrastructure back on track and do everything we can to reduce flooding before the next inevitable storm hits.

State Park Fees

Spearheaded by Representatives Lee and Albritton, this bill will provide discounts to adoptive and foster families visiting state parks. We are honored to help reduce costs for these families in any way we can, to increase the quality of life for at-risk youth and promote their futures.

Groveland Four

Partnered with Representative Bobby DuBose to officially acknowledge the injustice committed against Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepard, and Ernest Thomas, A.K.A. “The Groveland Four”. The resolution urged the Governor and cabinet to review their case and offer full, posthumous pardons to restore their dignity in memory, may they rest in peace and power.


Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys and Florida School for Boys at Okeechobee

Spearheaded by Representative Davis, this resolution recognizes the unfathomable atrocities perpetuated on the boys incarcerated in the juvenile detention center and expresses an apology on behalf of the state. The Dozier School for Boys is easily one of the most unfortunate blights on our state’s history, and it’s been profoundly humbling to be a part of the long-overdue apology to all the victims of the school’s abuse, and hopefully provide them with closure and relief. This bill actually garnered national attention, with an article published in the New York Times in 2017 including an expression of gratitude from The White House Boys, a victim support group for previous subjects of abuse at the Dozier school. I sincerely hope this apology brings them peace.

All Star Children's Foundation Campus of Caring

Provides $2 million in appropriations to the All Star Children’s Foundation. The All Star Children’s Foundation is a wonderful program that offers treatment for children in Florida’s foster care system. Their new “Campus for Caring” will provide state-of-the-art therapy for children who have experienced trauma before, or during their time in the foster care program. Our shared hope is that these children, many of whom suffer from trauma-induced afflictions, are able to flourish and overcome the nightmares of their past to achieve the dreams of their future.

 

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